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Interface Reports Third Quarter 2008 Results

ATLANTA, Oct. 21 Interface, Inc. (Nasdaq: IFSIA), a worldwide floorcoverings company and global leader in sustainability, today announced results for the third quarter ended September 28, 2008.

Sales for the third quarter of 2008 were $278.4 million compared with sales of $279.5 million in the third quarter of 2007. Operating income for the third quarter of 2008 was $31.0 million, or 11.1% of sales, compared with operating income of $34.8 million, or 12.4% of sales, in the third quarter of 2007. Income from continuing operations for the 2008 third quarter was $13.6 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, a decrease of 10.7% compared with income from continuing operations of $15.2 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2007.

Net income for the 2008 third quarter was $8.4 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, compared with net income of $8.6 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, in the third quarter last year. Included in the Company's results for the third quarter of 2008 was an after-tax loss from discontinued operations of $5.2 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, of which $4.2 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, was related to a reserve placed on the deferred purchase price amount of $6.5 million for the 2007 sale of the Company's fabrics business. The remainder of the loss from discontinued operations relates to an impairment charge for certain assets remaining from the fabrics business that are currently being held for sale. Results for the third quarter of 2007 included expenses of $0.7 million after-tax, or $0.01 per diluted share, for premiums paid in connection with the redemption of the Company's 7.3% Senior Notes.

"Our sales in the 2008 third quarter showed remarkable resilience in the current economic environment and illustrate the benefits of the strategic actions we've taken to strengthen our position in the market," said Daniel T. Hendrix, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Driven by our diversification across both end markets and geographies, third quarter sales held substantially even with the strong results reported a year ago. While we have seen a slowdown in demand within the corporate office segment, particularly in Western Europe and the United States, it has been balanced by continued solid demand for modular carpet in segments such as government, education, healthcare and retail, and growth in emerging geographic markets. In Europe, we continued to invest in the implementation of our market diversification strategy, which has been a strong driver of our success in the United States. While these investments have had a near-term impact on profitability, we believe there is a significant opportunity for growth in Europe in these segments, which have remained largely untapped to date."

For the first nine months of 2008, sales were $835.2 million, compared with $787.9 million for the same period a year ago, an increase of 6.0%. Operating income for the 2008 nine-month period was $95.4 million, an increase of 6.1% versus operating income of $90.0 million in the comparable 2007 nine-month period. Income from continuing operations was $43.6 million, or $0.70 per diluted share, in the 2008 nine-month period, an increase of 15.9% compared with income from continuing operations of $37.6 million, or $0.61 per diluted share, in the same period a year ago. Including results of discontinued operations, net income was $38.4 million, or $0.62 per diluted share, in the first nine months of 2008 compared with a net loss for the first nine months of 2007 of $31.1 million, or $0.50 per diluted share.

Mr. Hendrix concluded, "For the past several years, Interface has been repositioning the business for long-term growth and success. We have established Interface as the leading provider of modular carpet worldwide and executed a successful market diversification strategy that has expanded the number of end markets we serve as well as our geographic reach, lessening our exposure to the cycles of the corporate office market. We believe the benefits of this strategy will continue to be evident in our performance going forward. At the same time, we are focused on strengthening our balance sheet by generating cash and paying down debt, while still making the investments necessary to meet our strategic goals. We believe we are well positioned, both operationally and financially, to continue to build our business and expand our leadership position in the carpet tile market, despite a challenging economic environment. Looking ahead, we will take the steps necessary to protect the profitability of our business and generate the cash necessary to support our future success."

The Company will host a conference call tomorrow, October 22, 2008, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time, to discuss its third quarter 2008 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=1993975 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 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 30, 2007, 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    Three Months Ended      Nine Months Ended
    (In thousands, except
     per share data)           09/28/08     09/30/07   09/28/08     09/30/07

    Net Sales                  $278,423     $279,471  $835,164      $787,925
    Cost of Sales               183,506      181,542   540,688       514,543
                                -------      -------   -------       -------
      Gross Profit               94,917       97,929   294,476       273,382
    Selling, General &
     Administrative
     Expenses                    63,895       63,179   199,047       181,558
    Loss on Disposal --
     Specialty Products              --           --        --         1,873
                                     --           --        --         -----
      Operating Income           31,022       34,750    95,429        89,951
    Interest Expense              8,173        8,643    24,109        26,924
    Other Expense, Net              804        1,281     1,415         2,316
                                    ---        -----     -----         -----
      Income Before Taxes        22,045       24,826    69,905        60,711
    Income Tax Expense            8,461        9,620    26,323        23,113
                                  -----        -----    ------        ------
      Income from Continuing
       Operations                13,584       15,206    43,582        37,598
    Discontinued
     Operations, Net of Tax      (5,154)      (6,650)   (5,154)      (68,660)
                                 -------      -------   -------      --------
    Net Income (Loss)            $8,430       $8,556   $38,428      $(31,062)
                                 ======       ======   =======      =========

    Earnings (Loss) Per
     Share -- Basic
      Continuing Operations       $0.22        $0.25     $0.71         $0.62
      Discontinued Operations     (0.08)       (0.11)    (0.08)        (1.13)
                                 ------       ------    ------        ------
    Earnings (Loss) Per
     Share -- Basic               $0.14        $0.14     $0.63        $(0.51)
                                  =====        =====     =====        =======

    Earnings (Loss) Per
     Share -- Diluted
      Continuing Operations       $0.22        $0.25     $0.70         $0.61
      Discontinued Operations     (0.08)       (0.11)    (0.08)        (1.11)
                                  ------       ------    ------        ------
    Earnings (Loss) Per
     Share -- Diluted             $0.14        $0.14     $0.62        $(0.50)
                                  =====        =====     =====        =======

    Common Shares
     Outstanding -- Basic        61,576       60,711    61,475        60,448
    Common Shares
     Outstanding -- Diluted      62,070       61,860    61,988        61,590

    Orders from Continuing
     Operations*                267,874      271,951   862,565       833,713
    Continuing Operations
     Backlog (as of
     09/28/08 and 09/30/07,
     respectively)*                                    135,914       142,706


    * 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)                                  09/28/08    12/30/07
    Assets
        Cash                                         $85,521     $82,375
        Accounts Receivable                          165,350     178,625
        Inventory                                    145,494     125,789
        Other Current Assets                          25,766      24,848
        Assets of Businesses Held for Sale             3,180       4,792
                                                       -----       -----
            Total Current Assets                     425,311     416,429
        Property, Plant & Equipment                  166,891     161,874
        Other Assets                                 251,743     256,929
                                                     -------     -------
            Total Assets                            $843,945    $835,232
                                                    ========    ========

    Liabilities
        Accounts Payable                             $60,501     $57,243
        Accrued Liabilities                           97,366     120,388
        Current Portion of Long-Term Debt                 --          --
        Liabilities of Businesses Held for Sale           27         220
                                                          --         ---
            Total Current Liabilities                157,894     177,851
        Senior and Senior Subordinated Notes         310,000     310,000
        Other Long-Term Liabilities                   52,912      53,239
                                                      ------      ------
            Total Liabilities                        520,806     541,090
        Shareholders' Equity                         323,139     294,142
                                                     -------     -------
            Total Liabilities and Shareholders'
             Equity                                 $843,945    $835,232
                                                    ========    ========



    Consolidated Condensed Statements of
     Cash Flows                                      Three Months Ended
    (In millions)                                  09/28/08        09/30/07

    Net Income (Loss)                                 $8.4             $8.5
    Adjustments for Discontinued Operations            5.2              6.7
                                                       ---              ---
    Net Income (Loss) from Continuing
     Operations                                      $13.6            $15.2
    Depreciation and Amortization                      5.7              5.1
    Deferred Income Taxes and Other
     Non-Cash Items                                    1.1              1.9
    Change in Working Capital
      Accounts Receivable                       3.2          (11.5)
      Inventories                               1.5            5.3
      Prepaids                                  3.2            3.5
      Accounts Payable and Accrued Expenses   (13.9)           4.2
                                              ------           ---
    Cash Provided from (Used in) Continuing
     Operations                                       14.4             23.7
      Cash Provided from (Used in) Operating
       Activities of Discontinued
       Operations                                       --
                                                        --             (5.1)
                                                                       -----
    Cash Provided from (Used in) Operating
     Activities                                       14.4             18.6
    Cash Provided from (Used in) Investing
     Activities                                       (7.9)            49.0
    Cash Provided from (Used in) Financing
     Activities                                       (1.4)           (81.0)
    Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash           (3.2)             1.6
                                                      -----             ---
    Net Increase (Decrease) in Cash                   $1.9           $(11.8)
                                                      ====           =======


    Consolidated Condensed Statements of
     Cash Flows                                         Nine Months Ended
    (In millions)                                  09/28/08         09/30/07

    Net Income (Loss)                                 $38.4           $(31.1)
    Adjustments for Discontinued
     Operations                                         5.2             68.7
                                                        ---             ----
    Net Income (Loss) from Continuing
     Operations                                       $43.6            $37.6
    Depreciation and Amortization                      17.7             17.1
    Deferred Income Taxes and Other
     Non-Cash Items                                     4.2              1.9
    Change in Working Capital
      Accounts Receivable                      10.3           (19.5)
      Inventories                             (21.8)          (10.8)
      Prepaids                                 (0.5)            5.2
      Accounts Payable and Accrued Expenses   (17.9)           12.5
                                              ------           ----
    Cash Provided from (Used in)
     Continuing Operations                             35.6             44.0
      Cash Provided from (Used in) Operating
       Activities of Discontinued
       Operations                                        --
                                                         --             (1.9)
                                                                        -----
    Cash Provided from (Used in) Operating
     Activities                                        35.6             42.1
    Cash Provided from (Used in) Investing
     Activities                                       (26.4)            17.9
    Cash Provided from (Used in) Financing
     Activities                                        (4.3)           (94.3)
    Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on
     Cash                                              (1.8)             2.7
                                                       -----             ---
    Net Increase (Decrease) in Cash                    $3.1           $(31.6)
                                                       ====           =======



    Consolidated Condensed Segment Reporting
    (In millions)

                                 Three Months Ended
                                 09/28/08    09/30/07    % Change
    Net Sales
      Modular Carpet               $243.0      $242.9       0.0%
      Bentley Prince
       Street                        35.4        36.6      (3.3%)
      Specialty Products               --          --         *
                                   ------      ------       ----
    Total                          $278.4      $279.5      (0.4%)
                                   ======      ======      ======

    Operating Income
     (Loss)
      Modular Carpet                $30.3       $35.2     (13.9%)
      Bentley Prince
       Street                         0.7         1.3     (46.2%)
      Specialty Products               --          --         *
      Corporate Expenses
       and Eliminations                --        (1.7)        *
                                    -----       ------    -------
    Total                           $31.0       $34.8     (10.9%)
                                    =====       =====     =======


                               Nine Months Ended
                             09/28/08    09/30/07   % Change
    Net Sales
      Modular Carpet           $728.4      $673.7       8.1%
      Bentley Prince
       Street                   106.8       112.1      (4.7%)
      Specialty Products           --         2.2         *
    Total                      $835.2      $788.0       6.0%

    Operating Income
     (Loss)
      Modular Carpet            $96.5       $93.6       3.1%
      Bentley Prince
       Street                     2.5         4.2     (40.5%)
      Specialty Products           --        (1.8)        *
      Corporate Expenses
       and Eliminations          (3.6)       (6.0)     40.0%
    Total                       $95.4       $90.0       6.0%

    * Not meaningful

SOURCE Interface, Inc.