LAKE FOREST, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Tenneco Inc. (NYSE: TEN) announced at its annual stockholders’ meeting today that the company’s stockholders have elected Thomas C. Freyman, Brian J. Kesseler, Dennis J. Letham, James S. Metcalf, Roger B. Porter, David B. Price, Jr., Gregg M. Sherrill, Paul T. Stecko, Jane L. Warner and Roger J. Wood to the company’s board of directors. The directors have been elected to serve a term expiring at the 2019 annual meeting of stockholders.
In addition, stockholders ratified the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the company’s independent auditors for 2018 and, in an advisory vote, approved the company’s executive compensation.
The company also announced that its board of directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.25 per share on its common stock. The dividend will be payable on June 22, 2018 to stockholders of record as of June 5, 2018. The dividend is part of the dividend program announced on February 1, 2017, pursuant to which the company intends to pay a regular quarterly cash dividend to holders of its common stock, representing a planned annual dividend of $1.00 per share. Future dividends will be subject to Board approval.
During the meeting, the company also provided additional information on its April 10 announcement of an agreement to acquire Federal-Mogul and subsequently create two independent public companies.
Tenneco anticipates the aftermarket and ride performance company would be the spun off company, as it will be the smaller of the two new companies and represents lower refinancing costs. The spun off company will enter into new financing arrangements prior to the spin with an expected net debt to adjusted EBITDA leverage ratio around 3.0x when the companies separate. The leverage target for the aftermarket and ride performance company is between 1.5x to 2.0x.
Tenneco also anticipates the powertrain technology company would be the remaining company and will retain the existing combined company debt structure. It is expected that some or all of the existing Federal-Mogul bonds will be refinanced with proceeds from the aftermarket and ride performance company financing transactions. The remaining company is anticipated to have a leverage ratio of about 2.3x when the businesses are separated with a goal to reduce leverage to between 1.0x to 1.5x.
Tenneco is a $9.3 billion global manufacturing company with headquarters in Lake Forest, Illinois and approximately 32,000 employees worldwide. Tenneco is one of the world’s largest designers, manufacturers and marketers of ride performance and clean air products and systems for automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment markets and the aftermarket. Tenneco’s principal brand names are Monroe®, Walker®, XNOx™ and Clevite®Elastomers.
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In addition, please see Tenneco’s financial results press release for factors that could cause Tenneco’s future performance to vary from the expectations expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements herein.
Additional Information and Where to Find It. In connection with the proposed transaction between Tenneco Inc. (the “Company”) and Federal-Mogul LLC, the Company intends to file relevant materials with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including a preliminary proxy statement on Schedule 14A. Following the filing of the definitive proxy statement with the SEC, the Company will mail the definitive proxy statement and a proxy card to each stockholder entitled to vote at the special meeting relating to the proposed transaction. This communication is not a substitute for the proxy statement or other document(s) that the Company may file with the SEC in connection with the proposed transaction. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF THE COMPANY ARE URGED TO READ CAREFULLY THE PROXY STATEMENT (INCLUDING ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO) AND OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE COMPANY, FEDERAL-MOGUL AND THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. Investors and security holders may obtain free copies of the proxy statement and other relevant materials (when they become available), and any and all documents filed by the Company with the SEC may be obtained for free at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. In addition, stockholders may obtain free copies of the documents filed with the SEC by the Company via the Company’s Investor Relations section of its website at investors.tenneco.com or by contacting Investor Relations by directing a request to the Company, Attention: Investor Relations, 500 North Field Drive in Lake Forest, Illinois 60045 or by calling (847) 482-5162.
Certain Information Regarding Participants. The Company and its respective directors and executive officers may be deemed participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the proposed transaction. Information about the persons who may, under the rules of the SEC, be considered to be participants in the solicitation of the Company’s stockholders in connection with the proposed transaction, and any interest they have in the proposed transaction, will be set forth in the definitive proxy statement when it is filed with the SEC. Additional information regarding these individuals is set forth in the Company’s proxy statement for its 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on April 4, 2018, its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, which was filed with the SEC on February 28, 2018, and its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2018, which was filed with the SEC on May 10, 2018. You may obtain these documents (when they become available) free of charge at the SEC’s web site at www.sec.gov and from Investor Relations at the Company.
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