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MSA Announces First Quarter Revenue and Earnings

April 24, 2013

PITTSBURGH, April 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — MSA (NYSE: MSA) today announced that net sales for the first quarter of 2013 were $283 million compared with $293 million for the first quarter of 2012, a decrease of $10 million, or 3 percent. Excluding the effect of weakening currencies and the company’s second quarter 2012 divestiture of its North American ballistic helmet business, sales increased slightly. Net income for the first quarter of 2013 was $19 million, or $0.52 per basic share, compared to $24 million, or $0.65 per basic share, during the same period last year.

“Compared to our record first quarter of 2012, which included a number of large non-recurring fixed gas and flame detection orders, sales were relatively flat with core product sales growing 3 percent,” said William M. Lambert, MSA President and CEO. MSA’s five core product groups include industrial head protection, fall protection devices, portable gas detection instruments, fixed gas and flame detection systems, and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). The combined sales of these core product groups increased to 69 percent of MSA’s global business in the first quarter.

“Although we continue to see economic uncertainty in many regions of the world, this has not diminished our commitment to – or our focus on – executing our corporate strategy,” Mr. Lambert said. “Our results over the past several years clearly demonstrate our strategy to drive demand for core products in emerging and developed markets is working and on target, and I believe it continues to position MSA for greater long-term success.”

First quarter sales in the company’s North American segment decreased $1 million, or 1 percent, when compared to the same period of 2012. Excluding the impact of the ballistic helmet divestiture in the second quarter of 2012, North American segment sales increased $4 million, or 3 percent, when compared to the same period of 2012. Sales of breathing apparatus and portable gas detection instruments increased $4 million and $1 million, respectively, on higher shipments to the fire service and industrial markets. These increases were partially offset by declines in gas mask and fixed gas and flame detection product sales.

Sales in MSA’s European segment decreased $1 million, or 2 percent, when compared to the first quarter of 2012. Local currency sales of breathing apparatus and portable gas detection instruments both increased $1 million and were offset by a $3 million decrease in fixed gas and flame detection systems, on lower large order activity to industrial markets.

Sales in MSA’s International segment decreased $7 million, or 9 percent, when compared to the first quarter of 2012. Excluding an unfavorable currency translation impact of $5 million, International segment local currency sales decreased $2 million from the first quarter of 2012. Local currency sales of breathing apparatus and portable gas detection instruments both increased $1 million. These improvements were offset by declines across a broad range of product groups, primarily in regions with significant mining markets.

North American segment net income for the first quarter of 2013 was $16 million, unchanged from the first quarter of 2012 on an increase in research and development costs, higher selling, general and administrative expenses, offset by improved product margins on a higher level of core sales and a lower effective tax rate.

First quarter net income for MSA’s European segment was $4 million, a decrease of $2 million compared to the first quarter of 2012. This decrease was primarily due to a lower level of sales, increased research and development costs, and higher selling, general and administrative expenses.

International segment net income for the first quarter of 2013 was $7 million, a decrease of $2 million compared to the same quarter last year. The decrease was primarily due to a decrease in sales, higher research and development costs, partially offset by a decline in selling, general and administrative expenses.

“While the realities of the global economy somewhat temper my optimism, I am encouraged by the fact that we did see improvement in order activity as the first quarter progressed,” Mr. Lambert said. “After a fairly slow January and February, we saw a pick-up in order activity in March. As we move into the second quarter, our three key areas of focus are the continued development of innovative safety products and instruments, driving demand for our core products and maintaining our efforts to reduce operating costs. I believe we have meaningful opportunities on each of these fronts, and we will continue to invest in and advance these initiatives in ways that enhance our customers’ safety and reward shareholder confidence in MSA,” Mr. Lambert concluded.

About MSA

Established in 1914, MSA is the global leader in the development, manufacture and supply of safety products that protect people and facility infrastructures. Many MSA products integrate a combination of electronics, mechanical systems and advanced materials to protect users against hazardous or life-threatening situations. The company’s comprehensive line of products is used by workers around the world in a broad range of industries, including the fire service, the oil, gas and petrochemical industry, construction, mining and utilities, as well as the military. Principal products include self-contained breathing apparatus, fixed gas and flame detection systems, handheld gas detection instruments, head protection products, fall protection devices and thermal imaging cameras. The company also provides a broad range of consumer and contractor safety products through a joint venture with MCR Safety. These products are marketed and sold under the Safety Works(®) brand. MSA, based north of Pittsburgh in Cranberry Township, Pa., has annual sales of approximately $1.2 billion, manufacturing operations in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America, and 42 international locations. Additional information is available on the company’s Web site at www.MSAsafety.com. Information on Safety Works products can be found at www.SafetyWorks.com.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements:
Except for historical information, certain matters discussed in this press release may be forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements, including without limitation all projections and anticipated levels of future performance, involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results to differ materially from those discussed herein. Actual results can be affected by any number of factors, many of which are outside of management’s control. Among the factors that could cause such differences are global economic conditions, spending patterns of government agencies, competitive pressures, product liability claims, the success of new product introductions, currency exchange rate fluctuations, the identification and successful integration of acquisitions and the risks of doing business in foreign countries. These risks, uncertainties and other factors are detailed from time-to-time in our filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). You are strongly urged to review all such filings for a more detailed discussion of such risks and uncertainties. MSA’s SEC filings are readily obtainable at no charge at www.sec.gov, as well as on a number of other commercial websites.

    Mine Safety Appliances Company
    Consolidated Condensed Statement of Income (Unaudited)
    (In thousands, except earnings per share)

                                          Three Months Ended

                                              March 31,
                                              ---------

                                             2013                 2012
                                             ----                 ----

    Net sales                            $283,239             $293,485

    Other (expense) income, net              (120)                   5
                                             ----                  ---

                                          283,119              293,490

    Cost of products sold                 158,457              166,494

    Selling, general and
     administrative                        83,587               77,063

    Research and development               10,584                9,292

    Interest expense                        2,660                3,149

    Currency exchange losses, net           1,119                2,420
                                            -----                -----

                                          256,407              258,418

    Income before income taxes             26,712               35,072

    Provision for income taxes              7,317               10,750
                                            -----               ------

    Net income                             19,395               24,322

    Net income attributable to
     noncontrolling interests                (109)                (400)
                                             ----                 ----

    Net income attributable to Mine
     Safety Appliances Company             19,286               23,922
                                           ======               ======

    Basic earnings per share                 $.52                 $.65
                                             ====                 ====

    Diluted earnings per share               $.51                 $.64
                                             ====                 ====

    Dividends per common share               $.28                 $.26
                                             ====                 ====

    Basic shares outstanding               36,734               36,369

    Diluted shares outstanding             37,369               36,878

    Mine Safety Appliances Company
    Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheet (Unaudited)
    (In thousands)

                                                 March 31,         December 31,
                                                                                    2012
                                                              2013
                                                              ----

    Current assets

    Cash and cash
     equivalents                                           $76,793             $82,718

    Trade receivables,
     net                                                   206,954             191,289

    Inventories                                            135,614             136,300

    Other current
     assets                                                 49,770              53,241
                                                            ------              ------

             Total current
              assets                                       469,131             463,548

    Property, net                                          146,296             147,465

    Prepaid pension
     cost                                                   44,495              42,818

    Goodwill                                               256,726             258,400

    Other noncurrent
     assets                                                217,014             199,515
                                                           -------             -------

             Total assets                                1,133,662           1,111,746
                                                         =========           =========

    Current liabilities

    Notes payable and
     current portion of
     long-term debt                                         $7,986              $6,823

    Accounts payable                                        66,311              59,519

    Other current
     liabilities                                           122,893             122,458
                                                           -------             -------

             Total current
              liabilities                                  197,190             188,800

    Long-term debt                                         278,333             272,333

    Pensions and other
     employee benefits                                     149,307             151,536

    Deferred tax
     liabilities                                            17,094              17,249

    Other noncurrent
     liabilities                                            11,018              11,124

    Shareholders'
     equity                                                480,720             470,704
                                                           -------             -------

             Total liabilities
              and shareholders'
              equity                                     1,133,662           1,111,746
                                                         =========           =========

    Mine Safety Appliances Company
    Consolidated Condensed Statement of Cash Flows (Unaudited)
    (In thousands)

                                        Three Months Ended

                                            March  31,

                                           2013                 2012
                                           ----                 ----

    Net income                          $19,395              $24,322

    Depreciation and amortization         7,845                7,986

    Change in working capital            (7,853)                (870)

    Other operating                     (13,331)               1,994
                                        -------                -----

             Cash from operations         6,056               33,432
                                          -----               ------

    Capital expenditures                 (7,452)              (8,044)

    Other investing                          47                   95
                                            ---                  ---

             Cash from investing         (7,405)              (7,949)
                                         ------               ------

    Change in debt                        7,182              (21,016)

    Cash dividends paid                 (10,372)              (9,550)

    Other financing                        (742)                 217
                                           ----                  ---

             Cash from financing         (3,932)             (30,349)
                                         ------              -------

    Exchange rate changes                  (644)               1,576
                                           ----                -----

    Decrease in cash                     (5,925)              (3,290)
                                         ======               ======

    Mine Safety Appliances Company
    Segment Information (Unaudited)
    (In thousands)

                                      Three Months Ended

                                          March 31,
                                          ---------

                                         2013                 2012
                                         ----                 ----

             Net sales

             North America           $136,115             $137,484

             Europe                    70,999               72,466

             International             76,125               83,535
                                       ------               ------

                Total                 283,239              293,485
                                      =======              =======

             Net income (loss)

             North America            $16,155              $16,257

             Europe                     3,629                5,621

             International              6,669                8,265

             Reconciling               (7,167)              (6,221)
                                       ------               ------

                Total                  19,286               23,922
                                       ======               ======

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