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Tecumseh Products Company Reports 2014 Results


March 4, 2015
By PRN NewsWire

ANN ARBOR, Mich., March 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Tecumseh Products Company (NASDAQ: TECU), a leading global manufacturer of compressors and related products, today reported an operating loss of $21.0 million and a net loss of $32.7 million, or a net loss per share of $1.77, on net sales of $724.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2014. This compares with an operating loss of $19.0 million and a net loss of $37.5 million, or $2.03 per share, on net sales of $823.6 million for 2013.

“While our 2014 performance continued to be hindered by soft sales and lack of new product introductions, significant progress was made in the second half of the year,” stated Harold Karp, President and CEO. “Given our recent progress, we believe that in 2015 we will be able to correct the course and put the challenges of the past behind us. As part of this, we will be announcing our long-term, performance improvement plan that will be driven by new product introductions and innovation, continued business execution improvements as well as initiatives to address our high, fixed cost structure. Furthermore, despite the challenges, gross profit margin improved for the second year in a row, and we controlled S&A expenses in relation to net sales.”

REVIEW OF OPERATIONS

Revenue: Net sales in the year ended December 31, 2014 decreased by $99.2 million, or 12.0%, compared with the same period of 2013. Excluding the decrease in sales due to the effect of unfavorable changes in foreign currency translation of $17.9 million, net sales decreased by 9.9% compared to 2013, primarily due to lower net volume and mix, partially offset by net price increases.

Sales of compressors used in commercial refrigeration and aftermarket applications represented 62% of our total sales and decreased by 7.7% to $450.3 million in 2014, when compared to 2013.

Sales of compressors for air conditioning applications and all other applications represented 19% of our total sales and decreased by 23.4% to $138.6 million in 2014, when compared to 2013.

Sales of compressors used in household refrigeration and freezer (“R&F”) applications represented 19% of our total sales and decreased by 12.6% to $135.5 million in 2014, when compared to 2013.

Gross profit: Gross profit decreased by $7.4 million from $78.1 million, or 9.5% of net sales in 2013 to $70.7 million, or 9.8% of net sales in 2014. The decrease in gross profit in 2014 was primarily attributable to unfavorable changes in other material and manufacturing costs of $15.6 million, net unfavorable changes in volume and sales mix of $5.0 million and increases in commodity costs, primarily steel, of $3.6 million. These decreases were partially offset by favorable changes in currency exchange effect of $8.8 million and net price increases of $8.0 million.

Selling and administrative (“S&A”): Our S&A expenses decreased by $12.7 million from $104.9 million in 2013 to $92.2 million in 2014. The decrease was primarily due to a decline in depreciation expense of $5.7 million due to an information technology asset that became fully depreciated in late 2013, a decline of $3.0 million related to our incentive compensation awards, a decrease of $1.1 million in payroll and other employee benefits, a decrease of $0.9 million in professional fees and a net decrease of $2.0 million in other miscellaneous expenses. The decrease in payroll and other employee benefits included severance of $0.9 million for our former Chief Executive Officer, more than offset by other declines in payroll and employee benefits. Included in our professional fees are the fees for our board of directors, which decreased during 2014.

Other income (expense), net: Other income (expense), net decreased $12.1 million from $21.4 million in 2013 to $9.3 million in 2014. This decrease was primarily due to recording no net amortization of gains related to our postretirement benefits due to the curtailment of these benefits that was effective after December 31, 2013, as well as lower income related to various Indian government incentives and a $1.4 million gain on sale of securities in 2013 that did not recur in 2014, partially offset by a gain of $3.0 million on the sale of fixed assets at one of our U.S. locations and favorable changes in foreign currency exchange rates.

Impairments, restructuring charges, and other items: We recorded $8.8 million of expense in impairments, restructuring charges, and other items in 2014, compared to $13.6 million of expense in 2013. This expense included $4.0 million related to severance and $1.8 million related to business process re-engineering. The severance expense was primarily associated with a reduction in force at our Brazilian location.

Loss from Continuing Operations: Loss from continuing operations for the year ended December 31, 2014 was $28.3 million, or a loss from continuing operations per share of $1.53, as compared to a loss from continuing operations of $34.4 million, or $1.86 per share for the year ended December 31, 2013. This change was primarily related to lower gross profit and lower other income, partially offset by lower impairments, restructuring charges, and other items and lower S&A expenses in 2014, as compared to 2013.

Cash Flow: Cash and cash equivalents were $42.7 million at the end of 2014 and $55.0 million at the end of 2013. Cash provided by operating activities was $7.2 million in 2014, as compared to $11.6 million in 2013.

Cash used in investing activities was $1.7 million in 2014 as compared to cash used in investing activities of $22.0 million in 2013.

Cash used in financing activities was $12.9 million in 2014 compared to $9.8 million provided by financing activities in 2013.

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

While the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States of America (“GAAP”) results provide significant insight into our operations and financial position, Tecumseh management supplements its analysis of the business using Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization from Continuing Operations (“EBITDA from Continuing Operations”) and Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, Amortization, and Impairments, restructuring charges, and other items from Continuing Operations (“EBITDAR from Continuing Operations”); both of these are non-GAAP financial measures. Management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures, when taken together with the corresponding GAAP measure, provide incremental insight into the underlying factors and trends affecting our performance. However, EBITDA from Continuing Operations and EBITDAR from Continuing Operations, as defined below, should be viewed as supplemental data, rather than as a substitute or an alternative to the comparable GAAP measure. The table below presents a reconciliation of EBITDA from Continuing Operations and EBITDAR from Continuing Operations from our Net loss.

RECONCILIATION OF EBITDA FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS AND EBITDAR FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS FROM NET LOSS (in millions) Year Ended December 31, 2014 2013 —- —- Net loss $(32.7) $(37.5) Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax 4.4 3.1 Tax expense 0.5 7.7 Interest expense 10.0 9.2 Interest income (3.2) (1.5) —- —- Operating loss $(21.0) $(19.0) Depreciation and amortization 25.0 33.5 —- —- EBITDA FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS 4.0 14.5 Impairments, restructuring charges and other items 8.8 13.6 — —- EBITDAR FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS $12.8 $28.1 ===== =====

CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION

Tecumseh will broadcast its financial results conference call live over the Internet on Thursday, March 5, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time, and it expects to post, before the conference call, a slide presentation to be used in connection with the conference call. Webcast information can be found in the Investor Relations section of our website at www.tecumseh.com.

About Tecumseh Products Company

Tecumseh Products Company is a global manufacturer of hermetically sealed compressors for residential and specialty air conditioning, household refrigerators and freezers, and commercial refrigeration applications, including air conditioning and refrigeration compressors, as well as condensing units, heat pumps and complete refrigeration systems. Press releases and other investor information can be accessed via the Investor Relations section of Tecumseh Products Company’s Website at www.tecumseh.com.

Cautionary Statements Relating to Forward-Looking Statements

This release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act that are subject to the safe harbor provisions created by that Act. In addition, forward-looking statements may be made orally in the future by or on behalf of us. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of terms such as “expects,” “should,” “may,” “believes,” “anticipates,” “will,” and other future tense and forward-looking terminology. Our forward-looking statements generally relate to our future performance, including our anticipated operating results and liquidity sources and requirements, our business strategies and goals, and the effect of laws, rules, regulations, new accounting pronouncements and outstanding litigation, on our business, operating results, and financial condition.

Readers are cautioned that actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, i) our history of losses and our ability to maintain adequate liquidity in total and within each foreign operation; ii) our ability to develop successful new products in a timely manner; iii) the success of our ongoing effort to improve productivity and restructure our operations to reduce costs and bring them in line with projected production levels and product mix; iv) the extent of any business disruption that may result from the restructuring and realignment of our manufacturing operations and personnel or system implementations, the ultimate cost of those initiatives and the amount of savings actually realized; v) loss of, or substantial decline in, sales to any of our key customers; vi) current and future global or regional political and economic conditions and the condition of credit markets, which may magnify other risk factors; vii) increased or unexpected warranty claims; viii) actions of competitors in markets with intense competition; ix) financial market changes, including fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates and interest rates; x) the ultimate cost of defending and resolving legal and environmental matters, including any liabilities resulting from the regulatory antitrust investigations commenced by the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division and the Secretariat of Economic Law of the Ministry of Justice of Brazil, both of which could preclude commercialization of products or adversely affect profitability and/or civil litigation related to such investigations; xi) local governmental, environmental, trade and energy regulations; xii) availability and volatility in the cost of materials, particularly commodities, including steel, copper and aluminum, whose cost can be subject to significant variation; xiii) significant supply interruptions or cost increases; xiv) loss of key employees; xv) the extent of any business disruption caused by work stoppages initiated by organized labor unions; xvi) risks relating to our information technology systems; xvii) impact of future changes in accounting rules and requirements on our financial statements; xviii) default on covenants of financing arrangements and the availability and terms of future financing arrangements; xix) reduction or elimination of credit insurance; xx) potential political and economic adversities that could adversely affect anticipated sales and production; xxi) in India, potential military conflict with neighboring countries that could adversely affect anticipated sales and production; xxii) weather conditions affecting demand for replacement products; and xxiii) the effect of terrorist activity and armed conflict. These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date of this release, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contact: Janice Stipp Tecumseh Products Company 734-585-9507 Investor.relations@tecumseh.com

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