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Interface Reports Second Quarter 2007 Results

  • EPS From Continuing Operations Increase 47%


  • Sales From Continuing Operations Increase 18.7%


  • Orders From Continuing Operations Increase 27.5%

ATLANTA, July 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Interface, Inc. (Nasdaq: IFSIA), a worldwide floorcoverings company, today announced results for the second quarter ended July 1, 2007.

Sales from continuing operations for the second quarter of 2007 increased 18.7% to $265.0 million from sales of $223.2 million in the year ago period. As previously announced, the Company sold its fabrics division to an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners, and therefore the financial statements for the second quarter of 2007 and all other periods presented now reflect the fabrics division as discontinued operations. The fabrics discontinued operations also include the results of the Company's former European fabrics business, which was sold in the second quarter of 2006.

Operating income for the second quarter of 2007 increased 28.2% to $30.9 million, or 11.7% of sales, from $24.1 million, or 10.8% of sales, in the second quarter of last year. Income from continuing operations was $13.3 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, in the 2007 second quarter, compared with income from continuing operations of $8.5 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2006. Including results of discontinued operations, net income was $1.0 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, in the 2007 second quarter, versus net income of $5.9 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, in the 2006 second quarter.

"The second quarter of 2007 was an exceptional quarter for Interface, as we reported strong performance across all of our businesses and continued to increase market share," said Daniel T. Hendrix, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We established record revenues in our modular carpet business in each of our key geographic regions -- Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. This growth was driven primarily by the rebounding corporate office market, while our market segmentation strategy contributed greatly as well. Perhaps the brightest spot, though, is that orders received in our continuing operations during the quarter were up 28% to $304 million, their highest level ever."

Patrick C. Lynch, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, commented, "Our worldwide modular carpet business exhibited an outstanding quarter, with sales increasing 21% and orders increasing 30% compared with the second quarter last year. The Americas modular business continued its very strong performance as orders grew 33% to mark the fifth straight record quarter for this region. The record sales in our modular business drove improved profitability, which increased 34% from the same period last year. In our Bentley Prince Street business, we continued to see improvement, with revenue growth of 17% and increased profitability. During the quarter, we had a $24.3 million net increase in cash, while the July sale of our fabrics division has further contributed to strengthening our balance sheet and reducing debt."

For the first six months of 2007, sales from continuing operations were $508.5 million, compared with $421.3 million for the same period a year ago, an increase of 20.7%. Operating income for the 2007 six-month period was $55.2 million (including a loss of $1.9 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, on the disposal of assets in its specialty products business), versus operating income of $44.2 million for the comparable 2006 six-month period. Income from continuing operations was $22.4 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, in the 2007 six-month period, compared with income from continuing operations of $13.9 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, in the same period a year ago. Including results of discontinued operations, net loss for the first six months of 2007 was $39.6 million, or $0.64 per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $11.2 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, for the 2006 first half.

Mr. Hendrix concluded, "With the sale of our fabrics business, we are now completely focused on our core floorcovering businesses. As demonstrated by the record results for modular carpet during the second quarter, we are benefiting from a secular shift toward modular applications and our segmentation strategy is driving growth in non-office commercial segments. With modular orders increasing 30% during the quarter, we are growing faster than the overall market and building market share. While we do not know how long we will sustain this rate of growth, we are very optimistic about the strength of our markets and are confident that we have the right strategy in place to continue to capitalize on our market opportunities and gain market share. Business has remained robust during the first three weeks of the third quarter, and we are very excited for the prospects of the Company as we move into the second half of the year."

The Company will host a conference call tomorrow, July 26, 2007, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time, to discuss its second quarter 2007 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=1601592 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 the world's largest manufacturer of modular carpet, which it markets under the InterfaceFLOR, FLOR, Heuga and Bentley Prince Street brands, and, through its Bentley Prince Street brand, enjoys a leading position in the designer quality segment of the broadloom carpet market. 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.

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 Item 1A of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2006, 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 these 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 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 Condensed Statements of Operations

    (In thousands, except   Three Months Ended        Six Months Ended
     per share data)      07/01/07     07/02/06     07/01/07     07/02/06

    Net Sales             $264,962     $223,184     $508,454     $421,318
    Cost of Sales          172,737      147,476      333,001      277,686
      Gross Profit          92,225       75,708      175,453      143,632
    Selling, General
     & Administrative
     Expenses               61,332       51,617      118,379       99,455
    Loss on Disposal --
     Specialty Products         --           --        1,873           --
      Operating Income      30,893       24,091       55,201       44,177
    Interest Expense         9,161       10,936       18,281       22,168
    Other Expense, Net         612          445        1,035          718
      Income Before Taxes   21,120       12,710       35,885       21,291
    Income Tax Expense       7,797        4,234       13,493        7,386
      Income from
       Continuing
       Operations           13,323        8,476       22,392       13,905
    Discontinued
     Operations, Net of
     Tax                   (12,325)        (868)     (62,010)     (23,385)
    Loss on Disposal --
     Discontinued
     Operations, Net of
     Tax                        --       (1,723)          --       (1,723)
    Net Income (Loss)         $998       $5,885     $(39,618)    $(11,203)

    Earnings (Loss) Per
     Share - Basic
      Continuing
       Operations            $0.22        $0.16        $0.37        $0.26
      Discontinued
       Operations            (0.20)       (0.02)       (1.03)       (0.44)
      Loss on Disposal          --        (0.03)          --        (0.03)
    Earnings (Loss) Per
     Share -- Basic          $0.02        $0.11       $(0.66)      $(0.21)

    Earnings (Loss) Per
     Share -- Diluted
      Continuing
       Operations            $0.22        $0.15        $0.36        $0.25
      Discontinued
       Operations            (0.20)       (0.01)       (1.00)       (0.43)
      Loss on Disposal          --        (0.03)          --        (0.03)
    Earnings (Loss) Per
     Share -- Diluted        $0.02        $0.11       $(0.64)      $(0.21)

    Common Shares
     Outstanding -- Basic   60,322       53,375       60,210       52,995
    Common Shares
     Outstanding --
     Diluted                61,571       54,996       61,435       54,548

    Orders from Continuing
     Operations*           303,800      238,200      558,600      441,400
    Continuing Operations
     Backlog (as of
     07/01/07 and 07/02/06,
     respectively)*                                  148,235      111,200

    * Orders from Continuing Operations and Continuing Operations Backlog
      exclude all activity related to the Fabrics Group business segment,
      which was sold in the third quarter of 2007.



    Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheets
    (In thousands)                                  07/01/07       12/31/06
    Assets
      Cash                                           $89,346       $109,157
      Accounts Receivable                            152,034        143,025
      Inventory                                      128,446        112,293
      Other Current Assets                            28,009         28,634
      Assets of Businesses Held for Sale              92,194        158,322
        Total Current Assets                         490,029        551,431
      Property, Plant & Equipment                    146,608        134,631
      Other Assets                                   262,466        242,278
        Total Assets                                $899,103       $928,340

    Liabilities
      Accounts Payable                               $55,310        $49,542
      Accrued Liabilities                            102,488         98,702
      Current Portion of Long-Term Debt               79,235             --
      Liabilities of Businesses Held for Sale         22,506         22,934
        Total Current Liabilities                    259,539        171,178
      Long-Term Debt                                   8,765             --
      Senior and Senior Subordinated Notes           310,000        411,365
      Other Long-Term Liabilities                     79,900         71,403
        Total Liabilities                            658,204        653,946
      Shareholders' Equity                           240,899        274,394
        Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity  $899,103       $928,340



    Consolidated Condensed Statements of Cash Flows
                                Three Months Ended         Six Months Ended
    (In millions)             07/01/07     07/02/06     07/01/07     07/02/06

    Net Income (Loss)             $1.0        $ 5.9       $(39.6)      $(11.2)
    Adjustments for
     Discontinued
     Operations                   12.3          2.6         62.0         25.1
    Net Income (Loss) from
     Continuing Operations       $13.3         $8.5        $22.4        $13.9
    Depreciation and
     Amortization                  5.6          5.3         12.0         10.8
    Deferred Income Taxes and
     Other Non-Cash Items          0.0         (5.0)         0.0         (5.7)
    Change in Working Capital
      Accounts Receivable    (8.7)        (4.7)        (8.0)        (8.9)
      Inventories            (1.3)        (1.5)       (16.1)       (18.4)
      Prepaids                1.6         (0.5)         1.7         (3.1)
      Accounts Payable and
       Accrued Expenses      25.5         23.6          8.3          5.0
    Cash Provided from
     (Used in)
     Continuing Operations        36.0         25.7         20.3         (6.4)
    Cash Provided from
      (Used in) Operating
      Activities of
      Discontinued
      Operations                  (1.7)        (1.7)         3.2         (0.5)
    Cash Provided from
     (Used in) Operating
     Activities                   34.3         24.0         23.5         (6.9)
    Cash Provided from
     (Used in) Investing
     Activities                  (12.9)        19.9        (31.1)         8.8
    Cash Provided from
     (Used in) Financing
     Activities                    2.2        (35.9)       (13.3)       (24.2)
    Effect of Exchange Rate
     Changes on Cash               0.7          0.8          1.1          1.2
    Net (Decrease) Increase
     in Cash                     $24.3        $ 8.8       $(19.8)      $(21.1)

    Consolidated Condensed Segment Reporting
    (In millions)

                           Three Months Ended           Six Months Ended
                     07/01/07  07/02/06  % Change  07/01/07 07/02/06  % Change
    Net Sales
      Modular Carpet  $225.5     $186.5    20.9%     $430.8   $352.4    22.2%
      Bentley Prince
       Street           39.5       33.9    16.5%       75.5     63.0    19.8%
      Specialty
       Products           --        2.8       *         2.2      5.9   (62.7%)
    Total             $265.0     $223.2    18.7%     $508.5   $421.3    20.7%

    Operating Income
     (Loss)
      Modular Carpet   $31.6      $23.6    33.9%      $58.4    $44.3    31.8%
      Bentley Prince
       Street            2.0        1.7    17.6%        3.0      2.2    36.4%
      Specialty
       Products           --        0.0       *        (1.8)     0.0       *
      Corporate
       Expenses and
       Eliminations     (2.7)      (1.2) (125.0%)      (4.4)    (2.3)  (91.3%)
    Total              $30.9      $24.1    28.2%      $55.2    $44.2    24.9%

    * Not meaningful

SOURCE Interface, Inc.

CONTACT:
Daniel T. Hendrix,
President and Chief Executive Officer,
or Patrick C. Lynch,
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer,
both of Interface, Inc., +1-770-437-6800;
Christine Mohrmann, Bob Joyce, both of FD for Interface, Inc.,
+1-212-850-5600
Web site: http://www.interfaceinc.com