Interface Reports Third Quarter 2023 Results

Interface, Inc. (Nasdaq: TILE), a worldwide commercial flooring company and global leader in sustainability, today announced results for the third quarter ended October 1, 2023.

Third quarter highlights:

  • Net sales totaled $311.0 million, down 5.1% year-over-year.
  • Gross profit margin increased to 35.5%, up 226 basis points year-over-year.
  • GAAP earnings per share of $0.17; Adjusted earnings per share of $0.28.
  • Generated $66.3 million of cash from operations, repaid $30.6 million of debt in the quarter.

“Our third quarter results reflect the resiliency of our global diversification strategy and effective execution in a relatively sluggish market. Net sales declined in the quarter primarily driven by an outsized impact from retail sector softness and broader macroeconomic uncertainty. This was partially offset by strength in healthcare, up 13% year-over-year, and performance in other key segments. Despite lower volumes in the quarter, we increased gross profit margin by 226 basis points and our strong cash flow generation enabled us to pay down debt, driving accelerated improvements in our balance sheet,” commented Laurel Hurd, CEO of Interface.

“We hit an important milestone in our One Interface journey with the global product launch of our Past Forward carpet tile collection, which was the first time we launched a global collection at the same time around the world. As we close out 2023, we remain focused on leveraging the power of our entire organization to drive profitable growth and value for our shareholders,” concluded Hurd.

“With strong cash flow from operations, debt repayment remains our top capital allocation priority. During the quarter we repaid $30.6 million of debt, reducing our debt balances by $75.7 million year-over-year, ahead of expectations. Moving into the last quarter of the year, we are revising our full year guidance to reflect ongoing retail sector softness and sluggish global demand. We are focused on winning business, taking share, paying down debt, and disciplined cost management to further strengthen our financial position,” added Bruce Hausmann, CFO of Interface.

Third Quarter 2023 Financial Summary

Sales: Third quarter net sales were $311.0 million, down 5.1% versus $327.8 million in the prior year period.

Gross profit margin was 35.5% in the third quarter, an increase of 226 basis points from the prior year period. Adjusted gross profit margin was 35.9%, an increase of 217 basis points from adjusted gross profit margin for the prior year period due primarily to input cost deflation, higher selling prices and product mix, partially offset by lower fixed cost absorption.

Third quarter SG&A expenses were $79.3 million, or 25.5% of net sales, compared to $80.8 million, or 24.7% of net sales in the third quarter last year. Adjusted SG&A expenses were $79.2 million, or 25.5% of net sales, in the third quarter of 2023, compared to $79.2 million, or 24.2% of net sales, in the third quarter last year.

Operating Income: Third quarter operating income was $31.0 million, compared to operating income of $28.0 million in the prior year period. Third quarter 2023 adjusted operating income (“AOI”) was $32.4 million versus AOI of $31.2 million in the third quarter of 2022.

Net Income and EPS: On a GAAP basis, the Company recorded net income of $9.9 million in the third quarter of 2023, or $0.17 per diluted share, compared to third quarter 2022 GAAP net income of $14.1 million, or $0.24 per diluted share. Third quarter 2023 adjusted net income was $16.4 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, versus third quarter 2022 adjusted net income of $17.4 million, or $0.30 per diluted share.

Adjusted EBITDA: In the third quarter of 2023, adjusted EBITDA was $43.7 million. This compares with adjusted EBITDA of $42.9 million in the third quarter of 2022.

First Nine Months of 2023 Summary

Sales: Net sales for the first nine months of 2023 were $936.4 million, down 2.7% versus $962.4 million in the prior year period.

Gross profit margin was 34.0% for the first nine months of 2023, a decrease of 58 basis points from the prior year period. Adjusted gross profit margin was 34.4%, a decrease of 83 basis points from adjusted gross profit margin for the prior year period due to lower fixed cost absorption, partially offset by higher selling prices, input cost deflation and product mix.

SG&A expenses for the first nine months of 2023 were $251.0 million, or 26.8% of net sales, compared to $240.7 million, or 25.0% of net sales, in the same period last year. Adjusted SG&A expenses were $246.3 million, or 26.3% of net sales, for the first nine months of 2023 compared to $238.2 million, or 24.8% of net sales, in the same period last year.

Operating Income: Operating income for the first nine months of 2023 was $69.4 million, compared to operating income of $90.0 million in the prior year period. AOI was $75.4 million for the first nine months of 2023 versus AOI of $100.4 million in the same period last year.

Net Income and EPS: On a GAAP basis, the Company recorded net income of $25.0 million in the first nine months of 2023, or $0.43 per diluted share, compared to the first nine months of 2022 net income of $44.2 million, or $0.75 per diluted share. Nine-month 2023 adjusted net income was $34.8 million, or $0.60 per diluted share, versus the first nine months of 2022 adjusted net income of $55.3 million, or $0.94 per diluted share.

Adjusted EBITDA: In the first nine months of 2023, adjusted EBITDA was $109.8 million. This compares with adjusted EBITDA of $134.8 million in the first nine months of 2022.

Cash and Debt: The Company had cash on hand of $119.6 million and total debt of $444.4 million at the end of the third quarter 2023, compared to $97.6 million of cash and $520.2 million of total debt at the end of fiscal year 2022.

Third Quarter Segment Results

AMS Results:

  • Q3 2023 net sales of $178.2 million, down 8.4% versus $194.4 million in the prior year period.
  • Q3 2023 orders were down 4.2% compared to the prior year period on a currency neutral basis.
  • Q3 2023 operating income was $23.5 million compared to $25.0 million in the prior year period.
  • Q3 2023 AOI was $23.3 million versus $25.0 million in the prior year period.

EAAA Results:

  • Q3 2023 net sales of $132.8 million, down 0.4% versus $133.3 million in the prior year period.
  • Currency fluctuations had a $5.3 million favorable impact to net sales in the 2023 third quarter compared with the prior year period.
  • Q3 2023 orders were up 4.5% compared to the prior year period on a currency neutral basis. EMEA was up 13.9%, Australia was down 4.8%, and Asia was down 23.0% due primarily to continued softness in the region.
  • Q3 2023 operating income of $7.5 million compared to $3.1 million in the prior year period.
  • Q3 2023 AOI was $9.0 million versus $6.3 million in the prior year period.

First Nine Months Segment Results

AMS Results:

  • Net sales for the first nine months of 2023 were $548.7 million, down 1.6% versus $557.8 million in the prior year period.
  • Operating income for the first nine months of 2023 was $57.0 million compared to $74.6 million in the prior year period.
  • AOI for the first nine months of 2023 was $58.6 million versus $74.5 million in the prior year period.

EAAA Results:

  • Net sales for the first nine months of 2023 were $387.7 million, down 4.2% versus $404.6 million in the prior year period.
  • Currency fluctuations had an approximately $1.1 million negative impact on net sales in the first nine months of 2023 compared to the prior year period, primarily due to the weakening of the Australian dollar and Chinese Renminbi against the U.S. dollar, partially offset by the strengthening of the Euro against the U.S. dollar. Excluding negative foreign currency impacts, for the first nine months of 2023, EAAA’s net sales were down 3.9% year-over-year.
  • Operating income for the first nine months of 2023 was $12.4 million compared to $15.4 million in the prior year period.
  • AOI for the first nine months of 2023 was $16.8 million versus $25.9 million in the prior year period.

Outlook

Interface anticipates the following for the full fiscal year 2023:

  • Net sales of $1.245 billion to $1.265 billion.
  • Adjusted gross profit margin of approximately 34.4%.
  • Adjusted SG&A expenses of approximately $329 million.
  • Adjusted Interest & Other expenses of approximately $35 million.
  • An adjusted effective tax rate of approximately 29.5%.
  • Fully diluted weighted average share count of approximately 58.3 million shares.
  • Capital expenditures of approximately $32 million.

The full text of Interface’s 3Q23 earnings release, including all tables, and a replay of the company’s Nov. 3 conference call webcast may be accessed at https://investors.interface.com.

About Interface

Interface, Inc., (NASDAQ: TILE) is a global flooring solutions enterprise with an integrated portfolio of carpet tile and resilient flooring products, where everything is third-party certified carbon neutral. With our design approach to flooring systems, we help our customers create high-performance interior spaces that have a positive impact on people’s lives and the planet. Our range includes Interface® carpet tile and LVT, nora® by Interface rubber flooring, and FLOR® premium area rugs for commercial and residential spaces.

Interface is third-party certified as a Carbon Neutral Enterprise. We neutralized our carbon impact across our entire business, including all operations and our full value chain, marking an important milestone toward our objective to become a restorative and carbon negative enterprise by 2040.

Learn more about Interface at interface.com and blog.interface.com, nora by Interface at nora.com, FLOR at FLOR.com, our sustainability journey at interface.com/sustainability, and our Carbon Neutral Enterprise certification at https://www.interface.com/US/en-US/sustainability/carbon-neutral-enterprise.html.

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