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Interface Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2006 Results

- Fourth Quarter Sales Increase 13.5% and Operating Income Increases 28.1% -

- Fourth Quarter EPS Up 91% to $0.21 -

ATLANTA, Feb. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Interface, Inc. (Nasdaq: IFSIA), a worldwide floorcoverings and fabrics company, today announced results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2006.

Sales for the fourth quarter of 2006 increased 20.4% to $295.9 million from sales of $245.7 million in the year ago period, after exclusion of revenues from the Company's European fabrics business that were present in the fourth quarter of 2005. Including the European fabrics business, sales increased 13.5% from $260.6 million reported in the fourth quarter of 2005. Operating income for the fourth quarter of 2006 increased 32.7% to $29.6 million from operating income of $22.3 million reported in the year ago period, excluding results from the Company's European fabrics business from the fourth quarter of 2005. Including the European fabrics business, operating income increased 28.1% from $23.1 million in the same period in 2005. As a percentage of sales, operating income in the fourth quarter of 2006 improved to 10.0% from 8.9% in the fourth quarter of 2005. Net income for the 2006 fourth quarter rose 111.5% to $12.1 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, versus net income of $5.7 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, in the 2005 fourth quarter. (Please see the attached tables for a reconciliation of GAAP results including the European fabrics business and non-GAAP results excluding such business.)

"We are pleased to report one of the best fourth quarters in our history, finishing a year of continuously improving performance," said Daniel T. Hendrix, President and Chief Executive Officer. "These results are a testament to the dedication and hard work of our employees worldwide."

Mr. Hendrix continued, "Our modular carpet business continued to lead our strong performance and achieved a 27% increase in sales compared with the year ago period. Sales were strong across all key regions with the positive trends in Europe providing the most significant driver of growth geographically. In addition, operating income from the modular carpet business increased 39%, primarily due to higher sales volume. Sales in our Bentley Prince Street business improved 7% during the quarter. We are pleased with its progress to date and expect improvement throughout 2007. Our fabrics business generated a modest operating loss, but it improved on a sequential basis and we continue to take actions to increase its manufacturing efficiencies."

Patrick C. Lynch, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, commented, "As a result of the improved sales and actions taken to increase efficiencies in our business, we increased our fourth quarter operating profit margin by 110 basis points compared with the same period last year, enabling us to report a 28.1% increase in operating income. One particular highlight in the quarter is that our modular carpet segment reached a 13.6% operating profit margin. We also took steps to strengthen our balance sheet during the fourth quarter, raising $79 million from our equity offering that will primarily be used to reduce our outstanding debt, and generating $30 million in net cash flow from operating and investing activities. Supported by the execution of our market segmentation strategy and the ongoing recovery in the office market, orders during the fourth quarter increased by 11% compared with a strong order period last year. We concluded the year with a stronger financial platform from which to grow our business in 2007."

Sales for full year 2006 were $1.1 billion compared with sales of $922.8 million a year ago, an increase of 14.7%, excluding results from the Company's European fabrics business in both periods. Including the European fabrics business, full year 2006 sales of $1.1 billion represent an increase of 9.1% over sales of $985.8 million in 2005. Operating income in 2006 was $97.0 million, or 9.2% of sales, versus $78.9 million, or 8.5% of sales in the comparable period last year, excluding the results of the Company's European fabrics business from both periods and one-time items during the 2006 period. The one-time items in 2006 were a charge for impairment of goodwill of $20.7 million, restructuring charges of $3.3 million, and the loss of $1.7 million on the previously-reported European fabrics business disposal. Reported operating income for the full year 2006 was $72.4 million, a decrease of 11.7% from operating income of $82.0 million in 2005.

For the full year 2006, the Company reported net income of $10.0 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, versus net income of $1.2 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, in 2005. As noted above, included in the Company's results for the full year 2006 are an impairment of goodwill of $20.7 million (or $0.37 per diluted share after tax), restructuring charges of $3.3 million (or $0.04 per diluted share after tax), a loss on the disposal of the European fabrics business of $1.7 million (or $0.03 per diluted share after tax), and other expenses of $1.0 million (or $0.01 per diluted share after tax) for premiums paid in connection with the Company's repurchase of $46.6 million of its 7.3% Senior Notes. The Company's results for the full year 2005 included a loss from discontinued operations of $14.8 million (or $0.28 per diluted share after tax), a loss on disposal of discontinued operations of $1.9 million (or $0.04 per diluted share after tax), and a tax charge related to the repatriation of foreign earnings of approximately $3.4 million (or $0.06 per diluted share).

Mr. Hendrix concluded, "Over the past three years, we have made tremendous progress in expanding and further penetrating our end markets, strengthening our balance sheet, and focusing on our core businesses. Modular carpet continues to take market share from other floorcoverings, and Interface is best positioned to capitalize on this secular market shift. Looking forward, we remain very optimistic about the ongoing recovery we see in the office market, especially in the U.S. and Europe, and we expect our segmentation strategy to continue driving demand for our products in other market segments. Through the first seven weeks of our first quarter, which is seasonally our weakest, business has remained robust. We are looking forward to a successful year where we will leverage our position as a market leader to take advantage of emerging sales opportunities in our key markets."

The Company will host a conference call tomorrow, February 22, 2007, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time, to discuss its fourth quarter and full year 2006 results. The conference call will be simultaneously broadcast live over the Internet. Listeners may access the conference call live over the Internet at http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?p=irol- eventDetails&c=112931&eventID=1475531 or through the Company's website at http://www.interfaceinc.com/results/investor/. The archived version of the webcast will be available at these sites for one year beginning approximately 1 hour after the call ends.

Interface, Inc. is a recognized leader in the worldwide interiors market, offering floorcoverings and fabrics. The Company is committed to the goal of sustainability and doing business in ways that minimize the impact on the environment while enhancing shareholder value. The Company is the world's largest manufacturer of modular carpet under the InterfaceFLOR, FLOR, Heuga and Bentley Prince Street brands, and, through its Bentley Prince Street brand, enjoys a leading position in the high quality, designer-oriented segment of the broadloom carpet market. The Company's InterfaceFabric business is a leading producer of interior fabrics and upholstery products, which it markets under the Guilford of Maine, Chatham and Terratex brands, and provides specialized automotive textile solutions.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Except for historical information contained herein, the other matters set forth in this news release are forward-looking statements. The forward- looking statements set forth above involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from any such statement, including risks and uncertainties associated with economic conditions in the commercial interiors industry as well as the risks and uncertainties discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" included in the Company's prospectus supplement dated November 6, 2006, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which discussion is incorporated herein by this reference, including, but not limited to, the discussion of specific risks and uncertainties under the headings "We compete with a large number of manufacturers in the highly competitive commercial floorcovering products market, and some of these competitors have greater financial resources than we do," "Sales of our principal products have been and may continue to be affected by adverse economic cycles in the renovation and construction of commercial and institutional buildings," "Our success depends significantly upon the efforts, abilities and continued service of our senior management executives and our principal design consultant, and our loss of any of them could affect us adversely," "Our substantial international operations are subject to various political, economic and other uncertainties that could adversely affect our business results, including by restrictive taxation or other government regulation and by foreign currency fluctuations," "Large increases in the cost of petroleum-based raw materials could adversely affect us if we are unable to pass the cost increases through to our customers," "Unanticipated termination or interruption of any of our arrangements with our primary third-party suppliers of synthetic fiber could have a material adverse effect on us," "We have a significant amount of indebtedness, which could have important negative consequences to us," "The market price of our common stock has been volatile and may continue to be volatile, and the value of your investment may decline," "Our earnings in a future period could be adversely affected by non-cash adjustments to goodwill, if a future test of goodwill assets indicates a material impairment of those assets," "Our Chairman, together with other insiders, currently has sufficient voting power to elect a majority of our Board of Directors," and "Our Rights Agreement could discourage tender offers or other transactions for our stock that could result in shareholders receiving a premium over the market price for our stock." Any forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and, as such, speak only as of the date made. The Company assumes no responsibility to update or revise forward-looking statements made in this press release and cautions readers not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements.


    Consolidated Statements
     of Income (in thousands,
     except per share data)

                         Three Months Ended            Twelve Months Ended
                     31-Dec-06           1-Jan-06     31-Dec-06     1-Jan-06

    Net Sales        $295,918            $260,608    $1,075,842     $985,766
    Cost of Sales     201,806             180,819       736,247      681,069
     Gross Profit      94,112              79,789       339,595      304,697
    Selling,
     General and
     Administrative
     Expenses          64,524              56,693       241,538      222,696
    Impairment of
     Goodwill              --                  --        20,712           --
    Restructuring
     Charges               --                  --         3,260           --
    Loss on Disposal
     - European
       Fabrics             --                  --         1,723           --
     Operating
      Income           29,588              23,096        72,362       82,001
    Interest
     Expense            9,532              11,055        42,204       45,541
    Other Expense
     (Income), Net        (43)               (106)        1,319          933
        Income
        Before
         Taxes         20,099              12,147        28,839       35,527
    Income Tax
     Expense            8,006               6,381        18,816       17,561
      Income
       from
       Continuing
       Operations      12,093               5,766        10,023       17,966
    Discontinued
     Operations,
     Net of Tax            (4)                (50)          (31)     (14,791)
    Loss on Disposal,
     Net of Tax            --                  --            --       (1,935)
    Net Income        $12,089              $5,716        $9,992       $1,240

    Earnings (Loss) Per
     Share - Basic
      Continuing
       Operations       $0.21               $0.11         $0.18        $0.35
      Discontinued
       Operations          --                  --            --        (0.29)
      Loss on Disposal     --                  --            --        (0.04)
    Earnings (Loss) Per
     Share - Basic      $0.21               $0.11         $0.18        $0.02

    Earnings (Loss) Per
     Share - Diluted
      Continuing
      Operations        $0.21               $0.11         $0.18        $0.34
      Discontinued
      Operations           --                  --            --        (0.28)
      Loss on
       Disposal            --                  --            --        (0.04)
    Earnings (Loss) Per
     Share - Diluted    $0.21               $0.11         $0.18        $0.02

    Common Shares
     - Basic           56,824              51,834        54,087       51,551
    Common Shares
    Outstanding
     - Diluted         58,653              53,171        55,713       52,895

    Orders from
     Continuing
    Operations       $282,100            $254,900    $1,102,000     $998,400
    Continuing
     Operations
    Backlog (as
     of 12/31/06
     and 01/01/06,
     respectively)                                     $114,300     $104,000


    Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheets
    (In thousands)                                    31-Dec-06     1-Jan-06
    Assets
      Cash                                             $110,220      $51,312
      Accounts
       Receivable                                       159,430      141,408
      Inventory                                         147,963      130,209
      Other
      Current Assets                                     28,776       21,164
      Assets of
       Businesses
       Held for Sale                                      2,570        5,526
         Total Current Assets                           448,959      349,619
      Property, Plant &
       Equipment                                        188,725      185,643
      Other Assets                                      290,656      303,728
         Total Assets                                  $928,340     $838,990

    Liabilities
      Current
      Liabilities                                      $159,606     $140,107
      Long-Term Debt                                         --           --
      Senior and
       Senior Subordinated Notes                        411,365      458,000
      Other Liabilities                                  82,975       68,807
         Total Liabilities                              653,946      666,914
      Shareholders' Equity                              274,394      172,076
         Total Liabilities
          and Shareholders' Equity                     $928,340     $838,990



    Consolidated Condensed Statements of Cash Flows     Twelve Months Ended
    (In millions)                                     31-Dec-06     1-Jan-06

    Net Income                                          $10.0           $1.2
    Depreciation, Amortization and other non-cash        31.2           31.5
    Deferreds and other non-cash items                   (9.1)          12.4
    Impairment of Goodwill and Restructuring Charges     23.4             --
    Change in Working Capital
       Accounts Receivable                              (21.4)          (7.7)
       Inventories                                      (24.2)           2.8
       Prepaids                                          (6.0)          (2.7)
       Accounts Payable and Accrued Expenses             26.2           11.8
    Cash Provided from Operating Activities
     of Continuing Operations                            30.1           49.3
    Cash Provided from (used in) Operating
     Activities of Discontinued Operations                 --           12.0
    Cash Provided from Operating Activities              30.1           61.3
    Cash Used in Investing Activities                   (12.6)         (30.6)
    Cash Provided from Financing Activities              39.0            0.9
    Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash               2.4           (2.5)
    Net Increase in Cash                                $58.9          $29.1


     Consolidated Condensed Segment Reporting
     (In millions)

                     Three Months Ended             Twelve Months Ended
               31-Dec-06  1-Jan-06 % Change    31-Dec-06  1-Jan-06 % Change

    Net Sales
      Modular
       Carpet     $217.7   $171.0   27.3%         $763.7   $646.2   18.2%
      Bentley
       Prince
       Street       37.8     35.5    6.5%          137.9    125.2   10.1%
      Fabrics
       Group        36.8     51.0  (27.8)%         161.2    198.8  (18.9)%
      Specialty
       Products      3.6      3.1   16.1%           13.0     15.6  (16.7)%
    Total         $295.9   $260.6   13.5%       $1,075.8   $985.8    9.1%

    Operating Income
    (Loss)
      Modular
       Carpet      $29.7    $21.4                  $98.3    $77.4
      Bentley
       Prince
       Street        1.5      1.7                    5.9      3.5
      Fabrics
       Group        (0.3)     1.3                  (27.3)     4.3
      Specialty
       Products      0.3      0.0                    0.3      0.6
      Corporate
       Expenses and
       Eliminations (1.6)    (1.3)                  (4.8)    (3.8)
    Total          $29.6    $23.1                  $72.4    $82.0


    Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Performance Measures to GAAP Performance
     Measures
    (In millions)

                   Three Months Ended            Twelve Months Ended
                   12/31/06   1/01/06  % Change  12/31/06  1/01/06  % Change
    Net Sales
     Excluding
     European
     Fabrics         $295.9    $245.7    20.4%   $1,058.5   $922.8    14.7%
    Net Sales -
     European
     Fabrics             --      14.9                17.3     63.0
    Net Sales -
     as Reported     $295.9    $260.6            $1,075.8   $985.8


                     Three Months Ended
                   12/31/06   1/01/06  % Change
    Operating
     Income
     Excluding
     European
     Fabrics          $29.6     $22.3    32.7%
    Operating
     Income
     - European
       Fabrics           --       0.8
    Operating
     Income
     - as Reported    $29.6     $23.1


                   Twelve Months Ended
                   12/31/06   1/01/06  % Change
    Operating
     Income
     Excluding
     European
     Fabrics,
     Impairment of
     Goodwill, Loss
     on Disposition
     and
     Restructuring
     Charge           $97.0     $78.9    22.9%
    Operating
     Income
     - European
       Fabrics          1.1       3.1
    Impairment of
     Goodwill         (20.7)       --
    Loss on
     Disposition       (1.7)       --
    Restructuring
     Charge            (3.3)       --
    Operating
     Income
     - as Reported    $72.4     $82.0


                     Three Months Ended
                   12/31/06   1/01/06  % Change
    Net Sales
     Fabrics Segment
     Excluding
     European
     Fabrics          $36.8     $36.1    2.0%
    Net Sales
      - European
        Fabrics          --      14.9
    Net Sales
      - Fabrics
        Segment as
        Reported      $36.8     $51.0


                     Three Months Ended
                   12/31/06   1/01/06  % Change
    Operating
     Income
     (Loss)
     Fabrics
     Segment
     Excluding
     European
     Fabrics          $(0.3)     $0.5    (160%)
    Operating
     Income
     - European
       Fabrics           --       0.8
    Operating
     Income
     (Loss)
     - Fabrics
       Segment
       as Reported    $(0.3)      $1.3

The Company believes that the above non-GAAP performance measures, which management uses in managing and evaluating the Company's business, may provide users of the Company's financial information with additional meaningful bases for comparing the Company's current results and results in a prior period, as these measures reflect factors that are unique to the current period relative to the comparable prior period. However, these non-GAAP performance measures should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative for, the Company's reported results under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States.

CONTACT: Daniel T. Hendrix
President and Chief Executive Officer
Patrick C. Lynch
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
(770) 437-6800

Financial Dynamics
Christine Mohrmann, Bob Joyce
(212) 850-5600

SOURCE Interface, Inc.