Interface Reports Second Quarter 2005 Results

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July 27, 2005
         - Operating Income Up 34% Year-Over-Year to $21.2 million -

               - Second Quarter Orders Up 17% Year-Over-Year -

                - Second Quarter Sales Up 14% Year-Over-Year -

ATLANTA, July 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Interface, Inc. (Nasdaq: IFSIA), a worldwide floorcoverings and fabrics company, today announced results for the second quarter ended July 3, 2005.

Second quarter 2005 results included a 14.0% increase in sales to $246.5 million, from $216.2 million in the year ago period. Operating income was $21.2 million in the 2005 second quarter, a 33.7% increase over operating income of $15.9 million in the second quarter 2004. As a percentage of sales, operating income improved to 8.6% in the second quarter of 2005 versus 7.3% of sales in the year ago period.

Pursuant to the provisions of the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, the Company repatriated $10.5 million of earnings from foreign subsidiaries during the second quarter of 2005. This plan takes advantage of the Company's ability to initiate such a transaction at a substantially reduced tax rate, provided the repatriation occurs before the end of 2005. Consequently, the Company recorded a tax charge of approximately $1.6 million, or $0.03 per share, in the second quarter related to the repatriation. After this charge, income from continuing operations for the 2005 second quarter was $3.9 million, or $0.08 per share.

As announced in the third quarter of last year, the Company made the decision to exit the owned dealer business. Consequently, it is reporting the results of operations for its owned Re:Source dealers (as well as a small Australian dealer business and a small residential fabrics business) as "discontinued operations," in accordance with accounting standards. In the 2005 second quarter, these operations yielded an after-tax operating loss of $9.8 million, and the Company recorded a $1.6 million after-tax loss on the disposal of certain of these operations. As a result, the Company's net loss for the second quarter of 2005 was $7.4 million, or $0.14 per share, compared with a net loss of $0.2 million, or $0.00 per share, in the second quarter of 2004.

"We are very pleased with our results for the quarter, which reflected healthy top-line growth and profitability improvements across nearly all of our businesses and regions," said Daniel T. Hendrix, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our results speak to the success we are achieving in our markets, the strength of our brands and our segmentation strategy, and the earnings leverage built into our company. Our modular business continued to lead the way, as the Americas, Asia-Pacific, and European regions all produced double-digit growth in sales and operating income during the quarter. Additionally, we were encouraged to see continued recovery in the corporate office market and considerable success in the retail space market, which helped drive consolidated orders up 17% to $262 million, compared with the second quarter of last year."

Mr. Hendrix continued, "Interface continues to lead and shape the modular carpet market, which is expanding in virtually all parts of the world. Our segmentation strategy is working well, enabling us to gain market share and deliver worldwide modular sales growth of 20% year-over-year. Revenues in our fabrics business were up 6%, largely due to the improving corporate office market reflected in sales to OEM customers, and we expect improved profitability in this business during the second half of the year. In our Bentley Prince Street broadloom business, orders were up 9%, and we are confident that our initiatives to cut costs and increase manufacturing efficiencies in this business will lead to continued profit improvements as we move through the rest of the year."

Patrick C. Lynch, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Interface, commented, "The combination of higher revenues and the sustained reduction in our cost base resulted in increased operating leverage and profitability. Raw material costs stabilized during the quarter, which allowed our price increases to take hold and offset the cost increases we had experienced in the preceding six months. As a result, gross margin in the second quarter improved to 31.3% from 30.9% in the second quarter of 2004. We also have now completed the divestiture of our dealer businesses, in line with our stated timeline, and we expect to realize additional cost structure efficiencies and improvements in our cash flow in the second half of the year."

For the first six months of 2005, sales were $481.3 million, compared with $426.2 million for the same period a year ago, an increase of 12.9%. Operating income for the 2005 six-month period increased to $38.4 million, versus operating income of $29.6 million for the comparable 2004 six-month period. Income from continuing operations for the first six months of 2005 increased to $6.9 million, from $2.2 million in the prior year period.

Mr. Hendrix concluded, "We continue to be bullish about the momentum we have in our business and our prospects. Our focus will remain on leveraging the leading position of our core modular carpet business and enlarging our presence in all market segments worldwide, while at the same time taking the additional actions necessary to ensure that improvements in our fabrics and broadloom businesses continue throughout the year. We believe that with the execution of our business strategy, and the ongoing strengthening of our markets, we can continue to generate top-line growth while expanding profitability in all areas of our business."

The Company will host a conference call tomorrow, July 28, 2005, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time, to discuss its second quarter 2005 results. The conference call will be simultaneously broadcast live over the Internet. Listeners may access the conference call live over the Internet at eventDetails&c=112931&eventID=1098475 or through the Company's website at The archived version of the conference call will be available at these sites beginning approximately one hour after the call ends through July 28, 2006 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

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 Interface, InterfaceFLOR, Heuga, Bentley and Prince Street brands, and, through its Bentley Mills and Prince Street brands, enjoys a leading position in the high quality, designer- oriented segment of the broadloom carpet market. The Company is a leading producer of interior fabrics and upholstery products, which it markets under the Guilford of Maine, Toltec, Intek, Chatham and Camborne brands, and provides specialized fabric services through its TekSolutions business.

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 "Safe Harbor Compliance Statement for Forward-Looking Statements" included in Item 1 of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 2, 2005, 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 construction and renovation 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," "Our Chairman, together with other insiders, currently has sufficient voting power to elect a majority of our Board of Directors," "Large increases in the cost of petroleum-based raw materials, which we are unable to pass through to our customers, could adversely affect us," "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," 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 per share data)

                                     Three Months Ended    Six Months Ended
                                     07/03/05  07/04/04   07/03/05  07/04/04

    Net Sales                        $246,545  $216,213   $481,260  $426,246
    Cost of Sales                     169,317   149,355    332,893   294,567
        Gross Profit                   77,228    66,858    148,367   131,679

    Selling, General &
     Administrative Expenses           56,005    50,988    109,974   102,120
        Operating Income               21,223    15,870     38,393    29,559
    Interest Expense                   11,506    11,552     23,084    23,357
    Bond Offering Cost                     --        --         --     1,869
    Other Expense, Net                    268       532        868     1,322
        Income Before Taxes             9,449     3,786     14,441     3,011
    Income Tax Expense                  5,509     1,282      7,578       793
        Income from Continuing
          Operations                    3,940     2,504      6,863     2,218
    Discontinued Operations,
     Net of Tax                        (9,763)   (2,663)   (14,525)   (5,406)
    Loss on Disposal, Net of Tax       (1,598)       --     (1,935)       --
    Net Loss                          $(7,421)    $(159)   $(9,597)  $(3,188)

    Earnings (Loss) Per Share
     - Basic
        Continuing Operations           $0.08     $0.05      $0.13     $0.04
        Discontinued Operations         (0.19)    (0.05)     (0.28)    (0.10)
        Loss on Disposal                (0.03)       --      (0.04)       --
    Earnings (Loss) Per Share
     - Basic                           $(0.14)   $(0.00)    $(0.19)   $(0.06)

    Earnings (Loss) Per Share
     - Diluted
        Continuing Operations           $0.08     $0.05      $0.13     $0.04
        Discontinued Operations         (0.19)    (0.05)     (0.28)    (0.10)
        Loss on Disposal                (0.03)       --      (0.03)       --
    Earnings (Loss) Per Share
     - Diluted                         $(0.14)   $(0.00)    $(0.18)   $(0.06)

    Common Shares Outstanding
      - Basic                          51,398    50,581     51,362    50,474
    Common Shares Outstanding
      - Diluted                        52,481    51,905     52,622    52,009

    Orders from Continuing
     Operations                       261,600   223,800    522,200   461,500
    Continuing Operations Backlog
     (as of 07/03/05 and 01/02/05,
     respectively)                                         103,200    87,500

    Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheets
    (In thousands)                                        07/03/05  01/02/05
        Cash                                               $22,441   $22,164
        Accounts Receivable                                150,750   142,228
        Inventory                                          149,579   137,618
        Other Current Assets                                27,188    22,756
        Assets of Businesses Held for Sale                  13,867    42,788
             Total Current Assets                          363,825   367,554
        Property, Plant & Equipment                        181,312   194,702
        Other Assets                                       310,211   307,542
             Total Assets                                 $855,348  $869,798

        Accounts Payable                                   $59,855   $46,466
         Accrued Liabilities                                86,437    86,856
         Liabilities of Businesses Held for Sale               457     5,390
        Long-Term Debt                                       9,824        --
        Senior and Senior Subordinated Notes               460,000   460,000
        Other Liabilities                                   74,626    76,908
             Total Liabilities                             691,199   675,620
        Shareholders' Equity                               164,149   194,178
             Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity   $855,348  $869,798

    Consolidated Condensed Statements of Cash Flows
    (In millions)
                                 Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended
                                   07/03/05  07/04/04   07/03/05  07/04/04

    Net (Loss)                        $(7.4)    $(0.2)     $(9.6)    $(3.2)
    Adjustments for
     Discontinued Operations           11.4       2.7       16.5       5.4
    Income from Continuing
     Operations, Net of Tax            $4.0      $2.5       $6.9      $2.2
    Depreciation and
     Amortization                       8.1       8.5       16.2      17.8
    Deferred Income Taxes and
     Other Non-Cash Items              (5.1)     (4.5)     (10.7)     (4.5)
    Change in Working Capital
       Accounts Receivable       (11.1)      (7.0)     (12.1)     (1.8)
       Inventories                 0.7        0.4      (15.5)    (12.8)
       Prepaids                   (0.6)       1.2       (6.2)     (3.3)
       Accounts Payable and
        Accrued Expenses          16.2        3.2       16.1      3.7
    Cash Provided from (Used in)
     Continuing Operations             12.2       4.3       (5.3)      1.3
    Cash Provided from (Used in)
     Operating Activities of
     Discontinued Operations            1.8      (5.4)       7.9      (8.2)
    Cash Provided from (Used in)
     Operating Activities              14.0      (1.1)       2.6      (6.9)
    Cash Provided from (Used in)
     Investing Activities              (7.0)     (3.0)     (11.0)     (9.4)
    Cash Provided from (Used in)
     Financing Activities              (6.4)      2.3       10.5      28.8
    Effect of Exchange Rate
     Changes on Cash                   (1.3)      0.2       (1.8)      0.1
    Net (Decrease) Increase in Cash   $(0.7)    $(1.6)      $0.3     $12.6

    Consolidated Condensed Segment Reporting
    (In millions)

                      Three Months Ended            Six Months Ended
                      07/03/05  07/04/04  %Change  07/03/05  07/04/04 % Change
    Net Sales
       Modular Carpet  $163.7    $137.0    19.5%    $317.2    $270.2    17.4%
        Prince Street    29.5      29.3     0.7%      57.6      56.3     2.3%
       Fabrics Group     49.5      46.9     5.5%      98.0      93.7     4.6%
        Products          3.8       3.0    26.7%       8.5       6.0    41.7%
    Total              $246.5    $216.2    14.0%    $481.3    $426.2    12.9%

     Income (Loss)
       Modular Carpet   $21.4     $14.4              $37.9     $27.5
        Prince Street     0.5      (0.6)               1.0      (0.9)
       Fabrics Group      0.1       2.0                1.1       3.4
        Products          0.2      (0.1)               0.4        --
        Expenses and
        Eliminations     (1.0)      0.2               (2.0)     (0.4)
    Total               $21.2     $15.9              $38.4     $29.6

SOURCE Interface, Inc.

Daniel T. Hendrix
President and Chief Executive Officer
Patrick C. Lynch
Chief Financial Officer
both of Interface, Inc.

Christine Mohrmann
or Jim Olecki
Financial Dynamics
for Interface, Inc.

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