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HLMN Hillman Solutions

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Nick Ruffing Vice President, Finance
Doug Cahill Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer
Rocky Kraft Chief Financial Officer
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Operator

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen and welcome to The Hillman Companies Conference Call to discuss First Quarter 2021 Results. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. Hillman will not be fielding any questions on today’s call in light of its recently announced planned merger with Landcadia Holdings III. [Operator Instructions] I would now like to introduce your host for today’s conference, Nick Ruffing.

You may begin.

Nick Ruffing

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Doug Cahill

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Rocky Kraft

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recovered flat was the for it as pre-pandemic quarter Our levels. Digital to Robotics business &

was quarter to Our in over margin the million to The gross in difference product the freight margin to XX% prior high transportation. in quarter. our to year $XXX in representing increased We profit related prior to growth XX.X% compared gross business $XX and primarily of a of year QX double-digit segment & other in performance and mainly mix, Digital due Robotics modest experienced segments Solutions inflation in compared flattish XXXX. margin million,

quarter first SG&A to and operating with professional Landcadia wages saw higher with on leverage higher pending was freight was at of year offset prior the and volume, a fees inflation by sales sales good as Our items, by merger in III flat percent XX.X%. our We quarter associated such costs. which as

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end-market customers we helpful in signs our we discussed very us, to our core continuing solutions, area, more demand the our innovation teams our including every some Across with As seeing in with executing packaging. are efforts our commodities, almost have growing, segments, labor we with providing capture positive to opportunities. business integrating our closely in all and today, traffic with and are with customer resultant growth inflation seeing stores pickup freight, well with

covering retail at We be cost these increases. at price will our realizing soon increases partners aimed

Doug continued we DIY line continued strong seeing into hardware top trends our are and noted, As April. momentum projects strong and for

to return business Digital Our is U.S. hardware rebounded as solutions and Solutions have consumer retailers about our the to and & and pre-COVID our Robotics out operations. strong has started Canadian and businesses remain

our that sales, our these point optimistic expected drive sales a the EBITDA than look up will are performance but these XXXX see that modest his I experiencing we referenced in COVID-related core still and for continuing the sooner to offsetting We than in $XX million, $XX trends PP&E no remarks. impact purchased could see in pressure you falloff better from at together masks, these that with have recurring inventory we outlook at growth foresee We when items. potential working of reinforce will excluding and the businesses. that COVID of currently clear some these request Net-net, to approximately markets we retailers of sprays quite and strong there time. are headwind you summary, wipes strong this have expected to trends in continue help will on Doug EBITDA segments COVID-related be $XXX customer’s are in XXXX performance we million. our our In double-digit EBITDA we underlying our million

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Operator

call Thank continued Hillman. you. interest the for and for for all Thank session joining this today. our [No Ladies in this you concludes your and call event] Q&A gentleman,