October 30, 2007

TRW Reports Third Quarter 2007 Financial Results

LIVONIA, Mich., Oct. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. (NYSE: TRW - News), the global leader in active and passive safety systems, today reported third-quarter 2007 financial results with sales of $3.5 billion, an increase of 16 percent compared to the same period a year ago. The Company reported third quarter net earnings of $23 million or $0.22 per diluted share, which compares to net earnings of $5 million or $0.05 per diluted share in the prior year period.



"The growing market demand for our advanced active and passive safety products is helping to drive our solid 2007 financial performance," said John Plant, president and chief executive officer. "We have seen a 16 percent increase in total sales related to electronic stability control, electric park brake, electrically powered steering, tire pressure monitoring and side and curtain airbag systems during the first nine months of the year. In addition to the success of these products, we continue to derive significant benefits from the diversity of having nearly 70 percent of sales outside the challenging North American market, aggressive cost reduction efforts and interest savings attributable to our 2007 debt recapitalization."



Mr. Plant added, "Safety continues to be a major focus of manufacturers and governments seeking to reduce driving related injuries and fatalities, and of consumers who want their vehicles equipped with technology that can help protect their families. As the global leader in safety with the most comprehensive portfolio of products on the market, we are at the forefront of development and are recognized as a solution provider, especially when it comes to integrated products that encompass both active and passive safety technologies."



Third Quarter 2007
The Company reported third-quarter 2007 sales of $3.5 billion, an increase of $480 million or 16 percent over the prior year period. The 2007 quarter benefited from higher customer vehicle production in Europe and China, continued growth of safety products in all markets (including a higher mix of lower margin modules) and the positive effect of foreign currency translation. These positive factors were partially offset by price reductions provided to customers.



Operating income for third-quarter 2007 was $95 million, which compares favorably to $82 million in the prior year period. Restructuring and asset impairment expenses in the 2007 period were $13 million, which compares to $3 million in 2006. Excluding these expenses from both periods, operating income was $108 million in 2007, which represents an increase of 27 percent compared to the 2006 adjusted result. The year-to-year increase was driven primarily by higher product volumes and savings generated from cost improvement and efficiency programs, including reductions in pension and OPEB related costs. These positive factors were in part offset by pricing provided to customers and higher commodity costs.



Net interest and securitization expense for the third quarter of 2007 totaled $56 million, which compares to $62 million in the prior year. The year-to-year decline can be attributed to the benefits derived from the Company's 2007 debt recapitalization, which was completed during the second quarter of this year.



Tax expense was $18 million in both 2007 and 2006. The effective tax rate in the 2007 quarter was 44 percent, which compares favorably to 78 percent in the prior year primarily due to a change in the Company's geographical earnings mix.



The Company reported third-quarter 2007 net earnings of $23 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, which compares to $5 million or $0.05 per diluted share in the 2006 period.



Earnings before interest, securitization costs, loss on retirement of debt (where applicable), taxes, depreciation and amortization, or EBITDA, were $237 million in the third quarter, which compares to the prior year level of $213 million.



Year-to-Date 2007
For the nine-month period ended September 28, 2007, the Company reported sales of $10.8 billion, an increase of $944 million or approximately 10 percent compared to prior year sales of $9.9 billion. The 2007 period benefited primarily from higher product volumes related to new product growth, robust industry sales in overseas markets and the positive effect of foreign currency translation. These positive factors were partially offset by the decline in North American customer vehicle production and price reductions provided to customers.



Operating income for the 2007 year-to-date period was $475 million, which compares to $510 million in the prior year. The lower level of income can be attributed primarily to the first quarter, in which operating income declined $52 million. The significant decline in the first quarter resulted primarily from a weak industry production environment and an adverse mix of products sold, together with other issues, including underperformance in the Automotive Components segment. Helping to offset the first quarter decline, the Company reported year-to-year improvements in operating income in both the second and third quarters primarily due to savings generated from cost improvement and efficiency programs, including reductions in pension and OPEB related costs, higher product volumes and other positive items. These factors more than offset pricing provided to customers and higher commodity costs. Restructuring and asset impairment expenses in the nine-month year-to-date 2007 period were $32 million, which compares to $22 million in 2006.



Net interest and securitization expense for the first nine months of 2007 was $177 million, which represents a decrease from the prior year result of $184 million. Benefits derived from the Company's 2007 debt recapitalization more than offset the unfavorable impact of higher interest rates between the two periods.



As a reminder, actions related to the debt recapitalization included a $1.5 billion Senior Note offering, the tender for substantially all of the Company's outstanding $1.3 billion Notes and the refinancing of its $2.5 billion credit facilities. The Company incurred expenses of $155 million in the 2007 period related to these transactions. In the 2006 period, the Company incurred charges of $57 million also related to debt retirement.



Tax expense in the first nine months of 2007 was $116 million, resulting in an effective tax rate of 77 percent, which compares to $134 million or 48 percent in the prior year. The effective tax rate excluding previously mentioned debt retirement expenses from both periods was 38 percent in 2007, which compares to 40 percent in 2006.



Year-to-date 2007 net earnings were $34 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, which compares to $143 million or $1.38 per diluted share in the 2006 period. Net earnings excluding the previously mentioned debt retirement costs from both periods were $189 million or $1.84 per diluted share in 2007, which compares to $200 million or $1.93 per diluted share in 2006.



EBITDA for the first nine months of 2007 was $890 million, which is lower than the prior year level of $899 million, primarily due to the lower level of operating income in the current year.



Cash Flow and Capital Structure
Third quarter net cash flow from operating activities was a use of $(158) million, which included the pay down of $127 million of outstanding borrowings under the Company's U.S. based Accounts Receivable Securitization Facility ("Receivable Facility"). As previously reported, the Company's second quarter 2007 cash flow benefited from proceeds related to borrowings under the Receivable Facility in the same amount. Third quarter net cash flow excluding the pay down of the Receivable Facility was a use of $(31) million, which compares to a source of $1 million in the prior year. Third quarter capital expenditures were $111 million compared to $132 million in 2006.



For the nine-month period ended September 28, 2007, net cash flow from operating activities was a use of $(89) million, which compares to a source of $252 million in the prior year. The year-to-year comparison was negatively impacted by higher working capital needs in the 2007 period and a higher level of business in Europe and Asia where net payment terms are presently less favorable than in North America. Year-to-date capital expenditures were $339 million compared to $334 million in 2006.



As mentioned previously, the Company completed its debt recapitalization plan during the second quarter of 2007. Transactions related to the plan included the refinancing of the Company's $2.5 billion credit facilities on May 9, 2007. Prior to this transaction, on March 26, 2007, the Company completed its $1.5 billion Senior Note offering and repurchased substantially all of the existing $1.3 billion Notes through a tender offer. The Company incurred debt retirement charges of approximately $155 million during the year-to-date period related to these transactions.



On February 2, 2006, the Company's wholly owned subsidiary, Lucas Industries Limited, completed the tender for its outstanding GBP 94.6 million 10 7/8% bonds. As a result of the transaction, the Company incurred a $57 million charge for loss on retirement of debt.



As of September 28, 2007, the Company had $3,515 million of debt and $486 million of cash and marketable securities, resulting in net debt (defined as debt less cash and marketable securities) of $3,029 million. This net debt outcome, excluding the previously mentioned Receivable Facility repayment, is $144 million higher than the balance at the end of the second quarter primarily due to the seasonal cash outflow in the third quarter.



2007 Outlook
With nine months of results reported, the Company refined its full year 2007 outlook, which now calls for sales of approximately $14.5 billion (including fourth quarter sales of $3.7 billion). The Company narrowed its estimates for net earnings per diluted share to be in the range of $0.60 to $0.80. Net earnings excluding debt retirement expenses of $155 million are expected to be in the range of $2.10 to $2.30.



This guidance range reflects pre-tax restructuring expenses of approximately $45 million (including approximately $13 million in the fourth quarter). The effective tax rate after excluding debt retirement costs is expected to be in the range of approximately 40 to 42 percent. Lastly, the Company expects capital expenditures in 2007 to be slightly below 4 percent of sales.



Third Quarter 2007 Conference Call
The Company will host its third-quarter conference call at 9:00 a.m. (EDT) today, Tuesday, October 30, to discuss financial results and other related matters. To access the conference call, U.S. locations should dial (877) 852- 7898, and locations outside the U.S. should dial (706) 634-1095.
A replay of the conference call will be available approximately two hours after the conclusion of the call and accessible for approximately one week. To access the replay, U.S. locations should dial (800) 642-1687, and locations outside the U.S. should dial (706) 645-9291. The replay code is 19609851. A live audio webcast and subsequent replay of the conference call will also be available on the Company's website at www.trw.com/results.



Reconciliation to GAAP
In addition to GAAP results included within this press release, the Company has provided certain information which is not calculated according to GAAP ("non-GAAP"). Management believes these non-GAAP measures are useful to evaluate operating performance and/or regularly used by security analysts, institutional investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of the Company.
Non-GAAP measures are not purported to be a substitute for any GAAP measure and, as calculated, may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies. For a reconciliation of non-GAAP measures to the closest GAAP measure and for share amounts used to derive earnings per share, please see the financial schedules that accompany this release.



About TRW
With 2006 sales of $13.1 billion, TRW Automotive ranks among the world's leading automotive suppliers. Headquartered in Livonia, Michigan, USA, the Company, through its subsidiaries, operates in 28 countries and employs approximately 63,800 people worldwide. TRW Automotive products include integrated vehicle control and driver assist systems, braking systems, steering systems, suspension systems, occupant safety systems (seat belts and airbags), electronics, engine components, fastening systems and aftermarket replacement parts and services.



All references to "TRW Automotive", "TRW" or the "Company" in this press release refer to TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. and its subsidiaries, unless otherwise indicated. TRW Automotive news is available on the internet at www.trw.com.



Forward-Looking Statements
This release contains statements that are not statements of historical fact, but instead are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Our actual results could differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements made in this release. Such risks, uncertainties and other important factors which could cause our actual results to differ materially from those contained in our forward-looking statements are set forth in our Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2006 (the "10-K") and on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 30 and June 29, 2007, and include: production cuts or restructuring by our major customers; work stoppages or other labor issues at the facilities of our customers or suppliers; non-performance by, or insolvency of, our suppliers and customers, which may be exacerbated by bankruptcies and other pressures within the automotive industry; the inability of our suppliers to deliver products at the scheduled rate and disruptions arising in connection therewith; interest rate risk arising from our variable rate indebtedness; loss of market share by domestic vehicle manufacturers; efforts by our customers to consolidate their supply base; severe inflationary pressures impacting the market for commodities; escalating pricing pressures from our customers; our dependence on our largest customers; fluctuations in foreign exchange rates; our substantial leverage; product liability and warranty and recall claims and efforts by customers to alter terms and conditions concerning warranty and recall participation; limitations on flexibility in operating our business contained in our debt agreements; the possibility that our owners' interests will conflict with ours and other risks and uncertainties set forth under "Risk Factors" in the 10-K and in our other SEC filings. We do not intend or assume any obligation to update any of these forward-looking statements.

  
                        TRW Automotive Holdings Corp.

            Index of Condensed Consolidated Financial Information

                                                            Page

    Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings
     (unaudited)for the three months ended September
     28, 2007 and September 29, 2006                          A2

    Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings
     (unaudited) for the nine months ended September
     28, 2007 and September 29, 2006                          A3


    Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets as of
     September 28, 2007 (unaudited) and December
     31, 2006                                                 A4

    Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash
     Flows (unaudited) for the nine months ended
     September 28, 2007 and September 29, 2006                A5

    Reconciliation of GAAP Net Earnings to EBITDA
     (unaudited) for the three and nine month
     periods ended September 28, 2007 and September
     29, 2006                                                 A6

    Reconciliation of GAAP Net Earnings to Adjusted
     Earnings (unaudited) for the nine months ended
     September 28, 2007                                       A7

    Reconciliation of GAAP Net Earnings to Adjusted
     Earnings (unaudited) for the nine months ended
     September 29, 2006                                       A8



The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial information and reconciliation schedules should be read in conjunction with the TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006 and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the periods ended March 30, 2007 and June 29, 2007, as filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission on February 23, 2007, May 2, 2007 and August 1, 2007, respectively.



                                      A2
                        TRW Automotive Holdings Corp.

                Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings
                                 (Unaudited)

    (In millions, except per share
    amounts)                                           Three Months Ended
                                                  September 28,  September 29,
                                                        2007         2006

    Sales                                             $3,495        $3,015
    Cost of sales                                      3,260         2,785
        Gross profit                                     235           230
    Administrative and selling expenses                  126           134
    Amortization of intangible assets                      9             9
    Restructuring charges and asset impairments           13             3
    Other (income) expense - net                          (8)            2
        Operating income                                  95            82
    Interest expense - net                                54            62
    Accounts receivable securitization costs               2             -
    Equity in earnings of affiliates, net of tax          (5)           (6)
    Minority interest, net of tax                          3             3
        Earnings before income taxes                      41            23
    Income tax expense                                    18            18
        Net earnings                                     $23            $5


    Basic earnings per share:
      Earnings per share                               $0.23         $0.05
      Weighted average shares                          100.6         100.8

    Diluted earnings per share:
      Earnings per share                               $0.22         $0.05
      Weighted average shares                          103.3         104.0



                                      A3
                        TRW Automotive Holdings Corp.

                Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings
                                 (Unaudited)

    (In millions, except per share
    amounts)                                           Nine Months Ended
                                                  September 28,  September 29,
                                                       2007          2006

    Sales                                            $10,816        $9,872
    Cost of sales                                      9,921         8,923
        Gross profit                                     895           949
    Administrative and selling expenses                  401           403
    Amortization of intangible assets                     27            27
    Restructuring charges and asset impairments           32            22
    Other income - net                                   (40)          (13)
        Operating income                                 475           510
    Interest expense - net                               173           182
    Loss on retirement of debt                           155            57
    Accounts receivable securitization costs               4             2
    Equity in earnings of affiliates, net of tax         (20)          (19)
    Minority interest, net of tax                         13            11
        Earnings before income taxes                     150           277
    Income tax expense                                   116           134
        Net earnings                                     $34          $143


    Basic earnings per share:
      Earnings per share                               $0.34         $1.43
      Weighted average shares                           99.5         100.2

    Diluted earnings per share:
      Earnings per share                               $0.33         $1.38
      Weighted average shares                          102.8         103.6



                                      A4
                        TRW Automotive Holdings Corp.

                    Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

    (Dollars in millions)                                     As of
                                                   September 28,  December 31,
                                                        2007         2006
                                                   (Unaudited)
                                     Assets
    Current assets:
      Cash and cash equivalents                        $473          $578
      Marketable securities                              13            11
      Accounts receivable - net                       2,616         2,049
      Inventories                                       910           768
      Prepaid expenses and other current assets         290           270
    Total current assets                              4,302         3,676

    Property, plant and equipment - net               2,806         2,714
    Goodwill                                          2,285         2,275
    Intangible assets - net                             718           738
    Pension asset                                     1,053           979
    Other assets                                        762           751
      Total assets                                  $11,926       $11,133

            Liabilities, Minority Interests and Stockholders' Equity

    Current liabilities:
      Short-term debt                                  $161           $69
      Current portion of long-term debt                  26           101
      Trade accounts payable                          2,077         1,977
      Accrued compensation                              295           271
      Other current liabilities                       1,143         1,257
    Total current liabilities                         3,702         3,675

    Long-term debt                                    3,328         2,862
    Post-retirement benefits other than pensions        638           645
    Pension benefits                                    700           722
    Other long-term liabilities                         842           723
      Total liabilities                               9,210         8,627

    Minority interests                                  128           109

    Commitments and contingencies

    Stockholders' equity:
      Capital stock                                       1             1
      Treasury stock                                      -             -
      Paid-in-capital                                 1,170         1,125
      Retained earnings                                 342           308
      Accumulated other comprehensive earnings        1,075           963
    Total stockholders' equity                        2,588         2,397
      Total liabilities, minority interests and
       stockholders' equity                         $11,926       $11,133



                                      A5
                        TRW Automotive Holdings Corp.

               Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
                                 (Unaudited)

    (Dollars in millions)                               Nine Months Ended
                                                  September 28,  September 29,
                                                      2007          2006
    Operating Activities
    Net earnings                                      $34           $143
    Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net
     cash (used in) provided by operating
     activities:
      Depreciation and amortization                   408            381
      Other - net                                      16             (7)
    Changes in assets and liabilities, net of
     effects of businesses acquired:
      Accounts receivable - net, and receivable
       from affiliate                                (424)           (94)
      Inventories                                     (86)           (38)
      Trade accounts payable                          (10)          (112)
      Other assets                                     (9)            13
      Other liabilities                               (18)           (34)
        Net cash (used in) provided by operating
         activities                                   (89)           252

    Investing Activities
    Capital expenditures                             (339)          (334)
    Proceeds from asset sales and divestitures, net
    of acquisitions                                    32              9
    Other - net                                       (12)            (1)
      Net cash used in investing activities          (319)          (326)

    Financing Activities
    Change in short-term debt                          66            (25)
    Net proceeds from revolving credit facility       638              -
    Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt, net
     of fees                                        2,584             28
    Redemption of long-term debt                   (3,000)          (291)
    Proceeds from exercise of stock options            29             21
      Net cash provided by (used in) financing
       activities                                     317           (267)
    Effect of exchange rate changes on cash           (14)            40
    Decrease in cash and cash equivalents            (105)          (301)
    Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of
     period                                           578            659
    Cash and cash equivalents at end of period       $473           $358



                                      A6
                        TRW Automotive Holdings Corp.

                Reconciliation of GAAP Net Earnings to EBITDA
                                 (Unaudited)

The reconciliation schedule below should be read in conjunction with the TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006 and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the periods ended March 30, 2007 and June 29, 2007, which contain summary historical data.



The EBITDA measure calculated in the following schedule is a measure used by management to evaluate operating performance. Management believes that EBITDA is a useful measurement because it is frequently used by securities analysts, institutional investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in our industry.



EBITDA is not a recognized term under GAAP and does not purport to be an alternative to net earnings (losses) as an indicator of operating performance, nor to cash flows from operating activities as a measure of liquidity. Additionally, EBITDA is not intended to be a measure of free cash flow for management's discretionary use, as it does not consider certain cash requirements such as interest payments, tax payments and debt service requirements. Because not all companies use identical calculations, this presentation of EBITDA may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies.



   (Dollars in millions)                            Three Months Ended
                                               September 28,    September 29,
                                                    2007            2006
    GAAP net earnings                               $23              $5
      Income tax expense                             18              18
      Interest expense - net                         54              62
      Accounts receivable securitization
       costs                                          2               -
      Depreciation and amortization                 140             128

    EBITDA                                         $237            $213

    (Dollars in millions)                             Nine Months Ended
                                                September 28,  September 29,
                                                     2007          2006
    GAAP net earnings                                $34           $143
      Income tax expense                             116            134
      Interest expense - net                         173            182
      Loss on retirement of debt                     155             57
      Accounts receivable securitization
       costs                                           4              2
      Depreciation and amortization                  408            381

    EBITDA                                          $890           $899



                                      A7
                        TRW Automotive Holdings Corp.

           Reconciliation of GAAP Net Earnings to Adjusted Earnings
                                 (Unaudited)

In conjunction with the Company's tender offer and repurchases of its then outstanding old notes, the Company recorded a loss on retirement of debt of $148 million during the nine months ended September 28, 2007. This loss included $112 million for redemption premiums paid, $20 million for the write- off of deferred debt issue costs, $11 million relating to the principal amount in excess of carrying value of the 9 3/8% Senior Notes and $5 million of fees.



The Company entered into its Fifth Amended and Restated Credit Agreement dated as of May 9, 2007, which provides for $2.5 billion in senior secured credit facilities, consisting of (i) a 5-year $1.4 billion Revolving Credit Facility, (ii) a 6-year $600 million Term Loan A-1 Facility and (iii) a 6.75- year $500 million Term Loan B-1 Facility (collectively, the "Facilities"). Proceeds from the Facilities were used to refinance $2.5 billion of existing senior secured credit facilities and pay fees and expenses related to the refinancing. The Company recorded a loss on retirement of debt related to the transaction of $7 million during the nine months ended September 28, 2007.



The following reconciliation excludes the impact of the loss on retirement
of debt.



  

                                        Nine                         Nine
                                       Months                       Months
                                       Ended                        Ended
                                    September 28,                September 28,
    (In millions, except                2007                          2007
     per share amounts)                Actual      Adjustments      Adjusted

    Sales                              $10,816      $   -           $10,816
    Cost of sales                        9,921          -             9,921
        Gross profit                       895          -               895
    Administrative and selling
     expenses                              401          -               401
    Amortization of intangible
     assets                                 27          -                27
    Restructuring charges and
     asset impairments                      32          -                32
    Other income - net                     (40)         -               (40)
        Operating income                   475          -               475
    Interest expense, net                  173          -               173
    Loss on retirement of debt             155       (155)(a)             -
    Account receivable
     securitization costs                    4          -                 4
    Equity in earnings of
    affiliates, net of tax                 (20)         -               (20)
    Minority interest, net of tax           13          -                13
        Earnings before income
         taxes                             150        155               305
    Income tax expense                     116          -               116

        Net earnings                       $34       $155              $189

    Effective tax rate                      77 %                         38 %

    Basic earnings per share:
      Earnings per share                 $0.34                        $1.90
      Weighted average shares             99.5                         99.5

    Diluted earnings per share:
      Earnings per share                 $0.33                        $1.84
      Weighted average shares            102.8                        102.8

    (a) Reflects the elimination of the loss on retirement of debt.



                                      A8
                        TRW Automotive Holdings Corp.

           Reconciliation of GAAP Net Earnings to Adjusted Earnings
                                 (Unaudited)

In conjunction with the Company's February 2, 2006 repurchase of its subsidiary Lucas Industries Limited's 94.6 million pounds Sterling 10 7/8% bonds due 2020 for 137 million pounds, or approximately $243 million, the Company recorded a loss on retirement of debt of 32 million pounds, or approximately $57 million. Such loss on retirement of debt carries zero tax benefit due to the Company's tax loss position in the respective jurisdiction.



The following adjustment excludes the loss on retirement of debt to show the impact as if this transaction had not occurred.

  
                                        Nine                         Nine
                                       Months                       Months
                                       Ended                        Ended
                                    September 29,                September 29,
    (In millions, except                2006                        2006
     per share amounts)                Actual      Adjustments    Adjusted

    Sales                             $9,872      $    -           $9,872
    Cost of sales                      8,923           -            8,923
        Gross profit                     949           -              949
    Administrative and selling
     expenses                            403           -              403
    Amortization of intangible
     assets                               27           -               27
    Restructuring charges and
    asset impairments                     22           -               22
    Other income - net                   (13)          -              (13)
        Operating income                 510           -              510
    Interest expense, net                182           -              182
    Loss on retirement of debt            57         (57)(a)            -
    Account receivable
     securitization costs                  2           -                2
    Equity in earnings of
     affiliates, net of tax              (19)          -              (19)
    Minority interest, net of
     tax                                  11           -               11
        Earnings before income
         taxes                           277          57              334
    Income tax expense                   134           -              134

        Net earnings                    $143         $57             $200

    Effective tax rate                    48 %                         40 %

    Basic earnings per share:
      Earnings per share               $1.43                        $2.00
      Weighted average shares          100.2                        100.2

    Diluted earnings per share:
      Earnings per share               $1.38                        $1.93
      Weighted average shares          103.6                        103.6

    (a) Reflects the elimination of the loss on retirement of debt.






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