23.02.06

23.2.2006: Meldung: Interface Reports Results

Interface Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2005 Results
Atlanta, Wednesday February 22, 2006-02-23

- Fourth Quarter Sales Up 12% Year-Over-Year -
- Fourth Quarter Operating Income Increases 51% Year-Over-Year -

Interface, Inc., a worldwide floorcoverings and fabrics company, has announced results for the fourth quarter and full year ended January 1, 2006.

Sales in the 2005 fourth quarter rose 12.0% to $260.6 million from $232.6 million in the year ago period. Operating income in the 2005 fourth quarter was $23.1 million, compared with operating income of $15.3 million in the fourth quarter 2004, an increase of 51.0%. As a percentage of sales, operating income improved to 8.9% in the fourth quarter of 2005 versus 6.6% in the fourth quarter of last year.

Pursuant to the provisions of the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, the Company repatriated $25.4 million of earnings from foreign subsidiaries during the fourth quarter of 2005. This action took advantage of an opportunity to repatriate the funds at a substantially reduced tax rate, provided the transaction occurred before the end of 2005. Consequently, the Company recorded a tax charge of approximately $1.8 million, or $0.03 per share, in the fourth quarter related to the repatriation. After this charge, net income for the fourth quarter 2005 was $5.7 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, compared with a net loss in the fourth quarter of 2004 of $4.4 million, or $0.08 per diluted share.

"The year 2005 was very gratifying, as we built upon the momentum generated during our turnaround in 2004," said Daniel T. Hendrix, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We continued to expand our leadership position in the worldwide modular market, outpacing the growth in the overall industry. While we garnered the benefit of some resurgence in our core corporate office market, we also took further steps to significantly diversify our revenue base through our segmentation strategy. This was true not only in modular but also in our fabrics and broadloom businesses, each of which delivered solid improvements in both sales and profitability during the year. Importantly, we also were able to largely offset rising raw material costs through enhanced manufacturing efficiencies, diligent cost management and successfully passing through price increases, which led to higher operating margins."

Mr. Hendrix added, "Modular carpet is increasingly becoming the floorcovering of choice across most commercial market segments, and that is reflected by the 13% increase year-over-year in worldwide sales we achieved in the fourth quarter. This growth was particularly strong in the U.S. and Asia-Pacific regions, where strong order flows produced record fourth quarter results -- for the second year in a row. Furthermore, our Europe modular business had its best quarter in the last five years. The growing strength of the corporate office market also led to an 11% increase year-over-year in fabrics sales in the fourth quarter. We are pleased with the progress made in this business during the year, as we were successful in our efforts to reduce costs, penetrate the automotive market, and significantly improve profitability over prior year levels. In addition, our Bentley Prince Street broadloom business posted its best quarter in five years, with sales in the fourth quarter increasing 15% year-over-year, while our cost control efforts within this division led to substantial profitability growth."

Patrick C. Lynch, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, commented, "Financially, this was an important year for Interface, as our results affirm the strategic actions we have taken within the business. Based on the leverage in our operating model, we were able to capitalize on the growth opportunities presented in our markets, while containing costs and decreasing selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of overall sales. At the same time, we maintained our focus on cash flow, generating a $29.1 million net increase in cash for the year."

For the full year 2005, sales increased 11.8% to $985.8 million, compared with $881.7 million in 2004. Operating income rose 35.0% to $82.0 million, or 8.3% of sales, from $60.7 million, or 6.9% of sales, last year. Income from continuing operations was $18.0 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, for 2005, versus income from continuing operations of $6.4 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, a year ago. In connection with the Company"s repatriation in 2005 of an aggregate of $35.9 million of earnings of foreign subsidiaries, it recorded aggregate tax charges of $3.4 million, or $0.06 per diluted share. After these charges, together with losses from discontinued operations of $14.8 million and a loss on disposal of $1.9 million, net income for 2005 was $1.2 million, or $0.02 per diluted share. This compares with a net loss in 2004 of $55.4 million, or $1.06 per diluted share (which included a loss from discontinued operations of $58.8 million and a loss on disposal of $3.0 million).

Mr. Hendrix concluded, "We are very pleased with our results for the fourth quarter and full year 2005. We believe we are well positioned to continue the strong momentum in all of our businesses in 2006 by driving our segmentation strategy and maintaining careful control over our cost structure."

The Company will host a conference call today, February 22, 2006, at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time, to discuss its fourth quarter and full year 2005 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=1211711 or through the Company"s website at http://www.interfaceinc.com/results/investor/. The archived version of the conference call will be available at these sites beginning approximately one hour after the call ends through February 22, 2007 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 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, 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 Statements of Income
(in thousands, except per share data)

Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
1-Jan-06 2-Jan-05 1-Jan-06 2-Jan-05

Net Sales $260,608 $232,590 $985,766 $881,658
Cost of Sales 180,819 164,432 681,069 616,297
Gross Profit 79,789 68,158 304,697 265,361
Selling, General
and Administrative
Expenses 56,693 52,854 222,696 204,619
Operating Income 23,096 15,304 82,001 60,742
Interest Expense 11,055 11,271 45,541 46,023
Bond Offering Cost - - - 1,869
Other Expense
(Income), Net (106) 756 933 2,366
Income Before Taxes 12,147 3,277 35,527 10,484
Income Tax Expense 6,381 1,425 17,561 4,044
Income from
Continuing
Operations 5,766 1,852 17,966 6,440
Discontinued
Operations, Net
of Tax (50) (2,748) (14,791) (58,815)
Loss on Disposal,
Net of Tax - (3,492) (1,935) (3,027)
Net Income (Loss) $5,716 $(4,388) $1,240 $(55,402)

Earnings (Loss) Per
Share - Basic
Continuing
Operations $0.11 $ 0.04 $0.35 $0.13
Discontinued
Operations - (0.05) (0.29) (1.16)
Loss on Disposal - (0.07) (0.04) (0.06)
Earnings (Loss) Per
Share - Basic $0.11 $(0.08) $0.02 $(1.09)

Earnings (Loss) Per
Share - Diluted
Continuing
Operations $0.11 $ 0.04 $0.34 $0.12
Discontinued
Operations - (0.05) (0.28) (1.12)
Loss on Disposal - (0.07) (0.04) (0.06)
Earnings (Loss) Per
Share - Diluted $0.11 $(0.08) $0.02 $(1.06)

Common Shares
Outstanding - Basic 51,834 51,026 51,551 50,682
Common Shares
Outstanding -
Diluted 53,171 52,870 52,895 52,171

Orders from
Continuing
Operations $268,000 $247,700 $1,026,400 $951,900
Continuing
Operations Backlog
(as of 01/01/06 and
01/02/05,
respectively) $104,000 $91,700


Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheets
(In thousands) 1-Jan-06 2-Jan-05
Assets
Cash $51,312 $22,164
Accounts Receivable 141,408 142,228
Inventory 130,209 137,618
Other Current Assets 21,164 22,756
Assets of Businesses Held for Sale 5,526 42,788
Total Current Assets 349,619 367,554
Property, Plant & Equipment 185,643 194,702
Other Assets 303,728 307,542
Total Assets $838,990 $869,798

Liabilities
Current Liabilities $140,107 $138,712
Long-Term Debt - -
Senior and Senior Subordinated Notes 458,000 460,000
Other Liabilities 68,807 76,908
Total Liabilities 666,914 675,620
Shareholders" Equity 172,076 194,178
Total Liabilities and Shareholders"
Equity $838,990 $869,798



Consolidated Condensed Statements of Cash Flows Twelve Months Ended
(In millions) 1-Jan-06 2-Jan-05

Net Income (Loss) $1.2 $(55.4)
Depreciation, Amortization and other
non-cash 32.5 33.3
Deferreds and other non-cash items 10.4 52.8
Change in Working Capital
Accounts Receivable (6.7) 0.3
Inventories 2.8 (1.9)
Prepaids (2.7) 1.0
Accounts Payable and Accrued Expenses 11.8 (1.9)
Cash Provided from Operating Activities
of Continuing Operations 49.3 28.2
Cash Provided from (used in) Operating Activities
of Discontinued Operations 12.0 (18.7)
Cash Provided from Operating Activities 61.3 9.5
Cash Used in Investing Activities (30.6) (7.8)
Cash Provided from Financing Activities 0.9 15.2
Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash (2.5) 2.3
Net Increase in Cash $29.1 $19.2


Consolidated Condensed Segment Reporting
(In millions)

Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
1-Jan-06 2-Jan-05 % Change 1-Jan-06 2-Jan-05 % Change
Net Sales
Modular Carpet $ 171.0 $151.8 12.7% $646.2 $563.4 14.7%
Bentley Prince
Street 35.5 31.0 14.5% 125.2 119.1 5.1%
Fabrics Group 51.0 46.1 10.6% 198.8 186.4 6.7%
Specialty
Products 3.1 3.7 (16.2)% 15.6 12.8 21.9%
Total $ 260.6 $232.6 12.0% $985.8 $881.7 11.8%

Operating Income
(Loss)
Modular Carpet $21.4 $19.2 $77.4 $63.9
Bentley Prince
Street 1.7 0.3 3.5 0.1
Fabrics Group 1.3 (1.0) 4.3 0.8
Specialty Products 0.0 (0.3) 0.6 (0.5)
Corporate Expenses
and Eliminations (1.3) (2.9) (3.8) (3.6)
Total $23.1 $15.3 $82.0 $60.7


Source: Interface, Inc.
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