TriMas
NASDAQ: TRS $22.40 +$0.13 (+0.57%)

Diluted EPS, Excluding Special Items, Increased By 11% To $0.30

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BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Michigan, April 27, 2017 - TriMas (NASDAQ: TRS) today announced financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2017.

TriMas reported first quarter net sales of $199.8 million, a decrease of 1.5% compared to $202.9 million in first quarter 2016. Organic growth in the Aerospace and Packaging segments was more than offset by lower sales related to continued softness in the oil and gas, and general industrial end markets, de-emphasis of less profitable regions in the Energy segment and currency exchange. The Company reported operating profit of $15.7 million in first quarter 2017 compared to $16.5 million in first quarter 2016. Excluding Special Items(1) related to business restructuring and severance costs primarily associated with previously announced facility exits, first quarter 2017 operating profit would have been $23.9 million, an increase of 9.2% compared to $21.8 million in the prior year period.

The Company reported first quarter 2017 net income of $7.0 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, compared to net income of $8.3 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, in first quarter 2016. Excluding Special Items, first quarter 2017 net income would have been $14.0 million, resulting in diluted earnings per share of $0.30, an increase of 11.1% compared to $0.27 in the prior year period.

TriMas Highlights

  • Increased first quarter operating profit, excluding Special Items, by 9.2% compared to the prior year period.
  • Generated Free Cash Flow(2) of $17.7 million for first quarter 2017, compared to a use of cash of $5.9 million in the prior year period.
  • Reduced Net Debt(3) by $68.2 million, or 16.5%, to $344.2 million, compared to March 31, 2016.
  • Reaffirmed 2017 outlook of full-year diluted earnings per share to be between $1.35 to $1.45, excluding any current or future events that may be considered Special Items, and Free Cash Flow to be greater than 100% of net income.

"Our accelerated realignment efforts and renewed operating discipline have started to boost our performance," said Thomas Amato, TriMas President and Chief Executive Officer. "While we are pleased with our start to 2017, we still have many opportunities to improve and are committed to enhancing our performance. We remain excited about the long-term prospects for TriMas and our family of businesses."

"In the near-term, we will continue our relentless attention to the performance improvement plans in the Energy and Aerospace segments, while continuing to take actions to drive future growth and product and process innovation in our Packaging and Engineered Components segments. We are committed to achieving our 2017 operating plan and are reaffirming our full year outlook provided in February," Amato concluded.

Financial Position

The Company reported Free Cash Flow of $17.7 million for first quarter 2017, compared to a use of $5.9 million in first quarter 2016, driven primarily by enhanced focus on net working capital management. Free Cash Flow conversion was approximately 127% of net income for first quarter 2017, excluding Special Items. Please see Appendix I for further details.

TriMas reported total debt of $366.9 million as of March 31, 2017, compared to $374.7 million as of December 31, 2016, and $437.9 million as of March 31, 2016. In addition, the Company reduced Net Debt by $68.2 million, or 16.5%, to $344.2 million, compared to $412.4 million as of March 31, 2016. TriMas ended first quarter 2017 with $169.1 million of cash and aggregate availability under its revolving credit and accounts receivable facilities.

First Quarter Segment Results

Packaging (Approximately 43% of TriMas March 31, 2017 LTM sales)
The Packaging segment, which consists primarily of the Rieke® brand, develops and manufactures specialty dispensing and closure applications for the health, beauty and home care, food and beverage, and industrial markets. Net sales for the first quarter increased 1.1% compared to the year ago period, with sales increases in each of Packaging's end markets more than offsetting the impact of $1.8 million of unfavorable currency exchange. Excluding Special Items, first quarter operating profit increased slightly, while the related margin percentage was relatively flat as the impact of higher sales levels was offset by continued investment in growth and global capabilities, and unfavorable currency exchange.

Aerospace (Approximately 23% of TriMas March 31, 2017 LTM sales)
The Aerospace segment, which is comprised of 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 first quarter increased 12.1% compared to the year ago period, driven primarily by improved production throughput and strong order demand. First quarter operating profit increased $1.5 million and the related margin percentage improved by 230 basis points, as a result of accelerated operational performance actions. 

Energy (Approximately 20% of TriMas March 31, 2017 LTM sales)
The Energy segment, which consists of the Lamons® brand, designs, manufactures and distributes industrial sealing and fastener products for the petrochemical, petroleum refining, oil field and other industrial markets. First quarter net sales were lower by 8.5% compared to the year ago period, primarily due to the impact of de-emphasizing less profitable regions and lower demand levels from oil and gas customers. Excluding Special Items, first quarter operating profit increased by $1.4 million and the related margin percentage increased by 380 basis points, primarily as a result of extensive realignment efforts and manufacturing productivity improvements.

Engineered Components (Approximately 14% of TriMas March 31, 2017 LTM sales)
The Engineered Components segment, which is comprised of the Norris Cylinder™ and Arrow® brands, designs and manufactures highly-engineered steel cylinders, wellhead engines and compression products for use within the industrial, and oil and gas markets. First quarter net sales were lower by 13.3% compared to the year ago period, primarily due to lower sales of high-pressure cylinders as a result of continued softness in general industrial end markets and the impact of customer consolidations. Sales of oil field-related products also decreased as a result of lower levels of oil and natural gas well completions. While first quarter operating profit decreased $0.7 million primarily due to reduced sales levels and lower fixed cost absorption, the related operating profit margin remained flat at 15.3%.

Conference Call Information

TriMas will host its first quarter 2017 earnings conference call today, Thursday, April 27, 2017, at 10 a.m. ET. The call-in number is (888) 287-5530. Participants should request to be connected to the TriMas first quarter 2017 earnings conference call (Conference ID #3901001). The conference call will also be simultaneously webcast via TriMas' website at www.trimascorp.com, 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 #3901001) beginning April 27, 2017 at 3 p.m. ET through May 4, 2017 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 leverage; liabilities imposed by the Company's debt instruments; market demand; competitive factors; supply constraints; material and energy costs; intangible assets, including goodwill or other intangible asset impairment charges; technology factors; litigation; government and regulatory actions; the Company's accounting policies; future trends; general economic and currency conditions; the potential impact of Brexit; various conditions specific to the Company's business and industry; the Company’s ability to identify attractive acquisition candidates, successfully integrate acquired operations or realize the intended benefits of such acquisitions; potential costs and savings related to facility consolidation activities; future prospects of the Company; and other risks that are detailed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016. 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 www.trimascorp.com 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, on an after Special Items basis, 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.

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

About TriMas

TriMas is a diversified, global manufacturer of engineered products with approximately 4,000 dedicated employees in 13 countries. We provide customers with innovative product solutions through our businesses which operate in four segments: Packaging, Aerospace, Energy and Engineered Components. 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 www.trimascorp.com.

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