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Delivers Sales and Earnings Growth; Reaffirms Previously Provided Guidance

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TriMas (NASDAQ: TRS) today announced financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2019.

TriMas Highlights

  • Increased net sales by 1.9% to $221.3 million, with sales increases in all segments
  • Achieved operating profit of $25.9 million, while adjusted operating profit(1) increased by 1.2% to $28.4 million
  • Achieved net income of $19.1 million, while adjusted net income(1) increased by 10.9% to $21.1 million
  • Achieved diluted EPS of $0.42, while adjusted diluted EPS(1) increased by 12.2% to $0.46
  • Ended the first quarter with $84.4 million of cash on hand, $369.3 million of cash and aggregate availability under its revolving credit facility, and a leverage ratio of 1.4x
  • Acquired Taplast S.p.A., a designer and manufacturer of dispensers, closures and containers for the beauty and personal care, household, and food and beverage packaging end markets in Europe and North America, with approximately $32 million in annual net sales

First Quarter 2019

TriMas reported first quarter net sales of $221.3 million, an increase of 1.9% compared to $217.1 million in first quarter 2018, as organic and acquisition-related sales growth was partially offset by the unfavorable impact of currency exchange. The Company reported operating profit of $25.9 million in first quarter 2019 compared to $35.2 million in first quarter 2018, as first quarter 2018 was favorably impacted by an $8.2 million non-cash reversal of a legacy related party liability that did not repeat in first quarter of 2019. Adjusting for Special Items(1), first quarter 2019 adjusted operating profit was $28.4 million, an increase of 1.2% compared to the prior year period.

The Company reported first quarter 2019 net income of $19.1 million, or $0.42 per diluted share, compared to net income of $24.3 million, or $0.53 per diluted share, in first quarter 2018. First quarter 2019 adjusted net income(1) was $21.1 million, or $0.46 per diluted share, an increase of 10.9% compared to $19.0 million, or $0.41 per diluted share, in the prior year period, aided in part by a lower effective tax rate in the quarter.

"We are pleased to begin 2019 with another quarter of solid performance, in line with our expectations, and we achieved adjusted earnings per share growth of 12.2% compared to the prior year," said Thomas Amato, TriMas President and Chief Executive Officer. "In addition, we remain committed to the long-term strategy of building out our packaging platform, as evidenced by our acquisition of Taplast announced today. We have now taken two meaningful steps during 2019 to grow this core business by investing in two bolt-on acquisitions to increase our product breadth, geographic presence, and innovation and engineering capabilities."

"We are committed to allocating capital on a balanced basis, focusing on our highest return opportunities of organic investment, bolt-on acquisitions and share repurchases, all while maintaining a sound balance sheet. Our increased deployment of cash has been made possible by our excellent cash generation over the past couple of years. Throughout the remainder of 2019, we will continue to drive performance under the TriMas Business Model, better position our businesses and brands strategically to grow through innovation, and capitalize on market opportunities through operational excellence. Based on our encouraging start to the year and current expectations, we are reaffirming our full year 2019 sales, earnings per share and free cash flow guidance," Amato concluded.

Financial Position

TriMas ended first quarter 2019 with $84.4 million of cash, $369.3 million of cash and aggregate availability under its revolving credit facility, and a leverage ratio of 1.4x as defined in the Company's credit agreement. TriMas reported total debt of $293.9 million as of March 31, 2019, compared to $301.7 million as of March 31, 2018. In addition, the Company ended the quarter with Net Debt(2) of $209.5 million, a reduction of $55.5 million compared to $265.0 million as of March 31, 2018.

The Company reported net cash provided by operations of $8.1 million for first quarter 2019, compared to $16.2 million in first quarter 2018. The Company reported Free Cash Flow(3) of $2.6 million for first quarter 2019, compared to $14.4 million in first quarter 2018. As planned, first quarter 2019 Free Cash Flow was lower than the prior year, primarily due to the timing of capital expenditure investments, a federal tax refund received in first quarter 2018 that did not repeat in 2019, and slightly higher investment in working capital. The Company reaffirmed its 2019 Free Cash Flow(3) guidance of greater than 100% of net income. Please see Appendix I for further details.

First Quarter Segment Results

Packaging (Approximately 42% of TriMas March 31, 2019 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 first quarter increased 0.7% compared to the year ago period, as a result of higher sales of health, beauty and home care products related to new product introductions and continued growth in Asia, and incremental sales related to the acquisition of Plastic Srl. These increases were partially offset by a decrease in sales of food and beverage and industrial products, and the impact of unfavorable currency exchange. First quarter operating profit and the related margin percentage decreased, as a result of the impact of a less favorable product sales mix and higher costs related to the acquisition of Plastic Srl.

Aerospace (Approximately 18% of TriMas March 31, 2019 LTM sales)

TriMas' Aerospace segment, which includes the Monogram Aerospace Fasteners, Allfast Fastening Systems®  and Mac Fasteners brands, develops, qualifies and manufactures highly-engineered, precision fasteners to serve the aerospace market. Net sales for the first quarter increased 1.4% compared to the year ago period due to steady demand levels for fasteners. First quarter operating profit and the related margin percentage increased primarily due to improved production efficiencies and a more favorable product sales mix.

Specialty Products (Approximately 40% of TriMas March 31, 2019 LTM sales)

TriMas' Specialty Products segment, which includes the Norris Cylinder, Lamons®, Arrow® Engine and Martinic Engineeringbrands, designs, manufactures and distributes highly-engineered steel cylinders, sealing and fastener products, wellhead engines and compression systems, and machined components for use within the industrial, petrochemical, oil and gas exploration and refining, and aerospace markets. First quarter net sales increased by 3.3% compared to the year ago period, with higher sales levels due to refocused commercial efforts and increased end market demand. First quarter operating profit increased primarily due to the higher sales levels. Adjusted operating profit and the related margin level declined as the impact of higher sales levels were more than offset by higher input costs.

2019 Modification to Reporting Segments

Effective with the first quarter of 2019, the Company reported its machined components operations, located in Stanton, California and Tolleson, Arizona, in the Specialty Products segment. These operations were previously reported in the Aerospace segment. Please see the 8-K, Exhibit 99.2, filed on February 28, 2019, for historical quarterly information related to this segment change.


The Company reaffirms its full year 2019 outlook provided on February 28, 2019. The Company estimates that 2019 organic sales growth will be 3% to 5% compared to 2018. The Company expects full year 2019 diluted earnings per share range to be between $1.82 to $1.92 per share. In addition, the Company is targeting 2019 Free Cash Flow(3) to be greater than 100% of net income. All of the above amounts considered as 2019 guidance are after adjusting for any current or future amounts that may be considered Special Items, and do not include the impact of the Taplast acquisition announced today.

Conference Call Information

TriMas will host its first quarter 2019 earnings conference call today, Tuesday, April 30, 2019, at 10 a.m. ET. The call-in number is (855) 719-5012. Participants should request to be connected to the TriMas first quarter 2019 earnings conference call (Confirmation Code 4982233). 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 4982233) beginning April 30, 2019 at 3 p.m. ET through May 7, 2019 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; information technology and other cyber-related risks; the performance of subcontractors and suppliers; supply constraints; market demand;  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; 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, 2018. 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, except as required by law.

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 Net Debt as Total Debt less Cash and Cash Equivalents. Please see Appendix I for additional details.

(3)         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 global manufacturer and provider of products for customers in the consumer products, aerospace, industrial, petrochemical, and oil & gas end markets with approximately 4,000 dedicated employees in 16 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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