Interface Reports First Quarter 2020 Results

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.


  • 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.


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 full text of Interface’s 1Q20 earnings release, including all tables, may be accessed at A replay of the company’s May 8 conference call is available at

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 and, our nora brand at, our FLOR® brand at, and our Carbon Neutral Floors™ program at

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