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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549 
FORM 10-Q
 
QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the quarter ended September 30, 2021
or
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

Commission File No. 1-15579
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MSA SAFETY INCORPORATED
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 
Pennsylvania 46-4914539
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
 (IRS Employer
Identification No.)
1000 Cranberry Woods Drive
Cranberry Township,Pennsylvania 16066-5207
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (724776-8600
Former name or former address, if changed since last report: N/A
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes  x   No  ¨
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files).    Yes  x    No  ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
 
Large Accelerated FilerxAccelerated filer¨Non-accelerated filer¨Smaller reporting company
Emerging growth company
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ¨ 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).     Yes     No  x
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act: 
Title of each classTrading Symbol(s)Name of each exchange on which is registered
Common Stock, no par valueMSANew York Stock Exchange
As of October 22, 2021, 39,207,411 shares of common stock, of the registrant were outstanding.



PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Item 1. Financial Statements
MSA SAFETY INCORPORATED
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
Unaudited
 Three Months Ended September 30,Nine Months Ended September 30,
(In thousands, except per share amounts)2021202020212020
Net sales$340,197 $304,392 $989,915 $959,975 
Cost of products sold194,199 172,160 556,263 528,799 
Gross profit145,998 132,232 433,652 431,176 
Selling, general and administrative87,450 64,793 246,339 214,066 
Research and development14,946 13,851 42,149 41,723 
Restructuring charges (Note 4)3,853 7,603 12,239 18,475 
Currency exchange losses (gains), net (Note 6)100 2,759 (359)3,821 
Product liability expense (Note 18)10,688 2,077 25,235 4,878 
Operating income28,961 41,149 108,049 148,213 
Interest expense3,764 2,305 7,847 7,907 
Other income, net(2,266)(1,117)(8,773)(4,376)
Total other expense (income), net1,498 1,188 (926)3,531 
Income before income taxes27,463 39,961 108,975 144,682 
Provision for income taxes (Note 10)8,640 11,727 28,165 36,251 
Net income18,823 28,234 80,810 108,431 
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests (200)(448)(668)
Net income attributable to MSA Safety Incorporated$18,823 $28,034 $80,362 $107,763 
Earnings per share attributable to MSA Safety Incorporated common shareholders (Note 9):
       Basic$0.48 $0.72 $2.05 $2.77 
Diluted$0.48 $0.71 $2.04 $2.74 
Dividends per common share$0.44 $0.43 $1.31 $1.28 
The accompanying notes are an integral part of the condensed consolidated financial statements.
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MSA SAFETY INCORPORATED
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
Unaudited
 Three Months Ended September 30,Nine Months Ended September 30,
(In thousands)2021202020212020
Net income$18,823 $28,234 $80,810 $108,431 
Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax:
     Foreign currency translation adjustments (Note 6)(13,868)15,520 (18,073)(2,758)
     Pension and post-retirement plan actuarial gains, net of tax
    (Note 6)
3,701 3,058 11,070 9,250 
Unrealized loss on available-for-sale securities (Note 6)(11)(74)(15)(12)
Reclassification of currency translation from accumulated other comprehensive loss into net income (Note 6)   720 
Total other comprehensive (loss) income, net of tax(10,178)18,504 (7,018)7,200 
Comprehensive income 8,645 46,738 73,792 115,631 
Less: Comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interests (494)(356)(865)
Comprehensive income attributable to MSA Safety Incorporated$8,645 $46,244 $73,436 $114,766 
The accompanying notes are an integral part of the condensed consolidated financial statements.
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MSA SAFETY INCORPORATED
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
Unaudited 
(In thousands)September 30, 2021December 31, 2020
Assets
Cash and cash equivalents (Note 2)$117,302 $160,672 
Trade receivables, less allowance for credit loss of $4,930 and $5,344
219,481 252,283 
Inventories (Note 3)249,449 197,819 
Investments, short-term (Note 17)48,972 74,982 
Prepaid income taxes41,098 26,185 
Notes receivable, insurance companies (Note 18)3,884 3,796 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 45,193 38,541 
Total current assets
725,379 754,278 
Property, plant and equipment, net (Note 5)204,410 189,620 
Operating lease assets, net50,731 53,451 
Prepaid pension cost (Note 15)108,842 97,545 
Deferred tax assets (Note 10)44,587 35,665 
Goodwill (Note 13)636,113 443,272 
Intangible assets, net (Note 13)312,606 161,051 
Notes receivable, insurance companies, noncurrent (Note 18)44,330 48,540 
Net investment in sales-type leases, noncurrent (Note 14)27,202  
Insurance receivable (Note 18) and other noncurrent assets105,252 89,062 
Total assets
$2,259,452 $1,872,484 
Liabilities
Notes payable and current portion of long-term debt (Note 12)$20,000 $20,000 
Accounts payable92,634 86,854 
Employees’ compensation48,307 40,277 
Insurance and product liability (Note 18)40,188 43,706 
Income taxes payable (Note 10)22,608 3,580 
Other current liabilities113,084 116,128 
Total current liabilities
336,821 310,545 
Long-term debt, net (Note 12)592,742 287,157 
Pensions and other employee benefits199,486 208,068 
Noncurrent operating lease liabilities40,854 44,639 
Deferred tax liabilities (Note 10)49,898 10,916 
Product liability (Note 18) and other noncurrent liabilities215,474 201,268 
Total liabilities
$1,435,275 $1,062,593 
Equity
Preferred stock, 4.5% cumulative, $50 par value (Note 7)
$3,569 $3,569 
Common stock, no par value (Note 7)
252,084 242,693 
Treasury shares, at cost (Note 7)(331,350)(327,756)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (Note 6)(189,323)(182,397)
Retained earnings1,089,197 1,065,789 
Total MSA Safety Incorporated shareholders' equity
824,177 801,898 
Noncontrolling interests (Note 19) 7,993 
Total shareholders’ equity
824,177 809,891 
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity
$2,259,452 $1,872,484 
The accompanying notes are an integral part of the condensed consolidated financial statements.
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MSA SAFETY INCORPORATED
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
Unaudited
 Nine Months Ended September 30,
(In thousands)20212020
Operating Activities
Net income$80,810 $108,431 
Depreciation and amortization36,270 29,284 
Stock-based compensation (Note 11)13,562 3,042 
Pension expense (Note 15)2,079 6,647 
Deferred income tax benefit (Note 10)(6,665)(1,312)
Loss on asset dispositions, net423 189 
Pension contributions (Note 15)(5,768)(5,672)
Currency exchange (gains) losses, net(359)3,821 
Product liability expense (Note 18)25,235 4,878 
Collections on insurance receivables and notes receivable,
insurance companies (Note 18)
15,437 10,844 
Product liability payments (Note 18)(32,499)(6,648)
Changes in:
     Trade receivables40,167 23,744 
     Inventories (Note 3)(32,765)(70,148)
Accounts payable(855)(8,956)
Other current assets and liabilities(2,410)12,065 
     Other noncurrent assets and liabilities(2,519)(54)
Cash Flow From Operating Activities130,143 110,155 
Investing Activities
Capital expenditures(30,963)(32,698)
Acquisition, net of cash acquired (Note 19)(392,437) 
Purchase of short-term investments (Note 17)(108,938)(174,337)
Proceeds from maturities of short-term investments (Note 17)135,000 155,000 
Property disposals and other investing(5,249)334 
Cash Flow Used in Investing Activities(402,587)(51,701)
Financing Activities
Proceeds from long-term debt (Note 12)1,341,734 779,000 
Payments on long-term debt (Note 12)(1,032,875)(784,000)
Debt issuance costs(2,080) 
Cash dividends paid(51,322)(49,811)
Acquisition of noncontrolling interest in consolidated subsidiaries (Note 19)
(13,381) 
Distributions to noncontrolling interests (Note 19)(5,632) 
Company stock purchases (Note 7)(6,137)(28,691)
Exercise of stock options (Note 7)2,671 6,969 
Employee stock purchase plan (Note 7)452 390 
Cash Flow From (Used in) Financing Activities233,430 (76,143)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash(4,177)(1,668)
Decrease in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash(43,191)(19,357)
Beginning cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash161,034 152,543 
Ending cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash$117,843 $133,186 
Supplemental cash flow information:
Cash and cash equivalents (Note 2)$117,302 $132,830 
Restricted cash included in prepaid expenses and other current assets541 356 
Total cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash$117,843 $133,186 
The accompanying notes are an integral part of the condensed consolidated financial statements.
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MSA SAFETY INCORPORATED
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN RETAINED EARNINGS,
ACCUMULATED OTHER COMPREHENSIVE LOSS AND NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS
Unaudited
(In thousands)Retained
Earnings
Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
(Loss)
Noncontrolling Interests
Balances June 30, 2020$1,058,955 $(225,210)$7,144 
Net income28,234 — — 
Foreign currency translation adjustments— 15,520 — 
Pension and post-retirement plan adjustments, net of tax of $1,111
— 3,058 — 
Unrealized net gains on available-for-sale securities (Note 17)— (74)— 
Income attributable to noncontrolling interests(200)(294)494 
Common dividends ($0.43 per share)
(16,761)— — 
Preferred dividends ($0.5625 per share)
(10)— — 
Balances September 30, 2020$1,070,218 $(207,000)$7,638 
Balances June 30, 2021$1,093,261 $(179,145)$8,349 
Net income18,823 — — 
Foreign currency translation adjustments— (13,868)— 
Pension and post-retirement plan adjustments, net of tax of $1,095
— 3,701 — 
Unrealized net gains on available-for-sale securities (Note 17)— (11)— 
Acquisition of noncontrolling interest in consolidated subsidiaries (Note 19)
— — (8,349)
Distributions to noncontrolling interests (Note 19)(5,632)— — 
Common dividends ($0.44 per share)
(17,245)— — 
Preferred dividends ($0.5625 per share)
(10)— — 
Balances September 30, 2021$1,089,197 $(189,323)$ 
Balances December 31, 2019$1,012,266 $(214,003)$6,773 
Net income108,431 — — 
Foreign currency translation adjustments— (2,758)— 
Pension and post-retirement plan adjustments, net of tax of $3,257
— 9,250 — 
Unrealized net gains on available-for-sale securities (Note 17)— (12)— 
Reclassification from accumulated other comprehensive (loss) into net income (Note 6)— 720 — 
Income attributable to noncontrolling interests(668)(197)865 
Common dividends ($1.28 per share)
(49,781)— — 
Preferred dividends ($1.6875 per share)
(30)— — 
Balances September 30, 2020$1,070,218 $(207,000)$7,638 
Balances December 31, 2020$1,065,789 $(182,397)$7,993 
Net income80,810 — — 
Foreign currency translation adjustments— (18,073)— 
Pension and post-retirement plan adjustments, net of tax of $3,318
— 11,070 — 
Unrealized net losses on available-for-sale securities (Note 17)— (15)— 
Income attributable to noncontrolling interests(448)92 356 
Acquisition of noncontrolling interest in consolidated subsidiaries (Note 19)
— — (8,349)
Distributions to noncontrolling interests (Note 19)(5,632)— — 
Common dividends ($1.31 per share)
(51,292)— — 
Preferred dividends ($1.6875 per share)
(30)— — 
Balances September 30, 2021$1,089,197 $(189,323)$ 
The accompanying notes are an integral part of the condensed consolidated financial statements.
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MSA SAFETY INCORPORATED
NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
Unaudited
Note 1—Basis of Presentation
The condensed consolidated financial statements of MSA Safety Incorporated and its subsidiaries ("MSA" or the "Company") are unaudited. These condensed consolidated financial statements include all adjustments, consisting of normal recurring adjustments, considered necessary by management to fairly state the Company's results. Intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated. The results reported in these condensed consolidated financial statements are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the entire year. The December 31, 2020, Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet data was derived from the audited Consolidated Balance Sheet, but does not include all disclosures required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (U.S. GAAP). This Form 10-Q report should be read in conjunction with MSA's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, which includes all disclosures required by U.S. GAAP.
Reclassifications - Certain reclassifications of prior years' data have been made to conform to the current year presentation. These reclassifications relate to additional captions disclosed within the operating section of the unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows, but do not change the overall cash flow from operating activities for the prior years as previously reported.
Note 2—Cash and Cash Equivalents
Several of the Company's affiliates participate in a notional cash pooling arrangement to manage global liquidity requirements. As part of a master netting arrangement, the participants combine their cash balances in pooling accounts at the same financial institution with the ability to offset bank overdrafts of one participant against positive cash account balances held by another participant. Under the terms of the master netting arrangement, the financial institution has the right, ability and intent to offset a positive balance in one account against an overdrawn amount in another account. Amounts in each of the accounts are unencumbered and unrestricted with respect to use. As such, the net cash balance related to this pooling arrangement is included in Cash and cash equivalents in the unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets.
The Company's net cash pool position consisted of the following:
(In thousands)September 30, 2021
Gross cash pool position$22,508 
Less: cash pool borrowings(22,000)
Net cash pool position508 
Note 3—Inventories
The following table sets forth the components of inventory:
(In thousands)September 30, 2021December 31, 2020
Finished products$102,426 $81,048 
Work in process9,863 2,618 
Raw materials and supplies187,878 161,300 
Inventories at current cost300,167 244,966 
Less: LIFO valuation(50,718)(47,147)
Total inventories$249,449 $197,819 
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Note 4—Restructuring Charges

During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021, we recorded restructuring charges of $3.9 million and $12.2 million, respectively. International segment restructuring charges of $10.0 million during the nine months ended September 30, 2021, were primarily related to our initiatives to drive profitable growth and right size our operations. Americas segment restructuring charges of $2.1 million during the nine months ended September 30, 2021, were primarily related to integration related activities and costs associated with our global Fixed Gas & Flame Detection manufacturing footprint optimization as well as programs to adjust our operations in response to current business conditions.
During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020, we recorded restructuring charges of $7.6 million and $18.5 million, respectively. International segment restructuring charges of $13.7 million during the nine months ended September 30, 2020, were primarily related to severance costs for staff reductions and footprint optimization associated with our ongoing initiatives to drive profitable growth. Americas segment restructuring charges of $3.7 million during the nine months ended September 30, 2020, were primarily related to costs associated with our global Fixed Gas & Flame Detection manufacturing footprint optimization as well as programs to adjust our operations in response to current business conditions.
Activity and reserve balances for restructuring charges by segment were as follows:
(In millions)AmericasInternationalCorporateTotal
Reserve balances at December 31, 2019$0.3 $5.9 $ $6.2 
Restructuring charges4.7 21.9 0.8 27.4 
Currency translation and other adjustments(0.1)0.1   
Cash payments / utilization (2.1)(8.6)(0.4)(11.1)
Reserve balances at December 31, 2020$2.8 $19.3 $0.4 $22.5 
Restructuring charges2.1 10.0 0.1 12.2 
Currency translation and other adjustments(0.1)(0.7) (0.8)
Cash payments / utilization(2.7)(8.4)(0.2)(11.3)
Reserve balances at September 30, 2021$2.1 $20.2 $0.3 $22.6 
Restructuring reserves are included in Other current liabilities in the accompanying unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets.
Note 5—Property, Plant and Equipment
The following table sets forth the components of property, plant and equipment, net:
(In thousands)September 30, 2021December 31, 2020
Land$5,139 $4,275 
Finance lease assets1,057  
Buildings134,509 128,887 
Machinery and equipment449,185 422,333 
Construction in progress31,702 38,753 
Total621,592 594,249 
Less: accumulated depreciation(417,182)(404,629)
Property, plant and equipment, net$204,410 $189,620 

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Note 6—Reclassifications Out of Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss
Changes in accumulated other comprehensive loss were as follows:
MSA Safety IncorporatedNoncontrolling Interests
Three Months Ended  
September 30,
Three Months Ended  
September 30,
(In thousands)2021202020212020
Pension and other post-retirement benefits (a)
Balance at beginning of period$(108,183)$(118,656)$ $ 
Amounts reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive loss into net income:
Amortization of prior service credit (Note 15)(24)(52)  
Recognized net actuarial losses (Note 15)4,820 4,221   
Tax benefit(1,095)(1,111)  
Total amount reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of tax, into net income3,701 3,058   
Balance at end of period$(104,482)$(115,598)$ $ 
Available-for-sale securities
Balance at beginning of period$(5)$68 $ $ 
Unrealized loss on available-for-sale securities (Note 17)(11)(74)  
Balance at end of period$(16)$(6)$ $ 
Foreign currency translation
Balance at beginning of period$(70,957)$(106,622)$280 $326 
Acquisition of noncontrolling interest in consolidated subsidiaries (Note 19)
  (280) 
Foreign currency translation adjustments(13,868)15,226  294 
Balance at end of period$(84,825)$(91,396)$ $620 
(a) Reclassifications out of accumulated other comprehensive loss and into net income are included in the computation of net periodic pension and other post-retirement benefit costs (refer to Note 15—Pensions and Other Post-retirement Benefits).

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MSA Safety IncorporatedNoncontrolling Interests
Nine Months Ended September 30,Nine Months Ended September 30,
(In thousands)2021202020212020
Pension and other post-retirement benefits (a)
Balance at beginning of period$(115,552)$(124,848)$ $ 
Amounts reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive loss into net income:
Amortization of prior service credit (Note 15)(72)(156)  
Recognized net actuarial losses (Note 15)14,460 12,663   
Tax benefit(3,318)(3,257)  
Total amount reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of tax, into net income11,070 9,250   
Balance at end of period$(104,482)$(115,598)$ $ 
Available-for-sale securities
Balance at beginning of period$(1)$6 $ $ 
Unrealized loss on available-for-sale securities (Note 17)(15)(12)  
Balance at end of period$(16)$(6)$ $ 
Foreign currency translation
Balance at beginning of period$(66,844)$(89,161)$372 $423 
Reclassification from accumulated other comprehensive loss into net income 720 
(b)
  
Acquisition of noncontrolling interest in consolidated subsidiaries (Note 19)
  (280) 
Foreign currency translation adjustments(17,981)(2,955)(92)197 
Balance at end of period$(84,825)$(91,396)$ $620 
(a) Reclassifications out of accumulated other comprehensive loss and into net income are included in the computation of net periodic pension and other post-retirement benefit costs (refer to Note 15—Pensions and Other Post-retirement Benefits).