Tenneco profit beats estimates

July 26 Thu Jul 26, 2012 8:44am EDT

July 26 (Reuters) - Tenneco Inc, which makes emission control and ride control systems, posted a quarterly profit that beat analysts' expectations, helped by higher sales to original equipment manufacturers in the United States.

The company, which sells products for light and commercial vehicles to original equipment and aftermarket customers globally, said it expects "very strong" commercial vehicle revenue growth in 2012, partially offset by slower production schedules.

Net income attributable to Tenneco rose to $87 million, or $1.42 per share, for the second quarter, from $50 million, or 81 cents per share, a year earlier.

Excluding items, the company earned $1.14 per share.

Revenue rose 2 percent to $1.92 billion.

Revenue at Tenneco's North America original equipment business - which contributes about 40 percent to total revenue - rose 16 percent to $790 million.

Analysts on average had expected earnings of 97 cents per share, excluding items, on revenue of $2.03 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

The company's shares, which have fallen more than 40 percent in the last year, closed at $25.45 on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday.