Tenneco swings to Q4 net loss of US$35M from US$167M in 2020, with total revenue down 6% year-over-year to US$4.4B; full-year revenue outpaced industry light vehicle production, which was up 3% year-over-year

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LAKE FOREST, Illinois , February 24, 2022 (press release) –

Tenneco (NYSE: TEN) today announced results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2021. 

Full year 2021 results include:

  • Total revenue of $18.0 billion, up 17% year-over-year. Full year value-add revenue was $13.7 billion, up 12% excluding favorable currency impact of $239 million. Tenneco's full-year revenue performance outpaced industry light vehicle production, which was up 3% year-over-year.
  • Net income of $35 million, or $0.42 per diluted share, in 2021, versus a loss of $1,521 million in 2020. Full-year 2021 adjusted net income was $164 million, or $1.97 per diluted share, versus a loss of $36 million or ($0.44) per diluted share in 2020.
  • EBIT(1) was $556 million versus a loss of ($724) million in 2020. Adjusted EBITDA(2) was $1,273 million, compared with $1,045 million in 2020.
  • Cash flow from operations was $233 million. Tenneco generated free cash flow for debt service(3) of $320 million during 2021. Higher earnings and lower debt net of cash balances resulted in a 1.0x improvement in the Company's net leverage ratio(4) compared to December 31, 2020.
  • The company had significant liquidity of $2.3 billion at year end, consisting of $865 million in cash and $1.4 billion of available revolving credit facility.

"In a challenging market and inflationary environment, Tenneco stayed focused on driving operational improvement, disciplined cost control, and strong cash generation, which enabled a reduction in net debt and net leverage ratio improvement year-over-year," said Brian Kesseler, Tenneco CEO. "Our fourth quarter and full year results demonstrate a powerful combination of geographic balance, diverse end markets served and Tenneco's commitment to design, manufacture and deliver industry-leading products to our customers."

Fourth-quarter 2021 results include:

  • Total revenue of $4.4 billion, down 6% year-over-year. Fourth quarter value-add revenue was $3.3 billion, down 7% excluding negative currency impact of $35 million. Tenneco's fourth-quarter revenue performance outpaced industry light vehicle production, which was down 10% year-over-year.
  • Net loss of $35 million in 2021, versus net income of $167 million in 2020. Fourth quarter 2021 adjusted net loss of $10 million, versus adjusted net income of $138 million last year.
  • EBIT(1) was $100 million, compared with EBIT of $260 million in 2020. Adjusted EBITDA(2) was $250 million, compared with adjusted EBITDA of $410 million a year ago.
  • Cash flow from operations in the fourth quarter was $258 million. Tenneco generated free cash flow for debt service(3) of $323 million during the quarter.

(1) EBIT: Earnings before interest expense, income taxes and noncontrolling interests.
(2) Adjusted EBITDA: Adjusted earnings before interest expense, income taxes, noncontrolling interests, and depreciation and amortization.
(3) Free Cash Flow for debt service: Cash flow from operations, plus the proceeds from deferred purchase price of factored receivables less the amount of cash payments for property, plant and equipment and payments to noncontrolling interest partners, as well as various other amounts (change in debt net of total cash balances).
(4) Net leverage ratio: Ratio of debt net of total cash balances to adjusted LTM EBITDA including noncontrolling interests.

Cancellation of Q4 and FY 2021 Earnings Conference Call
In a separate press release, Tenneco today announced that it entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by funds managed by affiliates of Apollo (NYSE: APO). A copy of that press release is accessible by visiting the Investor Relations section of the Tenneco corporate website at https://investors.tenneco.com/. In light of the announced transaction with Apollo, Tenneco has cancelled the earnings conference call previously scheduled for February 24. In addition, the Company is not providing financial guidance for 2022 as a result of the pending transaction.

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 and Earnings to Non-GAAP Revenue and Earnings Measures – 3
and 12 Months
Reconciliation of GAAP Revenue to Non-GAAP Revenue Measures – 3 and 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 to Non-GAAP Cash Measures – 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 2021 revenues of $18 billion and approximately 71,000 team members working at more than 260 sites worldwide.  Through our four business groups, Motorparts, Performance Solutions, 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. 

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 and the impact of inflationary pressures on materials, labor and other costs of doing business; 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; disasters, local and global public health emergencies or other catastrophic events, where we or our customers do business, and any resultant disruptions; supply chain disruptions, including constraints on steel and semiconductors and resulting increases in costs, impacting our company, our customers or the automotive industry; changes in capital availability or costs, including increases in our cost of borrowing (i.e., interest rate increases or fluctuations), 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 comply with the covenants contained in 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 (including the services of our employees) 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; to the announced plans, in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, of governments and vehicle manufacturers 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, including increased costs associated with strikes or labor or other economic disruptions; 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 Agreement and Plan of Merger (the "Merger Agreement") that the Company entered into with Pegasus Holdings III, LLC and Pegasus Merger Co. on February 22, 2022. Pursuant to the terms and conditions set forth in the Merger Agreement, Merger Sub will merge with and into Tenneco (the "Merger") with Tenneco continuing as the surviving corporation of the Merger and as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Parent. 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 inability to consummate the Merger within the anticipated time period, or at all, due to any reason, including the failure to obtain stockholder approval to adopt the Merger Agreement, the failure to obtain required regulatory approvals or the failure to satisfy the other conditions to the consummation of the Merger; the risk that the Merger Agreement may be terminated in circumstances requiring us to pay a termination fee; the risk that the Merger disrupts our current plans and operations or diverts management's attention from its ongoing business; the effect of the announcement of the Merger on our ability to retain and hire key personnel and maintain relationships with our customers, suppliers and others with whom we do business; the effect of the announcement of the Merger on our operating results and business generally; the risk that our stock price may decline significantly if the Merger is not consummated; the nature, cost and outcome of any litigation and other legal proceedings, including any such proceeding related to the Merger and instituted against Tenneco and others; and other risks to consummation of the proposed Merger, including the risk that the proposed Merger will not be consummated within the expected time period or at all.   

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, 2020, and quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2021, June 30, 2021 and September 30, 2021.

Investor inquiries:
Linae Golla

Rich Kwas

Media inquiries:
Bill Dawson

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