Dana Corporation Announces Third-Quarter Results

Oct 17, 2000

           Earnings in Line with Previously Announced Expectations

    TOLEDO, Ohio, Oct. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Dana Corporation (NYSE: DCN) today
announced that its sales for the quarter ended Sept. 30 were $2.9 billion,
down from $3.1 billion for the same period last year.
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    Operating income for the quarter totaled $61 million, or 41 cents per
share -- in line with expectations announced by the company on Sept. 18.
Reported net income for the period was $29 million, or 19 cents per share.
This included net non-recurring expenses of $32 million after tax, primarily
attributable to the closure of the company's Reading, Pa., Structural Products
facility.  For the third quarter of 1999, the company reported net income of
$162 million or 97 cents per share.  Last year's results included
approximately $11 million of non-recurring after-tax charges.
    Dana's nine-month consolidated sales were $9.6 billion, compared to $9.9
billion during the same period last year.  Net income for the first three
quarters was $418 million, or $2.71 per share.  This total included net non-
recurring income of $43 million after tax.  Comparable results from 1999 were
net income of $513 million, or $3.07 per share, including non-recurring
charges of approximately $21 million after tax.
    Among the factors impacting Dana's quarterly results were a number of
broad issues that affected the industry as a whole.  These included unexpected
reductions in production schedules for light truck and sport utility vehicles
manufactured by several of Dana's largest customers, a declining U.S. heavy
truck market, softness in the U.S. and European aftermarkets, and the
continued weakness of the Euro.
    "The past several months have been difficult for our entire sector, but
because of Dana's business mix, we have been particularly hard hit by the
convergence of all four of these factors," said Dana Chairman and CEO Joe
Magliochetti.  "These challenges have come at a time when we are actively
repositioning Dana to focus on long-term, profitable growth in our foundation
    "We remain focused on our strategic direction. Year to date, we have
divested businesses with annual sales in excess of $660 million, for which we
have received proceeds of $562 million," he said.  "Moving forward, we will
continue to evaluate the future of operations outside of our foundation
businesses and aggressively pursue the divestiture of those that are
considered to be non-strategic.
    "We will continue to use our free cash flow, supported by these
divestiture proceeds, to invest in those technologies and businesses that will
drive our global growth, as well as for share repurchases and debt reduction,"
he added.
    Dana Chief Financial Officer Bob Richter said, "We have undertaken a
number of aggressive actions to respond to current market conditions.  These
include significant expense reduction initiatives, limitations on capital
spending, and workforce reductions totaling more than 3,500 people.  This
includes the reductions associated with the closure of the Reading plant.
    "We also continue to work toward the resolution of the software
implementation and integration issues associated with the consolidation of the
Automotive Aftermarket Group's Engine Controls warehouses, which are impacting
our performance.
    "Until we see positive developments with respect to the factors that
affected our third quarter, we will remain guarded in our outlook for the
fourth quarter," he said.
    Yesterday, Dana's Board approved a quarterly dividend of 31 cents per
share payable Dec. 15, 2000, to shareholders of record on Dec. 1.  This will
mark Dana's 252nd consecutive dividend -- dating back to 1936 -- without a
reduced or missed payment.
    Dana will hold a conference call at 9:30 a.m. (EDT) today to discuss its
third-quarter results.  The dial-in number is (800) 275-3210.  Please dial
into the conference 15 minutes prior to the start.  A recording of this
conference call will be available after 5 p.m. (EDT) Wednesday, Oct. 18.  To
access this recording, please dial (800) 537-8823.
    Dana Corporation is one of the world's largest suppliers to vehicle
manufacturers and their related aftermarkets.  Founded in 1904 and based in
Toledo, Ohio, the company operates approximately 320 major facilities in 32
countries and employs more than 80,000 people.  The company reported sales of
$13.2 billion in 1999.  Dana's Internet address is http://www.dana.com .
    Certain statements contained herein constitute "forward-looking"
statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
of 1995.  These statements involve assumptions, uncertainties, and risks, and
Dana's actual future results, performance, or achievements may differ
materially from those expressed or implied in these statements.  Among the
factors that could affect Dana's actual results are the ability of various
vehicular customers and suppliers to achieve projected sales and production
levels, the cyclical nature of the vehicular industry, international economic
conditions, and further delays in consolidation of the company's Engine
Controls warehouse network.  Additional factors are detailed in Dana's public
filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Dana does not undertake
to update any forward-looking statements contained herein.

    Dana Corporation
    (in millions, except
    per share amounts)
                                               Three Months Ended September 30

                                                       1999           2000

    Sales                                             $3,127         $2,855
    Net Income                                           162             29
    Net Income Per Common Share -
      Basic                                            $0.98          $0.19
      Diluted                                          $0.97          $0.19

    Average Shares Outstanding -
      For Basic EPS                                      166            149
      For Diluted EPS                                    167            150

                                                Nine Months Ended September 30

                                                       1999           2000

    Sales                                             $9,915         $9,601
    Net Income                                           513            418
    Net Income Per Common Share -
      Basic                                            $3.10          $2.73
      Diluted                                          $3.07          $2.71
    Average Shares Outstanding -
      For Basic EPS                                      166            153
      For Diluted EPS                                    167            154

SOURCE Dana Corporation

Web Site: http://www.dana.com

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