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ArvinMeritor Reports Fiscal Year 2005 Third-Quarter Results

TROY, Mich., July 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ArvinMeritor, Inc. (NYSE: ARM) today reported financial results for its third fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2005.

* Sales of $2.4 billion, up 15 percent from the same period last year

* Commercial Vehicle Systems (CVS) sales of $1.1 billion, up $256 million, or 30 percent, from last year's third quarter, with an operating margin of 6.4 percent, up from 5.7 percent in the third quarter of the prior year

* Income from continuing operations, excluding $4 million of after-tax restructuring costs for programs announced in May, was $48 million, or $0.70 cents per diluted share, up 14 percent from the same period last year

* Free cash flow was $51 million, an improvement of $48 million compared to the third quarter of fiscal year 2004

"We had a strong third quarter, despite difficult industry conditions," said Chairman, CEO and President Charles G. "Chip" McClure. "Continued strong volumes in our CVS business, along with a well-balanced product, customer and geographic mix, drove increased sales. The restructuring actions we announced in May are beginning to produce results and strengthen our overall financial position. I am proud of our entire organization and what we have been able to accomplish during an exceptionally demanding time."

Third-Quarter Results 2005

For the third quarter of fiscal year 2005, ArvinMeritor posted sales of $2.4 billion, a 15-percent increase when compared to the same period last year. The primary factors that contributed to this increase were higher volumes in CVS and sales from the company's new commercial vehicle axle joint ventures with the Volvo Group in Europe. In addition, currency translation, primarily due to the stronger euro in relation to the U.S. dollar, increased sales approximately $60 million.

Operating income was $90 million, up $8 million or 10 percent, compared to $82 million in the prior year's third quarter. Operating income for the quarter includes $6 million of restructuring costs associated with programs announced in May. The increase in operating income was driven primarily by increased volumes in CVS and a continued focus on reducing cost and improving productivity.

Income from continuing operations was $44 million, or $0.64 per diluted share, compared to $42 million, or $0.61 per diluted share a year ago. Excluding the $4 million of after-tax restructuring costs associated with programs announced in May, income from continuing operations was $48 million, or $0.70 per diluted share. These results are in line with the guidance the company provided in June.

James Donlon, ArvinMeritor's chief financial officer, said, "Although the cost of steel continued to have a negative impact on our financial performance this quarter, we're beginning to see some moderation in the higher costs for steel." Steel costs, net of recovery, were approximately $20 million higher in the third quarter than in the same period last year.

Income from discontinued operations was $2 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, compared to $9 million, or $0.13 per diluted share last year. This decline is largely attributable to $6 million of after-tax costs associated with the company's new supply agreement with Midas announced in May, and the loss of income resulting from the sale of Roll Coater in November 2004.

Net income was $46 million, or $0.66 per diluted share, compared to net income of $51 million, or $0.74 per diluted share last year.

Rationalize and Refocus

As part of its ongoing efforts to rationalize and refocus its business, ArvinMeritor is on track with its previously announced workforce reductions and facility closures. In large part, these actions affect the global operations of the Light Vehicle Systems (LVS) business. Recently, the company announced the closing of a light vehicle exhaust operation in Mosciano, Italy. It also announced its intention to move the manufacturing of trailer axles from Wrexham, U.K., to a more cost efficient location. This move will potentially affect about 200 employees.

The company also announced today that it is extending the timeframe for completion of the proposed sale of its Light Vehicle Aftermarket (LVA) business into fiscal year 2006. "We remain committed to becoming a more focused company, said McClure. "We are approaching the sale of LVA in a disciplined manner, and we are determined to achieve fair market value and a favorable return for ArvinMeritor and its shareowners."

Fourth-Quarter and Fiscal Year 2005 Outlook

ArvinMeritor's forecast for North American Class 8 truck production is 310,000 units in fiscal year 2005, up from the previous outlook of 307,000 units. The company's outlook for Western European heavy and medium truck volumes is 420,000 units, down slightly from the previous outlook of 421,000 units.

For light vehicle production, the company's fiscal year 2005 outlook is 15.6 million vehicles in North America, unchanged from our previous forecast, and 16.4 million vehicles in Western Europe, down from 16.9 million units.

"Our sales outlook for fiscal year 2005 remains strong and is expected to be approximately $8.8 billion," said McClure. The company expects its income from continuing operations for fiscal year 2005 to be at the higher end of the previously forecasted range of $1.40 to $1.60 per diluted share, before special items.

"We are encouraged by the early results of our restructuring plan," McClure continued. "Moving quickly is imperative in today's automotive industry, and we intend to continue our efforts to evaluate all areas of the company. We will work diligently as a team to take the necessary actions to remove excess capacity, reduce fixed costs and increase our operational efficiencies."

About ArvinMeritor

ArvinMeritor, Inc. is a premier $8 billion global supplier of a broad range of integrated systems, modules and components to the motor vehicle industry. The company serves light vehicle, commercial truck, trailer and specialty original equipment manufacturers and related aftermarkets. Headquartered in Troy, Mich., ArvinMeritor employs approximately 31,000 people at more than 120 manufacturing facilities in 25 countries. ArvinMeritor common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol ARM. For more information, visit the company's Web site at: http://www.arvinmeritor.com /.

Forward-Looking Statements

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.

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. 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 conditions; 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); availability and cost of raw materials, including steel; 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 customers and suppliers; the financial condition of the company's suppliers and customers, including potential bankruptcies; successful integration of acquired or merged businesses; the ability to achieve the expected annual savings and synergies from past and future business combinations; success and timing of potential divestitures; potential impairment of long-lived assets, including goodwill; competitive product and pricing pressures; the amount of the company's debt; 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; as well as other risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, those detailed from time to time in the filings of the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Non-GAAP Measures

In addition to the results reported in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (GAAP), the company has provided information regarding income from continuing operations, diluted earnings per share, and segment operating income and margins before special items which are non-GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP measures are defined as reported income or loss from continuing operations, reported diluted earnings or loss per share and segment operating income plus or minus special items. The company has also provided information about "free cash flow," a non-GAAP financial measure. Free cash flow represents net cash provided by operating activities before the net change in securitized and factored accounts receivables, less capital expenditures. The company believes it is appropriate to exclude the net change in securitized and factored accounts receivables in the calculation of free cash flow since the sale of receivables may be viewed as a substitute for borrowing activity.

Management believes these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to both management and investors in the analysis of the company's results of operations and financial position. Management believes free cash flow is useful in analyzing the company's ability to service and repay its debt. These non-GAAP measures should not be considered a substitute for the reported results of operations or cash provided by operating activities prepared in accordance with GAAP. Furthermore, free cash flow does not reflect all available cash that could be used to service debt and does not reflect all funds available for investment or other discretionary uses. These non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to related or other similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

Included is a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP.

Third-Quarter Results Conference Call

The company will host a telephone conference call and Web cast to discuss the company's fiscal year 2005 third quarter financial results on Thursday, July 28, 2005, at 11:15 a.m. (ET). To participate, call (706) 643-7449 approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. Please reference ArvinMeritor when dialing in to participate. Investors can also listen to the conference call in real time -- or for 90 days by recording -- by visiting http://www.arvinmeritor.com .

A replay of the call will be available from 1 p.m. July 28, until midnight, July 30, 2005, by calling (800) 642-1687 (within the United States and Canada) or (706) 645-9291 (international calls). Please refer to passcode 7411218.

To access the listen-only audio Web cast, visit the ArvinMeritor Web site at http://www.arvinmeritor.com/ and click on the Web cast link on either the home page or investor page.



                               ARVINMERITOR, INC.
                          CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT
                             (Unaudited, in millions)

                                           Quarter Ended   Nine Months Ended
                                               June 30,          June 30,
                                            2005     2004     2005     2004
                                                     (Unaudited)
     Sales                                 $2,411   $2,099   $6,777   $6,019
     Cost of Sales                         (2,210)  (1,913)  (6,293)  (5,513)
     GROSS MARGIN                             201      186      484      506
       SG&A                                  (104)    (100)    (288)    (289)
       Restructuring Costs                     (7)      (4)     (81)     (11)
       Gain on Divestitures                     -        -        4       20
       Environmental Remediation Costs          -        -       (6)      (8)
       Customer Bankruptcies                    -        -      (10)       -
       Costs for Withdrawn Tender Offer         -        -        -      (16)
     OPERATING INCOME                          90       82      103      202
       Equity in Earnings of Affiliates         7        5       20       12
       Gain on Sale of Marketable
        Securities                              -        -        -        7
       Interest Expense, Net and Other        (31)     (26)     (89)     (77)
     INCOME BEFORE TAXES                       66       61       34      144
       Provision for Income Taxes             (18)     (16)      (9)     (39)
       Minority Interests                      (4)      (3)      (4)      (8)
     Income From Continuing Operations         44       42       21       97
     Income from Discontinued Operations        2        9       10       14

     NET INCOME                               $46      $51      $31     $111

     DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE
       Continuing Operations                $0.64    $0.61    $0.30    $1.41
       Discontinued Operations               0.02     0.13     0.15     0.21
     Diluted Earnings Per Share             $0.66    $0.74    $0.45    $1.62

     Diluted Shares Outstanding              69.2     68.8     69.3     68.6

Note: Prior periods have been restated for the change in accounting for certain inventories and discontinued operations.



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

                                           Quarter Ended   Nine Months Ended
                                               June 30,          June 30,
                                            2005     2004     2005     2004
                                            (Unaudited)       (Unaudited)
    Sales:
      Light Vehicle Systems                $1,293   $1,237   $3,720   $3,703
      Commercial Vehicle Systems            1,118      862    3,057    2,316
    Total Sales                            $2,411   $2,099   $6,777   $6,019


    Operating Income (Loss):
      Light Vehicle Systems                   $20      $33     $(35)    $110
      Commercial Vehicle Systems               72       49      146      116
    Segment Operating Income                   92       82      111      226
      Environmental Remediation Costs           -        -       (6)      (8)
      Unallocated Corporate Costs              (2)       -       (2)       -
      Costs for Withdrawn Tender Offer          -        -        -      (16)
    Total Operating Income                    $90      $82     $103     $202

Note: Prior periods have been restated for the change in accounting for certain inventories and discontinued operations.



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

                                                  June 30,       September 30,
                                                    2005              2004
                                                 (Unaudited)
     ASSETS
     Cash                                             $180              $132
     Receivables                                     1,519             1,478
     Inventories                                       571               523
     Other current assets                              256               238
     Assets of discontinued operations                 575               615
     Net property                                    1,009             1,032
     Goodwill                                          800               808
     Other assets                                      816               813
     TOTAL ASSETS                                   $5,726            $5,639

     LIABILITIES AND SHAREOWNERS' EQUITY
     Short-term debt                                   $40                $3
     Accounts payable                                1,448             1,366
     Accrued and other current
      liabilities                                      664               622
     Liabilities of discontinued
      operations                                       241               282
     Other liabilities                                 771               830
     Long-term debt                                  1,472             1,487
     Minority interest                                  58                61
     Equity                                          1,032               988
     TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREOWNERS' EQUITY      $5,726            $5,639



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

                                                         Nine Months Ended
                                                              June 30,
                                                       2005              2004
    OPERATING ACTIVITIES
    Income from continuing operations                  $21               $97
      Adjustments to income from
       continuing operations
        Depreciation and other amortization            137               138
        Gain on divestitures                            (4)              (20)
        Gain on sale of marketable securities            -                (7)
        Restructuring costs, net of payments            55                 1
        Pension and retiree medical expense             82                99
    Pension and retiree medical contributions         (141)             (185)
    Proceeds from termination of interest
     rate swaps                                         22                 -
    Changes in receivable securitization
     and factoring                                     137              (115)
    Changes in assets and liabilities                 (174)              (71)
    Net cash flows provided by (used for)
     continuing operations                             135               (63)
    Net cash flows provided by (used for)
     discontinued operations                          (147)               48
    CASH USED FOR OPERATING ACTIVITIES                 (12)              (15)

    INVESTING ACTIVITIES
      Capital expenditures                            (102)              (97)
      Acquisitions of businesses and
       investments, net of cash acquired               (24)               (1)
      Proceeds from dispositions of
       property and businesses                          38                84
      Proceeds from sale of marketable
       securities                                        -                18
      Net investing cash flows provided
       by (used for) discontinued
       operations                                      157               (10)
    CASH PROVIDED BY (USED FOR) INVESTING
     ACTIVITIES                                         69                (6)

    FINANCING ACTIVITIES
        Net change in revolving debt                     -                45
        Payment of notes                               (21)                -
        Net change in other debt                        23                 5
      Net change in debt                                 2                50
      Proceeds from exercise of stock options            5                 5
      Cash dividends                                   (21)              (21)
    CASH PROVIDED BY (USED FOR) FINANCING
     ACTIVITIES                                        (14)               34

    IMPACT OF CURRENCY ON CASH                           5                 6

    CHANGE IN CASH                                      48                19
    CASH AT BEGINNING OF PERIOD                        132               103
    CASH AT END OF PERIOD                             $180              $122

Note: Prior periods have been restated for the change in accounting for certain inventories and discontinued operations.



                               ARVINMERITOR, INC.
                 SELECTED FINANCIAL INFORMATION - RECONCILIATION
                                    Non-GAAP
                            (Unaudited, in millions)

                                          Q3 FY 05   Restructuring   Q3 FY 05
                                          Reported     Actions       Adjusted
    Sales                                  $2,411         $-          $2,411
    Operating Income                           90          6              96
    Income from Continuing Operations          44          4              48
    Diluted Earnings Per Share -
     Continuing Operations                  $0.64      $0.06           $0.70

    Operating Income
      LVS Operating Income                    $20         $5             $25
      CVS Operating Income                     72          1              73
    Segment Operating Income                   92          6              98
      Unallocated Corporate Costs              (2)         -              (2)
    Total Operating Income                    $90         $6             $96

    Operating Margins
      LVS                                     1.5%                       1.9%
      CVS                                     6.4%                       6.5%
    Segment Operating Margins                 3.8%                       4.1%
    Total Operating Margins                   3.7%                       4.0%




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

                                Cash Flow
                               Provided by     A/R
                                (Used for)  Securitiz-   Capital     Free Cash
                                Operating    ation &   Expenditures*   Flow
                                Activities  Factoring


    Nine Months ended 06/30/05    $(12)      $(137)      $(107)       $(256)
    Six Months ended 03/31/05     (203)        (38)        (66)        (307)
    Three Months ended 06/30/05   $191        $(99)       $(41)         $51

    * Includes capital expenditures of discontinued operations of $5 million
for the nine months ended 06/30/05 and $3 million for the six months ended
03/31/05.

                                  Cash Flow
                               Provided by     A/R
                                (Used for)  Securitiz-   Capital     Free Cash
                                Operating    ation &   Expenditures*   Flow
                                Activities  Factoring


    Nine Months ended 06/30/04     $(15)      $115       $(108)        $(8)
    Six Months ended 03/31/04        34         27         (72)        (11)
    Three Months ended 06/30/04    $(49)       $88        $(36)         $3

* Includes capital expenditures of discontinued operations of $11 million for the nine months ended 06/30/04 and $9 million for the six months ended 03/31/04.

SOURCE ArvinMeritor, Inc.

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CONTACT:
Media Inquiries:
Lin Cummins
248-435-7112
linda.cummins@arvinmeritor.com

Investor Inquiries:
Brian Casey
248-435-0015
brian.casey@arvinmeritor.com
both of ArvinMeritor, Inc.

 
 
 
 
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