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|Mohawk Industries, Inc. Announces Record First Quarter Earnings|
CALHOUN, Ga., Apr 21, 2004 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Mohawk Industries, Inc. (NYSE: MHK) today announced record first quarter net earnings of $66,307,000 (59% above last year) and diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.98 (58% above last year) for the first quarter of 2004. This compares to $41,640,000 in net earnings and $0.62 in EPS for the first quarter of 2003. This improvement was the result of strong sales growth and increased operating income. Net sales for the quarter increased 28% to $1,391,261,000 from $1,084,715,000 in 2003. This increase was primarily the result of strong organic growth of both Mohawk and Dal-Tile products and the Lees Carpet acquisition. Additionally, our fiscal calendar for 2004 when compared to 2003, increased by four days in the first quarter and decreased by four days in the fourth quarter which added approximately 7% to sales in the first quarter of 2004.
The Mohawk segment net sales of $1,031,978,000 in the first quarter of 2004 were up 28% from $808,111,000 primarily due to improving sales across all product categories and the Lees acquisition. The Dal-Tile segment net sales of $359,283,000 in the first quarter of 2004 grew 30% from $276,604,000 primarily from organic growth in the tile and stone businesses.
In commenting on the first quarter results, Jeffrey S. Lorberbaum, President and CEO, stated, "All of our businesses turned in outstanding results this quarter with each product category experiencing organic revenue growth as well as increased operating earnings. The operating profits in the first quarter were surprisingly good given the unanticipated rise in natural gas, oil and commodity prices along with the resulting increase in carpet material, energy and distribution costs. The soft surface products all rebounded from the economically depressed first quarter of 2003. The hard surface product growth continues to be strong as a result of a broader offering, improved service and greater customer support. The regional market meetings that were completed in the first quarter were very successful resulting in a more effective and timely roll out of new products and programs. New product placements were implemented earlier with strong support from our retailers.
"Our operating margin for the quarter increased to 8.6% of net sales in 2004 from 7.2% in 2003. This improvement results from increased sales, higher gross profit margins and lower selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of net sales. We were able to accomplish this even with significant cost increases for raw materials, sourced product and energy. Our cash flow remains strong with an improving debt to capitalization ratio of 30% as we move into a much stronger economic environment.
"The strong economy has fueled sales growth in the flooring industry. We have experienced significant improvements in the residential sector with the commercial sector continuing its turnaround. The persistently high oil and natural gas costs are currently affecting the economy and our industry. Almost all of our materials in carpet have had substantial increases in price. Since December, we have announced three carpet price increases to our customers to offset our rising costs. These price increases will be fully implemented during the second quarter.
"The integration of our Lees Carpet acquisition has progressed rapidly with all information systems fully integrated including operational, administrative and financial systems. We have increased inventories in the first quarter to support the business and improve service levels. New products are being introduced to update the product line and grow sales in the future. In addition, a value line of carpet tile has been introduced under the Mohawk Commercial brand and will not compete with Lees value-added approach. Lees was accretive to our earnings in the first quarter.
"Mohawk and Dal-Tile hard surface products continued their strong performance in the first quarter of 2004. Our new product introductions have been well received. Price increases have been implemented to offset higher costs and a weaker dollar.
"Finally, we are proud to report that Mohawk was named 'Vendor of the Year' by Lowe's, Sherwin Williams, Target, and Fred Meyer which reflects the emphasis we place on product development, service and our value-added approach. In addition, we were pleased to receive the 'Best Buy' award from Consumer Digest for value in multiple products in ceramic tile and wood products. Mohawk was also placed at 349 on the Fortune 500 list and number 848 on the Forbes 2000 list."
The company believes strong economic growth will continue throughout the year. Our industry could be affected either positively or negatively by future changes of oil, natural gas or material prices. After considering these factors, the second quarter of 2004 earnings forecast is from $1.27 to $1.34 EPS.
Certain of the statements in the immediately preceding paragraphs, particularly anticipating future performance, business prospects, growth and operating strategies, proposed acquisitions, and similar matters, and those that include the words "believes," "anticipates," "forecast," "estimates," or similar expressions constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. 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 industry conditions; competition; raw material prices; timing and level of capital expenditures; integration of acquisitions; introduction of new products; rationalization of operations; and other risks identified in Mohawk's SEC reports and public announcements.
Mohawk is a leading supplier of flooring for both residential and commercial applications. Mohawk offers a complete selection of tufted and woven broadloom carpet, ceramic tile, wood, stone, laminate, vinyl, rugs and other home products. These products are marketed under the premier brands in the industry, which include Mohawk, Karastan, Ralph Lauren, Lees, Bigelow, Dal-Tile and American Olean. Mohawk's unique merchandising and marketing assist our customers in creating the consumers' dream. Mohawk provides a premium level of service with its own trucking fleet and over 250 local distribution locations.
There will be a conference call Thursday April 22, 2004 at 11:00 AM Eastern Time. The telephone number to call is 1-800-603-9255. A conference call replay will also be available until Thursday, April 29, 2004 by dialing 1-800-642-1687 for US/local calls and (706) 645-9291 for international calls and entering Conference ID # 6817130. DATES FOR FUTURE PRESS RELEASES AND CONFERENCE CALLS: PRESS RELEASE CONFERENCE CALL 2nd QUARTER 2004 JULY 21, 2004 JULY 22, 2004 11:00AM (800-603-9255) 3rd QUARTER 2004 OCTOBER 21, 2004 OCTOBER 22, 2004 11:00AM (800-603-9255) 4th QUARTER 2004 FEBRUARY 3, 2005 FEBRUARY 4, 2005 11:00AM (800-603-9255) 1st QUARTER 2005 APRIL 21, 2005 APRIL 22, 2005 11:00AM (800-603-9255) MOHAWK INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES Consolidated Statement of Earnings Data (Amounts in thousands, except per share data) Three Months Ended April 3, 2004 March 29, 2003 Net sales $1,391,261 1,084,715 Cost of sales 1,035,530 809,919 Gross profit 355,731 274,796 Selling, general and administrative expenses 236,692 196,603 Operating income 119,039 78,193 Interest expense 13,954 13,098 Other (income) expense, net 1,422 (480) Earnings before income taxes 103,663 65,575 Income taxes 37,356 23,935 Net earnings $66,307 41,640 Basic earnings per share $1.00 0.63 Weighted-average shares outstanding 66,629 66,355 Diluted earnings per share $0.98 0.62 Weighted-average common and dilutive potential common shares outstanding 67,599 67,119 Other Financial Information (Amounts in thousands) Depreciation & amortization $31,010 25,049 Capital expenditures $13,167 24,664 Consolidated Balance Sheet Data (Amounts in thousands) April 3, 2004 March 29, 2003 ASSETS Current assets: Receivables $664,040 540,717 Inventories 897,470 761,647 Prepaid expenses 46,713 37,244 Deferred income taxes 84,260 82,074 Total current assets 1,692,483 1,421,682 Property, plant and equipment, net 902,436 851,471 Goodwill 1,368,749 1,277,453 Other assets 338,580 162,053 $4,302,248 3,712,659 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities: Current portion of long-term debt $236,088 27,427 Accounts payable and accrued expenses 754,265 684,664 Total current liabilities 990,353 712,091 Long-term debt, less current portion 763,605 789,428 Deferred income taxes and other long- term liabilities 174,503 206,836 Total liabilities 1,928,461 1,708,355 Total stockholders' equity 2,373,787 2,004,304 $4,302,248 3,712,659 Segment Information As of or for the Three Months Ended (Amounts in thousands) April 3, 2004 March 29, 2003 Net sales: Mohawk $1,031,978 808,111 Dal-Tile 359,283 276,604 Consolidated net sales $1,391,261 1,084,715 Operating income: Mohawk $71,772 40,830 Dal-Tile 49,402 38,348 Corporate and eliminations (2,135) (985) Consolidated operating income $119,039 78,193 Assets: Mohawk $2,190,291 1,716,325 Dal-Tile 1,997,529 1,880,943 Corporate and eliminations 114,428 115,391 Consolidated assets $4,302,248 3,712,659
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John D. Swift, Chief Financial Officer of Mohawk Industries,