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

May 8, 2020



  • Revenue performance continues to outpace light vehicle industry production
  • Quarter-end liquidity of $1.57 billion, comprised of $770 million cash and $800 million undrawn on the revolving credit facility
  • Additional structural cost reductions expected to deliver $65 million annual run rate savings incremental to the recently established Accelerate plan

Lake Forest, Illinois, May 8, 2020 – Tenneco (NYSE: TEN) reported first quarter 2020 revenue of $3.8 billion, versus $4.5 billion a year ago.  Excluding unfavorable currency of $97M, total revenue decreased 12% versus last year, while light vehicle industry production* declined 23% in the quarter. Value-add revenue for the first quarter was $3.1 billion.  The Company estimates the COVID-19 crisis represented approximately a $340 million negative impact on first quarter value-add revenue.

Including non-cash impairments of $854 million, $737 million after tax, the Company reported a net loss for first quarter 2020 of $839 million, or $(10.34) per diluted share, compared with a first quarter net loss of $117 million, or $(1.44) per diluted share in 2019.  First quarter EBIT (earnings before interest, taxes and noncontrolling interests) was a loss of $845 million, versus a loss of $24 million last year.  EBIT as a percent of revenue was -22.0% versus -0.5% last year.

First quarter 2020 adjusted net loss was $26 million, or $(0.31) per diluted share, compared with income of $42 million, or 52-cents per diluted share last year.  First quarter adjusted EBITDA was $239 million versus $327 million last year.  Adjusted EBITDA as a percent of value-add revenue was 7.6% versus 8.7% last year.  Cash flow used in operations was $152 million, on par with last year despite the COVID-19 driven impact of lower earnings.

“Tenneco responded quickly to the COVID-19 crisis to protect our team members’ health and safety while taking aggressive actions to mitigate the financial impact of the pandemic on the company,” said Brian Kesseler, Tenneco’s Chief Executive Officer. “We expanded on the structural cost reductions introduced last quarter, and implemented a range of temporary cost reductions including plant closures, deferment of discretionary spending and the reduction of capital expenditures. We have amended the terms of the company’s debt covenants to help us navigate the COVID-19-driven economic downturn, and adopted a shareholder rights plan to help protect the availability of Tenneco’s tax assets.”

Liquidity Update   

As of March 31, 2020, Tenneco had liquidity of $1.57 billion, comprised of $770 million cash and $800 million undrawn on the Company’s revolving credit facility. The Company has acted to further bolster its liquidity position by drawing the remaining amount available under this revolving facility.  Based on available industry forecasts and Company estimates, the Company believes it has adequate liquidity to weather the current downturn. 

Operations Update

Throughout the Company’s operations, incremental health and safety precautions have been implemented, including rigorous cleaning and sanitation protocols, wellness checks for team members and changes within facilities to comply with social distancing requirements.  In China, all of the Company’s production facilities, distribution centers and offices are now open and operating at near pre-crisis levels.  As of the first week of May, approximately 75% of the Company’s plants and distribution centers worldwide are operating at various levels of production, up from a low of 47% during the first week of April.

“I appreciate the extraordinary effort made by our team members and their families, including helping the company safely maintain operations during the crisis to provide products and services that are considered vital to public security, health and safety,” Kesseler added.  “Our focus continues to be on protecting the wellbeing of our team members as we prepare to support our customers in the restart of production globally. In every part of our business, we’ve implemented enhanced operating protocols that will support a safe and efficient ramp up of our operations as customer demand grows.”

Tenneco continues to monitor the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is impacting the global automotive industry. Due to uncertainty related to the crisis, the Company is not providing financial guidance for the balance of 2020 at this time.

In response to the lower demand environment related to the COVID-19 crisis, Tenneco will implement additional structural cost reductions expected to achieve an incremental $65 million in annual run rate cost savings by the end of 2020.

Recently, the Company also implemented a number of temporary cost reductions and actions to further mitigate the COVID-19 –related profit pressures and optimize cash performance.  These actions include temporarily suspending or reducing operations, salary reductions and furloughs, reducing capital spending and lowering the Board of Director’s retainer fees.

*Source: IHS Markit April V2 2020 global light vehicle production forecast.  

Click here to download the 2020 Q1 release and all the attachments listed below.

Attachment 1

Statements of Income (Loss) – 3 months

Balance Sheets

Statements of Cash Flows – 3 Months

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

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

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures – Debt Net of Cash/Adjusted LTM and pro forma adjusted LTM EBITDA including noncontrolling interests

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

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

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


The company will host a webcast conference call on Friday, May 8, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. ET. The purpose of the call is to discuss the company's financial results for the first quarter and full year 2020, as well as to provide other information regarding matters that may impact the company's outlook. For a “listen only” broadcast and access to the presentation materials, go to the company’s website www.investors.tenneco.com.  To participate by telephone, please dial: 1-833-366-1121 (domestic) or 1-412-902-6733 (international), using the passcode “Tenneco Inc.” A call playback will be available for one week, starting approximately one hour after the conclusion of the call.  To connect, please dial 1-877-344-7529 (domestic), 1-412-317-0088 (international), 855-669-9658 (Canada), using the replay access code 10138628.    

About Tenneco

Headquartered in Lake Forest, Illinois, Tenneco is one of the world's leading designers, manufacturers and marketers of Aftermarket, Ride Performance, Clean Air and Powertrain products and technology solutions for diversified markets, including light vehicle, commercial truck, off-highway, industrial and the aftermarket, with 2019 revenues of $17.45 billion and approximately 78,000 employees worldwide. On October 1, 2018, Tenneco completed the acquisition of Federal-Mogul, a leading global supplier to original equipment manufacturers and the aftermarket.  In the future, the company expects to separate its divisions to form two new, independent companies: DRiV, an Aftermarket and Ride Performance company, and New Tenneco, a Powertrain Technology company.

About DRiV™ - the future Aftermarket and Ride Performance Company

Following the separation, DRiV will be one of the largest global multi-line, multi-brand aftermarket companies, and one of the largest global OE ride performance and braking companies.  DRiV’s principal product brands will feature Monroe®, Öhlins®, Walker®, Clevite®Elastomers, MOOG®, Fel-Pro®, Wagner®, Ferodo®, Champion® and others. DRiV would have 2019 revenues of $5.9 billion, with 53% of those revenues from aftermarket and 47% from original equipment customers.

About the new Tenneco - the future Powertrain Technology Company

Following the separation, the new Tenneco will be one of the world’s largest pure-play powertrain companies serving OE markets worldwide with engineered solutions addressing fuel economy, power output, and criteria pollution requirements for gasoline, diesel and electrified powertrains. The new Tenneco would have 2019 revenues of $11.5 billion, serving light vehicle, commercial truck, off-highway and industrial markets.

Safe Harbor

This press release contains forward-looking statements. The words “will,” “would,” “could,” “plan,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “opportunities,” 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 and market conditions, including the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic;

disasters, local and global public health emergencies or other catastrophic events, such as fires, earthquakes, and flooding, pandemics or epidemics (including the COVID-19 pandemic), where we or other customers do business, and any resultant disruptions in the supply or production of goods or services to us or by us in demand by our customers or in the operation of our system, disaster recovery capabilities or business continuity capabilities;

our ability (or inability) to successfully execute cost reduction, performance improvement and other plans, including our plans to respond 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 ability to comply with the covenants contained in our debt instruments;

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, including, but not limited to, any of the foregoing arising in connection with the ongoing global antitrust investigation, product performance, product safety or intellectual property rights;

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 away from historically higher margin products for our customers and us, to other lower margin vehicles, for which we may or may not have supply arrangements;

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 significant 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;

new technologies that reduce the demand for certain of our products or otherwise render them obsolete;

our ability to introduce new products and technologies that satisfy customers' needs in a timely fashion;

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, including economic conditions, such as currency exchange and inflation rates, political conditions in the countries where we operate or sell our products, adverse changes in trade agreements, tariffs, immigration policies, political instability, and tax and other laws, and potential disruptions of production and supply;

increasing competition from lower cost, private-label products;

damage to the reputation of one or more of our leading brands;

the impact of improvements in automotive parts on aftermarket demand for some of our products;

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;

developments relating to our intellectual property, including our ability to changes in technology and the availability and effectiveness of legal protection for our innovations and brands;

costs related to product warranties and other customer satisfaction actions;

the failure or breach of our information technology systems, including the consequences of any misappropriation, exposure or corruption of sensitive information stored on such systems and the interruption to our business that such failure or breach may cause;

the impact of consolidation among vehicle parts suppliers and customers on our ability to compete in the highly competitive automotive and commercial vehicle supplier industry;

changes in distribution channels or competitive conditions in the markets and countries where we operate;

the evolution towards autonomous vehicles and car and ride sharing;

customer acceptance of new products;

our ability to successfully integrate, and benefit from, any acquisitions that we complete;

our ability to effectively manage our joint ventures and other third-party relationships;

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;

the negative impact of fuel price volatility on transportation and logistics costs, raw material costs, discretionary purchases of vehicles or aftermarket products and demand for off-highway equipment;

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;

changes by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) or the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) of generally accepted accounting principles or other authoritative guidance;

changes in accounting estimates and assumptions, including changes based on additional information;

any changes by the International Organization for Standardization (“ISO”) or other such committees in their certification protocols for processes and products, which may have the effect of delaying or hindering our ability to bring new products to market;

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;

potential volatility in our effective tax rate;

acts of war and/or terrorism, as well as actions taken or to be taken by the United States and other governments as a result of further acts or threats of terrorism, and the impact of these acts on economic, financial and social conditions in the countries where we operate; 

pension obligations and other postretirement benefits;

our hedging activities to address commodity price fluctuations; and

the timing and occurrence (or non-occurrence) of other transactions, events and circumstances which may be beyond our control.

In addition, this release includes forward-looking statements regarding the Company’s ongoing review of strategic alternatives and the planned separation of the Company into a powertrain technology company and an aftermarket and ride performance company. 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 the 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);

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 the separation;

the risk that 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 the separation of the business;

the risk the spin-off is determined to be a taxable transaction;

the risk the benefits of the separation may not be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected;

the risk the separation may not advance our business strategy; and

the risk the transaction may have an adverse effect on existing arrangements with us, including those related to transition, manufacturing and supply services and tax matters.  

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.


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