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Company Updates 2015 Guidance After Successful Spin-off of Horizon Global

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Michigan, August 4, 2015 - TriMas Corporation (NASDAQ: TRS) today announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2015. The Company reported second quarter net sales from continuing operations of $224.9 million, a slight increase as compared to second quarter 2014. The Company reported second quarter 2015 income from continuing operations attributable to TriMas Corporation of $8.5 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, as compared to income of $14.4 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2014. Excluding Special Items(1), second quarter 2015 diluted earnings per share from continuing operations would have been $0.30, as compared to $0.37 in second quarter 2014, primarily as a result of the impact of lower oil prices, currency headwinds and resolution of a legal claim. These amounts exclude the results of operations of the Cequent businesses, which were spun-off as Horizon Global Corporation (NYSE: HZN) on June 30, 2015, and were reclassified as discontinued operations.

TriMas Highlights

  • Completed the tax-free spin-off of the Cequent businesses to TriMas' shareholders as a newly formed company named Horizon Global Corporation.
  • Amended its credit agreement to resize its credit facilities and extend maturities following the spin-off of the Cequent businesses. Used proceeds of the $214.5 million dividend from Horizon Global to reduce outstanding debt.
  • Continued to execute on reorganization and integration initiatives in Packaging and Aerospace, the Company's highest margin businesses, to drive future growth and margin expansion.
  • Within Engineered Components, achieved revenue and margin expansion in the Norris Cylinder business, and remained profitable in the Arrow Engine business despite a more than 60% decline in year-over-year sales due to the impact of lower oil prices. 


"We are pleased to have completed the spin-off of the Cequent businesses - on time and within budget - into Horizon Global during the second quarter," said David Wathen, TriMas President and Chief Executive Officer. "This event represents a major milestone for our company, simplifying and improving the margin profile of our portfolio, and positioning us to deliver enhanced performance over time and drive value for shareholders. We dedicated a significant amount of effort and resources to the separation; I want to thank all of our employees for their hard work and dedication during this process and for enabling such a smooth transition."

Wathen continued, "For the second quarter, we reported net sales of $225 million and EPS of $0.30(1), including a $2.8 million charge to resolve an outstanding legal claim, which approximated $0.04 per share. These quarterly results were boosted by acquisition and organic growth, which was offset by the external headwinds of continued low oil prices, a strong U.S. dollar and ongoing inventory de-stocking in the aerospace distribution channel. Our productivity and margin initiatives in our packaging, aerospace and cylinder businesses drove solid margins, while absorbing external top-line pressures. Our engine and compressor business was able to remain profitable despite a 60% decline in sales year-over-year, as it realigned its cost structure to reflect current end market demand. Our greatest area of focus going forward is in our energy business, where we are assessing broader restructuring and additional cost actions given its recent performance. We are confident that continued execution on our key operational initiatives will position each of our businesses to deliver profitable growth as we pursue market opportunities and as external conditions improve."

Wathen concluded, "We are updating our 2015 full year outlook as a result of the recent spin-off and to reflect the intensifying external headwinds we believe will continue in the second half of the year. Accordingly, we now anticipate year-over-year sales growth of up to 2%, as organic and acquisition growth of approximately 10% is expected to be mostly offset by oil price and currency headwinds. We expect full-year 2015 diluted EPS of $1.15 to $1.25 and Free Cash Flow of $30 million to $35 million. Our simplified portfolio, with the two strategic platforms of packaging and aerospace, provides a higher-growth and higher-margin foundation to build upon. We remain committed to being a trusted global leader in delivering innovative, engineered product solutions to our customers and enhancing value for our shareholders."


Second Quarter Financial Results - From Continuing Operations

  • TriMas reported second quarter net sales of $224.9 million, a slight increase as compared to $224.7 million in second quarter 2014. Net sales increased due to the result of recent acquisitions and organic initiatives, largely offset by sales declines resulting from the impact of lower oil prices, macroeconomic uncertainty and $3.9 million of unfavorable currency exchange in Packaging and Energy. 
  • The Company reported operating profit of $19.2 million in second quarter 2015, a decrease of 24.3% as compared to second quarter 2014. Excluding Special Items(1) related to severance and business restructuring, second quarter 2015 operating profit would have been $24.3 million, a decrease of 12.4% as compared to $27.7 million during second quarter 2014. Second quarter 2015 operating profit margin, excluding Special Items(1), decreased to 10.8%, primarily due to a $2.8 million charge to resolve an outstanding legal claim, manufacturing inefficiencies and higher costs related to U.S. West Coast port delays within Energy, and lower fixed cost absorption primarily in Engineered Components, partially offset by margin improvement and productivity initiatives. 
  • Second quarter 2015 income from continuing operations attributable to TriMas Corporation was $8.5 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, compared to $0.32 per diluted share in second quarter 2014. Excluding Special Items(1), second quarter 2015 income from continuing operations attributable to TriMas Corporation would have been $13.8 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, as compared to $0.37 in second quarter 2014. The Company has launched numerous initiatives to drive margin improvement across the businesses, including optimizing its manufacturing footprint, exiting lower margin products and geographies, driving Lean and continuous improvement programs, and achieving synergies from previous acquisitions. 
  • The Company reported Free Cash Flow (defined as Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities of Continuing Operations less Capital Expenditures) of $9.4 million for second quarter 2015 as compared to $16.6 million in second quarter 2014. On a year-to-date basis, the Company generated $7.6 million in Free Cash Flow as compared to $26.3 million during the first six months of 2014. The Company expects to generate between $30 million and $35 million in Free Cash Flow for 2015.

Discontinued Operations

On June 30, 2015, the Company completed the previously announced spin-off of its Cequent businesses (comprised of the Cequent Americas and Cequent APEA reportable segments), creating a new independent publicly-traded company, Horizon Global Corporation, through a distribution of 100% of the Company's interest in Horizon Global to holders of TriMas Corporation common shares. The results of operations of the Cequent businesses, as well as the one-time costs incurred in connection with the separation of the two companies, are presented as discontinued operations for all periods included.

Financial Position

TriMas reported total indebtedness of $464.0 million as of June 30, 2015, as compared to $638.6 million as of December 31, 2014. During the second quarter of 2015, the Company amended its credit agreement in conjunction with the spin-off of the Cequent businesses into Horizon Global, and was able to extend maturities and resize its credit facilities consistent with its operating needs. The cash distribution to the Company from Horizon Global was used to reduce the outstanding borrowings. TriMas ended second quarter 2015 with $149.2 million of cash and aggregate availability under its revolving credit and accounts receivable facilities.

Business Segment Results - From Continuing Operations(2)

Packaging 

Net sales for the second quarter increased 3.9% as compared to the year ago period, primarily as a result of increased specialty systems product sales due to the acquisition of Lion Holdings in the third quarter of 2014 and additional demand from customers in North America. These increases were partially offset by the impact of unfavorable currency exchange. While operating profit increased, the related margin percentage decreased slightly primarily due to higher selling, general and administrative costs associated with the acquisition, investments to improve global capabilities and unfavorable currency exchange, which were partially offset by lower material costs and continued productivity initiatives. The Company continues to develop specialty dispensing and closure applications for growing end markets, including personal care, cosmetic, pharmaceutical, nutrition and food/beverage, and expand into complementary products. 

Aerospace

Net sales for the second quarter increased 35.8% as compared to the year ago period, primarily due to the results of Allfast, which was acquired in October 2014, partially offset by lower sales to distribution customers. Second quarter operating profit and the related margin percentage increased due to higher sales levels related to Allfast, while also absorbing the impact of purchase accounting and increased selling, general and administrative costs related to the acquisition. With recent additions to the management team of this business, the Company is focused on improving manufacturing efficiencies and throughput, leveraging the recent acquisitions, and developing and qualifying additional highly-engineered products for aerospace applications.

Energy

Second quarter net sales decreased 4.1% as compared to the year ago period, as reduced demand levels from upstream customers related to lower oil prices, lower sales in China and Brazil due to restructuring activities in those regions, and the impact of unfavorable currency exchange more than offset increased sales from international branches and new products. Second quarter operating profit and the related margin percentage also decreased as compared to the prior year period as a result of the lower sales levels, higher material sourcing costs related to the impact of the recent port delays, and higher selling, general and administrative costs, including approximately $2.8 million in expenses to resolve an outstanding legal claim. The Company has launched several initiatives to improve its profitability including the move of a portion of the gasket and fastener operations from its Houston facility to a new lower-cost facility in Mexico. The Company also has additional projects underway to optimize its global operating footprint and increase the sales of its higher-margin, specialty products.

Engineered Components

Second quarter net sales decreased 22.8% as compared to the year ago period, primarily due to lower sales of slow speed and compressor engines resulting from the impact of lower oil prices, partially offset by increased sales of industrial cylinders. Second quarter operating profit and the related margin percentage also decreased, primarily due to the reduced sales levels and lower fixed cost absorption related to engine and compression products, which was partially offset by increased sales, productivity initiatives and additional operating leverage in industrial cylinder products. The Company has responded to the dramatic drop in oil prices and the impact on engine and compressor demand by reducing its fixed cost structure, and continues to drive new product sales and expand its international sales efforts. 

2015 Outlook

The Company updated its full year 2015 outlook from continuing operations as a result of the June 30, 2015 spin-off of the Cequent businesses. Due to increased headwinds related to continued low oil prices and aerospace distributor de-stocking, as well as lower than expected macroeconomic growth, the Company is estimating that 2015 sales will increase 0% to 2% on a year-over-year basis. The Company provided full-year 2015 diluted earnings per share outlook of $1.15 to $1.25, excluding any future events that may be considered Special Items. In addition, the Company expects 2015 Free Cash Flow, defined as Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities of Continuing Operations less Capital Expenditures, to be between $30 million and $35 million. 


Conference Call Information

TriMas Corporation will host its second quarter 2015 earnings conference call today, Tuesday, August 4, 2015, at 10 a.m. ET. The call-in number is (888) 417-8516. Participants should request to be connected to the TriMas Corporation second quarter 2015 earnings conference call (Conference ID #6793033). 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 Code #6793033) beginning August 4, 2015 at 3 p.m. ET through August 11, 2015 at 3 p.m. ET.  

Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Any "forward-looking" statements contained herein, including those relating to market conditions or the Company's financial condition and results, expense reductions, liquidity expectations, business goals and sales growth, involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, risks and uncertainties with respect to the future prospects of the Company and the spin-off of Horizon Global Corporation as independent companies, general economic and currency conditions, various conditions specific to the Company's business and industry, the Company's leverage, liabilities imposed by the Company's debt instruments, market demand, competitive factors, supply constraints, material and energy costs, technology factors, litigation, government and regulatory actions, the Company's accounting policies, future trends, and other risks that are detailed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014. 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.

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 at the end of this release. Additional information is available at www.trimascorp.com under the “Investors” section.

About TriMas

Headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, TriMas Corporation (NASDAQ: TRS) provides engineered and applied products for growing markets worldwide. TriMas is organized into four reportable segments: Packaging, Aerospace, Energy and Engineered Components. TriMas has approximately 4,000 employees at more than 50 facilities in 16 countries. For more information, visit www.trimascorp.com.


  1. Appendix I details certain costs, expenses and other charges, collectively described as “Special Items,” that are included in the determination of net income from continuing operations attributable to TriMas Corporation under GAAP,  but that management would consider important in evaluating the quality of the Company's operating results.
  2. Business Segment Results include Operating Profit that excludes the impact of Special Items. For a complete schedule of Special Items by segment, see “Company and Business Segment Financial Information - Continuing Operations.”

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