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Delivered Solid Sales and Earnings Growth; Recently Initiated Dividend Program

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BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Michigan, October 28, 2021 - TriMas (NASDAQ: TRS) today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2021.

TriMas Highlights

  • Increased third quarter net sales by 11.5%, with record third quarter sales in TriMas' Packaging segment
  • Leveraged increased sales to nearly double year-over-year operating profit in the Specialty Products segment
  • Reported diluted EPS of $0.45, while adjusted diluted EPS(1) increased by 9.6% to $0.57
  • Added quarterly dividend program to the Company's balanced, long-term capital allocation strategy
  • Raised full year 2021 Free Cash Flow(2) outlook and reaffirmed 2021 sales and adjusted diluted EPS(1) outlook midpoints

Third Quarter 2021

TriMas reported third quarter 2021 net sales of $222.4 million, an increase of 11.5% compared to $199.5 million in third quarter 2020, as a result of organic growth, acquisition-related sales and favorable currency exchange. The Company reported operating profit of $30.8 million in third quarter 2021, compared to an operating loss of $108.3 million in third quarter 2020. This increase was primarily the result of the Company's third quarter 2020 pre-tax, noncash goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible asset impairment charges in its Aerospace segment. Adjusting for Special Items(3), third quarter 2021 adjusted operating profit was $31.6 million, a 6.8% increase compared to $29.6 million in the prior year period, primarily as a result of higher overall sales and improved profit margin within the Specialty Products segment, partially offset by increased input costs in third quarter 2021.

The Company reported third quarter 2021 net income of $19.6 million, or $0.45 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $100.9 million, or $(2.32) per diluted share resulting primarily from the impairment charges in the prior year period. Third quarter 2021 adjusted net income(3) was $20.5 million, or $0.57 per diluted share, an increase of 9.8% compared to $18.6 million, or $0.52 per diluted share, in the prior year period.

"Overall, we are pleased with our third quarter results and our continued positive momentum," said Thomas Amato, TriMas President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our business profile, which is based on providing innovative products to a broad set of customers in diverse end markets, has continued to deliver strong results. Our dedicated global team remains committed to achieving customer satisfaction and high performance. During the third quarter, we achieved sales growth of 11.5% and adjusted diluted EPS(1) of $0.57, an increase of 9.6% as compared to the prior year.

"Our solid execution in the quarter was complemented by our balanced approach to capital allocation and disciplined management of our balance sheet. Last week, we were excited to announce the initiation of a dividend program, and believe our capital structure enables us to continue to invest in organic growth initiatives and strategic acquisitions, while also returning capital to shareholders through share repurchases and now dividends. We believe our focus on maintaining a strong balance sheet, coupled with consistent cash generation, is a sound formula to deliver long-term value to our shareholders.  

"While there are still continued macro uncertainties and input cost pressures, we continue to proactively manage our businesses, leveraging the TriMas Business Model. As a result, we are raising our full year 2021 Free Cash Flow(2) outlook and reaffirming our full year 2021 sales and EPS outlook midpoints, while also tightening the ranges. We now anticipate full year 2021 sales growth of 10% to 13% compared to 2020, and adjusted EPS(1) to range between $2.18 to $2.27 per share, a 16% increase at the midpoint compared to 2020. As a result of our proactive actions during the past year, we believe we are a stronger and leaner organization, and are poised to capitalize on new product and M&A opportunities as they arise." Amato concluded.

Financial Position

The Company reported net cash provided by operating activities of $35.1 million for third quarter 2021, compared to $48.3 million in third quarter 2020. The Company reported Free Cash Flow(2) of $24.7 million for third quarter 2021, as compared to $41.6 million in third quarter 2020, with the change driven by planned additional capital investment to localize production in the United States and add future capacity for new programs primarily in TriMas' Packaging group. The Company increased its full year 2021 Free Cash Flow(2) outlook from greater than 100% of net income to greater than 110% of net income. Please see Appendix I for further details.

On October 21, 2021, TriMas announced it has added a dividend program to its long-term capital allocation strategy to return part of its cash flow to its shareholders. The Board of Directors approved the payment of a cash dividend of $0.04 per share of TriMas Corporation stock which will be payable on November 10, 2021, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on November 3, 2021. TriMas intends to pay regular quarterly dividends, with future dividend payments subject to review and approval by its Board of Directors.

In addition, during the third quarter of 2021, the Company repurchased 129,866 shares of its outstanding common stock for approximately $4.0 million. On a year to date basis, the Company reduced total shares outstanding by 0.8%. As of September 30, 2021, $143.5 million remained available under the Company's repurchase authorization.

TriMas ended third quarter 2021 with $125.8 million of unrestricted cash on hand, $429.8 million of unrestricted cash and aggregate availability under its revolving credit facilities, and a leverage ratio of 1.7x as defined in the Company's credit agreement. TriMas reported total debt of $393.6 million as of September 30, 2021, an increase as compared to $346.3 million as of December 31, 2020, due to the upsizing of the 4.125% notes due 2029 during the Company's March 2021 refinance.

Third Quarter Segment Results

TriMas operates in three segments: Packaging, Aerospace and Specialty Products. With its diversified portfolio of businesses, each of which go to market with well-recognized brand names in the markets they serve, TriMas predominantly participates in the consumer products, aerospace & defense, and industrial markets. Its largest segment is Packaging, generating approximately two-thirds of TriMas' overall sales, followed by the Aerospace and Specialty Products segments, which comprise of approximately 21% and 15% of total sales, respectively.

Packaging (Approximately 64% of TriMas September 30, 2021 LTM sales)

TriMas' Packaging segment, which consists primarily of the Rieke®, Taplast, Affaba & Ferrari and Rapak® brands, develops and manufactures specialty dispensing, closure and flexible container products for applications in the beauty & personal care, food & beverage, pharmaceutical & nutraceutical, industrial and home care end markets. Net sales for the third quarter increased 2.1% compared to the year ago period, primarily due to acquisition-related sales, higher demand for products sold into industrial and food & beverage applications, and the impact of favorable currency exchange. The sales increases offset the planned abatement in demand from the record sales rate of dispensing pumps and closure products that help fight the spread of germs in the second half of 2020 related to the global pandemic. Third quarter operating profit decreased, as the impacts of higher sales levels and a more favorable product sales mix were more than offset by higher input costs as there is a timing lag to recover via commercial actions. 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 September 30, 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 third quarter increased 18.9% compared to the year ago period, primarily due to customers' stocking orders spanning over 2021. Except for the stocking orders in each quarter of 2021, this segment continues to be affected by low levels of demand related to the impact of reductions in air travel and commercial and business jet production as a result of the global pandemic. Third quarter operating profit and the related margin increased as the savings from realignment actions and a more favorable product sales mix more than offset production inefficiencies as a result of the pandemic. The Company continues to focus on balancing cost structures and positioning for a recovery in the end markets impacted by the pandemic.

Specialty Products (Approximately 15% of TriMas September 30, 2021 LTM sales)

TriMas' Specialty Products segment, which includes the Norris Cylinder and Arrow® Engine brands, designs, manufactures and distributes highly-engineered steel cylinders, as well as wellhead products, for use within the welding and HVAC, military, industrial, and oil and gas end markets. Norris Cylinder, which has recently been designated a "Made in the USA" manufacturer and is the only remaining steel cylinder manufacturer in North America, represents the majority of sales in this segment. Third quarter net sales increased 50.3% compared to the year ago period, primarily due to higher demand for steel cylinders used in construction and HVAC applications, as end markets have improved from the COVID-19 pandemic downturn in 2020. Third quarter operating profit and the related margin increased as a result of higher sales and the positive impact of factory floor improvement actions. The Company continues to focus on continuous improvement initiatives, and is now realizing the leveraging benefits as demand increases.


The Company raised its 2021 Free Cash Flow(2) outlook and reaffirmed its full year 2021 sales and earnings outlook midpoints, while tightening the ranges previously provided on its second quarter earnings call. The Company is now estimating that TriMas’ 2021 consolidated sales growth will range between 10% to 13%, as compared to full year 2020, and as compared to the previously provided sales growth range of 9% to 14%. The Company now expects full year 2021 adjusted diluted earnings per share(1) to be in the range of $2.18 to $2.27, from the previous range of $2.15 to $2.30 per share, and as compared to $1.92 for full year 2020. In addition, the Company has increased its 2021 Free Cash Flow(2) outlook from greater than 100% of net income to greater than 110% of net income.

"During the third quarter, we continued to see increasing input costs, primarily resin, steel and freight, and we continued to operate in a constrained labor environment. We anticipate that we will be able to offset these challenges, and therefore, are reaffirming our outlook midpoints. We are pleased to expect full year 2021 sales growth in all three segments and an EPS range representing an increase of approximately 16% at the midpoint, as compared to 2020, especially in light of the continued macro uncertainties," added Amato.

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.(1)

Conference Call Information

TriMas will host its third quarter 2021 earnings conference call today, Thursday, October 28, 2021, at 10 a.m. ET. The call-in number is (800) 367-2403. Participants should request to be connected to the TriMas third quarter 2021 earnings conference call (Confirmation Code 5060586). 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 5060586) beginning October 28, 2021, at 3 p.m. ET through November 4, 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, including the availability and cost of raw materials; 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) The Company defines adjusted diluted earnings per share as net income (per GAAP), plus or minus the after-tax impact of Special Items(2), 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.

(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) 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.

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 3,300 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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