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Mohawk Industries Announces Record Third Quarter Earnings QUARTERLY ADJUSTED EPS 22% INCREASE OVER PRIOR YEAR

The following excerpt is from the company's SEC filing.

- Mohawk Industries, Inc. (NYSE:MHK) today announced 2015 third quarter net earnings of $215 million and diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $2.89. Excluding restructuring and acquisition charges, net earnings were $222 million and EPS was $2.98, a 22% increase over last year’s third quarter adjusted EPS and the highest adjusted quarterly EPS in the company’s history. Net sales for the third quarter of 2015 were $2.2 billion, up 8% versus the prior year’s third quarter or a 15% increase on a constant currency exchange rate basis. For the third quarter of 2014, net sales we re $2.0 billion, net earnings were $151 million and EPS was $2.06; excluding restructuring and acquisition charges, net earnings were $179 million and EPS was $2.44.

For the nine months ending October 3, 2015, net sales were $6.1 billion, an increase of approximately 4% versus prior year or an increase of approximately 11% on a constant currency exchange rate basis. Net earnings and EPS for the nine-month period were $424 million and $5.73, respectively. Net earnings excluding restructuring and acquisition charges were $546 million and adjusted EPS was $7.38, an increase of 26% over the nine-month period adjusted EPS result in 2014. For the nine-months ending September 27, 2014, net sales were $5.9 billion, net earnings were $385 million and EPS was $5.25; excluding restructuring and acquisition charges, net earnings and EPS were $431 million and $5.88.

Commenting on Mohawk Industries’ third quarter performance, Jeffrey S. Lorberbaum, Chairman and CEO, stated, “In addition to our record earnings per share, our adjusted operating income reached a record level at $309 million, up 30% over the same quarter last year. All segments contributed to our sales and operating income improvements. Our new segment structure that we announced last quarter has benefited our performance, enabling us to optimize our regional businesses by enhancing our product offerings, manufacturing assets and distribution strategies. During the period, we made significant progress in aligning our IVC acquisition with our European and U.S. flooring businesses and our KAI

acquisition with our European ceramic operations. We are introducing products to take advantage of the unique capabilities and customer relationships of each organization. As we leverage the strength of these businesses, we anticipate greater market penetration and continued earnings growth in the future.”

“For the quarter, our Global Ceramic segment sales were up 2% as reported. On a constant exchange rate basis, sales grew 11% and adjusted operating income rose 15% versus prior year with adjusted operating margin increasing to 15% as a result of improved productivity, volume, price and mix and the KAI acquisition partially offset by currency headwinds. Our U.S. ceramic sales continued to improve, as we increased our investments in new products, additional sales representatives and new service centers and galleries. The residential new construction sector remains the strongest part of our U.S. ceramic business. To satisfy increased demand in the U.S. market, we have begun importing ceramic tile from both our Russian and Bulgarian businesses, leveraging our global footprint to optimize our profitability. Growth in the Mexican ceramic market remains strong as we improved our position, and we are adding new sales representatives to expand our distribution base in all channels. In Europe, our ceramic sales are outpacing the market. We are benefiting from the upgraded assets at our manufacturing facilities, which are increasing our competitiveness and yielding more differentiated products, such as 3-dimensional wall tiles, hexagons and brick visuals. Our Bulgarian ceramic business is increasing its product mix, improving its manufacturing and expanding sales outside the local market. Though Russia is in a recession, we are increasing our share of the ceramic market. Our sales in Russia grew on a local basis, though our margin contracted as inflation outpaced our price increases.

“During the quarter, our Flooring North America segment’s sales were up 8% over last year with adjusted operating income increasing 41%. The adjusted operating margin increased to almost 14% due to improved volume, productivity, input costs and the IVC acquisition partially offset by price and mix. The new structure of our North American carpet and hard surface businesses is improving our performance as we leverage the strength of our brands, marketing strategies and customer relationships across all categories. During the period, we increased our investments in sales personnel, merchandising and promotions in both carpet and hard surfaces categories to enhance our position in the marketplace. In our carpet business, we are beginning to see improved margin from our recent product introductions and the expansion of our Karastan customer base. Our commercial carpet margins continue to expand with the introduction of more stylized products, improved manufacturing efficiencies and enhanced service. We are improving our efficiency and reducing costs by closing two commercial carpet plants and consolidating the operations. Our rug sales and margins were up during the period as our new product introductions gained traction in the market. Sales of our hard surface products are growing faster than carpet across all channels, with builder and commercial sectors expanding the fastest. Our sheet vinyl and LVT sales

continue to grow, and we are introducing new Mohawk branded products from IVC to expand our vinyl offering in all channels.

“For the quarter, our Flooring Rest of the World segment’s sales rose 24% as reported or 41% on a constant exchange rate with adjusted operating income...


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