Interface Reports First Quarter 2020 Results

|May 8|magazine49 min read

ATLANTA, May 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Interface, Inc. (Nasdaq: TILE), a worldwide commercial flooring company and global leader in sustainability, today announced results for the first quarter ended April 5, 2020.

Highlights:

  • Strong liquidity of $309 million at quarter end comprised of $73 million of cash and $236 million of borrowing availability under the revolving credit facility
  • Q1 net sales down 3%; Q1 organic sales down 2%
  • $121 million non-cash charge for impairment of goodwill and intangible assets driven by COVID-19 impact
  • Including impairment charge, Q1 2020 GAAP loss per share of $1.75 vs. Q1 2019 GAAP EPS of $0.12; Q1 2020 adjusted EPS of $0.32
  • Providing update on COVID-19 impact and response strategies

"We had a strong start to the year, but we began to see disruption in our business due to the global COVID-19 pandemic as the first quarter progressed. We ended the quarter, which had an extra fiscal week this year, with net sales down 3%, and organic sales down 2% versus the first quarter last year," said Dan Hendrix, Chairman and CEO of Interface. "The management team moved quickly in this unique situation to align operating costs with customer demand, driving first quarter adjusted EPS to $0.32, up 129% compared to adjusted EPS of $0.14 in the first quarter last year. As we face this challenging and unpredictable macroeconomic environment throughout 2020 and beyond, we expect continued solid growth in our resilient flooring portfolio, particularly in healthcare, education and industrial applications, and market leadership in carpet tile. We remain very diligent in continuing to reduce operating costs to prepare for a prolonged COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on global commerce."

"Globally, the Interface team is doing an incredible job of managing through this unprecedented time. The health and well-being of our employees is our top priority as we stay open for business to support our customers. While we have experienced short-term disruptions in some of our manufacturing operations around the world, we continue to deliver for our customers and have uncovered new and valuable ways to connect with them in these unique circumstances, further strengthening our relationships," Hendrix added. "In my nearly 40 years with Interface, we have successfully navigated several economic downturns. I'm confident that with our strong foundation, talented team and a continued focus on our core strategy, we can drive meaningful growth in the long-term and come out on the other side as a stronger company."

"In addition to our focus on long-term growth and profitability, we have quickly activated plans to closely manage expenses, cash flows, and overall liquidity," added Bruce Hausmann, CFO of Interface. "We are prudently managing our cash during this period. Even though the first quarter is typically a heavy cash use period for us, we ended the quarter with $73 million of cash on hand and $236 million of borrowing availability under our revolver. Our net debt to adjusted EBITDA ratio was 2.7x at the end of Q1 2020."

First Quarter 2020 Financial Summary

Sales: First quarter net sales were $288 million, down 3% versus $298 million in the prior year period. Organic sales were down 2% year-over-year with solid growth in resilient flooring being offset by a decline in carpet tile.

Gross profit margin was 39.7% in the first quarter, an increase of 60 basis points from the prior year period. Adjusted gross profit margin was 40.1%, an increase of 30 basis points over adjusted gross margin for the prior year period.

First quarter SG&A expenses were $88 million, or 30.4% of sales, compared to 33.6% in the prior year period. Adjusted SG&A expenses were $86 million, or 29.9% of sales in first quarter 2020.

In the first quarter of 2020, the company recorded a non-cash charge for impairment of goodwill and intangible assets of $121 million, primarily driven by the global impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the company recorded a $1 million reduction of previously recognized restructuring charges due to a decline in anticipated cash payments. The company also elected to change its method of accounting for forfeitures of share-based awards, and as a result, the cumulative effect of this change in accounting principle of $1 million was recognized in SG&A expense in the first quarter 2020.

Operating Income: Including the impairment charge and other items described above, first quarter operating loss was $94 million, compared to operating income of $16 million in the prior year period. First quarter 2020 adjusted operating income was $29 million, up 60% versus adjusted operating income of $18 million in the first quarter last year.

Net Income and EPS: On a GAAP basis, the company recorded a net loss in the first quarter of 2020 of $102 million, or $1.75 per diluted share, compared to first quarter 2019 GAAP net income of $7 million, or $0.12 per diluted share. First quarter 2020 adjusted net income increased to $19 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, versus first quarter 2019 adjusted net income of $8 million, or $0.14 per diluted share.

Adjusted EBITDA: In the first quarter of 2020, adjusted EBITDA increased to $35 million from $31 million in the prior year period.

Cash and Liquidity: The company had cash on hand of $73 million and total debt of $627 million at April 5, 2020, compared to $81 million of cash and $596 million of total debt at the end of fiscal year 2019.

Outlook

Given the continued disruption of the global economy due to COVID-19, and the significant level of uncertainty created by the global pandemic, Interface has withdrawn its fiscal year 2020 guidance.

Cost Reductions

The company has implemented several cost reducing initiatives to align with anticipated customer demand including a voluntary separation program, temporary furloughs and other time-and-pay reduction programs, involuntary separations where necessary to streamline roles and responsibilities, and various other cost avoidance initiatives. The company also has suspended merit-based pay increases, as well as 401(k) and non-qualified savings plan (NSP) company matching contributions, and is expected to benefit from lower than originally anticipated performance-based compensation and variable compensation. In addition, the company has moderated its capital spending plans and currently anticipates capital expenditures of $45 - $50 million for the full year 2020.

Cost Reclassifications

As indicated in the 2019 year-end earnings release, the company has reclassified and standardized cost categories globally as part of the implementation of a global financial consolidation system and the integration of nora®. The company determined that this change better reflects how management views and operates the business. This change results in the reclassification of certain expenses between Cost of Sales and Selling, General & Administrative expenses. Starting in the first quarter of 2020, the reclassifications are presented retrospectively to make all periods comparable.

The following table summarizes the quarterly reclassifications:

(In thousands)

2019


Q1


Q2


Q3


Q4


FYE

2019 Cost of Sales as reported in 2019

$

182,290



$

218,917



$

212,590



$

203,778



$

817,575


2019 Cost of Sales as reported in 2020

181,166



216,777



210,608



201,511



810,062


Reclassification

(1,124)



(2,140)



(1,982)



(2,267)



(7,513)












2019 SG&A Expense as reported in 2019

99,011



95,698



91,414



95,481



381,604


2019 SG&A Expense as reported in 2020

100,135



97,838



93,396



97,748



389,117


Reclassification

1,124



2,140



1,982



2,267



7,513












Net Impact to Operating Income

$



$



$



$



$


Webcast and Conference Call Information

The company will host a conference call on May 8, 2020, at 8 a.m. EDT, to discuss its first quarter 2020 results. The conference call will be simultaneously broadcast live over the Internet.

Listeners may access the conference call live over the Internet at:  https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/2160231/06C91CAD803FE4ED7D0696DD4E47A402, or through the company's website at: https://investors.interface.com. The archived version of the webcast will be available at these sites for one year shortly after the call ends.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Interface provides adjusted earnings per share, adjusted net income, adjusted operating income, adjusted gross profit, adjusted SG&A expenses, organic sales and organic sales growth, net debt, and adjusted EBITDA as additional information regarding its operating results in this press release. These non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with – or alternatives to – GAAP measures, and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. Adjusted EPS, adjusted net income, and adjusted operating income exclude nora purchase accounting amortization, goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges, changes in equity award forfeiture accounting, restructuring charges, asset impairment and other charges. Adjusted gross profit excludes nora purchase accounting amortization. Adjusted SG&A expenses excludes changes in equity award forfeiture accounting. Organic sales and organic sales growth exclude the impact of foreign currency fluctuations. Net debt is total debt less cash on hand. Adjusted EBITDA is GAAP net income excluding interest expense, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization, stock compensation amortization, goodwill and intangible asset impairment, restructuring charges, asset impairment and other charges, and nora purchase accounting amortization. This news release should be read in conjunction with the Company's Current Report on Form 8-K furnished today to the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, which explains why Interface believes presentation of these non-GAAP measures provides useful information to investors, as well as any additional material purposes for which Interface uses these non-GAAP measures.

About Interface

Interface, Inc. is a global flooring company specializing in carbon neutral carpet tile and resilient flooring, including luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and nora® rubber flooring. We help our customers create high-performance interior spaces that support well-being, productivity, and creativity, as well as the sustainability of the planet. Our mission, Climate Take Back™, invites you to join us as we commit to operating in a way that is restorative to the planet and creates a climate fit for life.

Learn more about Interface at interface.com and blog.interface.com, our nora brand at nora.com, our FLOR® brand at FLOR.com, and our Carbon Neutral Floors™ program at interface.com/carbonneutral.

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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. Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, information under the heading "Outlook" in this news release.  Forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as "may," "expect," "forecast," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "believe," "could," "should," "goal," "aim," "objective," "seek," "project," "estimate," "target," "will" and similar expressions. 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 the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including interruptions to our manufacturing operations and reduced demand for our products, and economic conditions in the commercial interiors industry. Additional risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those predicted in forward-looking statements also include, but are not limited to the risks under the following subheadings in "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 29, 2019: "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. We may face challenges competing on price, making investments in our business, or competing on product design"; "Our success depends significantly upon the efforts, abilities and continued service of our senior management executives, our principal design consultant and other key personnel (including sales personnel), 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"; "The uncertainty surrounding the implementation and effect of the U.K.'s exit from the European Union, and related negative developments in the European Union could adversely affect our business, results of operations or financial condition"; "Our manufacturing and supply chain abilities may be adversely impacted by an extended shutdown of our operations in China due to the recent coronavirus outbreak"; "The SEC's investigation into our earnings per share ("EPS") calculations and rounding practices could result in potential sanctions or penalties, distraction to our management and result in litigation from third parties, each of which could adversely affect or cause variability in our results of operations and 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 or our sole third party supplier for luxury vinyl tile ("LVT") could have a material adverse effect on us"; "If we fail to realize the expected synergies and other benefits of the nora acquisition, our results of operations and stock price may be negatively affected"; "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"; "Changes to our facilities could disrupt our operations"; "Our business operations could suffer significant losses from natural disasters, catastrophes, fire, pandemics or other unexpected events"; and "Disruptions to or failures of our information technology systems could adversely affect our business." Additionally, we may be subject to risks related to litigation, investigations and other legal proceedings that we are subject to from time to time, including the risks of financial or reputational loss in the event of an unfavorable outcome or that we may incur material legal fees and expenses in defending against such proceedings.  Finally, any statements we make about innovations in our products, including innovations related to sustainability, are subject to risks, including that the technological developments needed to implement the planned innovations may take longer, be more expensive or not be as effective as currently expected. You should also consider any additional or updated information we include under the heading "Risk Factors" in our subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q.

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.

- TABLES FOLLOW -


 

Consolidated Condensed Statements of Operations

Three Months Ended

(In thousands, except per share data)

4/5/20


3/31/19





Net Sales

$

288,169



$

297,688


Cost of Sales

173,858



181,166


   Gross Profit

114,311



116,522


Selling, General & Administrative Expenses

87,683



100,135


Restructuring Charges

(1,118)




Goodwill and Intangible Asset Impairment Charge

121,258




   Operating Income (Loss)

(93,512)



16,387


Interest Expense

5,630



6,793


Other Expense

1,491



1,014


   Income (Loss) Before Taxes

(100,633)



8,580


Income Tax Expense

1,534



1,521


Net Income (Loss)

$

(102,167)



$

7,059






Earnings (Loss) Per Share – Basic

$

(1.75)



$

0.12






Earnings (Loss) Per Share – Diluted

$

(1.75)



$

0.12






Common Shares Outstanding – Basic

58,450



59,632


Common Shares Outstanding – Diluted

58,452



59,642














Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheets




(In thousands)

4/5/20


12/29/19

Assets




Cash

$

72,651



$

81,301


Accounts Receivable

145,339



177,482


Inventory

271,151



253,584


Other Current Assets

44,770



35,768


Total Current Assets

533,911



548,135


Property, Plant & Equipment

328,726



324,585


Operating Lease Right-of Use Asset

103,637



107,044


Goodwill and Intangible Assets

219,812



346,474


Other Assets

100,997



96,811


Total Assets

$

1,287,083



$

1,423,049






Liabilities




Accounts Payable

$

68,695



$

75,687


Accrued Liabilities

115,934



140,652


Current Portion of Operating Lease Liabilities

14,812



15,914


Current Portion of Long-Term Debt

30,850



31,022


Total Current Liabilities

230,291



263,275


Long-Term Debt

596,423



565,178


Operating Lease Liabilities

87,847



91,829


Other Long-Term Liabilities

133,867



134,565


Total Liabilities

1,048,428



1,054,847


Shareholders' Equity

238,655



368,202


Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

$

1,287,083



$

1,423,049


 

Consolidated Condensed Statements of Cash Flows

Three Months Ended

(In thousands)

4/5/20


3/31/19





Net Income/(Loss)

$

(102,167)



$

7,059


Depreciation and Amortization

10,940



11,344


Stock Compensation Amortization/(Benefit)

(2,932)



2,817


Goodwill and Intangible Asset Impairment Charge

121,258




Amortization of Acquired Intangible Assets

1,315



1,909


Deferred Income Taxes and Other Non-Cash Items

(15,732)



(6,088)


Change in Working Capital




Accounts Receivable

28,635



13,729


Inventories

(22,514)



(28,855)


Prepaids and Other Current Assets

(7,464)



(5,692)


Accounts Payable and Accrued Expenses

(27,056)



(7,924)


Cash Used in Operating Activities

(15,717)



(11,701)


Cash Used in Investing Activities

(22,294)



(20,012)


Cash Provided from Financing Activities

32,475



17,640


Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash

(3,114)



56


Net Decrease in Cash

$

(8,650)



$

(14,017)


 


Reconciliation of GAAP Performance Measures to Non-GAAP Performance Measures

(In millions, except per share amounts)


First Quarter
2020


First Quarter
2019

Net Sales as Reported (GAAP)

$

288.2



$

297.7


Impact of Changes in Currency

4.9




Organic Sales

$

293.1



$

297.7






Gross Profit as Reported (GAAP)

$

114.3



$

116.5


Purchase Accounting Amortization

1.3



1.9


Adjusted Gross Profit

$

115.6



$

118.4






Operating Income (Loss) as Reported (GAAP)

$

(93.5)



$

16.4


Purchase Accounting Amortization

1.3



1.9


Goodwill and Intangible Asset Impairment Charge

121.3




Impact of Change in Equity Award Forfeiture Accounting

1.4




Restructuring Charges

(1.1)




Adjusted Operating Income

$

29.4



$

18.3






Selling, General & Administrative Expenses (GAAP)

$

87.7




Impact of Change in Equity Award Forfeiture Accounting

(1.4)




Adjusted Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

$

86.3








Net Income (Loss) as Reported (GAAP)

$

(102.2)



$

7.1


Purchase Accounting Amortization (after tax impact of $0.4 million and $0.6 million for 2020 and 2019)

0.9



1.3


Goodwill and Intangible Asset Impairment Charge (after tax impact of $1.5 million)

119.8




Impact of Change in Equity Award Forfeiture Accounting (after tax impact of $0.3 million)

1.1




Restructuring Charges (after tax impact of $0.2 million)

(0.9)




Adjusted Net Income

$

18.7



$

8.4






Diluted Earnings (Loss) per Share as Reported (GAAP)

$

(1.75)



$

0.12


Purchase Accounting Amortization (after tax impact of $0.4 million and $0.6 million for 2020 and 2019)

0.02



0.02


Goodwill and Intangible Asset Impairment Charge (after tax impact of $1.5 million)

2.05




Impact of Change in Equity Award Forfeiture Accounting (after tax impact of $0.3 million)

0.02




Restructuring Charges (after tax impact of $0.2 million)

(0.02)




Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share *

$

0.32



$

0.14







* Sum of reconciling items may differ from total due to rounding of individual components

 


First Quarter
2020


First Quarter
2019

Net Income (Loss) as Reported (GAAP)

$

(102.2)


$

7.1

Income Tax Expense

1.5


1.5

Interest Expense

5.6


6.8

Depreciation and Amortization

11.0


11.3

Stock Compensation Amortization (Benefit)

(2.9)


2.8

Purchase Accounting Amortization

1.3


1.9

Goodwill and Intangible Asset Impairment Charge

121.3


Restructuring Charges

(1.1)


Adjusted Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (AEBITDA)

$

34.5


$

31.4






Last Twelve
Months (LTM)
Ended


Full Year


4/5/2020


2019

Net Income (Loss) as Reported (GAAP)

$

(30.1)


$

79.2

Income Tax Expense

22.6


22.6

Interest Expense

24.5


25.7

Depreciation and Amortization

44.6


44.9

Stock Compensation Amortization

3.0


8.7

Purchase Accounting Amortization

5.3


5.9

Goodwill and Intangible Asset Impairment Charge

121.3


Restructuring and Other Charges

11.8


12.9

Adjusted Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (AEBITDA)

$

203.0


$

199.9










As of 04/05/20




Total Debt

$

627.3



Total Cash on Hand

(72.7)




Total Debt, Net of Cash on Hand (Net Debt)

$

554.6













4/5/2020



Total Debt / LTM Net Income

(20.8x)



Net Debt / LTM AEBITDA

2.7x



The impacts of changes in foreign currency presented in the tables are calculated based on applying the prior year period's average foreign currency exchange rates to the current year period.

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 basis 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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