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Company Enters Agreement to Sell Lamons; Increases Share Repurchase Authorization

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BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Michigan, November 4, 2019 - TriMas (NASDAQ: TRS) today announced financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2019.

TriMas Highlights

  • Increased third quarter net sales by 5.8% to $236.8 million, with sales increases in all segments
  • Delivered third quarter diluted EPS of $0.42, while adjusted diluted EPS(1) was $0.44
  • Announced today that the Company entered into an agreement to sell its Lamons business to First Reserve for approximately $135 million
  • Acquired nearly 1.6% of TriMas' total shares outstanding in the nine months ended September 30, 2019
  • Increased the Company’s common stock share repurchase authorization to $150 million

Third Quarter 2019

TriMas reported third quarter net sales of $236.8 million, an increase of 5.8% compared to $223.8 million in third quarter 2018, as organic and acquisition-related sales growth was partially offset by the impact of unfavorable currency exchange. The Company reported operating profit of $28.7 million in third quarter 2019 compared to $29.9 million in third quarter 2018. Adjusting for Special Items(1) primarily related to transaction diligence and integration costs, third quarter 2019 adjusted operating profit was $29.8 million, relatively flat compared to the prior year period as the impact of higher sales was offset by a less favorable sales mix, increased conversion costs and higher freight costs.

The Company reported third quarter 2019 net income of $19.1 million, or $0.42 per diluted share, compared to net income of $22.7 million, or $0.49 per diluted share, in third quarter 2018. Third quarter 2019 adjusted net income(1) was $20.0 million, or $0.44 per diluted share, compared to $22.3 million, or $0.48 per diluted share, in the prior year period. The decline was primarily related to a higher effective tax rate in third quarter 2019 due to the timing of discrete items in each year.

"As we navigate through challenging macroeconomic and end market conditions impacting certain of our product lines, we continue to focus our momentum toward achieving our longer-term growth and capital allocation strategies," said Thomas Amato, TriMas President and Chief Executive Officer. "We achieved sales growth of 5.8% during the quarter due to the continued strength of our aerospace fastener business and recent acquisitions. However, third quarter sales were softer than planned, primarily across the North American industrial and oil and gas extraction end markets which we serve. Accordingly, these lower sales levels, mix, increased freight costs and a higher effective tax rate resulted in third quarter adjusted EPS of $0.44. We will continue to drive performance and manage cost structures under the TriMas Business Model as we move forward."

"Regarding our outlook, we are updating our full-year 2019 adjusted diluted EPS guidance range to $1.75 to $1.80 per share, as a result of anticipated prolonged lower end market demand and less favorable product mix in certain businesses. We continue to focus our attention on the areas we can control and are intently focused on the execution of our plans. Despite the short-term external pressures we are facing, we remain excited about the long-term future of TriMas."

"Today, we are pleased to announce that we have entered into an agreement to divest our Lamons business, as we continue to streamline and focus TriMas on our highest value proposition businesses. We will continue to prioritize investing in our businesses, driving organic innovation and pursuing additional bolt-on acquisition opportunities. In addition, we have increased TriMas' share repurchase authorization to $150 million, enabling us to continue to return capital to our shareholders. We remain committed to allocating capital on a balanced basis, while maintaining a solid balance sheet," Amato concluded.

Financial Position

During third quarter 2019, the Company purchased 196,128 shares of its outstanding common stock for approximately $5.7 million, bringing the nine month total through September 30, 2019 to 723,528 shares, or nearly 1.6% of its outstanding common stock, for $21.1 million. At the end of the third quarter, the Company had $41.8 million remaining under its existing share repurchase authorization. As announced this morning, TriMas' Board of Directors has approved an increase in the Company's share repurchase program authorization, enabling the Company to purchase up to $150 million of its outstanding common stock.

TriMas ended third quarter 2019 with $342.0 million of cash and aggregate availability under its revolving credit facility, $57.9 million of cash on hand and a leverage ratio of 1.5x as defined in the Company's credit agreement. TriMas reported total debt of $294.4 million as of September 30, 2019, compared to $293.3 million as of September 30, 2018. The Company ended the quarter with Net Debt(2) of $236.5 million, an increase of $22.8 million compared to $213.7 million as of September 30, 2018, as a result of the use of cash for share repurchases and acquisitions.

The Company reported net cash provided by operations of $34.8 million for third quarter 2019, compared to $31.5 million in third quarter 2018. The Company reported Free Cash Flow(3) of $25.7 million for third quarter 2019, compared to $27.4 million in third quarter 2018. The Company reaffirmed its full year 2019 Free Cash Flow(3) guidance of greater than 100% of net income. Please see Appendix I for further details.

Third Quarter Segment Results

Packaging (Approximately 43% of TriMas September 30, 2019 LTM sales)

TriMas' Packaging segment, which consists primarily of the Rieke® and Taplast™ brands, 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 third quarter increased 10.7% compared to the year ago period, as a result of incremental sales related to the acquisitions of Taplast and Plastic Srl, and higher sales of health, beauty and home care products. These increases were partially offset by lower sales of food and beverage products and industrial products, primarily due to continuing soft end market demand in North America, and the impact of unfavorable currency exchange. Third quarter operating profit and the related operating margin declined, as the impact of higher sales was offset by a less favorable product sales mix, as well as temporary production inefficiencies and higher freight costs.

Aerospace (Approximately 18% of TriMas September 30, 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 third quarter increased 5.5% compared to the year ago period due to steady demand levels for fastener products and improved production throughput. Third quarter operating profit and the related margin percentage increased primarily due to higher sales levels.

Specialty Products (Approximately 39% of TriMas September 30, 2019 LTM sales)

TriMas' Specialty Products segment, which includes the Norris Cylinder™, Lamons®, Arrow® Engine and Martinic Engineering™ brands, 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. Third quarter net sales increased by 0.7% compared to the year ago period, as higher sales levels in the sealing and fastener product lines were substantially offset by lower sales of engines and compressors used in oil and gas upstream applications, industrial high pressure cylinders and machined components. Third quarter operating profit and the related margin percentage decreased as the impact of higher sales levels was more than offset by a less favorable product sales mix, and higher input and freight costs. The Company also announced it signed an agreement to sell the Lamons business for $135 million, with an anticipated closing expected to take place by the end of first quarter 2020.


The Company updated its full year 2019 outlook. The Company is now estimating that TriMas’ 2019 organic sales growth will be 1.5% to 2.5% compared to 2018, due to the impact of certain softer end markets and macro challenges. The Company also expects full year 2019 adjusted diluted earnings per share range to be $1.75 to $1.80, from the previous range of $1.85 to $1.95 per share. In addition, the Company continues to expect 2019 Free Cash Flow(3) to be greater than 100% of net income.

TriMas will report Lamons' results of operations as discontinued operations beginning in the fourth quarter of 2019. Excluding the impact of the Lamons business for the full year of 2019, organic sales growth is expected to be up slightly compared to 2018. In addition, by removing the direct impact of Lamons' operating results, TriMas expects its full year 2019 adjusted diluted earnings per share range to be $1.40 to $1.45.

All of the above amounts considered as 2019 guidance are after adjusting for any current or future amounts that may be considered Special Items. The inability to predict the amount and timing of the impacts of these Special Items makes a detailed reconciliation of these forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures impracticable.(4)

Conference Call Information

TriMas will host its third quarter 2019 earnings conference call today, Monday, November 4, 2019, at 10 a.m. ET. The call-in number is (800) 367-2403. Participants should request to be connected to the TriMas third quarter 2019 earnings conference call (Confirmation Code 6138233). 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 6138233) beginning November 4, 2019 at 3 p.m. ET through November 11, 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: the Company's ability to successfully complete the sale of the Lamons business; 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.

(4)         Reconciliations of these forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures are not provided because the Company is unable to provide such reconciliations without unreasonable effort, due to the uncertainty and inherent difficulty of predicting the occurrence and the financial impact of such items impacting comparability and the periods in which such items may be recognized. For the same reasons, the Company is unable to address the probable significance of the unavailable information, which could be material to future results.

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 marketleading 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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