Federal-Mogul Corporation Delivers Solid Sales


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  • SOUTHFIELD, Mich., October 22, 2008: Federal-Mogul Corporation today reported solid year-over-year results with third quarter sales of $1,692 million, gross margin of $279 million, pre-tax earnings of $22 million and net income of $4 million. Cash flow(4) in the third quarter 2008 improved to $25 million versus a negative cash flow of $(114) million in the same period of 2007. These sales and operating results are comparable to year-ago levels, however third quarter 2008 performance was attained in a far more challenging market environment than in the third quarter of the prior year. The third quarter of 2008 was marked by a faltering global automotive market where new vehicle sales and production rates fell as a result of a major automotive market downturn.

    "The third quarter was increasingly difficult for the automotive industry. Our strong operating fundamentals served to limit the negative impact of the market downturn. As a result of our diversification, Federal-Mogul realized continued strong sales. The company's decisive response to the declining global automotive market, including sharp cuts in discretionary spending, coupled with a global restructuring program designed to eliminate excess operating capacity, reduce requirements for operations support and streamline SG&A, enabled Federal-Mogul to realize another profitable quarter and positioned the company for this challenging market," said Jose Maria Alapont, Federal-Mogul President and CEO.

    Federal-Mogul sales for the three-month period ending September 30, 2008, increased $6 million to $1,692 million, compared to $1,686 million during the same period a year ago. Favorable foreign currency exchange lifted sales by $65 million in Europe and offset volume declines occurring largely in North America, while Asia-Pacific and other markets continued to perform.

    Federal-Mogul, in Q3 2008, recorded a gross margin of $279 million or 16.5 percent of sales, compared to the same results, $279 million or 16.5 percent of sales in Q3 2007. The company's Operational EBITDA(1) was $178 million or 10.5 percent of sales, compared to $166 million or 9.8 percent of sales during the same period in 2007, representing an increase of $12 million or seven percent. The company recorded pre-tax income of $22 million compared to $7 million in the third quarter of 2007. Federal-Mogul reported net income of $4 million or earnings per share of $0.04, down from $14 million in the third quarter 2007, due to non-recurrence of tax benefits of $24 million in Q3 2007. Selling, General and Administrative (SG&A) expenses were reduced to 11.3 percent of sales during the quarter, compared to 12.3 percent of sales in the same period of 2007. The company realized a reduction in SG&A expense of $22 million, partially offset by foreign currency exchange impact of $6 million, resulting in a net improvement of $16 million.

    Federal-Mogul announced, on September 17, 2008, a global restructuring plan designed to improve operating performance and respond to the challenging conditions in the global automotive industry. The plan, when combined with other workforce adjustments, is expected to reduce the company's global workforce by approximately 4,000 positions or eight percent. The planned actions include several initiatives designed to streamline business processes, consolidate or close selected locations, and reduce general and administrative staffing.

    The company, during Q3, recorded $11 million in restructuring expenses for workforce severance costs. Federal-Mogul continues to implement restructuring actions under the plan, and expects to finalize them and announce closure of a number of facilities during 2009.

    "During these challenging times, consistent execution of the company's proven strategy for sustainable global profitable growth helped to offset the market downturn and strengthen overall performance," explained Alapont. "Federal-Mogul has an established track record for restructuring to sustain operating performance and, furthermore, we possess a solid capital structure, considerable liquidity and a favorable bank financing package. This should enable us to retain our leading market position and prepare the company for future growth opportunities through organic growth or market consolidation," he added.

    "We will continue to focus on our strong fundamentals, including world-class engineering and manufacturing with a cost-competitive global footprint; leading technology and innovation in vehicle and industrial products for fuel economy, alternative energies, emissions reduction and safety systems; with long-term customer relationships built on excellence in products and services, supply chain and operating performance," Alapont continued.

    Federal-Mogul, during the quarter, continued to benefit from leading technology and innovation, as demonstrated by winning major business awards relating to fuel efficiency, emissions and vehicle safety at leading European automakers. One example is the company's highly-regarded Monosteel(R) pistons featuring superior strength and performance due to a unique closed gallery architecture essential for the next generation of emissions-compliant heavy-duty diesel engines.

    The design addresses increasing thermal, mechanical, abrasion and corrosion challenges placed on diesel engines. In addition, Federal-Mogul's innovative aluminum pistons can be manufactured using a proprietary re-melting process that improves durability in highly-charged light-duty engines where downsizing has been employed to improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions.

    Federal-Mogul reported sales of $5,546 million for the nine-month period ending September 30, 2008, an increase of $381 million or 7 percent versus $5,165 million for the same period in 2007.

    Gross margin increased to $941 million in the first nine months of 2008 versus $910 million in 2007. Operational EBITDA(1) increased 11 percent, or $62 million, to $640 million in the first nine months of 2008, as compared to $578 million in the same period the prior year.

    The company recorded pre-tax income of $133 million in the first nine months of 2008 versus $68 million for the same period in 2007.

    Net income was $62 million during the first three quarters of 2008 from $22 million during the first three quarters of 2007.

    The company recorded positive cash flow(4) of $141 million in the first nine months of 2008, which compares to negative cash flow of $(35) million in the same period of 2007.

    "Federal-Mogul remains a strong company with profitable financial performance, a solid balance sheet, considerable liquidity, favorable financing and a diverse portfolio of leading products and customers. Our sustainable global profitable growth strategy continues to guide the company as we prepare for challenging market conditions during the remainder of 2008 and in 2009," Alapont said.

    (1) Operational EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, and certain items such as restructuring and impairment charges, Chapter 11 related reorganization expenses, gains or losses on the sales of businesses, and the impact on gross margin of the fresh-start reporting valuation of inventory as described in the attached reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures.

    (2) Adjusted gross margin is equal to reported gross margin excluding the $68 million impact on gross margin of the fresh-start reporting valuation of inventory recorded in the first quarter 2008 as described in the attached reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures.

    (3) Adjusted net income is equal to reported net income excluding the $68 million impact on gross margin on the fresh- start reporting of inventory adjusted for the tax benefit on the inventory adjustment of $5 million recorded in the first quarter 2008 as described in the attached reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures.

    (4) Cash flow is equal to net cash provided by operating activities less net cash used by investing activities as described in the attached statement of cash flows.

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