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Mohawk Industries, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter Earnings

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Mohawk Industries, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter Earnings16:02 EST Thursday, February 23, 2012CALHOUN, Ga., Feb. 23, 2012 /CNW/ - Mohawk Industries, Inc. (NYSE: MHK) today announced 2011 fourth quarter net earnings of $43 million and diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.62. Excluding unusual items, net earnings for the fourth quarter of 2011 were $50 million and EPS was $0.72, a 9% increase over last year. Net sales for the fourth quarter of 2011 were $1.4 billion, increasing 9% as reported and 10% with a constant exchange rate. For the fourth quarter of 2010, net earnings were $46 million and EPS was $0.66. Excluding unusual items for the fourth quarter of 2010, net earnings were $45 million and EPS was $0.66. For the full year of 2011, our net earnings were $174 million and EPS was $2.52. Excluding unusual items, net earnings for the full year of 2011 were $202 million and EPS was $2.92, a 16% increase over last year. Net sales for the full year of 2011 were $5.6 billion, representing a 6% increase over 2010. For the full year of 2010, our net earnings were $185 million, and EPS was $2.65. Excluding unusual items for the full year of 2010, net earnings were $173 million and EPS was $2.52. Commenting on Mohawk Industries' performance, Jeffrey S. Lorberbaum, Chairman and CEO, stated, "The Company's fourth quarter results reflect improvements in sales and adjusted net earnings over last year with all segments showing sales growth for the last three quarters. In the U.S., sales in both the residential and commercial categories expanded, with commercial growing at a faster pace. Increased prices across many product categories are being implemented in the first quarter to recover higher material costs. Each segment has reduced costs through process improvements, investments in technology and strategic realignment of assets. Our net debt to adjusted EBITDA ratio was 2.0 and we have available liquidity of more than $900 million to redeem the 2012 bonds and provide flexibility for future opportunities."Mohawk segment net sales grew by more than 8% with both the residential and commercial channels showing improvement. Operating margins were compressed by higher material costs and the delay of our price increase until the first quarter of 2012. A price increase of 5-7% is presently being implemented to offset material inflation. We introduced the next generation of soft carpets, branded SmartStrand Silk, which have an unparalleled softness, performance and environmental position. We expanded our filament extrusion and carpet tile capacity to satisfy the growing demand. We reduced our costs with improved manufacturing productivity, re-engineered processes and a more streamlined infrastructure. Dal-Tile segment net sales grew almost 10% during the quarter with commercial growth exceeding residential. Our residential sales continued their positive growth trends for the third consecutive period. In the first quarter, we are implementing price increases of 3-5% on certain products to recover higher material and transportation costs. We have increased our presence in the home center channel, broadened design alternatives for larger sizes, and introduced ceramic tiles replicating wood. In Mexico, we are significantly growing our sales anticipating the completion of our new facility in April of this year. Our investments in design technology, product expansion, marketing and distribution sustained the growth of our business.Unilin net sales increased approximately 10% as reported and on a local currency basis. Our laminate and wood flooring products continued growing in Europe, supported by the success of our new product introductions, expansion of our DIY strategy and the addition of Australian distribution and Russian manufacturing. In Europe, we are implementing laminate price increases of 2-3% in the first quarter. In the U.S., wood sales grew, laminate sales were slightly softer, and we received new commitments from home centers for both laminate and wood which will begin shipping in the first quarter. Our Russian laminate plant is manufacturing products comparable to our European production and will expand as we broaden the styles produced locally. We continue the integration of our Australian distributor, re-configuration of our Malaysian wood manufacturing and investments in our DidIt click furniture. Improving consumer confidence, a positive employment outlook and lower housing inventories are cause for future optimism. In the first quarter, we anticipate additional sales growth, but at a lower rate than the fourth quarter which had easier comparisons. Presently, we are raising the prices on many of our products to recover the inflation of our materials. These increases will not be fully implemented until the second quarter reducing our first quarter margins. The start-up expenses of our major projects will impact our short-term results and the additional costs will decline as they ramp up. We expect continued sales growth, higher pricing, and productivity improvements will impact favorably our full year 2012 results. With these factors, our first quarter guidance for earnings is $0.47 to $0.57 per share, excluding any restructuring costs. The flooring industry should continue its improvement throughout 2012. We have many initiatives to strengthen our product offering, expand our geographical reach, recover raw material inflation and reduce our costs. Our financial structure is strong and we can take advantage of new opportunities.Mohawk is a leading supplier of flooring for both residential and commercial applications. Mohawk provides a complete selection for all markets of carpet, ceramic tile, laminate, wood, stone, vinyl, and rugs. These products are marketed under the premier brands in the industry including Mohawk, Karastan, Lees, Bigelow, Durkan, Daltile, American Olean, Unilin and Quick-Step. Mohawk's unique merchandising and marketing assists the consumer in creating exquisite floors to fulfill their dreams. Mohawk provides a premium level of service with its own trucking fleet and local distribution in the U.S. Mohawk's international presence includes operations in Australia, China, Europe, Malaysia, Mexico and Russia.Certain of the statements in the immediately preceding paragraphs, particularly anticipating future performance, business prospects, growth and operating strategies and similar matters and those that include the words "could," "should," "believes," "anticipates," "expects," and "estimates," or similar expressions constitute "forward-looking statements." For those statements, Mohawk claims the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. There can be no assurance that the forward-looking statements will be accurate because they are based on many assumptions, which involve risks and uncertainties. The following important factors could cause future results to differ: changes in economic or industry conditions; competition; inflation in raw material prices and other input costs; energy costs and supply; timing and level of capital expenditures; timing and implementation of price increases for the Company's products; impairment charges; integration of acquisitions; international operations; introduction of new products; rationalization of operations; tax, product and other claims; litigation; and other risks identified in Mohawk's SEC reports and public announcements.Conference call Friday, February 24, 2012 at 11:00 AM Eastern Time.The telephone number is 1-800-603-9255 for US/Canada and 1-706-634-2294 for International/Local. Conference ID # 45556735. A replay will also be available until March 9, 2012 by dialing 855-859-2056 for US/local calls and 404-537-3406 for International/Local calls and entering Conference ID # 45556735.MOHAWK INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIESConsolidated Statement of OperationsThree Months EndedTwelve Months Ended(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)December 31, 2011December 31, 2010December 31, 2011December 31, 2010Net sales$ 1,378,2971,262,1985,642,2585,319,072Cost of sales1,042,880920,5324,225,3793,916,472 Gross profit335,417341,6661,416,8791,402,600Selling, general and administrative expenses269,123256,0261,101,3371,088,431Operating income66,29485,640315,542314,169Interest expense24,13030,166101,617133,151Other (income) expense, net257(3,002)14,051(11,630) Earnings before income taxes41,90758,476199,874192,648Income tax expense (benefit) (1,990)11,04021,6492,713Net earnings 43,89747,436178,225189,935Net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interest(966)(1,678)(4,303)(4,464) Net earnings attributable to Mohawk Industries, Inc.$ 42,93145,758173,922185,471Basic earnings per share attributable to Mohawk Industries, Inc. (1)$ 0.620.672.532.66Weighted-average common shares outstanding - basic68,76868,61268,73668,578Diluted earnings per share attributable to Mohawk Industries, Inc. (1)$ 0.620.662.522.65Weighted-average common shares outstanding - diluted69,01668,84368,96468,764(1) Basic and diluted earnings per share attributable to Mohawk Industries, Inc. for the twelve months ended December 31, 2010, includes a decrease of approximately $0.04 and $0.05, respectively, related to the change in fair value for a redeemable noncontrolling interest in a consolidated subsidiary of the Company. Other Financial Information(Amounts in thousands)Net cash provided by operating activities$ 162,805109,318300,993319,712Depreciation and amortization$ 74,93074,522297,734296,773Capital expenditures$ 93,31369,940275,573156,180Consolidated Balance Sheet Data(Amounts in thousands)December 31, 2011December 31, 2010ASSETSCurrent assets: Cash and cash equivalents$ 311,945354,217Restricted cash-27,954 Receivables, net686,165614,473 Inventories1,113,6301,007,503 Prepaid expenses and other current assets135,514111,162 Deferred income taxes 150,910133,304 Total current assets2,398,1642,248,613Property, plant and equipment, net1,712,1541,687,124Goodwill1,375,1751,369,394Intangible assets, net605,100677,127Deferred income taxes and other non-current assets115,635116,668$ 6,206,2286,098,926LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITYCurrent liabilities:Current portion of long-term debt$ 386,255350,588Accounts payable and accrued expenses715,091698,326 Total current liabilities1,101,3461,048,914Long-term debt, less current portion1,200,1841,302,994Deferred income taxes and other long-term liabilities455,190440,021 Total liabilities2,756,7202,791,929Noncontrolling interest33,72335,441Total stockholders' equity3,415,7853,271,556$ 6,206,2286,098,926Segment InformationThree Months EndedAs of or for the Twelve Months Ended(Amounts in thousands)December 31, 2011December 31, 2010December 31, 2011December 31, 2010Net sales: Mohawk$ 723,975667,2302,927,6742,844,876 Dal-Tile348,541317,3541,454,3161,367,442 Unilin326,321297,4151,344,7641,188,274 Intersegment sales(20,540)(19,801)(84,496)(81,520) Consolidated net sales$ 1,378,2971,262,1985,642,2585,319,072Operating income (loss): Mohawk$ 30,68748,804109,874122,904 Dal-Tile18,38719,902101,29897,334 Unilin21,64020,864127,147114,298 Corporate and eliminations(4,420)(3,930)(22,777)(20,367) Consolidated operating income$ 66,29485,640315,542314,169Assets: Mohawk$ 1,769,0651,637,319 Dal-Tile1,732,8181,644,448 Unilin2,533,0702,475,049 Corporate and eliminations171,275342,110 Consolidated assets$ 6,206,2286,098,926Reconciliation of Net Earnings Attributable to Mohawk Industries, Inc. to Adjusted Net Earnings Attributable to Mohawk Industries, Inc. and Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share Attributable to Mohawk Industries, Inc.(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)Three Months EndedTwelve Months EndedDecember 31, 2011December 31, 2010December 31, 2011December 31,2010Net earnings attributable to Mohawk Industries, Inc.$ 42,93145,758173,922185,471Unusual items:Unrealized foreign currency losses (1)--9,085-Operating lease correction (2)6,035-6,035-Business restructurings7,69689323,20913,156Debt extinguishment costs--1,1167,514Acquisitions purchase accounting---1,713U.S. customs refund-(1,965)-(7,730)Discrete tax items, net---(24,407)Income taxes(7,152)407(11,749)(2,592)Adjusted net earnings attributable to Mohawk Industries, Inc.$ 49,51045,093201,618173,125Adjusted diluted earnings per share attributable to Mohawk Industries, Inc. $ 0.720.662.922.52Weighted-average common shares outstanding - diluted69,01668,84368,96468,764Reconciliation of Total Debt to Net Debt(Amounts in thousands)December 31, 2011Current portion of long-term debt$ 386,255Long-term debt, less current portion1,200,184Less: Cash and cash equivalents311,945Net Debt$ 1,274,494Reconciliation of Operating Income to Adjusted EBITDA(Amounts in thousands)Trailing TwelveThree Months EndedMonths EndedApril 2, 2011July 2, 2011October 1, 2011December 31, 2011December 31,2011Operating income$ 56,084101,70091,46466,294315,542Other (expense) income15(396)(13,413)(257)(14,051) Net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interest(1,096)(1,191)(1,050)(966)(4,303)Depreciation and amortization74,25374,34474,20774,930297,734EBITDA129,256174,457151,208140,001594,922Unrealized foreign currency losses (1)--9,085-9,085Operating lease correction (2)---6,0356,035Business restructurings6,8136,5142,1867,69623,209 Adjusted EBITDA $ 136,069180,971162,479153,732633,251Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA2.0Reconciliation of Net Sales to Adjusted Net Sales(Amounts in thousands)Three Months EndedTwelve Months EndedDecember 31, 2011December 31, 2010December 31, 2011December 31, 2010Net sales$ 1,378,2971,262,1985,642,2585,319,072Adjustments to net sales:Exchange rate4,193-(53,337)-Adjusted net sales$ 1,382,4901,262,1985,588,9215,319,072Reconciliation of Segment Net Sales to Adjusted Segment Net Sales(Amounts in thousands)Three Months EndedUnilinDecember 31, 2011December 31, 2010Net sales$ 326,321297,415Adjustment to net sales:Exchange rate1,996-Adjusted net sales$ 328,317297,415Reconciliation of Operating Income to Adjusted Operating Income (Amounts in thousands)Three Months EndedDecember 31, 2011December 31, 2010Operating income$ 66,29485,640Adjustments to operating income:Operating lease correction (2)6,035-Business restructurings7,696893Adjusted operating income$ 80,02586,533 Adjusted operating margin as a percent of net sales5.8%6.9%Reconciliation of Segment Operating Income to Adjusted Segment Operating Income (Amounts in thousands)Three Months EndedMohawk December 31, 2011December 31, 2010Operating income$ 30,68748,804Adjustments to operating income:Operating lease correction (2)2,761-Business restructurings7,696893Adjusted operating income$ 41,14449,697 Adjusted operating margin as a percent of net sales5.7%7.4%Dal-TileOperating income$ 18,38719,902Adjustments to operating income:Operating lease correction (2)3,274-Adjusted operating income$ 21,66119,902 Adjusted operating margin as a percent of net sales6.2%6.3%Reconciliation of Earnings Before Income Taxes to Adjusted Earnings Before Income Taxes(Amounts in thousands)Three Months EndedDecember 31, 2011December 31, 2010Earnings before income taxes$ 41,90758,476Unusual items:Operating lease correction (2)6,035-Business restructurings7,696893U.S. customs refund-(1,965)Adjusted earnings before income taxes$ 55,63857,404Reconciliation of Income Tax Expense (Benefit) to Adjusted Income Tax Expense (Amounts in thousands)Three Months EndedDecember 31, 2011December 31, 2010Income tax expense (benefit) $ (1,990)11,040Unusual items:Income taxes7,152(407)Adjusted income tax expense$ 5,16210,633Adjusted income tax rate9%19%Reconciliation of Selling, General and Administrative Expenses to Adjusted Selling, General and Administrative Expenses(Amounts in thousands)Three Months EndedDecember 31, 2011December 31, 2010Selling, general and administrative expenses$ 269,123256,026Adjustments to selling, general and administrative expenses:Operating lease correction (2)(6,035)-Business restructurings(3,214)403Exchange rate765-Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses$ 260,639256,429Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses as a percent of net sales18.9%20.3%(1) Unrealized foreign currency losses in Q3 2011 for certain of the Company's consolidated foreign subsidiaries that measure financial position and results using the U.S. dollar rather than the local currency.(2) Correction of an immaterial error related to accounting for operating leasesThe Company believes it is useful for itself and investors to review, as applicable, both GAAP and the above non-GAAP measures in order to assess the performance of the Company's business for planning and forecasting in subsequent periods.SOURCE Mohawk Industries, Inc.For further information: Frank H. Boykin, Chief Financial Officer, +1-706-624-2695http://www.mohawkind.com