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Company Delivers Sales and Earnings Growth; Raises 2018 Sales Guidance and EPS Midpoint

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BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Michigan, August 7, 2018 - TriMas (NASDAQ: TRS) today announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2018.

Second Quarter 2018 Highlights

  • Increased net sales by 5.4% to $224.9 million
  • Increased operating profit to $31.5 million, while adjusted operating profit(1) increased by 5.3% to $32.1 million
  • Increased diluted EPS to $0.42, while adjusted diluted EPS(1) increased by 20.0% to $0.48
  • Reduced total debt by $53.5 million to $293.0 million compared to $346.5 million as of June 30, 2017

Second Quarter 2018

TriMas reported second quarter net sales of $224.9 million, an increase of 5.4% compared to $213.4 million in second quarter 2017. The Company reported operating profit of $31.5 million in second quarter 2018 compared to $26.4 million in second quarter 2017. Adjusting for Special Items(1), second quarter 2018 adjusted operating profit was $32.1 million, an increase of 5.3% compared to the prior year period.

The Company reported second quarter 2018 net income of $19.6 million, or $0.42 per diluted share, compared to net income of $14.9 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, in second quarter 2017. Second quarter 2018 adjusted net income(1) was $22.2 million, or $0.48 per diluted share, an increase of 22.0% compared to $18.2 million, or $0.40 per diluted share, in the prior year period.

"We are pleased to report another strong quarter, as our focused commercial efforts and improved market conditions, along with prior realignment actions, drove sales and earnings growth," said Thomas Amato, TriMas President and Chief Executive Officer. "During the quarter, we generated solid cash flow, further strengthening the balance sheet. In addition, we returned capital to shareholders by buying back more than 100,000 of our common shares for $2.9 million in the quarter, under our $50 million share repurchase authorization."

"As a result of our strong first half, and despite uncertainty around the economic impact of tariff actions and increased commodity costs, we are raising our full year 2018 sales and earnings per share midpoint guidance. Our objective remains to execute our plan by driving the performance of our businesses under the TriMas Business Model, continuing to assess opportunities to better position our businesses and TriMas strategically, and driving strong cash flow conversion," Amato concluded.

Financial Position

TriMas reported total debt of $293.0 million as of June 30, 2018, compared to $303.1 million as of December 31, 2017, and $346.5 million as of June 30, 2017, reductions of $10.1 million and $53.5 million, respectively. TriMas ended second quarter 2018 with $53.4 million of cash and $339.3 million of cash and aggregate availability under its revolving credit facility, and a leverage ratio of 1.7x compared to 2.3x as of June 30, 2017, as defined in the Company's current and former credit agreements.

The Company reported net cash provided by operations of $35.4 million for second quarter 2018 compared to $27.6 million in second quarter 2017. As a result, the Company reported Free Cash Flow(2) of $28.9 million for second quarter 2018, compared to $23.8 million in second quarter 2017. Please see Appendix I for further details.

During second quarter 2018, the Company repurchased 100,947 shares of its outstanding common stock for approximately $2.9 million. The Company has approximately $47 million remaining on its November 2015 share buyback authorization as of June 30, 2018.

Second Quarter Segment Results

Packaging (Approximately 42% of TriMas June 30, 2018 LTM sales)

TriMas' Packaging segment, which consists primarily of the Rieke® brand, develops and manufactures specialty dispensing and closure products for the health, beauty and home care, food and beverage, and industrial markets. Net sales for the second quarter increased 7.2% compared to the year ago period, primarily as a result of higher sales of health, beauty and home care, and industrial products, related to new product introductions, continued growth in Asia, increased demand and favorable currency exchange. Second quarter operating profit increased, while the related margin percentage was relatively flat, as the favorable impact of higher sales was offset by the impact of less favorable product sales mix, investments in manufacturing capacity, technical and commercial resource additions, and higher material costs.

Aerospace (Approximately 22% of TriMas June 30, 2018 LTM sales)

TriMas' Aerospace segment, which includes the Monogram Aerospace Fasteners, Allfast Fastening Systems®, Mac Fasteners and Martinic Engineering brands, develops, qualifies and manufactures highly-engineered, precision fasteners and machined products to serve the aerospace market. Net sales for the second quarter decreased 4.1% compared to the year ago period, as a result of the impact of the decision to exit less profitable machined components, the benefit realized in second quarter 2017 of reductions against past due orders, and order delivery timing within 2018. Second quarter operating profit and the related margin percentage increased, as the impact of continued improved production efficiencies and a more favorable product sales mix offset the impact of lower sales levels.

Specialty Products (Approximately 36% of TriMas June 30, 2018 LTM sales)

TriMas' Specialty Products segment, which includes the Norris Cylinder, Lamons® and Arrow® Engine brands, designs, manufactures and distributes highly-engineered steel cylinders, sealing and fastener products, and wellhead engines and compression systems for use within the industrial, petrochemical, and oil and gas exploration and refining markets. Second quarter net sales increased by 9.3% compared to the year ago period, with higher sales levels of cylinders and oil and gas related products due to refocused commercial efforts and increased end market demand. Second quarter operating profit increased, while the related margin percentage decreased slightly, as the impact of higher sales levels and continued realignment actions were offset by the impact of higher material costs.


The Company updated its full year 2018 guidance provided on February 27, 2018. The Company raised its 2018 full year organic sales growth estimate to ~5% compared to 2017, from the previous guidance of ~3%. The Company also tightened its 2018 full year diluted earnings per share range to $1.65 to $1.75 from the previous range of $1.60 to $1.75, with the new, higher midpoint representing an increase of approximately 21% over the prior year. The Company continues to expect 2018 Free Cash Flow(2) to be greater than 120% of net income. All of the above figures considered as 2018 guidance are after adjusting for any current or future amounts that may be considered Special Items.

Amato commented, "We successfully overcame the impact of higher commodity costs in our businesses during the first half of the year through commercial actions, improved operating performance and incremental volume. During the remainder of the year, we will continue to aggressively manage the effects of increased commodity costs, as well as the impacts of tariffs, through commercial actions, supply chain management, leveraging our global manufacturing footprint and continued management of our businesses under the TriMas Business Model. Although we expect to mitigate the impact of these incremental costs, it will take some time to implement certain of these countermeasures. Even after the consideration of any potential unmitigated impact from these higher costs, we tightened our EPS guidance toward the higher end of our previously provided range, as a result of higher sales levels and our improved operational performance."

Conference Call Information

TriMas will host its second quarter 2018 earnings conference call today, Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at 10 a.m. ET. The call-in number is (877) 874-1569. Participants should request to be connected to the TriMas second quarter 2018 earnings conference call (Conference ID #4497064). The conference call will also be simultaneously webcast via TriMas' website at, under the "Investors" section, with an accompanying slide presentation. A replay of the conference call will be available on the TriMas website or by dialing (888) 203-1112 (Replay Passcode #4497064) beginning August 7, 2018 at 3 p.m. ET through August 14, 2018 at 3 p.m. ET.

Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Any "forward-looking" statements, within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, contained herein, including those relating to the Company’s business, financial condition or future results, involve risks and uncertainties with respect to, including, but not limited to: general economic and currency conditions; material and energy costs; risks and uncertainties associated with intangible assets, including goodwill or other intangible asset impairment charges; competitive factors; future trends; the Company’s ability to realize its business strategies; the Company’s ability to identify attractive acquisition candidates, successfully integrate acquired operations or realize the intended benefits of such acquisitions; the performance of subcontractors and suppliers; supply constraints; market demand; technology factors; intellectual property factors; litigation; government and regulatory actions, including, but not limited to, the impact of tariffs, quotas and surcharges; the Company’s leverage; liabilities imposed by debt instruments; labor disputes; changes to fiscal and tax policies; contingent liabilities relating to acquisition activities; information technology factors; the disruption of operations from catastrophic or extraordinary events, including natural disasters; the potential impact of Brexit; tax considerations relating to the Cequent spin-off; the Company’s future prospects; and other risks that are detailed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017. These risks and uncertainties may cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements made herein are based on information currently available, and the Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In this release, certain non-GAAP financial measures are used. Reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure may be found in Appendix I at the end of this release. Additional information is available at under the “Investors” section.

(1) Appendix I details certain costs, expenses and other amounts or charges, collectively described as "Special Items," that are included in the determination of net income, earnings per share and/or cash flows from operating activities under GAAP, but that management believes should be separately considered when evaluating the quality of the Company’s core operating results, given they may not reflect the ongoing activities of the business. Management believes that presenting these non-GAAP financial measures, adjusted to remove the impact of Special Items, provides useful information to investors by helping them identify underlying trends in the Company’s businesses and facilitating comparisons of performance with prior and future periods. These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, and not as a replacement for or superior to, the comparable GAAP financial measures.

(2) The Company defines Free Cash Flow as Net Cash Provided by/Used for Operating Activities, excluding the cash impact of Special Items, less Capital Expenditures. Please see Appendix I for additional details.

About TriMas

TriMas is a diversified industrial manufacturer of products for customers in the consumer products, aerospace, industrial, petrochemical, refinery and oil & gas end markets with approximately 4,000 dedicated employees in 13 countries. We provide customers with a wide range of innovative and quality product solutions through our market-leading businesses, which operate in three segments: Packaging, Aerospace and Specialty Products. The TriMas family of businesses has strong brand names in the markets served, and operates under a common set of values and strategic priorities under the TriMas Business Model. TriMas is publicly traded on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol "TRS," and is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. For more information, please visit

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