News Release
ArvinMeritor Reports Fiscal Year 2007 and Fourth-Quarter Results

TROY, Mich., Nov. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ArvinMeritor, Inc. (NYSE: ARM) today reported financial results for its full fiscal year and fourth quarter ended Sept. 30, 2007.

Fiscal Year 2007 Highlights

  • Sales from continuing operations for fiscal year 2007 were $6.4 billion, up $34 million, compared to fiscal year 2006.
  • On a GAAP basis, net loss from continuing operations was $30 million, or $0.43 per diluted share.
  • Earnings per share from continuing operations for fiscal 2007, before special items, were $0.53 per diluted share.
  • Net debt was reduced by $146 million during the fiscal year despite negative free cash flow of $113 million.

Fourth-Quarter Highlights

  • Fourth-quarter sales were $1.6 billion, flat from the same period last year.
  • On a GAAP basis, net loss from continuing operations was $23 million, or $0.32 per diluted share.
  • Fourth-quarter loss from continuing operations, before special items, was $4 million, or $0.06 per diluted share.
  • Free cash flow of $178 million, and a $215 million reduction in net debt, for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2007.

"Despite the solid progress we are making in implementing our strategic initiatives, our results this quarter were negatively impacted by weaker than anticipated North American truck production and the continuing capacity challenges in our European truck operations," said Chairman, CEO and President Chip McClure. "Going forward, we believe European capacity issues will be less severe due to actions we are taking to implement lean manufacturing improvements and bring new suppliers into the pipeline.

"Following this period of extended softness in the North American truck market, we expect to see a rebound as the industry gradually returns in 2008. In Europe, we look forward to continued strong sales volumes, and in Asia and South America, we expect volumes to grow significantly."

Fourth-Quarter Results 2007

For the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2007, ArvinMeritor posted sales of $1.6 billion, flat over the same period last year. Sales reflect the continued downturn in Class 8 North American truck sales offset by stronger volumes in other regions.

Operating income in the fourth quarter of 2007, before special items, was $8 million, compared to operating income, before special items, of $56 million in the prior year's fourth quarter.

Loss from continuing operations during the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2007, before special items, was $4 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, compared to income from continuing operations, before special items, of $29 million, or $0.41 per diluted share, a year ago. Fourth-quarter results reflect reduced North American volumes and significant premium costs associated with record European volumes.

Special items included costs associated with supplier reorganizations, restructuring expenses and certain non-recurring tax charges. Combined, these items accounted for approximately $0.26 per share of additional expense in the fourth quarter.

For the fourth quarter of 2007, ArvinMeritor reported positive free cash flow of $178 million.

Fourth-Quarter Accomplishments

Accomplishments in the fourth fiscal quarter of 2007 include:

  • Sourced as the supplier on the majority of the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles awarded thus far, with additional potential upside as new awards are announced.
  • Entered into arrangement with Chery Motors in China that the company expects will ramp up to anticipated sales of $150 million annually by 2010.
  • Announced closure of four additional manufacturing facilities in North America, as part of previously announced restructuring actions.
  • Awarded new business to supply more than four million window regulator motors annually to Hyundai Motor Company worldwide.

Outlook for 2008

The company's fiscal year 2008 forecast for light vehicle sales is 16 million vehicles in North America and 17 million vehicles in Western Europe. The company's light vehicle outlook is now based on expected sales volume, rather than production forecasts, as in the past.

ArvinMeritor's forecast for North American Class 8 truck production is in the range of 210,000 to 230,000 units in fiscal year 2008. The forecast for heavy and medium truck volumes in Western Europe is in the range of 530,000 to 540,000 units.

ArvinMeritor's 2008 sales are expected to be in the range of $6.8 billion to $7.0 billion, and full-year diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $1.40 to $1.60. This guidance excludes gains or losses on divestitures, restructuring costs, and other special items, including any extended customer shutdowns or production interruptions.

"We are encouraged by our prospects for 2008," said McClure. "We anticipate that our Performance Plus initiatives, combined with the aggressive internal programs we have implemented to drive cost reductions, will help to mitigate the soft market conditions in the first half of fiscal year 2008. We are on track to generate $75 million in cost savings in 2008 and $150 million in annual cost savings by 2009."

About ArvinMeritor

ArvinMeritor, Inc. is a premier global supplier of a broad range of integrated systems, modules and components to the motor vehicle industry. The company serves commercial truck, trailer and specialty original equipment manufacturers and certain aftermarkets, and light vehicle manufacturers. Headquartered in Troy, Mich., ArvinMeritor employs approximately 18,000 people in 23 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

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. 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; 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 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; 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; 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 income or loss from continuing operations, diluted earnings per share and operating income 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 operating income or loss plus or minus special items. Other non-GAAP financial measures include "EBITDA," "net debt" and "free cash flow." EBITDA is defined as income or loss from continuing operations before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization and loss on sale of receivables. We use EBITDA as the primary basis to evaluate the performance of each of our reportable segments. Net debt is defined as total debt less the fair value adjustment of notes due to interest rate swaps, less cash. Free cash flow represents net cash provided by 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 EBITDA is a meaningful measure of performance as it is commonly utilized by management and the investment community to analyze operating performance and entity valuation; net debt is an important indicator of the company's overall leverage; and free cash flow is useful in analyzing the company's ability to service and repay its debt. Further, management uses these non-GAAP measures for planning and forecasting in future periods.

These non-GAAP measures should not be considered a substitute for the reported results prepared in accordance with GAAP. EBITDA 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. Neither net debt nor free cash flow should be considered substitutes for debt, cash provided by operating activities, or other balance sheet or cash flow statement data prepared in accordance with GAAP, or as a measure of financial position or liquidity. In addition, the calculation of free cash flow does not reflect cash used to service debt or cash received from the divestitures of businesses or sales of other assets and thus does 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, if applicable, to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP.

Fourth-Quarter Results Conference Call

The company will host a telephone conference call and Web cast to discuss the company's fiscal year 2007 fourth-quarter and full year financial results on November 14, 2007, at 9 a.m. (ET). To participate, call (866) 223-0615 ten minutes prior to the start of the call. Please reference participant passcode 20982262 when dialing in. Investors can also listen to the conference call in real time - or for 90 days by recording - by visiting www.arvinmeritor.com.

A replay of the call will be available from 11 a.m. November 14, to 11:59 p.m. Nov. 16, 2007, by calling (866) 247-4222 (within the United States) or 44 (0) 1452 55 00 00 for international calls. Please refer to replay access number 20982262.

To access the 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 STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS
              (Unaudited, in millions, except per share amounts)

                                                               Twelve Months
                                             Quarter Ended         Ended
                                             September 30,     September 30,
                                             2007     2006     2007     2006

     Sales                                 $1,592   $1,587   $6,449   $6,415
     Cost of sales                         (1,483)  (1,468)  (5,957)  (5,910)
     GROSS MARGIN                             109      119      492      505
       Selling, general, and administrative  (114)     (74)    (379)    (336)
       Restructuring costs                    (10)      (8)     (71)     (18)
       Other income (expense)                  (1)      (3)      11       20
     OPERATING INCOME  (LOSS)                 (16)      34       53      171
       Equity in earnings of affiliates        10        9       34       32
       Interest expense, net and other        (22)     (28)    (110)    (131)
     INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAXES        (28)      15      (23)      72
       Income tax benefit                      10       38        8       54
       Minority interests                      (5)      (3)     (15)     (14)
     Income (loss) from continuing
      operations                              (23)      50      (30)     112
     Loss from discontinued operations        (39)    (324)    (189)    (287)

     NET LOSS                                $(62)   $(274)   $(219)   $(175)

     DILUTED EARNINGS (LOSS) PER SHARE
       Continuing operations               $(0.32)   $0.71   $(0.43)   $1.60
       Discontinued operations              (0.54)   (4.60)   (2.68)   (4.09)
     Diluted loss per share                $(0.86)  $(3.89)  $(3.11)  $(2.49)

     Diluted shares outstanding              71.7     70.4     70.5     70.2



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

                                                               Twelve Months
                                             Quarter Ended         Ended
                                             September 30,     September 30,
                                             2007     2006     2007     2006
    Sales:
      Commercial Vehicle Systems           $1,035   $1,082   $4,205   $4,179
      Light Vehicle Systems                   557      505    2,244    2,236
    Total Sales                            $1,592   $1,587   $6,449   $6,415

    Segment EBITDA:
      Commercial Vehicle Systems              $35      $74     $221     $293
      Light Vehicle Systems                     2       12       36       58
         Total Segment EBITDA                  37       86      257      351
     Unallocated Costs                         (3)      (4)     (11)      (8)
     ET Corporate Allocations                  (9)      (8)     (36)     (29)
         Total EBITDA                          25       74      210      314
     Loss on Sale of Receivables               (3)      (1)      (9)      (1)
     Depreciation and Amortization            (33)     (33)    (129)    (124)
     Interest Expense, Net                    (22)     (28)    (110)    (131)
     Income Tax Benefit                        10       38        8       54
     Income (Loss) From Continuing
      Operations                             $(23)     $50     $(30)    $112



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

                                                 September 30,   September 30,
                                                     2007            2006
     ASSETS                                       (Unaudited)
     Cash and cash equivalents                        $409              $350
     Receivables, net                                1,223             1,098
     Inventories                                       541               488
     Other current assets                              216               248
     Assets of discontinued operations                   -             1,206
     Net property                                      738               719
     Goodwill                                          520               503
     Other assets                                    1,142               896
     TOTAL ASSETS                                   $4,789            $5,508

     LIABILITIES AND SHAREOWNERS' EQUITY
     Short-term debt                                   $18               $56
     Accounts payable                                1,342             1,106
     Other current liabilities                         719               706
     Liabilities of discontinued operations              -               712
     Long-term debt                                  1,130             1,174
     Retirement benefits                               763               487
     Other liabilities                                 209               259
     Minority interests                                 65                64
     Shareowners' equity                               543               944
     TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREOWNERS' EQUITY      $4,789            $5,508



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

                                                        Twelve Months Ended
                                                           September 30,
                                                      2007              2006
                                                  (Unaudited)

    CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES              $36              $440

    INVESTING ACTIVITIES
      Capital expenditures                            (120)             (107)
      Proceeds from dispositions of
       property and businesses                          12                54
      Other investing activities                         5               (16)
      Net investing cash flows provided
       by discontinued operations                      199               179
    CASH PROVIDED BY INVESTING ACTIVITIES               96               110

    FINANCING ACTIVITIES
        Change in U.S. accounts
         receivable securitization program             (40)              (72)
        Proceeds from issuance of
         convertible notes and term loan               200               470
        Repayment of notes and term loan              (249)             (672)
        Borrowings (payments) on lines of
         credit and other, net                           3               (57)
           Net change in debt                          (86)             (331)
        Debt issuance and extinguishment costs         (10)              (28)
        Proceeds from exercise of stock options         28                 1
        Cash dividends                                 (29)              (28)
        Other financing activities                      (1)                -
        Net financing cash flows used for
         discontinued operations                         -                (5)
    CASH USED FOR FINANCING ACTIVITIES                 (98)             (391)

    IMPACT OF CURRENCY ON CASH AND CASH
     EQUIVALENTS                                        25                 4

    CHANGE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS                 59               163
    CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT
     BEGINNING OF PERIOD                               350               187
    CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT END OF PERIOD        $409              $350



                              ARVINMERITOR, INC.
               SELECTED FINANCIAL INFORMATION - RECONCILIATION
                                   Non-GAAP
            (Unaudited, in millions, except for per share amounts)

                                                                      Q4 FY 07
                                                                       Before
                                     Q4 FY 07  Restruc-         Income Special
                                     Reported  turing  Other(1) Taxes  Items

    Sales                             $1,592     $-       $-      $-   $1,592
    Gross Margin                         109      -        9       -      118
    Operating Income                     (16)    10       14       -        8
    Income from Continuing Operations    (23)     6        9       4       (4)
    Diluted Earnings Per Share -
     Continuing Operations            $(0.32) $0.08    $0.12   $0.06   $(0.06)

    Segment EBITDA
      Commercial Vehicle Systems         $35     $1       $9      $-      $45
      Light Vehicle Systems                2      8        3       -       13
    Total Segment EBITDA                 $37     $9      $12      $-      $58
    Segment EBITDA Margins
      Commercial Vehicle Systems         3.4%                             4.3%
      Light Vehicle Systems              0.4%                             2.3%
    Total Segment EBITDA Margins         2.3%                             3.6%

    (1) Other includes costs associated with product disruptions, supplier
        reorganizations, environmental remediation and other.



                                ARVINMERITOR, INC.
                 SELECTED FINANCIAL INFORMATION - RECONCILIATION
                                     Non-GAAP
              (Unaudited, in millions, except for per share amounts)

                               Ride
                               Control
                       Twelve  Fair                                    Before
                       Months  Value                    Debt           Special
                       Ended   Adjust- Restruc-         Extingu- Income Items
                      9/30/07  ment    turing  Other(1) ishment  Taxes 9/30/07

    Sales              $6,449      $-      $-      $-      $-      $-  $6,449
    Gross Margin          492       -       -       7       -       -     499
    Operating Income       53     (10)     71      12       -       -     126
    Income from
     Continuing
     Operations           (30)     (6)     44       8       4      18      38
    Diluted Earnings Per
     Share - Continuing
     Operations        $(0.43) $(0.08)  $0.62   $0.11   $0.05   $0.26   $0.53

    Segment EBITDA
      Commercial Vehicle
       Systems           $221      $-     $11      $-      $-      $-    $232
      Light Vehicle
       Systems             36     (12)     54      12       -       -      90
    Total Segment EBITDA $257    $(12)    $65     $12      $-      $-    $322
    Segment EBITDA
     Margins
      Commercial Vehicle
       Systems            5.3%                                            5.5%
      Light Vehicle
       Systems            1.6%                                            4.0%
    Total Segment EBITDA
     Margins              4.0%                                            5.0%

    (1) Other includes costs associated with product disruptions, supplier
        reorganizations, environmental remediation and other.



                              ARVINMERITOR, INC.
               SELECTED FINANCIAL INFORMATION - RECONCILIATION
                                   Non-GAAP
            (Unaudited, in millions, except for per share amounts)

                                                     Environ-
                                                     mental,          Q4 FY 06
                                                     Severance         Before
                         Q4 FY 06  Retiree  Restruc- and       Income  Special
                         Reported  Medical  turing   Other     Taxes   Items

    Sales                  $1,587      $-      $-       $-       $-    $1,587
    Gross Margin              119       5       -        3        -       127
    Operating Income           34       5       8        9        -        56
    Income from Continuing
    Operations                 50       3       5        6      (35)       29
    Diluted Earnings Per
     Share - Continuing
     Operations             $0.71   $0.04   $0.07    $0.09   $(0.50)    $0.41

    Segment EBITDA
      Commercial Vehicle
       Systems                $74      $5      $3       $2       $-       $84
      Light Vehicle
       Systems                 12       -       5        3       $-        20
    Total Segment EBITDA      $86      $5      $8       $5       $-      $104

    Segment EBITDA Margins
      Commercial Vehicle
       Systems                6.8%                                        7.8%
      Light Vehicle Systems   2.4%                                        4.0%
    Total Segment EBITDA
     Margins                  5.4%                                        6.6%



                              ARVINMERITOR, INC.
                  EBITDA BEFORE SPECIAL ITEMS RECONCILIATION
                                   Non-GAAP
                           (Unaudited, in millions)

                                                               Twelve Months
                                             Quarter Ended         Ended
                                             September 30,     September 30,
                                             2007     2006     2007     2006

     Total EBITDA - Before Special Items      $49      $96     $281     $366
       Restructuring Costs                    (10)      (8)     (71)     (18)
       Reversal of Impairment Reserves          -        -       12        -
       Gain on Divestitures                     -        -        -       28
       Retiree Medical                          -       (5)       -       (5)
       Other (1)                              (14)      (9)     (12)     (57)
       Loss on Sale of Receivables             (3)      (1)      (9)      (1)
       Depreciation and Amortization          (33)     (33)    (129)    (124)
       Interest Expense, Net and other        (22)     (28)    (110)    (131)
       Income Tax Benefit                      10       38        8       54
     Income (Loss) From Continuing
      Operations                             $(23)     $50     $(30)    $112

    (1) Other includes costs associated with product disruptions, supplier
        reorganizations, environmental remediation, severance and other.



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

                                             Three Months       Twelve Months
                                                Ended               Ended
                                             September 30,      September 30,
                                             2007     2006      2007     2006

     Cash provided by operating
      activities                             $226     $128       $36     $440
     Less: Capital expenditures (1)           (48)     (46)     (149)    (156)
     Free cash flow                          $178      $82     $(113)    $284

    (1) Includes capital expenditures of discontinued operations.



                              ARVINMERITOR, INC.
                             NET DEBT COMPOSITION
                                   Non-GAAP
                           (Unaudited, in millions)

                   September 30, June 30, March 31, December 31, September 30,
                           2007     2007      2007         2006          2006

    Total Debt           $1,148   $1,226    $1,237       $1,311        $1,230
    Less: Cash             (409)    (284)     (222)        (369)         (350)
    Less: Fair value
     adjustment of notes    (13)      (1)       (8)          (8)           (8)
      Net Debt             $726     $941    $1,007         $934          $872


    

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