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

August 6, 2020


Lake Forest, Illinois, August 6, 2020 – Tenneco (NYSE: TEN) reported second quarter 2020 revenue of $2.6 billion, versus $4.5 billion a year ago.  Excluding unfavorable currency of $108 million, total revenue decreased 39% versus last year, with the decline in revenue from lower light vehicle industry production, down 45%* versus last year, and other impacts from COVID-19.  Value-add revenue for the second quarter 2020 was $2.0 billion.

“The business impact from the pandemic in the quarter was severe for both the industry and Tenneco.  The response from the Tenneco team around the world is a testament to their dedication and resilience,” said Brian Kesseler, Tenneco’s chief executive officer. “Our production facilities safely returned to operations throughout the quarter following local and federal health guidelines. Our thoughts remain with our team members, families and communities who have been impacted by COVID-19, and we continually work to keep them healthy, both on the job and outside the workplace.”

The Company reported a net loss for second quarter 2020 of $350 million, or $(4.30) per diluted share.  Including a $113 million non-cash charge primarily related to a realignment project in its North America Aftermarket distribution network, the Company reported a second quarter 2020 EBIT (earnings before interest, taxes and noncontrolling interests) loss of $375 million. 

On an adjusted basis, second quarter 2020 EBITDA was $8 million with an EBIT loss of $149 million.  Adjusted net loss was $175 million, or ($2.15) per diluted share.

Company liquidity remained solid, with cash balances of $1.37 billion as of June 30, 2020.  Based on available industry forecasts and Company estimates, the Company believes it has adequate liquidity to weather the current downturn and expected higher demand and production levels over the next several quarters. 

“The Tenneco team’s swift and effective actions to reduce costs and preserve liquidity enabled the Company to respond well in a very challenging environment,” Kesseler continued.  “Our global footprint and the diverse end markets we serve allowed us to offset a portion of the light vehicle production demand decline in the quarter.  Earnings and cash performance were driven by effectively flexing our cost structure and working capital with both structural and temporary actions.”


Due to the continued uncertainty of the pandemic’s effect on the global markets, the Company is not providing financial guidance for the full year.  Tenneco does expect third quarter 2020 revenue to improve substantially compared to the second quarter 2020, but lower than third quarter 2019 results. The Company also expects the benefit of incremental structural cost savings and continued capital management will drive sequential improvement in cash from operations through the second half of 2020.

“Our continuing focus on structural cost reductions and accelerating cash generation will build momentum through the remainder of this year and into 2021,” added Kesseler. “The priority we have placed on debt reduction and targeted growth investments will create a stronger Tenneco and deliver improved shareholder value.” 

*Source: IHS Automotive July 2020 global light vehicle production forecast.

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Attachment 1

Statements of Income (Loss) – 3 months

Statements of Income (Loss) – 6 months

Balance Sheets

Statements of Cash Flows – 3 Months

Statements of Cash Flows – 6 Months


Attachment 2

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

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Earnings Measures – 6 Months

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

Reconciliation of GAAP Revenue to Non-GAAP Revenue Measures – 6 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, Original Equipment Service and Aftermarket Revenue – 3 and 6 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 – 6 Months

Reconciliation of GAAP Revenue to Non-GAAP Revenue Measures – Original Equipment Commercial Truck, Off-Highway, Industrial and other revenues – 3 and 6 Months

Conference Call

The company will host a webcast conference call on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. ET. The purpose of the call is to discuss the company's financial results for the second 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

Tenneco is one of the world's leading designers, manufacturers and marketers of automotive products for original equipment and aftermarket customers, with 2019 revenues of $17.45 billion and approximately 78,000 team members working at more than 300 sites worldwide.  Our four business groups, Motorparts, Ride Performance, Clean Air and Powertrain, deliver technology solutions for diversified global markets, including light vehicle, commercial truck, off-highway, industrial, motorsport and the aftermarket.

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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 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,” “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, market and social conditions, including the effect 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 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 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 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; 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; 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; 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); 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; the risk that the combined company and each separate company following a separation will underperform relative to our expectations; the ongoing transaction costs and risk we may incur greater costs following a separation of the business; the risk a spin-off is determined to be a taxable transaction; the risk the benefits of a separation may not be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected; the risk a separation may not advance our business strategy; and the risk a 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 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 report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2020.


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