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ArvinMeritor Reports Third-Quarter Fiscal Year 2010 Results
Pretax Income Up $52 Million on Increased Revenues of 35 Percent

TROY, Mich., Aug 03, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --

ArvinMeritor, Inc. (NYSE: ARM) today reported financial results for its third fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2010.

Quarterly Highlights

  • Sales were $1.3 billion, up $333 million or 35 percent, from the same period last year.
  • Income before taxes was $31 million, compared to a loss of $21 million, in the third quarter of fiscal year 2009.
  • Net loss was $3 million, compared to a net loss of $164 million, in the prior year's third quarter.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $76 million, up $48 million from the same period last year.
  • Cash flow from operations was $47 million in the third quarter of fiscal year 2010, compared to $99 million in the same period last year.
  • Positive free cash flow (cash flow from operations less capital expenditures) for the fifth consecutive quarter of $33 million in the third quarter of fiscal year 2010.

"Higher revenues this quarter - up 35 percent year-over-year - indicate continued strength in the emerging markets and improvements in our North American and European customer markets," said Chip McClure, chairman, CEO and president. "In addition, our adjusted EBITDA margin doubled from the prior year's third fiscal quarter to six percent reflecting strong conversion of incremental revenue to earnings through tight cost controls."

Third-Quarter Fiscal Year 2010 Results

For the third quarter of fiscal year 2010, ArvinMeritor posted sales from continuing operations of $1.3 billion, an increase of approximately 35 percent from the same period last year led by stronger truck demand in Europe and the Americas. Income before taxes was $31 million, compared to a loss of $21 million, in the third quarter of fiscal year 2009.

Net income from continuing operations was $1 million or $0.01 per diluted share, compared to a net loss from continuing operations of $34 million or $0.47 per diluted share, in the same period last year.

Adjusted income from continuing operations was $2 million or $0.02 per diluted share, compared to an adjusted loss from continuing operations of $24 million or $0.33 per diluted share, in the same period last year. Adjusted income from continuing operations reflects an effective tax rate of approximately 82 percent driven by strong earnings in the emerging markets and the ongoing impact of valuation allowances in the United States and Europe.

After the impact of discontinued operations, the net loss was $3 million, compared to a net loss of $164 million in the prior year's third fiscal quarter.

Adjusted EBITDA was $76 million, up $48 million from the same period last year. The company had strong margin conversion on incremental sales despite the return of temporary cost reductions implemented in fiscal year 2009 and the reduced demand for certain military OEM and service products from 2009.

Free cash flow for the third quarter of fiscal year 2010 was $33 million, a decrease of $40 million compared to the prior year's third fiscal quarter. Free cash flow in the prior year's third fiscal quarter was significantly benefited by lower working capital due to the sharp decline in revenues during fiscal year 2009.

Segment Results

Commercial Truck sales were $522 million, up $225 million from the same period last year. EBITDA for the Commercial Truck segment was $25 million for the quarter, up $45 million from the third quarter loss in fiscal year 2009, primarily driven by higher sales.

Sales for the company's Industrial segment were $257 million, up $28 million from the third quarter of fiscal year 2009. EBITDA for the company's Industrial segment was $21 million, down approximately $16 million from the same period last year. Year-over-year EBITDA was negatively impacted by the completion of the MRAP military program last year, partially offset by higher sales in the segment's Asia Pacific businesses.

The Aftermarket & Trailer segment posted sales of $257 million, up $26 million from the same period last year. EBITDA for Aftermarket & Trailer was $20 million, up approximately $2 million from the third quarter of fiscal year 2009. This was a result of higher global sales, partially offset by a decrease in MRAP service parts which benefited the prior year.

Sales for the Light Vehicle Systems (LVS) segment were $309 million, up from $259 million in the same period last year. EBITDA for LVS was $15 million, up $21 million from the same period last year, due to incremental sales and results of cost-cutting actions in the prior year.

Light Vehicle Systems Update

Following a strategic evaluation of available options to divest the LVS business earlier this year, ArvinMeritor began a process for the sale of the business and is actively pursuing that strategy.

The company is reiterating its goal to complete the sale by the end of calendar year 2010. As the sales process has progressed and the financial performance of LVS has improved, ArvinMeritor no longer expects the sale to have a material effect on the company's cash flows at the time of closing.

Outlook

For the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2010 (compared to the third fiscal quarter of 2010), the company anticipates:

  • Revenue to be slightly lower due to seasonal customer shutdowns.
  • Adjusted EBITDA to be slightly lower.
  • Adjusted income from continuing operations to be slightly lower.
  • Free cash flow before factoring and restructuring to be slightly negative.
  • Free cash flow to be slightly negative primarily due to the company's semi-annual interest payment on its fixed debt securities.

"We are optimistic about the positive volume trends we are seeing both in Europe and North America, with the exception of military products," said McClure. "In addition, we are pleased with the continuing market strength in South America, China and India - particularly as we are taking actions to grow our business in those regions of the world. We are focused on continuing to convert higher revenues to earnings as we strive to achieve our long-term EBITDA margin target of 10 percent."

About ArvinMeritor

ArvinMeritor, Inc. is a premier global supplier of a broad range of integrated systems, modules and components to original equipment manufacturers and the aftermarket for the transportation and industrial sectors. The company marked its centennial anniversary in 2009, celebrating a long history of 'forward thinking.' The company serves commercial truck, trailer and specialty original equipment manufacturers and certain aftermarkets, and light vehicle manufacturers. ArvinMeritor common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol ARM. For important information about the company, visit the company's Web site at: http://www.arvinmeritor.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains statements relating to future results of the company (including certain projections and business trends) that are "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words or phrases such as "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," "should," "are likely to be," "will" and similar expressions. There are risks and uncertainties relating to the company's announced plans to sell the Body Systems business of LVS, including the timing and certainty of completion of any sale and the terms upon which any purchase and sale agreement may be entered into. Until the closing of any sale, the company will be responsible for the operation of this business. Therefore, it is possible that an extended process could result in operating losses and cash requirements for which the company would be responsible, especially if economic conditions begin again to destabilize. In addition, although the company currently expects to sell the entire business, if the company fails to do so, the company may consider other available options, including restructurings and multiple sales of portions of the business (which may involve substantial costs and the potential to lose new or replacement customer awards due to the uncertainty as to the future of the business). In addition, actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to global economic and market cycles and conditions, including the recent global economic crisis; the demand for commercial, specialty and light vehicles for which the company supplies products; risks inherent in operating abroad (including foreign currency exchange rates and potential disruption of production and supply due to terrorist attacks or acts of aggression); whether our liquidity will be affected by declining vehicle production volumes in the future; availability and sharply rising cost of raw materials, including steel and oil; OEM program delays; demand for and market acceptance of new and existing products; successful development of new products; reliance on major OEM customers; labor relations of the company, its suppliers and customers, including potential disruptions in supply of parts to our facilities or demand for our products due to work stoppages; the financial condition of the company's suppliers and customers, including potential bankruptcies; possible adverse effects of any future suspension of normal trade credit terms by our suppliers; potential difficulties competing with companies that have avoided their existing contracts in bankruptcy and reorganization proceedings; successful integration of acquired or merged businesses; the ability to achieve the expected annual savings and synergies from past and future business combinations and the ability to achieve the expected benefits of restructuring actions; the ability to achieve anticipated or continued cost savings from reduction actions; success and timing of potential divestitures; potential impairment of long-lived assets, including goodwill; potential adjustment of the value of deferred tax assets; competitive product and pricing pressures; the amount of the company's debt; the ability of the company to continue to comply with covenants in its financing agreements; the ability of the company to access capital markets; credit ratings of the company's debt; the outcome of existing and any future legal proceedings, including any litigation with respect to environmental or asbestos-related matters; the outcome of actual and potential product liability and warranty and recall claims; rising costs of pension and other post-retirement benefits and possible changes in pension and other accounting rules; as well as other risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed from time to time in filings of the company with the SEC. These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date hereof, and the company undertakes no obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by law.

All earnings per share amounts are on a diluted basis. The company's fiscal year ends on the Sunday nearest Sept. 30, and its fiscal quarters end on the Sundays nearest Dec. 31, March 31 and June 30. All year and quarter references relate to the company's fiscal year and fiscal quarters, unless otherwise stated.

Non-GAAP Measures

In addition to the results reported in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP") included throughout this press release, the company has provided information regarding Adjusted income or loss from continuing operations, Adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations, Adjusted EBITDA, Free cash flow and Free cash flow before restructuring payments and changes in off-balance sheet accounts receivable factoring and securitization, which are non-GAAP financial measures.

Adjusted income (loss) from continuing operations and Adjusted diluted earnings (loss) per share from continuing operations are defined as reported income or loss from continuing operations and reported diluted earnings or loss per share from continuing operations before restructuring expenses, asset impairment charges and other special items as determined by management. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as income (loss) from continuing operations before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, loss on sale of receivables, restructuring expenses, asset impairment charges and other special items as determined by management. Free cash flow is defined as cash flows provided by (used for) operating activities less capital expenditures.

Management believes that the non-GAAP financial measures used in this press release are useful to both management and investors in their analysis of the company's financial position and results of operations. In particular, management believes that Adjusted EBITDA is a meaningful measure of performance as it is commonly utilized by management and the investment community to analyze operating performance in our industry. Further, management uses Adjusted EBITDA for planning and forecasting in future periods. Management believes that Free cash flow and Free cash flow before restructuring payments and changes in off-balance sheet accounts receivable factoring and securitization are useful in analyzing our ability to service and repay debt.

Adjusted income (loss) from continuing operations, Adjusted diluted earnings (loss) per share from continuing operations and Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered a substitute for the reported results prepared in accordance with GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to net income as an indicator of our operating performance or to cash flows as a measure of liquidity. Free cash flow and Free cash flow before restructuring payments and changes in off-balance sheet accounts receivables factoring and securitization should not be considered a substitute for cash provided by (used for) operating activities, or other cash flow statement data prepared in accordance with GAAP, or as a measure of financial position or liquidity. In addition, these non-GAAP cash flow measures do not reflect cash used to service debt or cash received from the divestitures of businesses or sales of other assets and thus do not reflect funds available for investment or other discretionary uses. These non-GAAP financial measures, as determined and presented by the company, may not be comparable to related or similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

Set forth on the following pages are reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP.

Third-Quarter 2010 Conference Call

The company will host a conference call and Web cast to present its fiscal year 2010 third-quarter financial results on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010, at 10 a.m. (ET).

To participate, call (617) 213-4861, ten minutes prior to the start of the call. Please reference pass code 51410929 when dialing in. Investors can also listen to the conference call in real time - or for seven days by recording - by visiting www.arvinmeritor.com.

A replay of the call will be available from 1:00 p.m. on Aug. 3, to 11:59 p.m. Aug. 10, 2010, by calling (888) 286-8010 (within the United States) or (617) 801-6888 for international calls. Please refer to replay pass code number 20684298.

To access the listen-only audio Web cast, visit the ArvinMeritor Web site at www.arvinmeritor.com and select the Web cast link from the home page or the investor page.

                ARVINMERITOR, INC.
       CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS
                   (Unaudited)
     (In millions, except per share amounts)

                                                  Nine
                               Quarter           Months
                                Ended                             Ended
                              June 30,          June 30,
                              --------          --------
                             2010         2009     2010     2009
                             ----         ----     ----     ----

    Sales                  $1,275         $942   $3,628   $3,124
    Cost of sales          (1,130)        (873)  (3,244)  (2,903)
                           ------         ----   ------   ------
    GROSS MARGIN              145           69      384      221
      Selling, general
       and
       administrative         (94)         (67)    (268)    (223)
      Restructuring
       costs                   (2)          (6)      (4)     (76)
      Asset impairment
       charges                  -            -        -     (223)
      Other operating
       expense                 (6)           -       (6)      (1)
                              ---          ---      ---      ---
    OPERATING INCOME
     (LOSS)                    43           (4)     106     (302)
      Other income              1            -        2        -
      Equity in earnings
       of affiliates           14            7       35        8
      Interest expense,
       net                    (27)         (24)     (81)     (71)
                              ---          ---      ---      ---
    INCOME (LOSS)
     BEFORE INCOME
     TAXES                     31          (21)      62     (365)
      Provision for
       income taxes           (26)         (11)     (36)    (632)
                              ---          ---      ---     ----
    INCOME (LOSS) FROM
     CONTINUING
     OPERATIONS                 5          (32)      26     (997)
    LOSS FROM
     DISCONTINUED
     OPERATIONS, net
     of tax                    (4)        (112)      (5)    (167)
                              ---         ----      ---     ----
    NET INCOME (LOSS)           1         (144)      21   (1,164)
    Less: Net income
     attributable to
     noncontrolling
     interests                 (4)         (20)     (11)     (10)
                              ---          ---      ---      ---
    NET INCOME (LOSS)
     ATTRIBUTABLE TO
     ARVINMERITOR,
     INC.                     $(3)       $(164)     $10  $(1,174)
                              ===        =====      ===  =======

    NET INCOME (LOSS)
     ATTRIBUTABLE TO
     ARVINMERITOR,
     INC.
        Income (loss) from
         continuing
         operations            $1         $(34)     $15  $(1,002)
        Loss from
         discontinued
         operations            (4)        (130)      (5)    (172)
                              ---         ----      ---     ----
        Net income (loss)     $(3)       $(164)     $10  $(1,174)
                              ===        =====       ==  =======

    DILUTED EARNINGS
     (LOSS) PER SHARE
      Continuing
       operations           $0.01       $(0.47)   $0.18  $(13.82)
      Discontinued
       operations           (0.04)       (1.79)   (0.06)   (2.37)
                            -----        -----    -----    -----
    Diluted earnings
     (loss) per share      $(0.03)     $( 2.26)   $0.12  $(16.19)
                           ======      =======    =====  =======

    Diluted average
     common shares
     outstanding             96.4         72.7     84.6     72.5



                               ARVINMERITOR, INC.
                           CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET
                            (Unaudited, In millions)

                                             June 30,    September 30,
                                                   2010        2009
                                                   ----        ----
    ASSETS:
    -------
    Cash and cash equivalents                      $289         $95
    Receivables, trade and other, net               808         694
    Inventories                                     413         374
    Other current assets                            116          97
    Assets of discontinued operations                 -          56
                                                    ---         ---
    TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS                          1,626       1,316
                                                  -----       -----
    Net property                                    414         445
    Goodwill                                        423         438
    Other assets                                    354         306
                                                    ---         ---
    TOTAL ASSETS                                 $2,817      $2,505
                                                 ======      ======

    LIABILITIES AND SHAREOWNERS' EQUITY
     (DEFICIT):
    -----------------------------------
    Short-term debt                        $          -         $97
    Accounts payable                                838         674
    Other current liabilities                       475         411
    Liabilities of discontinued operations            -         107
                                                    ---         ---
    TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES                     1,313       1,289
                                                  -----       -----
    Long-term debt                                1,019         995
    Retirement benefits                           1,070       1,077
    Other liabilities                               324         310

    Shareowners' deficit attributable to
     ArvinMeritor, Inc.                            (946)     (1,195)
    Noncontrolling interests                         37          29
                                                    ---         ---
    TOTAL EQUITY (DEFICIT)                         (909)     (1,166)
                                                   ----      ------
    TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY (DEFICIT)       $2,817      $2,505
                                                 ======      ======



                             ARVINMERITOR, INC.
                 CONSOLIDATED BUSINESS SEGMENT INFORMATION
                          (Unaudited, In millions)

                                Quarter Ended        Nine Months Ended
                                   June 30,               June 30,
                                   --------               --------
                                2010           2009    2010            2009
                                ----           ----    ----            ----
     Sales:
      Commercial Truck          $522           $297  $1,413          $1,241
      Industrial                 257            229     731             667
      Aftermarket & Trailer      257            231     717             735
      Light Vehicle Systems      309            259     994             746
      Intersegment Sales         (70)           (74)   (227)           (265)
                                 ---            ---    ----            ----
      Total sales             $1,275           $942  $3,628          $3,124
                              ======           ====  ======          ======
     EBITDA:
      Commercial Truck           $25           $(20)    $52            $(39)
      Industrial                  21             37      70             102
      Aftermarket & Trailer       20             18      54              71
      Light Vehicle Systems       15             (6)     31             (53)
                                 ---            ---     ---             ---
        Segment EBITDA            81             29     207              81
        Unallocated Corporate
         Costs                    (5)            (1)    (11)             (5)
           Adjusted EBITDA       $76            $28    $196             $76
     Loss on Sale of
      Receivables                 (1)            (1)     (3)             (7)
     Depreciation and
      Amortization               (19)           (19)    (57)            (60)
     Interest Expense, Net       (27)           (24)    (81)            (71)
     Restructuring Costs          (2)            (6)     (4)            (76)
     Asset Impairment
      Charges                      -              -       -            (223)
     LVS Separation Costs          -             (1)      -              (9)
    Provision for Income
     Taxes                       (26)           (11)    (36)           (632)
                                 ---            ---     ---            ----
    Income (Loss) from
     Continuing Operations
     attributable to
     ArvinMeritor, Inc.           $1           $(34)    $15         $(1,002)
    Loss from Discontinued
     Operations
     attributable to
     ArvinMeritor, Inc.           (4)          (130)     (5)           (172)
                                 ---           ----     ---            ----
    Net Income (Loss)            $(3)         $(164)    $10         $(1,174)
                                 ===          =====     ===         =======




                                  ARVINMERITOR, INC.
                    CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS
                               (Unaudited, In millions)


                                            Nine Months Ended June 30,
                                            --------------------------
                                                  2010               2009
                                                  ----               ----
    OPERATING ACTIVITIES
    Income (loss) from continuing
     operations                                    $26              $(997)
    Adjustments to income (loss) from
     continuing operations:
      Depreciation and amortization                 57                 60
      Asset Impairment charges                       -                223
      Restructuring costs, net of
       payments                                    (13)                34
      Deferred income tax expense
       (benefit)                                    (3)               609
      Pension and retiree medical
       expense                                      71                 57
         Other adjustments to income (loss)
          from continuing operations, net           (7)                17
    Pension and retiree medical
     contributions and settlements                 (69)               (78)
    Interest proceeds on note
     receivable                                     12                  -
    Changes in off-balance sheet
     receivable securitization and
     factoring                                      62               (260)
    Changes in assets and liabilities               19                 30
                                                   ---                ---
    Operating cash flows provided by
     (used for) continuing operations              155               (305)
    Operating cash flows used for
     discontinued operations                       (16)               (36)
                                                   ---                ---
    CASH PROVIDED BY (USED FOR)
     OPERATING ACTIVITIES                          139               (341)
                                                   ---               ----
    INVESTING ACTIVITIES
    Capital expenditures                           (56)               (94)
    Other investing activities                       5                  9
                                                   ---                ---
         Net investing cash flows used for
          continuing operations                    (51)               (85)
    Net investing cash flows provided
     by (used for) discontinued
     operations                                     16                (34)
                                                   ---                ---
    CASH USED FOR INVESTING ACTIVITIES             (35)              (119)
                                                   ---               ----
    FINANCING ACTIVITIES
    Borrowings (payments) on revolving
     credit facility, net                          (28)               181
    Payments on accounts receivable
     securitization program, net                   (83)               (33)
    Proceeds from debt issuance                    245                  -
    Repayment of notes                            (193)               (83)
    Payments on lines of credit and
     other, net                                    (14)                (8)
                                                   ---                ---
         Net change in debt                        (73)                57
    Issuance and debt extinguishment
     costs                                         (45)                 -
    Proceeds from stock issuance                   209                  -
    Other financing activities                      (1)                 -
    Cash dividends                                   -                 (8)

         Net financing cash flows provided
          by continuing operations                  90                 49
    Net financing cash flows provided
     by discontinued operations                      -                  8
                                                   ---                ---
    CASH PROVIDED BY FINANCING
     ACTIVITIES                                     90                 57
    EFFECT OF CHANGES IN FOREIGN
     CURRENCY EXCHANGE
         RATES ON CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS          -                (18)
                                                   ---                ---
    CHANGE IN CASH AND CASH
     EQUIVALENTS                                   194               (421)
    CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT
     BEGINNING OF PERIOD                            95                497
                                                   ---                ---
    CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT END
     OF PERIOD                                    $289                $76
                                                  ====                ===



                        ARVINMERITOR, INC.
      ADJUSTED INCOME AND EARNINGS PER SHARE - RECONCILIATION
                             Non-GAAP
                            (Unaudited)
              (In millions, except per share amounts)


                                                      Quarter Ended
                                                         June 30,
                                                         --------
                                                     2010           2009
                                                     ----           ----

     Income (loss) from continuing
      operations
       attributable to ArvinMeritor, Inc.              $1           $(34)
    Adjustments:
        Restructuring costs                             2              6
        LVS separation costs                            -              1
        Income taxes                                   (1)             3
                                                      ---            ---
    Adjusted income (loss) from continuing
     operations                                        $2           $(24)
                                                      ===           ====

    Diluted earnings (loss) per share from
     continuing operations                          $0.01         $(0.47)
    Impact of adjustments on diluted
     earnings (loss) per share                       0.01           0.14
                                                     ----           ----
    Adjusted diluted earnings (loss) per
     share from continuing operations               $0.02         $(0.33)
                                                    =====         ======

    Diluted average common shares
     outstanding                                     96.4           72.7


                     ARVINMERITOR, INC.
               FREE CASH FLOW - RECONCILIATION
                          Non-GAAP
                  (Unaudited, in millions)


                                                   Quarter Ended
                                                     June 30,
                                                     --------
                                                 2010         2009
                                                 ----         ----

     Cash flows provided by operating
      activities                                  $47          $99
      Capital expenditures - continuing
       operations                                (14)          (22)
      Capital expenditures - discontinued
       operations                                   -           (4)
                                                  ---          ---
     Free cash flow                               $33          $73
                                                  ===          ===



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