TimkenSteel to Purchase Group Annuity Contract for Retiree Pension Benefits

14 July 2022

TimkenSteel , a leader in high-quality specialty steel, manufactured components, and supply chain solutions, on July 7, 2022, entered into an agreement to purchase a group annuity contract from The Prudential Insurance Company of America ("Prudential") to settle approximately $250 million of the company's approximate $800 million in U.S. pension obligations under the TimkenSteel Corporation Bargaining Unit Pension Plan (the "Pension Plan").

In connection with the agreement, Prudential will pay future benefits under the group annuity contract starting October 1, 2022, for a specified group of approximately 1,900 retirees and beneficiaries who are currently receiving payments from the Pension Plan. Prudential is a highly rated insurance company and was selected by the Pension Plan's fiduciary, with the advice of an independent expert.

"Prudential was carefully selected as a highly rated and experienced retirement benefits provider," said Kristopher R. Westbrooks, TimkenSteel's executive vice president and chief financial officer. "This transaction is a significant step to further strengthen the Company's balance sheet and de-risk our pension plan."

Benefits payable to the retirees and beneficiaries and to other Pension Plan participants will not be reduced as a result of this transaction. The group annuity contract is an irrevocable commitment by Prudential to make annuity payments to participants and beneficiaries covered under the contract. TimkenSteel is notifying by mail those individuals who are covered by the forthcoming change and will provide a customer service number to address any questions that covered participants and beneficiaries may have.

The group annuity contract will be purchased using existing assets of the Pension Plan and requires no cash contribution from the company. Once finalized, this annuity purchase is expected to reduce TimkenSteel's U.S. pension obligation by approximately $250 million, or 25% percent. The company expects to realize a non-cash pension settlement gain of approximately $2 million in the third quarter.

The Pension Plan's fiduciaries, with the assistance of an independent expert, conducted an objective and thorough analysis of potential insurance companies with sufficient capacity, creditworthiness, and administrative claims-paying capabilities so that the Pension Plan could purchase the group annuity contract in accordance with applicable law and U.S. Department of Labor guidelines. Following this process, the Pension Plan fiduciaries selected Prudential to provide the group annuity contract.

Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU), a global financial services leader and premier active global investment manager with more than $1.5 trillion in assets under management as of March 31, 2022, has operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Prudential's diverse and talented employees help make lives better and create financial opportunity for more people by expanding access to investing, insurance, and retirement security. Prudential's iconic Rock symbol has stood for strength, stability, expertise, and innovation for more than a century. For more information, please visit news.prudential.com.

TimkenSteel (NYSE: TMST) manufactures high-performance carbon and alloy steel products from recycled scrap metal in Canton, OH, serving demanding applications in mobile, energy and a variety of industrial end markets. The company is a premier U.S. producer of alloy steel bars (up to 16 inches in diameter), seamless mechanical tubing and manufactured components. In the business of making high-quality steel for more than 100 years, TimkenSteel's proven expertise contributes to the performance of our customers' products. The company employs approximately 1,800 people and had sales of $1.3 billion in 2021. For more information, please visit us at www.timkensteel.com.

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