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Interface Reports Second Quarter 2009 Results

  • Orders, Sales and Operating Income Improve Sequentially Over First Quarter
  • Finishes Second Quarter with $90 Million in Cash

ATLANTA, July 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Interface, Inc. (Nasdaq: IFSIA), a worldwide floorcoverings company and global leader in sustainability, today announced results for the second quarter ended July 5, 2009.

Sales for the second quarter of 2009 were $211.3 million, compared with sales of $295.0 million in the second quarter of 2008, a decline of 28.4%. Approximately 6% of the sales decline was related to fluctuations in currency exchange rates relative to the year ago period. Operating income for the 2009 second quarter was $20.9 million, or 9.9% of sales, compared with operating income of $33.4 million, or 11.3% of sales, in the second quarter of last year. The Company's operating income in the second quarter of 2009 included the following items:

  • Income of $5.9 million from patent litigation settlements; and
  • A pre-tax restructuring charge of $1.9 million relating to the Company's continued cost reduction initiatives in Europe and the Americas.

Excluding the items detailed above, operating income in the 2009 second quarter was $16.8 million, or 8.0% of sales.

In the second quarter of 2009, the Company recorded other expenses of $6.1 million, or the equivalent of $0.06 per diluted share, associated with the completion of its previously-announced issuance of 11 3/8% Senior Secured Notes due 2013. Excluding the items described above and the bond offering expenses, net income attributable to Interface, Inc. for the 2009 second quarter was $5.1 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, compared with net income attributable to Interface, Inc. in the year-ago period of $15.9 million, or $0.25 per diluted share. Including all items, the Company reported second quarter 2009 net income attributable to Interface, Inc. of $3.7 million, or $0.06 per diluted share.

"Interface has made substantial progress during the second quarter of 2009, with sequential quarterly improvements in orders, sales and operating income in the face of a global marketplace that continues to be very challenging," said Daniel T. Hendrix, President and Chief Executive Officer. "The successful implementation of our restructuring initiatives and the further development of our market diversification strategy have enabled us to improve our cost structure and operational efficiency while maintaining our competitive position in the marketplace. Even though our results compared with a record second quarter last year reflect the continued pressure of current economic conditions, the non-office segments faired reasonably well, driven mostly by the education buying season. The corporate office segment, however, continued to deteriorate, which particularly impacted our performance in Europe and the emerging markets."

Patrick C. Lynch, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, commented, "Interface has taken a number of steps to significantly reduce its cost structure in light of recent global economic pressures, and most of the benefits of these actions flowed through our results for the 2009 second quarter. We also took significant steps towards our goal of strengthening our balance sheet during the period, successfully refinancing nearly all of our near-term debt maturities and ensuring we have the capital necessary to continue executing on our strategic initiatives. As a result of our focus on enhancing liquidity, managing costs and generating free cash flow, we exited the quarter with $90 million in cash."

For the first six months of 2009, sales were $410.6 million, compared with $556.7 million for the same period a year ago, a decrease of 26.2%. Approximately 8% of the sales decline was related to fluctuations in currency exchange rates relative to the first six months of last year. Excluding the 2009 second quarter items described above, as well as a pre-tax restructuring charge of $5.7 million in the first quarter of 2009 as previously announced, operating income and income from continuing operations for the 2009 six-month period were $25.6 million (or 6.2% of sales) and $5.9 million (or $0.09 per diluted share), respectively. These figures compare with operating income and income from continuing operations of $64.4 million (or 11.6% of sales) and $30.6 million (or $0.47 per diluted share), respectively, in the first six months of 2008. Including all items, operating income and income from continuing operations for the 2009 six-month period were $23.9 million (or 5.8% of sales) and $0.4 million (or $0.00 per diluted share), respectively. Net loss attributable to Interface, Inc. in the first six months of 2009 was $0.5 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, compared with net income attributable to Interface, Inc. in the year-ago period of $30.0 million, or $0.47 per diluted share.

Mr. Hendrix concluded, "Our market diversification strategy and the operational initiatives that we implemented during the first half of the year have enabled us to deliver solid second quarter results. The secular shift toward carpet tile is continuing, even through the severe downturn in the global office market. We believe that by taking the appropriate actions to streamline our operations at the right time, we have protected the profitability of our business. Although we saw a recovery in orders during the quarter and are encouraged by sequential monthly sales trends, we remain cautious about the operating environment through the second half of the year, with market conditions in Europe and many emerging markets showing continued signs of weakness. Despite this, we are pleased with our ability to execute on our initiatives to realize operating efficiencies across the business, and we plan to continue to focus on managing our costs and generating strong cash flow, while at the same time enhancing our position in the marketplace through further investments in market diversification."

The Company will host a conference call tomorrow, July 30, 2009, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time, to discuss its second quarter 2009 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 =2332780 or through the Company's website at http://www.interfaceglobal.com/Investor-Relations.aspx. The archived version of the webcast will be available at these sites for one year beginning approximately one 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 forwardlooking 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 28, 2008, which discussion is incorporated herein by this reference, including, but not limited to, the discussion of specific risks and uncertainties under the headings "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," "The recent worldwide financial and credit crisis could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations," "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," "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 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*

                            Three Months Ended           Six Months Ended
    (In thousands,         --------------------        --------------------
     except per            07/05/09    06/29/08        07/05/09    06/29/08
     share data)
    --------------------   --------    --------        --------    --------

    Net Sales              $211,297    $295,005        $410,605    $556,741
    Cost of Sales           142,191     189,712         278,330     357,182
                            -------     -------         -------     -------
      Gross Profit           69,106     105,293         132,275     199,559
    Selling, General
     & Administrative
     Expenses                52,263      71,857         106,634     135,152
    Income from
     Litigation
     Settlements             (5,926)         --          (5,926)         --
    Restructuring Charge      1,903          --           7,627          --
                              -----        ----           -----        ----
      Operating Income       20,866      33,436          23,940      64,407
    Interest Expense          7,726       8,108          15,399      15,936
    Bond Offering Expenses    6,096          --           6,096          --
    Other Expense
     (Income), Net              650        (168)           (100)         20
                                ---       -----           -----          --
      Income Before Taxes     6,394      25,496           2,545      48,451
    Income Tax Expense        2,595       9,204           2,119      17,862
                              -----       -----           -----      ------
      Income from Continuing
       Operations             3,799      16,292             426      30,589
    Discontinued Operations,
     Net of Tax                  --          --             650          --
                                ---         ---             ---         ---
    Net Income (Loss)         3,799      16,292            (224)     30,589
    Net Income
     Attributable to
     Noncontrolling
     Interest in
     Subsidiary                (133)       (416)           (262)       (591)
                              -----       -----           -----       -----
    Net Income (Loss)
     Attributable to
     Interface, Inc.         $3,666     $15,876           $(486)    $29,998
                           ========    ========         ========   ========

    Earnings (Loss)
     Per Share
     Attributable to
     Interface, Inc.
     - Basic
       Continuing
        Operations            $0.06       $0.25           $0.00       $0.48
       Discontinued
        Operations               --          --           (0.01)         --
                               ----        ----            ----        ----
    Earnings (Loss)
     Per Share
     Attributable to
     Interface, Inc.
     - Basic                  $0.06       $0.25          $(0.01)      $0.48
                            =======     =======       =========     =======

    Earnings (Loss)
     Per Share
     Attributable to
     Interface, Inc.
     - Diluted
      Continuing
       Operations             $0.06       $0.25           $0.00       $0.47
      Discontinued
       Operations                --          --           (0.01)         --
                               ----        ----            ----        ----
    Earnings (Loss)
     Per Share
     Attributable to
     Interface, Inc.
     - Diluted                $0.06       $0.25          $(0.01)      $0.47
                            =======     =======       =========     =======

      Common Shares
       Outstanding -
       Basic                 63,201      62,999          63,199      62,900
      Common Shares
       Outstanding -
       Diluted               63,299      63,343          63,224      63,259

    Orders from
     Continuing
     Operations             222,300     311,400         436,500     593,800
      Continuing
       Operations
       Backlog (as of
       07/05/09 and
       06/29/08,
       respectively)                                    115,100     154,400


    * Prior year periods have been adjusted for the adoption of  SFAS
      No. 160, "Noncontrolling Interests in Consolidated Financial
      Statements - an amendment to ARB No. 51" and FSP EITF 03-6-1,
      "Determining Whether Instruments Granted in Share-Based Payment
      Transactions Are Participating Securities."



    Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheets*
    (In thousands)                                   07/05/09        12/28/08
                                                -------------   -------------
    Assets
        Cash                                          $89,867         $71,757
        Accounts Receivable                           122,758         144,783
        Inventory                                     122,854         128,923
        Other Current Assets                           29,400          27,342
        Assets of Businesses Held for Sale              2,150           3,150
                                                        -----           -----
            Total Current Assets                      367,029         375,955
        Property, Plant & Equipment                   164,097         160,717
        Other Assets                                  174,339         169,363
                                                      -------         -------
            Total Assets                             $705,465        $706,035
                                                     ========        ========

    Liabilities
        Accounts Payable                              $38,263         $52,040
        Accrued Liabilities                            92,971         102,592
        Current Portion of Long-Term Debt              14,586              --
                                                       ------         -------
            Total Current Liabilities                 145,820         154,632
        Senior Secured and Senior Subordinated Notes  279,556         287,588
        Other Long-Term Liabilities                    49,608          46,378
                                                       ------          ------
            Total Liabilities                         474,984         488,598
        Shareholders' Equity                          230,481         217,437
                                                      -------         -------
            Total Liabilities and Shareholders'
             Equity                                  $705,465        $706,035
                                                     ========        ========



    Consolidated Condensed Statements of Cash Flows*

                         Three Months Ended            Six Months Ended
                      ------------------------   ---------------------------
    (In millions)      07/05/09      06/29/08       07/05/09       06/29/08
                      -----------  -----------   --------------   ----------
    Net Income (Loss)       $3.8         $16.3           $(0.2)        $30.6
    Adjustments for
     Discontinued
     Operations               --            --             0.7            --
                            ----          ----            ----          ----
    Net Income from
     Continuing
     Operations             $3.8         $16.3            $0.5         $30.6
    Depreciation
     and Amortization        5.8           5.5            12.0          12.0
    Deferred Income
     Taxes and Other
     Non-Cash Items          5.5           1.3             0.9           2.5
    Change in Working
     Capital
      Accounts
       Receivable    (2.2)        (14.1)          27.9            7.1
      Inventories     6.6          (2.3)           8.9          (23.3)
      Prepaids        8.2          (2.0)           3.9           (3.7)
      Accounts
       Payable and
       Accrued
       Expenses       1.0          29.3          (26.7)          (4.0)
                     ----          ----           ----           ----
    Cash Provided
     from Continuing
     Operations             28.7          34.0            27.4          21.2
    Cash Provided
     from (Used in)
     Operating
     Activities of
     Discontinued
     Operations               --            --              --            --
                            ----          ----            ----          ----
    Cash Provided
     from Operating
     Activities             28.7          34.0            27.4          21.2
    Cash Provided
     from (Used in)
     Investing
     Activities             (1.1)         (8.3)           (5.8)        (18.5)
    Cash Provided
     from (Used in)
     Financing
     Activities              6.0          (1.7)           (4.4)         (2.8)
    Effect of
     Exchange Rate
     Changes on
     Cash                    1.4           0.4             1.0           1.4
                            ----          ----            ----          ----
    Net Increase
     (Decrease) in Cash    $35.0         $24.4           $18.2          $1.3
                           =====         =====          ======         =====

    * Prior year periods have been adjusted for the adoption of  SFAS
      No. 160, "Noncontrolling Interests in Consolidated Financial
      Statements - an amendment to ARB No. 51" and FSP EITF 03-6-1,
      "Determining Whether Instruments Granted in Share-Based Payment
      Transactions Are Participating Securities."



    Consolidated Condensed Segment Reporting
    (In millions)

                        Three Months Ended          Six Months Ended
                        ------------------          -----------------
                        07/05/09  06/29/08 % Change 07/05/09 06/29/08 % Change
                        --------  -------- -------- -------- -------- --------
    Net Sales
      Modular Carpet     $186.6    $259.3   (28.0)%   $363.0   $485.4  (25.2)%
      Bentley Prince
       Street              24.7      35.7   (30.8)%     47.6     71.3  (33.2)%
                         ------    ------   ------    ------   ------  ------
    Total                $211.3    $295.0   (28.4)%   $410.6   $556.7  (26.2)%
                         ======    ======   ======    ======   ======  ======

    Operating Income (Loss)

      Modular Carpet      $17.5     $35.3   (50.4)%    $24.2    $66.2  (63.4)%
      Bentley Prince
       Street              (2.0)      0.2      *        (5.0)     1.8     *
      Corporate Expenses,
       Income and
       Eliminations         5.4      (2.1)     *          4.7    (3.6)    *
                          -----     -----   ------     -----    -----  ------
    Total                 $20.9     $33.4   (37.4)%    $23.9    $64.4  (62.9)%
                          =====     =====   ======     =====    =====  ======
    * Not meaningful



                 Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Performance Measures to
                             GAAP Performance Measures
                      (In millions except per share amounts)

                                             Three Months        Six Months
                                                Ended              Ended
                                               07/05/09           07/05/09
    Operating Income, Excluding
     Restructuring Charge and Income
     from Litigation Settlements                 $16.8              $25.6
    Restructuring Charge                          (1.9)              (7.6)
    Income from Litigation Settlements             5.9                5.9
                                                   ---                ---
    Operating Income, As Reported                $20.9              $23.9
                                                 =====              =====



                                              Three Months       Six Months
                                                 Ended             Ended
                                                07/05/09          07/05/09
    Income from Continuing Operations,
     Excluding Restructuring Charge,
     Income from Litigation Settlements
     and Bond Offering Expenses                   $5.2               $5.9
    Restructuring Charge                          (1.3)              (5.4)
    Income from Litigation Settlements             3.6                3.6
    Bond Offering Expenses                        (3.7)              (3.7)
                                                 -----              -----
    Income from Continuing Operations,
     As Reported                                  $3.8               $0.4
                                                  ====               ====


                                              Three Months        Six Months
                                                 Ended              Ended
                                                07/05/09           07/05/09
    Net Income Attributable to
     Interface, Inc., Excluding
     Restructuring Charge, Income from
     Litigation Settlements and Bond
     Offering Expenses                            $5.1               $5.0
    Restructuring Charge                          (1.3)              (5.4)
    Income from Litigation Settlements             3.6                3.6
    Bond Offering Expenses                        (3.7)              (3.7)
                                                 -----              -----
    Net Income Attributable to
     Interface, Inc., As reported                 $3.7              $(0.5)
                                                  ====              =====



                                              Three Months        Six Months
                                                 Ended              Ended
                                                07/05/09           07/05/09
    Diluted Earnings Per Share from
     Continuing Operations, Excluding
     Restructuring Charge, Income
     from Litigation Settlements and
     Bond Offering Expenses                      $0.08              $0.09
    Restructuring Charge                         (0.02)             (0.09)
    Income from Litigation
     Settlements                                  0.06               0.06
    Bond Offering Expenses                       (0.06)             (0.06)
                                                ------             ------
    Diluted Earnings Per Share from
     Continuing Operations, As
     Reported                                    $0.06              $0.00
                                                 =====              =====


SOURCE: Interface, Inc. - 07/29/2009

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;
or FD, Eric Boyriven, or Jessica Greenberger, +1-212-850-5600,
both for Interface, Inc.
Web Site: http://www.interfaceinc.com
(IFSIA)