Interface Reports First Quarter 2017 Results

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April 26, 2017
- Board Adopts New $100 Million Share Repurchase Program -

ATLANTA, April 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Interface, Inc. (Nasdaq: TILE), a worldwide modular flooring company and global leader in sustainability, today announced results for the first quarter ended April 2, 2017.

"As we continue to advance our strategic agenda to become the world's most valuable interior products and services company, we delivered solid financial results in the first quarter, including a new record for first quarter gross margin, largely driven by improvements in the Americas and Europe," said Jay D. Gould, president and chief executive officer of Interface. "We saw a shift in momentum leading into 2017, with orders up year-over-year compared with the first quarter of 2016. In addition, our Board approved a new $100 million stock repurchase program that demonstrates their support of our long-term strategy and belief in our growth prospects. Stock repurchases are an important aspect of our capital allocation strategy as we focus on delivering long-term value for our shareowners."

Interface launched its first modular resilient flooring offering, a luxury vinyl tile collection, in the middle of the first quarter in the Americas region, following a soft launch in select U.S. cities in 2016. LVT orders are showing early signs of momentum with initial sales flowing through the first quarter. Global rollouts continue over the next two quarters, and the Company expects to see more sales volume specific to LVT, particularly in the back half of the year.

First Quarter 2017 Financial Summary & Highlights

Sales: On a constant currency basis, sales for the first quarter of 2017 were $223.4 million, up 0.4% over the prior year period. As reported, 2017 first quarter sales were $221.1 million, down 0.7% from sales of $222.6 million in the first quarter of 2016. Growth in the Americas and Australia effectively balanced weakness in Asia.

  • In the Americas, our first quarter sales were up 0.5% year-over-year. Declines in the U.S. and Latin America were bolstered by gains in Canada. In addition, LVT sales are beginning to flow through and order volume is showing momentum toward the Company's full year target.
  • In Europe, sales were up 2.9% in local currency with strong growth in Germany, as well as a welcome uptick in the U.K., offset by declines in Southern Europe and Holland. As translated into U.S. dollars, sales in Europe were down 3% for the quarter.
  • In the Asia-Pacific region, sales were down 2.5%, primarily as a result of a decline in Asia, which was partially offset by an increase in Australia.
  • On a global market segmentation basis, 2017 first quarter sales were up year-over-year across government, education, and hospitality segments, balancing slight declines in corporate office and retail, and a larger decline in healthcare, compared to the first quarter of 2016.

In the 2017 first quarter, orders were up 3.8% year-over-year on a constant currency basis. Year-to-date, order growth is up 3% on a constant currency basis, tracking toward our 2017 targets.

Operating Income:  As previously reported, the Company recorded a restructuring and asset impairment charge of $7.3 million in the first quarter of 2017, primarily for lease exit costs and asset impairments associated with the restructuring of its FLOR business. Excluding the charge, first quarter 2017 operating income was up 8% to $22.6 million, or 10.2% of sales, compared with operating income of $21.0 million, or 9.4% of sales, in the prior year period. Including the charge, first quarter 2017 operating income was $15.3 million.

The Company had a record first quarter gross margin of 39.7% (up 80 basis points versus the prior year period) driven by improvements in the Americas and Europe. In the first quarter of 2017, SG&A expenses were $65.2 million, which was in-line with the Company's targeted annual run rate. As a percentage of sales, SG&A expenses were flat year-over-year at 29.5%.

Net Income:  Net income during the first quarter of 2017 was $13.2 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, excluding the restructuring and asset impairment charge, which was an increase over prior year net income of $12.9 million, or $0.20 per diluted share. Including the charge, net income in the first quarter of 2017 was $8.5 million, or $0.13 per diluted share.

Interface is focused on delivering the operational fundamentals to support growth across its core carpet tile and its new modular resilient flooring business. From a gross margin standpoint, the Company expects some contraction during the remainder of the year as a result of the FLOR restructuring and related store closures, as well as inflation of raw material costs.

"Overall, we delivered solid first quarter results in what is historically our slowest quarter of the year. With the fundamentals in place, we remain committed to our full year plan, which includes 3-4% top line growth, 38.0-38.5% gross margin, and $260-265 million in SG&A expenses," Gould concluded.

Share Repurchase Program

The Company also announced that its Board of Directors adopted a new share repurchase program in which the Company is authorized to repurchase up to $100 million of its outstanding shares of common stock, commencing as of today. This announcement follows the completion in the 2017 first quarter of the Company's previously announced $50 million share repurchase program adopted in April 2016. The new program is subject to obtaining an amendment of the Company's syndicated credit facility to permit the repurchase of the fully authorized amount, and the program has no specific expiration date. Purchases made pursuant to the program may be made in either the open market or in privately negotiated transactions from time to time, including pursuant to a 10b5-1 plan, as permitted by federal securities laws and other legal requirements. The timing, manner, price and amount of any repurchases will be determined by the Company in its discretion and will be subject to economic and market conditions, stock price, applicable legal requirements and other factors. The program does not require the Company to repurchase any specific number or amount of shares and may be amended, suspended or discontinued at any time in the Company's discretion and without notice.

Webcast and Conference Call Information

The Company will host a conference call tomorrow morning, April 27, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time, to discuss its first quarter 2017 results. The conference call will be simultaneously broadcast live over the Internet.

Listeners may access the conference call live over the Internet at the following address: or through the Company's website at: The archived version of the webcast will be available at these sites for one year beginning approximately one hour after the call ends.

About Interface
Interface, Inc. is the world's largest manufacturer of modular carpet, and recently expanded into modular resilient flooring with a new luxury vinyl tile line. Our hard and soft tiles are designed to work together in an integrated flooring system. We are committed to sustainability and minimizing our impact on the environment while enhancing shareholder value. Our mission, Climate Take Back™, focuses on driving positive impacts in the world to create a climate fit for life. For additional information: and Follow Interface on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Vimeo.

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 January 1, 2017, 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," "We compete with a large number of manufacturers in the highly competitive 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," "Concerns regarding the European sovereign debt crisis and market perceptions about the instability of the euro, the potential re-introduction of individual currencies within the Eurozone, the potential dissolution of the euro entirely, or the U.K. exiting the European Union, could adversely affect our business, results of operations or financial condition," "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 business operations could suffer significant losses from natural disasters, catastrophes, fire or other unexpected events," 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

(In thousands, except per share data)



Net Sales

$ 221,102

$ 222,554

Cost of Sales



    Gross Profit



Selling, General & Administrative Expenses



Restructuring and Asset Impairment Charges



    Operating Income



Interest Expense



Other Expense, Net



    Income Before Taxes



Income Tax Expense



Net Income

$  8,547

$  12,894

Earnings Per Share – Basic

$ 0.13

$ 0.20

Earnings Per Share – Diluted

$ 0.13

$ 0.20

Common Shares Outstanding – Basic



Common Shares Outstanding – Diluted



Orders Received





Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheets

(In thousands)





$ 80,046

$ 165,672

Accounts Receivable






Other Current Assets



Total Current Assets



Property, Plant & Equipment



Other Assets



Total Assets




Accounts Payable



Accrued Liabilities



Current Portion of Long-Term Debt



Total Current Liabilities



Long-Term Debt



Other Long-Term Liabilities



Total Liabilities



Shareholders' Equity



Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

$ 773,730

$ 835,439



Consolidated Condensed Statements of Cash Flows

Three Months Ended

(In thousands)



Net Income



Depreciation and Amortization



Stock Compensation Amortization



Deferred Income Taxes and Other Items



Change in Working Capital

Accounts Receivable






Prepaids and Other Current Assets



Accounts Payable and Accrued Expenses



Cash Provided by (Used in) Operating Activities



Cash Used in Investing Activities



Cash Provided by (Used in) Financing Activities



Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash



Net Increase (Decrease) in Cash

$ (85,626)





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

Three Months Ended


Net Sales with Foreign Currency Held Neutral


Impact of changes in foreign currency


Net Sales, As Reported



Three Months Ended


Operating Income, excluding Restructuring and
 Asset Impairment Charges


Restructuring and Asset Impairment Charges


Operating Income, As Reported



Three Months Ended


Net Income, excluding Restructuring and
 Asset Impairment Charges


Restructuring and Asset Impairment Charges (net of tax of 2.6 million)


Net Income, As Reported


Three Months Ended


Diluted Earnings Per Share, excluding Restructuring and
 Asset Impairment Charges

$ 0.21

Restructuring and Asset Impairment Charges (net of tax)


Diluted Earnings Per Share, As Reported

$ 0.13

The Company believes that the above non-GAAP performance measures, which management uses in managing and evaluating the Company's business, may provide users of the Company's financial information with additional meaningful bases for comparing the Company's current results and results in a prior period, as these measures reflect factors that are unique to one period relative to the comparable period.  However, these non-GAAP performance measures should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative for, the Company's reported results under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States.  Tax effects identified above (when applicable) are calculated using the statutory tax rate for the jurisdictions in which the charge or income occurred.

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