Based on the aggregated intelligence of 140,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, auto parts supplier Tenneco (NYSE:TEN) has received the dreaded one-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Tenneco's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Tenneco facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Lake Forest, Ill. (1987)

Market Cap

$727.2 million


Auto parts and equipment

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$4.78 billion


CEO Gregg Sherrill (since 2007)
CFO Kenneth Trammell (since 2003)

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)


Cash / Debt

$111 million / $1.52 billion

6-Month Return



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CAPS Members Bearish on TEN Also Bearish on

Dollar Thrifty Automotive (NYSE:DTG)
Ford Motor (NYSE:F)

CAPS Members Bullish on TEN Also Bullish on

General Electric (NYSE:GE)
Citigroup (NYSE:C)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 44.5% of the 146 members who have rated Tenneco believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include All-Stars BuffySoro and mrindependent, both of whom are ranked in the top 2% of our community.

Last month, BuffySoro warned that Tenneco's stock seemed to be speeding out of control:

[T]hey've had [negative] FCF 7 years out of the last 10. [T]here's not much more debt they can raise, as their [liabilities] = $3billion, its mkt cap is around $700m … credit is tight already. … [R]ecent run up because of speculation about green [energy] etc and big (irrational) money jumping on a running train that is about to revert.

In a pitch from two days ago, mrindependent also attempts to steer Fools away:

Tenneco is an automotive supplier that is currently losing money. Its balance sheet is a mess. Despite these facts, Tenneco has massively outperformed the market in the last year, six months and three months. I think the sustainable debt for Tenneco is approximately $600 million, but Tenneco's actual net debt (i.e. debt minus cash) is $1.3 billion. This leaves $700 million that must be paid from future earnings (if any). In its best years, Tenneco earns about $50 million. Insider selling is significant in the $11 to $17 range.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. BorgWarner is a Motley Fool Stock Advisor pick. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.