TriMas (TRS) Q2 Earnings Top Estimates, Revenues Lag, Up Y/Y

TriMas Corporation TRS reported second-quarter 2021 adjusted earnings of 62 cents per share, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 57 cents. The bottom line improved 19% from the prior-year quarter and came in higher than the company’s guidance of adjusted earnings per share between 50 cents and 57 cents. This was aided by year-over-year sales growth in all segments despite higher input costs.

Including the impact of one-time items, the company reported earnings per share of 27 cents, against the year-ago quarter’s loss per share of 36 cents.

The company’s revenues improved 9.7% year over year to $219 million, courtesy of sales growth in all segments and favorable currency exchange. The top line, however, missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $224 million.

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Costs & Margins

Cost of sales dipped 1% year over year to $161 million in the reported quarter. Gross profit surged 56% year over year to $58 million. Gross margin was 26.5% compared with 18.7% in the prior-year quarter.
Selling, general and administrative expenses were down 41% year over year to $32.5 million. Adjusted operating profit increased 9% year over year to $30 million, driven by strong sales performance and margin expansion in the Specialty Products segment. Higher input costs negated some of these gains. Adjusted operating margin contracted 10 basis points year over year to 13.7% in the reported quarter.

Segment Performance

Packaging: Net sales improved 8% year over year to a record $140 million on the back of acquisition-related sales, higher demand for products sold into home care applications, and the impact of favorable currency exchange. Adjusted operating profit moved up 4% year over year to $28.2 million in the reported quarter as higher sales offset input cost inflation and a less favorable product sales mix.

Aerospace: Net sales increased 4.6% year over year to $45 million in the second quarter as customers' stocking orders somewhat helped offset the impact of reduced air travel and lower commercial and business jet production as a result of the pandemic. The segment reported adjusted operating profit of $2.7 million, which was 37% lower than the year-ago figure.
Specialty Products: The segment’s revenues increased 24% year over year to $35 million. Higher demand for steel cylinders used in construction and HVAC ((Heating, ventilation and air conditioning) applications, and increased demand for oil and gas productsled to the improvement. Adjusted operating profit surged 60% year over year to $6 million. This was driven by higher sales and the impact of realignment and factory floor improvement actions implemented in the businesses.

Financial Performance

During the second quarter, TriMas repurchased approximately 358,047 of its outstanding common stock for $11.6 million. As of Jun 30, 2021, $147.5 million remained available under its repurchase authorization.

TriMas generated $29.6 million of adjusted cash flow from operations in second-quarter 2021 compared with $30.5 million in the prior-year quarter. The company ended second-quarter 2021 with $106.3 million of unrestricted cash on hand, $410.3 million of unrestricted cash and aggregate availability under its revolving credit facilities. As of Jun 30, 2021, net debt was $276 million compared with $272 million as of Dec 31, 2020.

Initiates 2021 Guidance

TriMas expects   sales between $840 million and $875 million in 2021, which depicts sales growth at 9-14% from 2021.  All of the three segments are expected to deliver higher sales than 2020 levels. Adjusted earnings per share is expected in the range of $2.15 to $2.30 per share. The mid-point of the range indicates an increase of 16% from 2020. TriMas expects free cash flow to be greater than 100% of net income in 2021.

Share Price Performance

In the past year, shares of TriMas have gained 38.8% compared with the industry’s rally of 59.6%.

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Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider

TriMas currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Some better-ranked stocks in the Industrial Products sector include Greif Inc. GEF, Dover Corporation DOV and Lindsay Corporation LNN. While Grief sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), Dover and Lindsay carry a Zacks Rank of 2 (Buy), at present. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Greif has an estimated earnings growth rate of 47.1% for the ongoing year. The company’s shares have rallied 68.5% in the past year.

Dover has a projected earnings growth rate of 32.68% for 2021. Over the past year, the company’s shares have gained 57.9%.

Lindsay has an expected earnings growth rate of 17.3% for 2021. The stock has surged 63.7% in a year’s time.

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