Affinia Group Inc. Evaluating Strategic Alternatives for Its Brake Related Businesses

ANN ARBOR, Mich., March 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Affinia Group Inc., an innovative global leader in the design, manufacture, distribution and marketing of industrial grade products and services, confirmed today that it has retained J.P. Morgan Securities LLC as its investment bank to advise and assist the Company in its commitment to evaluating strategic alternatives for its brake related businesses, including the sale of all or a portion of these businesses.

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The Company stated that there can be no assurance that this process will result in any specific action or transaction.  The Company does not intend to further publicly comment on this initiative unless a specific transaction is approved by its Board of Directors.

Affinia Group Inc. is an innovative global leader in the design, manufacture, distribution and marketing of industrial grade products and services, including extensive offerings of aftermarket parts for automotive and heavy-duty vehicles. With approximately $2.0 billion in annual revenue, Affinia has operations in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. For more information, visit www.affiniagroup.com.

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This news release includes ''forward-looking statements'' within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the ''Securities Act'') and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the ''Exchange Act''). These forward-looking statements include statements concerning our plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events, future revenue or performance, capital expenditures, financing needs, plans or intentions relating to acquisitions, business trends and other information that is not historical. When used in this news release, the words ''anticipates,'' ''believes,'' "estimates," "expects," ''forecasts," "intends," "plans," "projects," or future or conditional verbs, such as "could," "may," ''should," or "will,"  and variations of such words or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, management's examination of historical operating trends and data, are based upon our current expectations and various assumptions. Our expectations, beliefs and projections are expressed in good faith and we believe there is a reasonable basis for them. However, there is no assurance that these expectations, beliefs and projections will be achieved.   For a discussion of other risks and uncertainties that could materially affect our business, financial condition or future results see Part I, "Item 1A.  Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010.  With respect to all forward-looking statements, we claim the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

There are a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Such risks, uncertainties and other important factors include, among others, continued volatility in and disruption to the global economy and the resulting impact on the availability and cost of credit; financial viability of key customers and key suppliers; our dependence on our largest customers; increased crude oil and gasoline prices and resulting reductions in global demand for the use of automobiles; the shift in demand from premium to economy products; pricing pressures from imports; increasing costs for manufactured components; the expansion of return policies or the extension of payment terms; risks associated with our non-U.S. operations; risks related to our receivables factoring arrangements; product liability and warranty and recall claims; reduced inventory levels by our distributors resulting from consolidation and increased efficiency; environmental and automotive safety regulations; the availability of raw materials, manufactured components or equipment from our suppliers; challenges to our intellectual property portfolio; our ability to develop improved products; the introduction of improved products and services that extend replacement cycles or otherwise reduce demand for our products; our ability to achieve cost savings from our restructuring plans; work stoppages, labor disputes or similar difficulties that could significantly disrupt our operations; our ability to successfully combine our operations with any businesses we have acquired or may acquire; risk of impairment charges to our long-lived assets; risk of impairment to intangibles and goodwill; risk of business disruptions; risks associated with foreign exchange rate fluctuations; risks associated with our expansion into new markets; risks associated with increased levels of drug-related violence in Juarez Mexico; the impact on our tax rate resulting from the mix of our profits and losses in various jurisdictions; reductions in the value of our deferred tax assets; difficulties in developing, maintaining or upgrading information technology systems; risks associated with doing business in corrupting environments; our substantial leverage and limitations on flexibility in operating our business contained in our debt agreements; business interruptions to our supply chain, manufacturing facilities or to our distribution channels related to earthquakes or other natural disasters.  Additionally, there may be other factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties may also include, among others, the possibility that the Company may not be able to realize higher values for the brake related business through the evaluation of strategic alternatives; the possibility that the Company may not be able to consummate, at all or within a specified time period, any proposals for strategic alternatives for the brake related business that may result from its evaluation due to, among other things, market, regulatory and other factors; and the potential for disruption to the Company's business resulting from the evaluation of strategic alternatives for the brake related business.

SOURCE Affinia Group Inc.



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