Tenneco Inc. (ticker: TEN, exchange: New York Stock Exchange)

February 24, 2021


Lake Forest, Illinois, February 24, 2021 – Tenneco (NYSE: TEN) today announced results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2020, including the following:

  • Fourth quarter 2020 revenue of $4.7 billion was up 12% year-over-year. Value-add revenue for the fourth quarter 2020 was $3.6 billion, or 4% higher versus last year, excluding currency impact of $76 million.
  • The Company reported net income for the fourth quarter 2020 of $167 million, or $2.03 per diluted share, and adjusted net income for the fourth quarter 2020 of $138 million, or $1.68 per diluted share.
  • Fourth quarter 2020 EBIT* improved by $404 million to $260 million, versus a loss of $144 million in the prior year, and EBIT as a percent of revenue increased 910 basis points to 5.6% versus -3.5% in the prior year.
  • Fourth quarter adjusted EBITDA** was $410 million, up $123 million versus prior year.  Adjusted EBITDA as a percent of value-add revenue was 11.5%, a 300 basis point increase year-over-year.  The Accelerate program drove improved operating performance, and is on or ahead of schedule.
  • Cash generated from operations of $474 million in the fourth quarter 2020 was primarily driven by strong earnings and effective working capital management.

“Strong operational performance in the quarter helped Tenneco generate significant cash flow and year-over-year debt reduction,” said Brian Kesseler, Tenneco's chief executive officer. “Our Accelerate program continues to drive margin expansion and is on track to achieve $265 million in annual run rate savings by the end of 2021, and we achieved our working capital efficiency improvement target of $250 million a year ahead of schedule. We are proud of the resilience and commitment of the global Tenneco team as they continue to overcome the challenges of a volatile operating environment,” added Kesseler.

Net Debt and Liquidity

The Company’s fourth quarter 2020 performance resulted in significant improvements to the Company’s debt net of total cash balances and liquidity position. At 2020 year end, total debt was $5.3 billion and net debt was $4.5 billion, a reduction of $460 million in net debt compared with 2019 year end.  Total liquidity was $2.3 billion at year end, consisting of $0.8 billion of cash balances and $1.5 billion of available revolving credit facility, up from total liquidity of $1.8 billion at the end of the third quarter 2020.

Full-Year Results

The global COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on the economy and industry volumes had a negative impact on the Company’s full year revenue and earnings, particularly in the first half of 2020.  Full year 2020 total revenue was $15.4 billion versus $17.5 billion in the prior year. Full year 2020 EBIT was a loss of $724 million, which includes $933 million from non-cash charges, primarily due to COVID related impairment charges, versus earnings of $121 million a year ago, and adjusted EBITDA was $1,045 million versus $1,415 million a year ago.  The Company’s performance in the second half of 2020 delivered significant year-over-year improvements in both margin and free cash flow generation.

“We continue to build positive performance momentum off our strong second half of 2020,” added Kesseler.  “Our focus on reducing structural costs, expanding margins, and lowering our capital intensity allowed us to reduce our net debt position by nearly $500 million in 2020. The Tenneco team’s relentless commitment to disciplined execution is expected to deliver continuing performance improvements in 2021. We expect this continued focus on cost and cash management to enable significant near-term value creation potential, and at the same time, support investments in our core growth platforms to deliver long-term value to our customers and shareholders.”


For the full year and first quarter 2021, Tenneco provides the following financial outlook summary.

Total debt net of total cash balances.

* EBIT: Earnings before interest expense, income taxes and noncontrolling interests.

** Adjusted EBITDA: Adjusted earnings before interest expense, income taxes, noncontrolling interests, and depreciation and amortization.

Earnings Conference Call Details

The Company will report its fourth quarter and full year 2020 financial results before the market opens on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 and host a webcast conference call the same day at 9:00 a.m. ET.  The purpose of the call is to discuss the Company's financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2020, as well as to provide other information regarding the Company's outlook.

A live “listen only” webcast and presentation materials will be available on the investor section of the company’s website at https://investors.tenneco.com. An archive of the webcast will be available approximately one hour after conclusion of the call for one year.

Telephone participants are encouraged to pre-register for the conference call using the following link:


Callers who pre-register will be given a conference passcode and unique PIN to gain immediate access to the call and bypass the live operator.  Participants may pre-register at any time, including up to and after the call start time.

Those without internet access or unable to pre-register may dial in, using the passcode “Tenneco Inc.”



Annual Meeting

The Tenneco Board of Directors has scheduled the company’s annual meeting of shareholders for Friday, May 14, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. CT. The record date for shareholders eligible to vote at the meeting is March 24, 2021. This year’s annual meeting will be held entirely online to allow for greater participation in light of the public health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Attachment 1

Statements of Income (Loss) – 3 months

Statements of Income (Loss) – 12 months

Balance Sheets

Statements of Cash Flows – 3 Months

Statements of Cash Flows – 12 Months

Attachment 2

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Earnings Measures – 3 Months

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Earnings Measures – 12 Months

Reconciliation of GAAP Revenue to Non-GAAP Revenue Measures – 3 Months

Reconciliation of GAAP Revenue to Non-GAAP Revenue Measures – 12 Months

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures – Debt Net of Total Cash/Adjusted LTM EBITDA including noncontrolling interests

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Revenue Measures – Original Equipment, Original Equipment Service and Aftermarket Revenue – 3 and 12 Months

Reconciliation of GAAP Revenue and Earnings to Non-GAAP Revenue and Earnings Measures – 3 Months

Reconciliation of GAAP Revenue and Earnings to Non-GAAP Revenue and Earnings Measures – 12 Months

Reconciliation of GAAP Revenue to Non-GAAP Revenue Measures – Original Equipment Commercial Truck, Off-Highway, Industrial and other revenues – 3 and 12 Months

About Tenneco

Tenneco is one of the world's leading designers, manufacturers and marketers of automotive products for original equipment and aftermarket customers, with full year 2020 revenues of $15.4 billion and approximately 73,000 team members working at more than 270 sites worldwide.  Through our four business groups, Motorparts, Ride Performance, Clean Air and Powertrain, Tenneco is driving advancements in global mobility by delivering technology solutions for diversified global markets, including light vehicle, commercial truck, off-highway, industrial, motorsport and the aftermarket.

Visit www.tenneco.com to learn more.

Investors and others should note that Tenneco routinely posts important information on its website and considers the Investor section, www.investors.tenneco.com, a channel of distribution. 

About Guidance

Revenue estimates and other forecasted information in this release are based on OE manufacturers’ programs that have been formally awarded to the company; programs where Tenneco is highly confident that it will be awarded business based on informal customer indications consistent with past practices; and Tenneco’s status as supplier for the existing program and its relationship with the customer.  This information is also based on anticipated vehicle production levels and pricing, including precious metals pricing and the impact of material cost changes. Unless otherwise indicated, our methodology does not attempt to forecast currency fluctuations, and accordingly, reflects constant currency. Certain elements of the restructuring and related expenses, legal settlements, substrate pricing, and other unusual charges we incur from time to time cannot be forecasted accurately.  In this respect, we are not able to forecast corresponding GAAP measures without unreasonable efforts on account of these factors and other factors not in our control.

Safe Harbor

This press release contains forward-looking statements. The words “will,” “would,” “could,” “expect,” “anticipate,” and similar expressions (and variations thereof), identify these forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on the current expectations of the Company (including its subsidiaries).  Because these statements involve risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from the expectations expressed in the forward-looking statements.

Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements include: general economic, business, market and social conditions, including the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic; disasters, local and global public health emergencies or other catastrophic events, where we or other customers do business, and any resultant disruptions; our ability (or inability) to successfully execute cost reduction, performance improvement and other plans, including our plans in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and our previously announced accelerated performance improvement plan (“Accelerate”), and to realize the anticipated benefits from these plans; changes in capital availability or costs, including increases in our cost of borrowing (i.e., interest rate increases), the amount of our debt, our ability to access capital markets at favorable rates, and the credit ratings of our debt and our financial flexibility to respond to COVID-19 pandemic; our ability to maintain compliance with the agreements governing our indebtedness and otherwise have sufficient liquidity through the COVID-19 pandemic; our working capital requirements; our ability to source and procure needed materials, components and other products, and services in accordance with customer demand and at competitive prices; the cost and outcome of existing and any future claims, legal proceedings or investigations; changes in consumer demand for our OE products or aftermarket products, prices and our ability to have our products included on top selling vehicles, including any shifts in consumer preferences; the continued evolution of the automotive industry towards car and ride sharing and autonomous vehicles; in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, governments and vehicle manufacturers have announced plans to limit production of diesel and gasoline powered vehicles in various national and local jurisdictions globally; the cyclical nature of the global vehicle industry, including the performance of the global aftermarket sector and the impact of vehicle parts' longer product lives; changes in automotive and commercial vehicle manufacturers’ production rates and their actual and forecasted requirements for our products, due to difficult economic conditions and/or regulatory or legal changes affecting internal combustion engines and/or aftermarket products; our dependence on certain large customers, including the loss of any of our large OE manufacturer customers (on whom we depend for a substantial portion of our revenues), or the loss of market shares by these customers if we are unable to achieve increased sales to other OE-customers or any change in customer demand due to delays in the adoption or enforcement of worldwide emissions regulations; the overall highly competitive nature of the automotive and commercial vehicle parts industries, and any resultant inability to realize the sales represented by our awarded book of business (which is based on anticipated pricing and volumes over the life of the applicable program); risks inherent in operating a multi-national company; damage to the reputation of one or more of our leading brands; industry-wide strikes, labor disruptions at our facilities or any labor or other economic disruptions at any of our significant customers or suppliers or any of our customers’ other suppliers; changes in distribution channels or competitive conditions in the markets and countries where we operate; customer acceptance of new products; our ability to successfully integrate, and benefit from, any acquisitions that we complete; the potential impairment in the carrying value of our long-lived assets, goodwill, and other intangible assets or the inability to fully realize our deferred tax assets; increases in the costs of raw materials or components, including our ability to successfully reduce the impact of any such cost increases through materials substitutions, cost reduction initiatives, customer recovery and other methods; the impact of the extensive, increasing, and changing laws and regulations to which we are subject, including environmental laws and regulations, which may result in our incurrence of environmental liabilities in excess of the amount reserved or increased costs or loss of revenues relating to products subject to changing regulation;  and the timing and occurrence (or non-occurrence) of other transactions, events and circumstances which may be beyond our control.

In addition, statements regarding the Company’s ongoing review of strategic alternatives and the potential separation of the Company into a powertrain technology company and an aftermarket and ride performance company constitute forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements include (in addition to the risks set forth above): the ability to identify and consummate strategic alternatives that yield additional value for shareholders; the timing, benefits and outcome of the Company’s strategic review process; the structure, terms and specific risk and uncertainties associated with any potential strategic alternative; potential disruptions in our business and stock price as a result of our exploration, review and pursuit of any strategic alternatives; the possibility that the Company may not complete a separation of the aftermarket and ride performance business from the powertrain technology business (or achieve some or all of the anticipated benefits of such a separation on the timeline contemplated or at all); the ability to retain and hire key personnel and maintain relationships with customers, suppliers or other business partners; the potential diversion of management’s attention resulting from a separation or other strategic alternative; the risk the combined company and each separate company following the separation will underperform relative to our expectations; the ongoing transaction costs and risk we may incur greater costs following a separation of the business or other strategic alternative; and the risk a separation is determined to be a taxable transaction. 

The risks included here are not exhaustive.  The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release. Additional information regarding these risk factors and uncertainties is, and will be, detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC filings, including but not limited to its annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2020, June 30, 2020 and September 30, 2020.


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