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United Components Reports Results of Operations for Third Quarter 2008


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EVANSVILLE, Ind. November 12, 2008: United Components, Inc. (UCI), a leading manufacturer of vehicle replacement parts, today announced results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2008. UCI reported revenue of $218.1 million for the quarter, compared to $230.7 for the year-ago quarter. The company reported a revenue increase in the retail channel, and declines in the OEM, original equipment service, traditional and heavy duty channels.

Net income for the quarter was $4.4 million, including $2.8 million, net of tax, in special charges, consisting of costs related to defending class action litigation, establishing new facilities in China, reduction in force and obtaining new business. Excluding these charges, adjusted net income from continuing operations would have been $7.2 million for the quarter. Adjusted net income from continuing operations for the third quarter of 2007 was $9.7 million, excluding $1.3 million in special charges, net of tax.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, or EBITDA, as adjusted consistent with the companys historical presentations, was $30.1 million for the third quarter, compared with $36.0 million for the year-ago quarter. The reconciliation of net income to adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure of financial performance, is set forth in Schedule A.

The serious economic downturn in recent months has impacted both our revenue and our operating performance, said Bruce Zorich, Chief Executive Officer of UCI. Gas prices remained at historic high levels throughout the third quarter which, along with the weak economy, continued a trend of fewer miles driven and reduced part replacement and routine maintenance. On the operational side, raw material costs remained high, adversely affecting our gross margins.

In this difficult environment, however, we are fortunate that our focus on operational excellence has enabled us once again to post solid operating results, continued Zorich. We are confident that this focus will allow us to continue to perform well until the economy stabilizes, and we can then capitalize on our growth initiatives, both in North America and internationally.

As of September 30, the companys debt stood at $440.0 million. The company ended the quarter with $41.5 million in cash.

Conference Call

UCI will host a conference call to discuss its results and performance on Thursday, November 13, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time (ET). Interested parties are invited to listen to the call by telephone. Domestic callers can dial (800) 637-1381. International callers can dial (502) 498-8424.

A replay of the call will be available from November 14, 2008, for a ninety day period, at UCINC. Click on the UCI 2008 3rd Quarter Results button.