Mohawk Industries Reports Q2 Results

CALHOUN, Ga., July 25, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Mohawk Industries, Inc. (NYSE: MHK) today announced 2019 second quarter net earnings of $202 million and diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $2.79. Adjusted net earnings were $210 million, and EPS was $2.89, excluding restructuring, acquisition and other charges. Net sales for the second quarter of 2019 were $2.6 billion, up 0.3% as reported and 2.4% on a constant currency and days basis. For the second quarter of 2018, net sales were $2.6 billion, net earnings were $197 million and EPS was $2.62, adjusted net earnings were $263 million, and EPS was $3.51, excluding restructuring, acquisition and other charges. For the six months ending June 29, 2019, net earnings and EPS were $324 million and $4.48, respectively. Net earnings excluding restructuring, acquisition and other charges were $364 million and EPS was $5.04. For the 2019 six-month period, net sales were $5.03 billion, up 0.8% versus prior year as reported or 4% on a constant currency and days basis. For the six-month period ending June 30, 2018, net sales were $4.99 billion, net earnings were $405 million and EPS was $5.41; excluding restructuring, acquisition and other charges, net earnings and EPS were $488 million and $6.52.  Commenting on Mohawk Industries’ second quarter performance, Jeffrey S. Lorberbaum, Chairman and CEO, stated, “In the second quarter, our business delivered results at the high end of our guidance. The U.S. dollar strengthened compared to the prior year, reducing our translated results for the quarter by approximately $9 million. Most markets we operate in remain soft, with pressure on volume and pricing, and we anticipate the environment to remain difficult. “Given the uncertainties in our markets, we are taking actions to improve our business. We are streamlining our operations, consolidating facilities and taking out higher cost assets. We are reducing production to control inventory levels, introducing new product categories and increasing promotions to address changing markets. We are reducing overhead structures and controlling investments. We benefited in the period from lower material costs offset by labor and energy costs that continue to rise. We are improving our administrative costs while investing in sales to support new products and enter new geographies. To recover inflation, we have implemented price increases in the first half of the year, though much of the benefit has been offset by mix and competitive pressures. “While managing these challenges, we are enhancing the long-term value of our business. The utilization of our new investments in the U.S., Europe and Russia is increasing as we broaden our product offering, expand our customer base and add shifts to increase production at the new facilities. The margins of our greenfield projects will increase over time as our sales, production and mix improve and the costs decline. The critical integration of our acquisitions in Australia, New Zealand and Brazil has been largely executed, and our management teams are focused on improving our market position, offerings and cost structure. In each acquisition, we are progressing with new investments to enhance our capabilities and introduce new products. These acquisitions are contributing to our results, as we build a foundation for growth and margin expansion. “For the quarter, our Global Ceramic Segment sales increased 3% as reported and 5% on a constant currency and days basis. The segment’s operating margin was 12% as reported, declining year over year due to inflation, temporary shutdown costs and marketing investments partially offset by productivity. We believe our ceramic sales are in line with the U.S. market, with our pricing and mix impacted from increased competition and excess inventory. We expect the U.S. ceramic market to remain soft in the second half of the year, and we are taking many actions to improve our sales and costs. We are installing equipment for our new ceramic click installation system, expanding the distribution of our porcelain roofing system and introducing thick porcelain tiles for outdoor applications. We are initiating promotions to increase volume, and we are introducing lower price points to align with the market. Our new quartz countertop plant in Tennessee is ramping up, and we have begun manufacturing more stylized products to increase our sales and mix. In Mexico, we are increasing our distribution, introducing new porcelain collections and supporting stores that only sell Daltile products. In Brazil, our Eliane business is performing well due to our leading brand, premium products and efficient operations. In a difficult ceramic market, our strong presence in retail, home centers and the builder channel is enabling us to grow, partially offset by softer exports. In a slowing European economy, we are growing our ceramic sales, but it has impacted our margins and mix. To expand further, we have reorganized our European sales organization to focus on smaller geographic areas and specific channels, and we are using private label programs to optimize our market penetration. To improve our efficiencies, actions to reduce manufacturing and SG&A costs are being completed. Despite a weaker ceramic market, our Russian business continued to have strong growth, with our premium products improving our mix. The new capacity we recently installed is being fully utilized to support our higher sales. “During the quarter, our Flooring North America Segment’s sales decreased 7%. The segment’s operating margin was 6% as reported. As expected, operating income for the segment declined due to lower volume, inflation and ramp up cost of LVT. Paul de Cock, the segment president, has completed his management reorganization, and the new team is in place and is enhancing the strategies and execution. Relative to last year, sales were softer in most categories as customers traded down, and price increases were offset by a declining product mix. We have made significant progress on our cost improvement actions, including replacing inefficient extrusion and closing four higher cost operations. Residential carpet sales have declined, and lower cost polyester carpet is taking share and impacting our mix. We are increasing our promotional activity, and we have introduced new products to defend our market position. Our commercial carpet tile business continues to grow as we introduce innovative styling as well as new pattern technologies. Our water-proof laminate products with enhanced visuals and textures are improving our mix and average selling price. We are adding our unique water-proof technology to all of our production lines and upgrading our HDF manufacturing to increase our capacity and reduce our cost. We are making substantial progress with our LVT manufacturing, with production increasing more than 30% in the period. As we proceed through the year we anticipate further improvement in production and cost, as well as introducing new features that are being developed in Europe. We will further expand our sales in LVT as we introduce new visuals and features from our operations. “For the quarter, our Flooring Rest of the World Segment’s sales increased 9% as reported and 15% on a constant currency basis. The segment’s operating margin was 16% as reported and 17% on an adjusted basis, due to volume growth and lower inflation partially offset by price and mix. Even with softening economies, the segment is performing well due to our investments in product innovation, cost improvements and new businesses, including European LVT and carpet tile and Russian sheet vinyl. Our European laminate business is growing due to our unique surface technologies and water-resistance in our premium Quick-Step and Pergo brands. Our two original European LVT lines are performing well and are providing us with competitive advantages. Our new third LVT line dramatically improved during the period, with production speeds, efficiency and yields increasing substantially. The higher output is supporting new introductions that will expand our business. Our new sheet vinyl plant in Russia is ramping up with productivity and quality similar to our established operations. We are expanding our Russian customer base and product offering to grow our volume and achieve our expected results. The European panel market has slowed, impacting volume and margins. To strengthen our position, we are introducing innovative products and reducing our costs. Our insulation business is performing well as our polyurethane product takes share from other alternatives. To enhance our position in Australia and New Zealand, we are launching many new soft and hard surface products that utilize concepts from our other geographies. We have closed high cost yarn production in Australia, and we are installing new carpet tile equipment to expand our commercial sales. “The general conditions in our flooring markets around the world have become more challenging, and competition is more intense. We are taking actions to improve our sales, reduce our costs, manage our inventory and adjust our offerings. The U.S. flooring market is the most difficult, and we are taking actions to increase our volume and reduce our cost. In U.S. ceramic, lower demand and purchases ahead of tariffs have created excess inventory in the market, which is impacting sales and margins. Our LVT production has increased substantially in the U.S. and Europe and will continue to improve through the year as we introduce more sophisticated technology. Our Flooring ROW Segment is delivering solid results despite softening markets. Our new plants in the U.S., Europe and Russia have made substantial progress increasing production and we are increasing our sales to achieve our planned results over time. Taking all of this into account, our EPS guidance for the third quarter is $2.58 to $2.68, excluding any one-time charges. “As we manage through the current conditions impacting the flooring sector, we are focused on optimizing the long-term growth and profitability of our business. We are implementing numerous changes that will enhance our future results. We have leading positions in our products and markets and our new investments will provide solid returns when further developed. Our balance sheet and cashflow are strong with our net debt to adjusted EBITDA at 1.8X, which will further decrease by the end of the year.” ABOUT MOHAWK INDUSTRIESMohawk Industries is the leading global flooring manufacturer that creates products to enhance residential and commercial spaces around the world. Mohawk’s vertically integrated manufacturing and distribution processes provide competitive advantages in the production of carpet, rugs, ceramic tile, laminate, wood, stone and vinyl flooring. Our industry leading innovation has yielded products and technologies that differentiate our brands in the marketplace and satisfy all remodeling and new construction requirements. Our brands are among the most recognized in the industry and include American Olean, Daltile, Durkan, Eliane, Feltex, Godfrey Hirst, IVC, Karastan, Marazzi, Mohawk, Mohawk Group, Pergo, Quick-Step and Unilin. During the past decade, Mohawk has transformed its business from an American carpet manufacturer into the world’s largest flooring company with operations in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, India, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia and the United States. 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 and deflation in raw material prices and other input costs; inflation and deflation in consumer markets; 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; taxes and tax reform, product and other claims; litigation; and other risks identified in Mohawk’s SEC reports and public announcements. Conference call Friday, July 26, 2019, at 11:00 AM Eastern TimeThe telephone number is 1-800-603-9255 for US/Canada and 1-706-634-2294 for International/Local. Conference ID # 8037996. A replay will be available until August 25, 2019, by dialing 1-855-859-2056 for US/local calls and 1-404-537-3406 for International/Local calls and entering Conference ID # 8037996.   MOHAWK INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES        (Unaudited)        Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations Data Three Months Ended Six Months Ended(Amounts in thousands, except per share data) June 29, 2019 June 30, 2018 June 29, 2019 June 30, 2018         Net sales $  2,584,485    2,577,014     5,026,975    4,989,216 Cost of sales    1,847,867    1,810,459     3,665,430    3,517,969   Gross profit    736,618    766,555     1,361,545    1,471,247 Selling, general and administrative expenses    469,758    440,248     929,355    876,541 Operating income    266,860    326,307     432,190    594,706 Interest expense    10,521    7,863     20,994    15,391 Other (income) expense, net    (3,048)   2,090     (6,784)   6,088   Earnings before income taxes    259,387    316,354     417,980    573,227 Income tax expense    56,733    118,809     93,751    166,441   Net earnings including noncontrolling interest    202,654    197,545     324,229    406,786 Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest    213    959     203    1,434 Net earnings attributable to Mohawk Industries, Inc. $  202,441    196,586     324,026    405,352          Basic earnings per share attributable to Mohawk Industries, Inc.        Basic earnings per share attributable to Mohawk Industries, Inc. $  2.80    2.64     4.50    5.44 Weighted-average common shares outstanding – basic    72,402    74,597     71,970    74,525          Diluted earnings per share attributable to Mohawk Industries, Inc.        Diluted earnings per share attributable to Mohawk Industries, Inc. $  2.79    2.62     4.48    5.41 Weighted-average common shares outstanding – diluted    72,680    74,937     72,250    74,928                            Other Financial Information        (Amounts in thousands)        Net cash provided by operating activities $  396,190    437,758     566,327    620,986 Depreciation and amortization $  140,482    127,048     277,773    249,702 Capital expenditures $  144,111    247,418     281,059    498,354          Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet Data        (Amounts in thousands)              June 29, 2019 June 30, 2018ASSETS        Current assets:          Cash and cash equivalents     $  128,096    518,226   Receivables, net        1,819,474    1,737,935   Inventories        2,367,631    2,061,204   Prepaid expenses and other current assets        493,116    456,315   Total current assets      4,808,317  4,773,680 Property, plant and equipment, net        4,714,306    4,421,073 Right of use operating lease assets        343,716    - Goodwill        2,565,702    2,447,046 Intangible assets, net        950,624    858,532 Deferred income taxes and other non-current assets        423,437    393,708   Total assets     $  13,806,102    12,894,039 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY        Current liabilities:        Current portion of long-term debt and commercial paper     $  1,891,512    1,146,511 Accounts payable and accrued expenses        1,713,934    1,589,561 Current operating lease liabilities        100,345    -   Total current liabilities        3,705,791    2,736,072 Long-term debt, less current portion        1,169,489    1,884,023 Non-current operating lease liabilities        249,844    - Deferred income taxes and other long-term liabilities        859,387    870,467   Total liabilities        5,984,511    5,490,562 Redeemable noncontrolling interest        -    30,043 Total stockholders’ equity        7,821,591    7,373,434   Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity     $  13,806,102    12,894,039          Segment Information Three Months Ended As of or for the Six Months Ended(Amounts in thousands) June 29, 2019 June 30, 2018 June 29, 2019 June 30, 2018         Net sales:          Global Ceramic $  958,031    929,297     1,856,383    1,805,845   Flooring NA    983,439    1,057,570     1,905,419    2,007,928   Flooring ROW    643,015    590,147     1,265,173    1,175,443   Intersegment sales    -    -     -    -   Consolidated net sales $  2,584,485    2,577,014     5,026,975    4,989,216          Operating income (loss):          Global Ceramic $  118,141    134,760     202,476    248,177   Flooring NA    59,502    100,662     60,151    175,410   Flooring ROW    101,533    100,166     191,964    189,226   Corporate and intersegment eliminations    (12,316)   (9,281)    (22,401)   (18,107)  Consolidated operating income $  266,860    326,307     432,190    594,706          Assets:          Global Ceramic     $  5,661,364    4,974,791   Flooring NA        4,024,428    3,927,190   Flooring ROW        3,858,264    3,701,419   Corporate and intersegment eliminations        262,046    290,639   Consolidated assets     $  13,806,102    12,894,039    Reconciliation 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 Ended Six Months Ended      June 29, 2019 June 30, 2018 June 29, 2019 June 30, 2018  Net earnings attributable to Mohawk Industries, Inc. $  202,441    196,586    324,026    405,352   Adjusting items:            Restructuring, acquisition and integration-related and other costs    8,840    16,042    48,335    38,146   Acquisitions purchase accounting , including inventory step-up    1,164    194    3,716    1,548   Release of indemnification asset     -    -    -     1,749   Income taxes – reversal of uncertain tax position    -    -    -     (1,749)  Income taxes       (2,701)   50,106    (11,853)   43,166   Adjusted net earnings attributable to Mohawk Industries, Inc. $  209,744    262,928    364,224    488,212                Adjusted diluted earnings per share attributable to Mohawk Industries, Inc.  $  2.89    3.51    5.04    6.52   Weighted-average common shares outstanding – diluted     72,680    74,937    72,250    74,928                                           Reconciliation of Total Debt to Net Debt           (Amounts in thousands)                June 29, 2019        Current portion of long-term debt and commercial paper $  1,891,512         Long-term debt, less current portion     1,169,489         Less: Cash and cash equivalents     128,096         Net Debt   $  2,932,905                      Reconciliation of Operating Income to Adjusted EBITDA          (Amounts in thousands)           Trailing Twelve    Three Months Ended Months Ended    September 29, 2018 December 31, 2018 March 30, 2019 June 29, 2019 June 29, 2019Operating income   $  287,244    213,376    165,330    266,860    932,810 Other (Expense)/ Income      (706)   (504)   3,736    3,048    5,574 Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interest    (1,013)   (704)   10    (213)   (1,920)Depreciation and amortization     132,972    139,092    137,291    140,482    549,837 EBITDA      418,497    351,260    306,367    410,177    1,486,301 Restructuring, acquisition and integration-related and other costs    19,890    20,412    39,495    8,840    88,637 Acquisitions purchase accounting, including inventory step-up    7,090    6,721    2,552    1,164    17,527 Release of indemnification asset     -     2,857    -     -     2,857   Adjusted EBITDA    $  445,477    381,250    348,414    420,181    1,595,322              Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA             1.8                                                     Reconciliation of Net Sales to Net Sales on a Constant Exchange Rate and on Constant Shipping Days Excluding Acquisition Volume        (Amounts in thousands)                Three Months Ended Six Months Ended      June 29, 2019 June 30, 2018 June 29, 2019 June 30, 2018  Net sales   $  2,584,485    2,577,014    5,026,975    4,989,216   Adjustment to net sales on constant shipping days    2,833    -    38,514    -   Adjustment to net sales on a constant exchange rate    51,209    -    124,354    -   Net sales on a constant exchange rate and constant shipping days    2,638,527    2,577,014    5,189,843    4,989,216   Less: impact of acquisition volume     (135,104)   -    (254,995)   -   Net sales on a constant exchange rate and constant shipping days excluding acquisition volume $  2,503,423    2,577,014    4,934,848    4,989,216                                          Reconciliation of Segment Net Sales to Segment Net Sales on a Constant Exchange Rate and on Constant Shipping Days Excluding Acquisition Volume      (Amounts in thousands)                Three Months Ended Six Months Ended  Global Ceramic   June 29, 2019 June 30, 2018 June 29, 2019 June 30, 2018  Net sales   $  958,031    929,297    1,856,383    1,805,845   Adjustment to net sales on constant shipping days    2,833    -    14,382    -   Adjustment to segment net sales on a constant exchange rate    17,235    -    44,114    -   Segment net sales on a constant exchange rate and constant shipping days    978,099    929,297    1,914,879    1,805,845   Less: impact of acquisition volume     (53,722)   -    (104,718)   -   Segment net sales on a constant exchange rate and constant shipping days excluding acquisition volume $  924,377    929,297    1,810,161    1,805,845                                          Reconciliation of Segment Net Sales to Segment Net Sales on Constant Shipping Days           (Amounts in thousands)                Three Months Ended Six Months Ended  Flooring NA   June 29, 2019 June 30, 2018 June 29, 2019 June 30, 2018  Net sales   $  983,439    1,057,570    1,905,419    2,007,928   Adjustment to net sales on constant shipping days    -    -    14,635    -   Segment net sales on constant shipping days  $  983,439    1,057,570    1,920,054    2,007,928                Reconciliation of Segment Net Sales to Segment Net Sales on a Constant Exchange Rate and on Constant Shipping Days Excluding Acquisition Volume      (Amounts in thousands)                Three Months Ended Six Months Ended  Flooring ROW   June 29, 2019 June 30, 2018 June 29, 2019 June 30, 2018  Net sales   $  643,015    590,147    1,265,173    1,175,443   Adjustment to net sales on constant shipping days    -    -    9,497    -   Adjustment to segment net sales on a constant exchange rate    33,975    -    80,240    -   Segment net sales on a constant exchange rate and constant shipping days    676,990    590,147    1,354,910    1,175,443   Less: impact of acquisition volume     (81,382)   -    (150,277)   -   Segment net sales on a constant exchange rate and constant shipping days excluding acquisition volume $  595,608    590,147    1,204,633    1,175,443                                          Reconciliation of Gross Profit to Adjusted Gross Profit          (Amounts in thousands)                Three Months Ended          June 29, 2019 June 30, 2018      Gross Profit   $  736,618    766,555       Adjustments to gross profit:            Restructuring, acquisition and integration-related and other costs    5,867    12,018       Acquisitions purchase accounting, including inventory step-up    1,164    194         Adjusted gross profit   $  743,649    778,767                                              Reconciliation of Selling, General and Administrative Expenses to Adjusted Selling, General and Administrative Expenses        (Amounts in thousands)                Three Months Ended          June 29, 2019 June 30, 2018      Selling, general and administrative expenses  $  469,758    440,248       Adjustments to selling, general and administrative expenses:          Restructuring, acquisition and integration-related and other costs    (3,068)   (4,024)        Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses $  466,690    436,224                                              Reconciliation of Operating Income to Adjusted Operating Income          (Amounts in thousands)                Three Months Ended          June 29, 2019 June 30, 2018      Operating income   $  266,860    326,307       Adjustments to operating income:           Restructuring, acquisition and integration-related and other costs    8,935    16,042       Acquisitions purchase accounting, including inventory step-up    1,164    194       Adjusted operating income   $  276,959    342,543                                              Reconciliation of Segment Operating Income to Adjusted Segment Operating Income          (Amounts in thousands)                Three Months Ended      Global Ceramic   June 29, 2019 June 30, 2018      Operating income   $  118,141    134,760       Adjustments to segment operating income:           Restructuring, acquisition and integration-related and other costs    653    5,408       Adjusted segment operating income  $  118,794    140,168                                              Reconciliation of Segment Operating Income to Adjusted Segment Operating Income           (Amounts in thousands)                Three Months Ended      Flooring NA    June 29, 2019 June 30, 2018      Operating income   $  59,502    100,662       Adjustments to segment operating income:           Restructuring, acquisition and integration-related and other costs    3,352    8,881         Adjusted segment operating income  $  62,854    109,543                                              Reconciliation of Segment Operating Income to Adjusted Segment Operating Income and Adjusted Segment Operating Income on a Constant Exchange Rate      (Amounts in thousands)                Three Months Ended      Flooring ROW    June 29, 2019 June 30, 2018      Operating income   $  101,533    100,166       Adjustments to segment operating income:           Restructuring, acquisition and integration-related and other costs    4,412    1,338       Acquisitions purchase accounting, including inventory step-up    1,164    194       Adjusted segment operating income  $  107,109    101,698       Adjustment to operating income on a constant exchange rate    5,765    -         Adjusted segment operating income on a constant exchange rate $  112,874    101,698                                              Reconciliation of Earnings including Noncontrolling Interests Before Income Taxes to Adjusted Earnings Including Noncontrolling Interests Before Income Taxes      (Amounts in thousands)                Three Months Ended          June 29, 2019 June 30, 2018      Earnings before income taxes   $  259,387    316,354       Noncontrolling interests      (213)   (959)      Adjustments to earnings including noncontrolling interests before income taxes:          Restructuring, acquisition and integration-related and other costs    8,840    16,042       Acquisitions purchase accounting, including inventory step-up    1,164    194        Adjusted earnings including noncontrolling interests before income taxes $  269,178    331,631                                                           Reconciliation of Income Tax Expense to Adjusted Income Tax Expense           (Amounts in thousands)                Three Months Ended          June 29, 2019 June 30, 2018      Income tax expense    $  56,733    118,809       Income tax effect of adjusting items      2,701    (50,106)        Adjusted income tax expense  $  59,434    68,703                    Adjusted income tax rate    22.1% 20.7%                                                                       The Company supplements its condensed consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with US GAAP, with certain non-GAAP financial measures. As required by the Securities and Exchange Commission rules, the tables above present a reconciliation of the Company’s non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable US GAAP measure. Each of the non-GAAP measures set forth above should be considered in addition to the comparable US GAAP measure, and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. The Company believes these non-GAAP measures, when reconciled to the corresponding US GAAP measure, help its investors as follows: Non-GAAP revenue measures that assist in identifying growth trends and in comparisons of revenue with prior and future periods and non-GAAP profitability measures that assist in understanding the long-term profitability trends of the Company’s business and in comparisons of its profits with prior and future periods.               The Company excludes certain items from its non-GAAP revenue measures because these items can vary dramatically between periods and can obscure underlying business trends. Items excluded from the Company’s non-GAAP revenue measures include: foreign currency transactions and translation and the impact of acquisitions.               The Company excludes certain items from its non-GAAP profitability measures because these items may not be indicative of, or are unrelated to, the Company’s core operating performance. Items excluded from the Company’s non-GAAP profitability measures include: restructuring, acquisition and integration-related and other costs, acquisition purchase accounting, including inventory step-up, release of indemnification assets and the reversal of uncertain tax positions.   Contact:         Glenn Landau, Chief Financial Officer (706) 624-2025