TriMas
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Company Reports Growth in Income(1) and EPS(1) of More Than 30%

Raises Full Year 2015 EPS and Free Cash Flow Guidance

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BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Michigan, October 29, 2015 - TriMas Corporation (NASDAQ: TRS) today announced financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2015. The Company reported third quarter net sales from continuing operations of $222.2 million, relatively flat as compared to third quarter 2014. The Company reported third quarter 2015 income from continuing operations attributable to TriMas Corporation of $11.7 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, as compared to income of $11.1 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2014. Excluding Special Items(1), third quarter 2015 diluted earnings per share from continuing operations would have been $0.39, a 34.5% improvement from $0.29 in third quarter 2014.

TriMas Highlights

  • Improved income and earnings per share from continuing operations by 30.9% and 34.5%, respectively, excluding the impact of Special Items(1), compared to the third quarter of 2014.
  • Announced and began implementing a broadly-focused Financial Improvement Plan, targeting cost actions which are expected to yield approximately $15 million of annual savings, and improve the Company’s profitability, cash flow conversion and operational efficiency.
  • Improved operating profit margin(1) by 300 basis points with improvements in Packaging, Aerospace and Energy, and a reduction in corporate expenses as compared to third quarter 2014.
  • 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. 
  • Launched the TriMas Aerospace Engineering Research and Technology team to partner with the Company's aerospace customers to support innovation and application growth; TriMas Aerospace also recognized as the Embraer 2015 Hardware Supplier of the Year.



"While our third quarter sales were relatively flat year-over-year, we achieved 300 basis points of margin expansion and an increase of 34.5% in earnings per share(1)," said David Wathen, TriMas President and Chief Executive Officer.  "We realized year-over-year operating profit margin improvements in three out of four of our segments, reduced corporate expenses as compared to a year ago, and realigned our engine and compressor business' cost structure to break even despite a 60% decline in sales year-over-year. We were able to achieve these results in an environment of global macroeconomic uncertainty, with external headwinds related to continued low oil-related activity, a strong U.S. dollar and relative weakness in our industrial end markets."




"In addition, our team is aggressively implementing our Financial Improvement Plan announced in September, pursuing cost actions to accelerate business improvement initiatives that maintain or enhance margins across the company. With significant uncertainty in many end markets and economies, we continually assess and implement measures to improve our operations and financial position. We expect this broad-based set of cost reductions to position us for improved margins and free cash flow in 2016, in spite of top-line headwinds. While our immediate focus remains on cost reduction, we also continue to invest in initiatives that will drive future profitable growth," Wathen continued.




"Based on our third quarter performance and the current trends we are experiencing, we are updating our full year 2015 outlook from continuing operations, slightly lowering sales guidance, while increasing projected earnings per share from $1.15 to $1.25, to $1.25 to $1.30, excluding any future events that may be considered Special Items. We are also increasing 2015 Free Cash Flow outlook to be between $50 million and $60 million. As we move forward, we are focused on mitigating the challenging growth environment, while driving enhanced profitability through cost reduction actions and investment in higher-return projects." Wathen concluded. 




Third Quarter Financial Results - From Continuing Operations

  • TriMas reported third quarter net sales of $222.2 million, relatively flat as compared to $222.3 million in third quarter 2014. The positive impact of recent acquisitions and organic initiatives was offset by sales declines resulting from the impact of lower oil prices, macroeconomic uncertainty and $3.6 million of unfavorable currency exchange, primarily in Packaging and Energy. 
  • The Company reported operating profit of $21.6 million in third quarter 2015, an increase of 5.1% as compared to third quarter 2014. Excluding Special Items(1) related to severance and business restructuring, third quarter 2015 operating profit would have been $29.9 million, an increase of 28.6% as compared to $23.2 million during third quarter 2014. Third quarter 2015 operating profit margin, excluding Special Items(1), increased 300 basis points to 13.4%, as a result of improvements in Packaging, Aerospace and Energy, and a reduction in corporate expenses as compared to third quarter 2014.
  • Third quarter 2015 income from continuing operations attributable to TriMas Corporation was $11.7 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, compared to $0.24 per diluted share in third quarter 2014. Excluding Special Items(1), third quarter 2015 income from continuing operations attributable to TriMas Corporation would have been $17.8 million, or $0.39 per diluted share, an improvement of 34.5% as compared to $0.29 in third quarter 2014. 
  • The Company reported Free Cash Flow (defined as Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities of Continuing Operations, excluding the cash impact of the Financial Improvement Plan, less Capital Expenditures) of $1.5 million for third quarter 2015 as compared to $8.0 million in third quarter 2014. On a year-to-date basis, the Company generated $9.1 million of Free Cash Flow and expects to generate between $50 million and $60 million for full year 2015.
Discontinued Operations

On June 30, 2015, the Company completed the 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 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 included in discontinued operations for all periods presented.

Financial Position

TriMas reported total indebtedness of $459.4 million as of September 30, 2015, as compared to $638.6 million as of December 31, 2014, and $338.3 million as of September 30, 2014. The Company used the cash distribution from Horizon Global to reduce the outstanding borrowings in conjunction with the spin-off of the Cequent businesses. The increase in total indebtedness from the year ago period is related to the additional borrowings in October 2014 to fund the acquisition of Allfast Fastening Systems, net the reduction resulting from the Horizon Global distribution. TriMas ended third quarter 2015 with $129.7 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 third quarter decreased 1.6% as compared to the year ago period, primarily as a result of unfavorable currency exchange, partially offset by increased specialty systems product sales due to the acquisition of Lion Holdings in the third quarter of 2014. Third quarter operating profit and the related margin percentage increased due to reductions in certain acquisition-related liabilities, lower material costs, a favorable shift in product mix and lower selling, general and administrative costs, partially offset by continued investment in global capabilities and unfavorable currency exchange. 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 growing markets. 

Aerospace

Net sales for the third quarter increased 65.6% as compared to the year ago period, primarily due to the results of Allfast, which was acquired in October 2014, and higher demand from OE customers, partially offset by lower sales to large distribution customers. Third quarter operating profit and the related margin percentage increased by 400 basis points due to the higher sales levels and related operating leverage, continued productivity initiatives and a more favorable product mix, partially offset by increased selling, general and administrative costs related to the acquisition. The Company is focused on integrating and leveraging its aerospace businesses to better serve its customers, improving manufacturing efficiencies and throughput, and developing and qualifying additional highly-engineered products for aerospace applications.

Energy

Third quarter net sales increased 2.6% as compared to the year ago period, as increased North American sales, primarily related to higher levels of engineering and construction activity, more than offset 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. Third quarter operating profit and the related margin percentage increased by 260 basis points as compared to the prior year period as a result of the higher sales levels, a more favorable product sales mix, improved manufacturing efficiencies and reduced selling, general and administrative costs. The Company has accelerated the restructuring actions in this business to drive manufacturing and operational improvements, optimize its global footprint and increase sales of its higher-margin, specialty products. 

Engineered Components

Third quarter net sales decreased 32.6% as compared to the year ago period, primarily due to lower sales of engines and compressors resulting from the impact of lower oil prices, as well as decreased sales of industrial cylinders related to weaker demand in industrial end markets and lower levels of export sales due to the strong U.S. dollar. Third quarter operating profit and the related margin percentage also decreased, primarily due to the reduced sales level and lower fixed cost absorption related to engine and compression products, which were partially offset by cost reductions and productivity initiatives. 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 is updating its full year 2015 outlook from continuing operations, slightly lowering sales outlook, while increasing earnings per share and Free Cash Flow guidance. Given external headwinds related to continued low levels of oil activity, lower macroeconomic growth and weakness in industrial end markets, the Company is estimating that 2015 sales will be relatively flat on a year-over-year basis. The Company is increasing its full-year 2015 diluted earnings per share outlook, from $1.15 to $1.25, to $1.25 to $1.30, excluding any future events that may be considered Special Items, as a result of the performance in the third quarter, as well as the modest impact of the Financial Improvement Plan expected in the fourth quarter of 2015. In addition, the Company is increasing 2015 Free Cash Flow outlook, (defined as Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities of Continuing Operations, excluding the cash impact of the Financial Improvement Plan, less Capital Expenditures), to be between $50 million and $60 million, as compared to $30 million to $40 million previously. 




Conference Call Information

TriMas Corporation will host its third quarter 2015 earnings conference call today, Thursday, October 29, 2015, at 10 a.m. ET. The call-in number is (888) 427-9376. Participants should request to be connected to the TriMas Corporation third quarter 2015 earnings conference call (Conference ID #284954). 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 #284954) beginning October 29, 2015 at 3 p.m. ET through November 5, 2015 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, but not limited to, those relating to the Company’s business, financial condition or future results, involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, risks and uncertainties with respect to:  the Company's leverage; liabilities imposed by the Company's debt instruments; market demand; competitive factors; supply constraints; material and energy costs; risks and uncertainties associated with 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; various conditions specific to the Company's business and industry; the Company’s ability to integrate Allfast and attain the expected synergies, including that the acquisition is accretive; the Company’s ability to attain the Financial Improvement Plan targeted savings and free cash flow amounts; 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, 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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