Tecumseh Products Company Reports First Quarter 2013 Results

         Tecumseh Products Company Reports First Quarter 2013 Results

-- Net sales for the first quarter of 2013 decreased 5.5% to $207.6 million.
Excluding the decrease in sales due to the effect of changes in foreign
currency translation of $8.1 million, net sales decreased by 1.8% compared to
the first quarter of 2012, primarily due to net volume and mix decreases,
partially offset by price increases.

-- Net loss for the quarter was $8.4 million, or $0.45 per share, and the
operating loss was $5.4 million.

-- The Company plans to continue implementing initiatives to re-engineer its
product lines, reduce costs and increase organizational efficiency and
operational performance.

-- EBITDAR from continuing operations for the first quarter was $7.3 million
compared to $4.9 million in the first quarter of 2012.

PR Newswire

ANN ARBOR, Mich., May 6, 2013

ANN ARBOR, Mich., May 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Tecumseh Products Company
(Nasdaq: TECUA, TECUB), a leading global manufacturer of compressors and
related products, today reported an operating loss of $5.4 million and a net
loss of $8.4 million, or $0.45 per share, on net sales of $207.6 million for
the quarter ended March31, 2013. This compares with an operating loss of $5.9
million and a net loss of $7.1 million, or $0.38 per share, on net sales of
$219.6 million for 2012.

"With prolonged revenue weakness in the first quarter 2013, the company has
reduced structural costs through restructuring actions," said Jim Connor,
President and CEO. "We consolidated office space to reduce lease costs, we
continued to reduce global headcount and on the product side we launched three
new condensing lines in North America. We will take actions necessary to
right size the company, with a goal to achieve profitability."

REVIEW OF OPERATIONS

Net sales in the first quarter of 2013 decreased $12.0 million, or 5.5%,
versus the same period of 2012. Excluding the decrease in sales due to the
effect of unfavorable changes in foreign currency translation of $8.1 million,
net sales decreased by 1.8% compared to the first quarter of 2012, primarily
due to net volume and mix decreases, partially offset by price increases.

Sales of compressors used in commercial refrigeration and aftermarket
applications represented 57% of our total sales and decreased 8.5% compared to
the first quarter of 2012 to $118.6 million. This decrease was primarily
driven by lower volumes and unfavorable changes in sales mix of $9.8 million
and unfavorable changes in currency exchange rates of $1.8 million, partially
offset by price increases of $0.6 million. Volume decreases are mainly
attributable to our North American and European markets due to continued soft
market conditions, partially offset by volume increases attributable to our
Brazilian and Indian operations.

Sales of compressors for air conditioning applications and all other
applications represented 23% of our total sales and increased 27.4% compared
to the first quarter of 2012 to $47.0 million.This increase is primarily due
to higher volumes and favorable changes in sales mix of $12.7 million and
price increases of $0.1 million, partially offset by unfavorable currency
exchange rate changes of $2.7 million.Volume increases are primarily the
result of increased demand at our Brazilian location, as well as increased
demand in Europe and the Middle East, partially offset by reduced sales due to
soft market conditions in North America, specifically in the trucking
industry.

Sales of compressors used in household refrigeration and freezer ("R&F")
applications represented 20% of our total sales and decreased 20.9% compared
to the first quarter of 2012 to $42.0 million. This decrease is primarily due
to lower volumes and unfavorable changes in sales mix of $7.7 million and
unfavorable changes in currency exchange rates of $3.6 million, partially
offset by price increases of $0.2 million.Volume decreases are primarily the
result of lower local demand at our Brazilian location.

Gross profit increased $6.5 million, from $15.6 million in the first quarter
of 2012 to $22.1 million in the first quarter of 2013. Our gross profit
margin increased from 7.1% to 10.6% in the first quarter of 2012 and 2013,
respectively. The increase in gross profit in 2013 was primarily attributable
to favorable changes in currency exchange effects of $4.5 million, favorable
changes in commodity costs of $1.3 million, price increases of $0.9 million,
favorable changes in volume and sales mix of $0.6 million and favorable
changes in other expenses of $0.6 million. These increases were partially
offset by unfavorable changes in other material and manufacturing costs of
$1.4 million.

Selling and administrative ("S&A") expenses increased by $2.5 million from
$26.6 million in the first quarter of 2012 to $29.1 million in the first
quarter of 2013. As a percentage of net sales, S&A expenses were 14.0% in the
first quarter of 2013 compared to 12.1% in the first quarter of 2012. This
change was primarily due to increases of $2.0 million in expense relating to
our incentive compensation plan awards, $0.3 million for professional services
and $0.2 in other miscellaneous expenses. We record expense related to our
incentive compensation plan awards when we estimate that it is more likely
than not that we will achieve the threshold levels of performance as outlined
in the incentive compensation plan awards. As of March 31, 2013, we estimate
that it is more likely than not that we will partially achieve some of our
target level of performance. As a result, during the first quarter of 2013, we
recorded $0.1 million of compensation expense for phantom share awards and
$0.2 million compensation expense for the cash portion of the awards.In
addition, we adjusted the value of our outstanding phantom shares, SARs and
DSUs from prior year awards to market value, which resulted in an expense of
$1.7 million.

Other income (expense), net, decreased $1.3 million from $6.3 million in the
first quarter of 2012 to $5.0 million in the first quarter of 2013. This
decrease is primarily due to $1.3 million unfavorable change in foreign
currency exchange rates, a $1.1 million decline in income from Indian
government incentives due to a one-time incentive which occurred in 2012 and a
$0.4 million decrease in miscellaneous other income, partially offset by $1.5
million increase in net amortization of gains for our postretirement benefits
primarily due to the curtailment of these benefits.

We recorded $3.4 million of expense in impairments, restructuring charges, and
other items in the first quarter of 2013 compared to $1.2 million of expense
in the same period of 2012. In the first quarter of 2013, this expense
included $2.3 million related to severance, $0.6 million related to business
process re-engineering and $0.5 million of costs related to relocation of our
corporate office.

Interest expense was $2.3 million in the first quarter of 2013 compared to
$2.6 million in the same period of 2012. Our average borrowings increased
slightly, and our weighted average interest rate for these borrowings
decreased to 8.3% for the three months ended March 31, 2013 from 9.3% for the
three months ended March 31, 2012. This decrease was primarily due to lower
weighted average interest rates in India due to changes in mix of the
borrowings and the timing of these borrowings. Our weighted average interest
rate of factored accounts receivable decreased to 7.0% for the three months
ended March 31, 2013 from 9.3% for the three months ended March 31, 2012,
primarily due to an increase in factoring under our European factoring
facility, as well as, lower weighted average rates for our Brazilian facility.
Our average amount of accounts receivables factored remained consistent with
the first quarter 2012 levels, with an increase in factoring under our
European factoring facility, offset by a decrease in factoring under our
Brazilian facility.

Interest income was $0.3 million in the first quarter of 2013 compared to $0.8
million in the first quarter of 2012, primarily due to a decline in the
interest rate on a judicial deposit in Brazil that is being held in an
interest bearing court appointed cash account.

For the first quarter of 2013, we recorded a tax expense of $0.1 million from
continuing operations.This tax expense is attributable to our foreign
locations.The $1.3 million income tax benefit from continuing operations for
the first quarter of 2012 is comprised of $0.2 million in foreign tax expense
and a U.S. federal tax benefit of $1.5 million.

Net loss from continuing operations for the quarter ended March31, 2013 was
$7.5 million, or $0.40 per share, as compared to a net loss from continuing
operations of $6.4 million, or $0.34 per share, in the same period of 2012.
The change was primarily related to increases in selling and administrative
expenses and impairment, restructuring charges, and other items, as well as
other factors described above, partially offset by improved gross profit.

CASH AND LIQUIDITY

Cash and cash equivalents were $41.9 million at the end of the first quarter
2013 while cash balances were $55.3 million and $39.2 million at December 31,
2012 and March 31, 2012, respectively. In the first three months of 2013,
cash used in operations was $10.2 million as compared to $9.7 million of cash
used in operations in the first three months of 2012. Cash flow used in
operations for the three months ended March 31, 2013 included our net loss of
$8.4 million and a non-cash gain on employee retirement benefits of $3.5
million, partially offset by depreciation and amortization of $9.3 million and
non-cash share-based compensation of $0.5 million.

With respect to working capital, increased inventory levels were primarily due
to our planned increases in Brazil due to overselling capacity in certain
products for delivery in the third quarter of 2013, which resulted in a use of
cash of $24.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2013. Our inventory
days on hand remained constant at 71 days.

Accounts receivable changes resulted in a use of cash of $8.7 million during
the first three months of 2013 primarily as a result of our increased sales in
the first quarter of 2013 compared to the fourth quarter of 2012, partially
offset by an improvement in days sales outstanding of 4 days to 51 days at
March31, 2013 compared to December31, 2012.

Payables and accrued expenses generated $21.9 million of cash flows from
operations for the three months ended March 31, 2013, mainly as a result of an
increase in purchases of inventories and the timing of those purchases, as
well as an increase in days outstanding by 5 days to 68 days at March31, 2013
compared to December31, 2012.

Recoverable non-income taxes provided cash of $4.7 million, which included
$9.2 million of cash received from the Brazilian government and $1.8 million
of cash received from the Indian government, partially offset by accruals of
additional recoverable non-income taxes.

Cash used in investing activities was $1.4 million in the first three months
of 2013 as compared to cash provided by investing activities of $0.6 million
for the same period of 2012. The 2013 cash used in investing activities is
primarily related to capital expenditures of $2.4 million, partially offset by
the release of restricted cash of $1.0 million. The release of restricted cash
consisted of $0.8 million of restricted cash that became available to fund our
401(k) matching contributions and a $0.3 million decrease in cash collateral
on our letters of credit, partially offset by a $0.1 million increase in cash
pledged for our derivatives.

Cash used in financing activities was $2.2 million in the first three months
of 2013 and 2012.

BUSINESS OUTLOOK

Sales decreased in the first three months of 2013 compared to the first three
months of 2012 primarily due to unfavorable foreign currency exchange rate
impacts and lower volumes and unfavorable changes in sales mix, partially
offset by net price increases. We expect to see continued demand volatility in
the first half of 2013 as a result of uncertainties and current events around
the world. For 2013, we currently expect net sales to increase in the range of
3 percent to 8 percent from 2012 levels. The potential improvement is based on
our internal projections about the market and related economic conditions,
expected price increases to our customers, estimated foreign currency exchange
rate effects, as well as our continued efforts in sales and marketing. We
cannot currently project whether market conditions will improve on a sustained
or significant basis. If the economic improvement in our key markets does not
occur as expected, this could have an adverse impact on our current outlook.

The outlook for 2013 is subject to many of the same variables that have
negatively impacted us in recent years, which have had significant impacts on
our results of operations. The condition of, and uncertainties regarding, the
global economy, commodity costs, key currency rates and weather are all
important to future performance, as is our ability to match our hedging
activity with actual levels of transactions. The extent to which adverse
trends in recent years continue, will ultimately determine our 2013 results.
We can give no guarantees regarding what impact future exchange rates,
commodity prices and other economic changes will have on our 2013 results.

The prices of some of our key commodities, specifically copper and steel, have
remained volatile. The weighted average market prices of copper decreased
4.7%, while costs of steel decreased 9.8% in the first quarter of 2013
compared to first quarter of 2012. We expect the full year change in average
cost of our purchased materials in 2013, including the impact of our hedging
activities, to have a favorable impact in 2013 when compared to 2012. We
expect to continue our approach of mitigating the effect of short-term price
swings through the appropriate use of hedging instruments, price increases,
and modified pricing structures.

The Brazilian Real, the Euro and the Indian Rupee continue to be volatile
against the U.S. Dollar. We have considerable forward purchase contracts to
cover a portion of our exposure to additional fluctuations in value during
2013. In the aggregate, we expect the changes in foreign currency exchange
rates, after giving consideration to our hedging contracts and including the
impact of balance sheet transactions, to have favorable impact on our net
income in 2013 when compared to 2012.

After giving recognition to the factors discussed above, we expect that the
full year 2013 operating profit could improve compared to 2012, exclusive of
the $45.0 million curtailment gain on our postretirement benefits recognized
in 2012, if we are successful at offsetting volatility in commodity costs and
foreign exchange rates, and implementing initiatives for re-engineering our
product lines to reduce our costs, price increases, restructuring activities
and other cost reductions. We also expect that our operating cash flow could
be sufficient to maintain current cash balances and fund ongoing business
requirements if we are successful at achieving the improved operating profit
discussed above and the tax authorities do not significantly change their
pattern of payments or past practices for the expected outstanding refundable
Brazilian and Indian non-income taxes. Furthermore, we expect capital spending
in 2013 to be approximately $20.0 million to $25.0 million.

Based on our assessment of ongoing economic activity, we realize that we may
not generate cash flow from operating activities unless further restructuring
activities are implemented or sales or economic  conditions improve.
Additional restructuring actions may be necessary in 2013 and might include
changing our current footprint, consolidation of facilities, other reductions
in manufacturing capacity, reductions in our workforce, sales of assets and
other restructuring activities. These actions could result in significant
restructuring or asset impairment charges, severance costs, losses on asset
sales and use of cash. Accordingly, these restructuring activities could have
a significant effect on our consolidated financial position, operating profit,
cash flows and future operating results. Cash required by these restructuring
activities might be provided by our cash balances and the cash proceeds from
the sale of assets. If such restructuring activities are undertaken, there is
a risk that the costs of the restructuring and cash required will exceed the
benefits received from such activities. We have engaged a financial adviser
and are exploring our strategic alternatives.

In May 2013, we announced to our French employees that we have begun a process
of reducing our indirect staff through a social plan. This announcement
commences negotiations at each of our French locations.

As we look to the second quarter of 2013, we expect our sales and resulting
operating profit to be slightly higher than the second quarter of 2012 and
negative operating cash flow due to higher inventory levels.

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") and Earnings Before Interest, Taxes,
Depreciation, Amortization, and Impairments, restructuring charges, and other
items from Continuing Operations ("EBITDAR"); 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 income (loss).

RECONCILIATION OF EBITDA FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS AND EBITDAR FROM

CONTINUING OPERATIONS FROM NET (LOSS)
(in millions)
                                      First Three Months Ended March 31,
                                      2013                 2012
Net loss                              $           $         
                                        (8.4)             (7.1)
 Loss from discontinued           0.9                  0.7
operations, net of tax
 Tax expense (benefit)            0.1                  (1.3)
 Interest expense                 2.3                  2.6
 Interest income                  (0.3)                (0.8)
Operating loss                        (5.4)                (5.9)
 Depreciation and amortization    9.3                  9.6
EBITDA FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS     $           $         
                                         3.9               3.7
 Impairment, restructuring        3.4                  1.2
charges and other items
EBITDAR FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS    $           $         
                                         7.3               4.9



Conference Call

Tecumseh will broadcast its financial results conference call live over the
Internet on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. eastern time. Webcast
information can be found in the Investor Relations section of
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 contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the
Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 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, or by the fact that they appear under the caption
"Business Outlook." 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) current and future global or regional economic conditions,
including housing starts, and the condition of credit markets, which may
magnify other risk factors; ii) loss of, or substantial decline in sales to,
any of our key customers; iii) our history of losses and our ability to
maintain adequate liquidity in total and within each foreign operation; iv)
our ability to restructure or reduce our costs and increase productivity and
quality and develop successful new products in a timely manner; v) actions of
competitors in highly competitive markets with intense competition; vi) 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; vii) availability and volatility in the cost of materials,
particularly commodities, including steel and copper, whose cost can be
subject to significant variation; viii) financial market changes, including
fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates and interest rates; ix)
default on covenants of financing arrangements and the availability and terms
of future financing arrangements; x) reduction or elimination of credit
insurance; xi) significant supply interruptions or cost increases; xii)
potential political and economic adversities that could adversely affect
anticipated sales and production in Brazil; xiii) potential political and
economic adversities that could adversely affect anticipated sales and
production in India, including potential military conflict with neighboring
countries; xiv) local governmental, environmental, trade and energy
regulations; xv) increased or unexpected warranty claims; xvi) the extent of
any business disruption caused by work stoppages initiated by organized labor
unions; xvii) 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; xviii) the success of our ongoing effort to
bring costs in line with projected production levels and product mix; xix)
weather conditions affecting demand for replacement products; xx) 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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