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TriMas' Packaging Group Posts Record First Quarter Sales and Operating Profit

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BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Michigan, April 29, 2021 - TriMas (NASDAQ: TRS) today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021.

TriMas Highlights

  • Increased first quarter net sales by 13.1%, driven by record first quarter sales in TriMas' Packaging segment
  • Increased operating profit due to continued momentum in TriMas' Packaging segment and margin expansion in the Specialty Products segment
  • Completed the successful refinancing of its capital structure, extending maturities on both its credit facility and senior notes, and locking in a historically low rate on its fixed rate debt
  • Announced Chief Financial Officer transition as part of succession planning

First Quarter 2021

TriMas reported first quarter net sales of $206.7 million, an increase of 13.1% compared to $182.8 million in first quarter 2020, as organic sales growth in Packaging and the impact of recent acquisitions were partially offset by the impact of weaker demand in the Company's aerospace and industrial businesses resulting from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Company reported operating profit of $21.1 million in first quarter 2021, compared to an operating profit of $19.8 million in first quarter 2020. Adjusting for Special Items(1) primarily related to realignment and M&A costs, first quarter 2021 adjusted operating profit was $26.6 million, a 21.3% increase compared to $22.0 million in the prior year period, primarily as a result of higher overall sales and improved profit margin within Specialty Products.

The Company reported a first quarter 2021 net income of $13.1 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, relatively flat compared to first quarter 2020. First quarter 2021 adjusted net income(1) was $17.4 million, or $0.40 per diluted share, an increase of 15.2% compared to $15.1 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, in the prior year period.

"Overall, we are off to an encouraging start to 2021 with first quarter results that exceeded our initial expectations," said Thomas Amato, TriMas President and Chief Executive Officer. "During the first quarter, we achieved a sales growth rate of 13.1%, and adjusted diluted EPS(1) of $0.40, resulting primarily from the positive momentum in TriMas' Packaging segment and better-than-expected performance in the TriMas' Specialty Products segment. We demonstrated yet again TriMas' ability to navigate varying economic cycles, while delivering strong financial performance through our multi-industry family of businesses and our dedicated global team.

"Our solid execution in the quarter was complemented by our disciplined and balanced approach to capital allocation and managing our balance sheet. We continue to balance investing in our businesses for long-term growth, augmenting organic growth with M&A and providing shareholder returns through share repurchases. During the quarter, we also successfully completed the refinancing of our revolver and fixed rate debt by extending maturities and taking advantage of historically low rates.

"One year removed from the global pandemic's initial impact, through our proactive actions, we believe we are a stronger company and well-positioned for the future when demand recovers in several of our businesses. We are a leaner organization and are poised to capitalize on new market opportunities as they arise. While there are still continued market uncertainties arising from the global COVID-19 pandemic, we remain focused on leveraging our TriMas Business Model to improve all of our businesses, thereby creating long-term shareholder value," Amato concluded.

Finanacial Position

The Company reported net cash provided by operating activities of $15.7 million for first quarter 2021, compared to $3.4 million in first quarter 2020, driven by higher earnings, as well as the timing of net working capital investments. As a result, the Company reported Free Cash Flow(2) of $10.3 million for first quarter 2021, an increase of $8.5 million compared to $1.8 million in first quarter 2020. Please see Appendix I for further details.

In addition, during the first quarter of 2021, the Company repurchased approximately $2.6 million of its outstanding common stock, bringing the total to $90.9 million in share repurchases since 2018, or approximately 7.3% of outstanding shares. Share repurchases continue to be a core part of the Company’s capital allocation strategy. As of March 31, 2021, $159.1 million remained available under the Company's repurchase authorization.

TriMas also refinanced its capital structure during the first quarter, closing on its offering of $400 million in aggregate principal of senior unsecured notes due 2029 at a fixed annual rate of 4.125%. The Company also amended its $300 million senior secured credit facility to extend the maturity to March 2026, with a consistent interest rate of LIBOR plus 1.50%.

The Company received the $400 million in funds from the 4.125% notes due 2029 during the first quarter of 2021, while the redemption of the $300 million 4.875% notes due 2025 did not occur until April 15, 2021. Therefore, due to this timing, TriMas ended first quarter 2021 with $410.0 million of unrestricted cash on hand, no amounts outstanding on its revolving credit facility and a leverage ratio of 1.8x as defined in the Company's credit agreement. TriMas reported total debt of $690.2 million as of March 31, 2021, compared to $346.3 million as of December 31, 2020, and $445.0 million as of March 31, 2020. The Company ended the quarter with Net Debt(3), an important measure the Company tracks under its deleveraging model, of $269.1 million, a decrease compared to $272.3 million at December 31, 2020.

First Quarter Segment Results 

Packaging (Approximately 65% of TriMas March 31, 2021 LTM sales)

TriMas' Packaging segment, which consists primarily of the Rieke®, Taplast, Affaba & Ferrari and Rapak® brands, develops and manufactures specialty dispensing and closure products for applications in the beauty & personal care, food & beverage, pharmaceutical & nutraceutical, industrial, and home care markets. Net sales for the first quarter increased 32.0% compared to the year ago period, primarily as a result of higher demand for dispensing pumps and closure products sold into applications that help fight the spread of germs or are used in cleaning. Higher sales of products used in food & beverage, and industrial applications, as well as acquisition-related sales, also contributed to the increase. First quarter operating profit increased, as the impact of higher sales more than offset a less favorable product sales mix and higher input costs. The Company remains committed to building out TriMas' packaging platform through commercializing new innovative products and expanding the product set through acquisitions.

Aerospace (Approximately 21% of TriMas March 31, 2021 LTM sales)

TriMas' Aerospace segment, which includes the Monogram Aerospace Fasteners, Allfast Fastening Systems®, Mac Fasteners, RSA Engineered Products and Martinic Engineering brands, develops, qualifies and manufactures highly-engineered, precision fasteners and machined components to serve the aerospace, including military and defense, end market. Net sales for the first quarter decreased 8.8% compared to the year ago period, primarily due the impact of significantly lower air travel and reduced commercial and business jet production as a result of the global pandemic, partially offset by the sales increase related to the acquisition of RSA in February 2020. First quarter operating profit and the related margin decreased due to the reduced sales and lower absorption of fixed costs, as well as the higher amortization expense from intangible assets related to the acquisition. The Company continues to focus on adjusting cost structures to better align with lower demand in the end markets impacted by the pandemic, while balancing its priority of investing in new and innovative products to support its global customers.

Specialty Products (Approximately 14% of TriMas March 31, 2021 LTM sales)

TriMas' Specialty Products segment, which includes the Norris Cylinder and Arrow® Engine brands, designs, manufactures and distributes highly-engineered steel cylinders and wellhead engines and compressor systems, for use within the welding and HVAC, military, industrial, and oil and gas end markets. Norris Cylinder is the only remaining steel cylinder manufacturer in North America, and represents the majority of sales in this segment. First quarter net sales decreased 11.2% compared to the year ago period, as a result of lower steel cylinder demand in the construction and packaged gas end markets, and low demand for oil and gas products, all related to the impact of the pandemic. First quarter operating profit and the related margin increased as a result the positive impact of previous realignment and factory floor improvement actions implemented in the businesses. The Company has taken actions to better align cost structures with sales demand in the end markets impacted by the global pandemic, and expects these businesses to continue to leverage well.


Given the continued market and related demand uncertainties arising from the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Company is providing second quarter outlook only at this time, with the objective of reverting to full year outlook as the impacts of the pandemic and related economic recovery are better understood and visibility improves. For the second quarter of 2021, the Company expects TriMas’ consolidated sales to range between $205 million and $223 million, with sales in all three segments anticipated to increase year-over-year. The Company expects second quarter 2021 adjusted diluted earnings per share(4) in the range of $0.50 to $0.57 per share. The Company is prospectively modifying the adjusted earnings per share definition to add back intangible amortization expense related to acquisitions. Please see Exhibit 99.2 of the Form 8-K filed in connection with this earnings release for the historical adjusted diluted earnings per share amounts reflecting this modification. In addition, the Company is continuing to forecast 2021 Free Cash Flow(2) to be greater than 100% of net income.

All of the above amounts considered as 2021 guidance are after adjusting for any current or future amounts that may be considered Special Items, and in the case of adjusted diluted earnings per share, acquisition-related intangible asset amortization expense for deals that have not yet been consummated. 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 first quarter 2021 earnings conference call today, Thursday, April 29, 2021, at 10 a.m. ET. The call-in number is (866) 248-8441. Participants should request to be connected to the TriMas first quarter 2021 earnings conference call (Confirmation Code 7033534). 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 7033534) beginning April 29, 2021 at 3 p.m. ET through May 6, 2021 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 TriMas’ business, financial condition or future results, involve risks and uncertainties with respect to, including, but not limited to: the severity and duration of the ongoing coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic on our operations, customers and suppliers, as well as related actions taken by governmental authorities and other third parties in response, each of which is uncertain, rapidly changing and difficult to predict; 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; our ability to realize our business strategies; our 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 our subcontractors and suppliers; supply constraints; market demand; intellectual property factors; litigation; government and regulatory actions, including, without limitation, climate change legislation and other environmental regulations, as well as the impact of tariffs, quotas and surcharges; our leverage; liabilities imposed by our 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 and public health crises; the potential impact of Brexit; our 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, 2020. 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. Management believes that presenting these non-GAAP financial measures 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 and to the Company’s peers. These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, and not as a replacement for or superior to, the comparable GAAP measure, and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

Reconciliations of forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures are provided only for the expected impact of amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets for completed acquisitions, as the Company is unable to provide estimates of future Special Items(1) or amortization from future acquisitions 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.

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.

(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.

(3) The Company defines Net Debt as Total Debt less Cash and Cash Equivalents. Please see Appendix I for additional details.

(4) The Company defines adjusted diluted earnings per share as net income (per GAAP), plus or minus the after-tax impact of Special Items(1), plus the after-tax impact of non-cash acquisition-related intangible asset amortization expense. While the acquisition-related intangible assets aid in the Company’s revenue generation, the Company adjusts for the non-cash amortization expense because the Company believes it (i) enhances management’s and investors’ ability to analyze underlying business performance, (ii) facilitates comparisons of financial results over multiple periods, and (iii) provides more relevant comparisons of financial results with the results of other companies as the amortization expense associated with these assets may fluctuate significantly from period to period based on the timing, size, nature, and number of acquisitions.

About TriMas 

TriMas is a global manufacturer and provider of products for customers primarily in the consumer products, aerospace and industrial end markets, with approximately 3,200 dedicated employees in 11 countries. We provide customers with a wide range of innovative and quality product solutions through our market-leading businesses. Our TriMas family of businesses has strong brand names in the end 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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