Mohawk Industries Reports Q2 Results
Mohawk Industries, Inc. (NYSE: MHK) today announced 2022 second quarter net earnings of $280 million and diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $4.40. Adjusted net earnings were $281 million, and EPS was $4.41, excluding restructuring, acquisition, and other charges. Net sales for the second quarter of 2022 were $3.2 billion, an increase of 6.7% as reported and 11.1% on a constant basis. For the second quarter of 2021, net sales were $3.0 billion, net earnings were $336 million and EPS was $4.82. Adjusted net earnings were $310 million, and EPS was $4.45, excluding restructuring, acquisition, and other charges.
For the six months ending July 2, 2022, net earnings and EPS were $526 million and $8.17, respectively. Net earnings excluding restructuring, acquisition and other charges were $527 million and EPS was $8.18. For the 2022 six-month period, net sales were $6.2 billion, an increase of 9.7% versus prior year as reported or 14.0% on a constant basis. For the six-month period ending July 3, 2021, net sales were approximately $5.6 billion, net earnings were $573 million and EPS was $8.18; excluding restructuring, acquisition and other charges, net earnings and EPS were $556 million and $7.94, respectively.
Commenting on Mohawk Industries’ second quarter performance, Jeffrey S. Lorberbaum, Chairman and CEO, stated, “During the quarter, sales grew in all of our segments, with our top line results benefiting from price increases, enhanced product mix, improvements in commercial and contributions from our small acquisitions. As the quarter progressed, the global economic environment became increasingly challenging, and our organization implemented additional actions to support our performance. Our operating income for the quarter was in line with our expectations, even as material, energy and transportation inflation remained a significant headwind and our translated results were impacted by the strengthening U.S. dollar.
“Over the past 18 months, all of our businesses have faced extraordinary inflation, and we have instituted multiple price increases to pass through these higher costs. We are also taking numerous operational actions, including cost controls, productivity improvements, mix and logistics enhancements. Across all our markets, inflation is causing changes in consumer discretionary spending. U.S. housing sales have been impacted more than our other markets as mortgage rates have risen faster. Unlike past economic cycles, housing demand exceeds available supply and foreclosures are not an issue. In Europe, interest rates have not risen as much as in the U.S., though consumer discretionary spending is being eroded by energy and other inflation, which is impacting demand. In most of our regions, investments in commercial new construction and remodeling remain solid. Both commercial projects that were deferred due to the pandemic and new projects are being initiated in greater numbers as the sector continues to strengthen.
“As we navigate near-term market dynamics, Mohawk’s strong balance sheet provides many options for investments, including internal expansion, acquisitions and stock buybacks. During the second quarter, we announced approximately $440 million in new acquisitions, with the largest being the agreement to acquire Vitromex, a leading ceramic manufacturer in Mexico. In early July, we completed the acquisition of Foss Floors, a leading U.S. needle punch flooring manufacturer. In Europe, we are making excellent progress in integrating our 2021 insulation and panels acquisitions, which are contributing to our results as expected. Our expansion projects remain on schedule, including laminate, LVT, quartz countertops and European high-end porcelain slabs, all of which will help us satisfy current and future demand.
“In the second quarter, our Global Ceramic Segment net sales were $1.2 billion, an increase of 11.5% as reported and 14.6% on a constant basis. The Segment’s operating margin was 13.3% as a result of pricing and mix improvements and productivity, offset by inflation. Builder sales remained strong in most of our markets, and an increased number of commercial renovation and new construction projects were also initiated. Most of our geographies have experienced some softening in residential activity as inflation and higher interest rates affected remodeling investments. As energy and raw material prices increase across our ceramic businesses, we continue to implement new pricing actions. In the U.S., our ceramic business expanded its operating income to the highest level in four years, with mix and margins enhanced by improved commercial sales. Our U.S. countertop business is growing in quartz, stone, and porcelain; and, to meet growing demand, we are sourcing products and expanding our quartz countertop production. Our European ceramic business improved sequentially, with higher sales and enhanced mix. Though pricing actions improved our margins, they did not fully offset inflation versus the prior year. Going forward, our volumes and margins will be under greater pressure as our gas costs will be higher. Our other international ceramic markets performed well, with sales growth primarily driven by pricing and mix with commercial outpacing residential.
“For the quarter, our Flooring Rest of World Segment net sales were $0.9 billion, an increase of 7.4% as reported or 18.8% on a constant basis. The Segment’s operating margin was 13.9% as a result of higher inflation and lower volumes, offset by favorable pricing and product mix improvements. We are seeing a slowdown in retail traffic across the segment, which is reducing industry volume in most categories. We have raised prices as inflation continued to rise and announced further increases as natural gas and chemical prices escalated at the end of the quarter. Laminate, LVT and sheet vinyl are all following similar demand trends, with sales softening as we progressed through the quarter and customers reducing inventory. In the period, our costs continued to escalate, and material supply improved. We are taking actions to address the changing environment, including cost reductions, process improvements and postponing non-critical projects. Our insulation business continues to deliver excellent results, with growth in volume as well as price. Sales of insulation products remain strong, as they benefit from increasing consumer investments to reduce energy costs. Our panels business performed well, though volume slowed as we progressed through the quarter. We continue to raise prices and improve our mix with higher value products. Our investments in energy production from waste wood are benefiting both our cost and the environment.
“In the quarter, our Flooring North America Segment net sales were $1.1 billion, an increase of 1.7% as reported, and the Segment’s operating margin was 9.1% as a result of higher inflation and lower volumes, partially offset by pricing and mix improvements and productivity. The commercial sector improved, while the residential market is softening. As our service levels increased, customers reduced their inventory in the residential channel. We continue to execute pricing actions to offset inflation, though lower plant volumes are reducing absorption and raising costs. Our LVT sales continued to grow, and we experienced fewer material disruptions, which furthered operational improvements and benefited our margins. Our new west coast LVT plant has begun shipping to customers, and our combined east and west coast operations will enhance our service. Sales of our water-proof laminate collections are increasing in the specialty retail and new construction channels, though inventory adjustments in home centers impacted our sales. Our new laminate manufacturing line continues to ramp up to targeted production levels and is fulfilling demand for our next generation products. As the commercial sector rebounds, sales and margins of our carpet tile and commercial LVT are improving. Based on the Architectural Billing Index, commercial design activity remains strong with a pipeline of projects that supports sales growth for the foreseeable future. As residential carpet volumes declined due to softening markets and inventory reductions, we are aligning capacity with demand, reducing expenses, and announcing additional price increases to counter inflation. Our rug business is concentrated with major national retailers, and during the quarter they all dramatically cut orders to reduce inventory as their sales forecasts weakened. Without the impact of a $50 million decline in rug purchases, the Segment’s sales would have increased approximately 6.5% versus the prior year.
“To adapt to current conditions and improve our results, we are taking actions across the enterprise to restructure our costs. We are finalizing plans to rationalize older, less efficient assets and optimize processes to lower our costs. The most significant actions will be in Flooring North America, including some fiber assets and reducing rug manufacturing capacity. In Flooring Rest of the World, we are consolidating insulation products and streamlining our organization. In Ceramic Europe, we are simplifying our administrative and manufacturing organizations. We estimate these initiatives will reduce our costs by $35 to 40 million annually, with an estimated cash cost of $15 to 20 million and a total estimated cost of $90 to 95 million.
“During the first half of 2022, we delivered solid results despite the pressure of significant inflation, rising interest rates and geopolitical instability. In the U.S., rapidly rising interest rates are impacting housing sales, and inflation is causing changes in consumer discretionary spending. Residential remodeling is softening as consumers postpone upgrading their homes. New home and multifamily flooring channels remain strong, and the commercial sector continues to improve as new and deferred projects are initiated. Though interest rates are lower in Europe, dramatically higher natural gas prices and constrained supply are reducing economic growth. Given these factors, we anticipate softening demand and increased pressure on our margins going forward. We are taking targeted actions across the enterprise to adjust to these changing market conditions. Material and energy costs continue to rise, and we are implementing further price increases in response. We are introducing higher value products and enhancing our service levels to expand our sales. We are reducing expenses and initiating new process improvements. We will be implementing multiple restructuring projects across the company to reduce our costs. We also expect improvements in material supply and transportation as we go through the remainder of the year. In the U.S., we anticipate that rising interest rates will strengthen the dollar and reduce our translated results. Given these factors, we anticipate our third quarter adjusted EPS to be $3.33 to $3.43, excluding any restructuring charges.
“Mohawk has successfully managed through economic cycles many times before. Over the long term, flooring grows at a faster rate than the overall economy. A deficit in housing stock requires significant additional construction in most regions, with U.S. housing demand exceeding supply by an estimated five million units and over 20 million homes between 20 and 40 years old that are in need of renovation. Our business is well positioned to benefit from long-term growth in new home construction, residential remodeling, and commercial projects. We have a strong balance sheet that supports growing the business through internal investments as well as acquisitions and stock buybacks. We will enhance the performance of our acquisitions and will continue to seek opportunities in new products and geographies. We remain optimistic about Mohawk’s future, and the actions we are taking today will increase our sales and improve our future results.”
The full text of Mohawk Industries’ 2Q22 earnings release, including tables, and a replay of the company’s July 29 conference call may be accessed at http://ir.mohawkind.com/. A telephone replay will be available until August 26, 2022, by dialing 1-877-344-7529 for U.S./Local calls and 1-412-317-0088 for International/Local calls and entering access code #3250579.
ABOUT MOHAWK INDUSTRIES
Mohawk Industries is the leading global flooring manufacturer that creates products to enhance residential and commercial spaces around the world. Mohawk’s vertically integrated manufacturing and distribution processes provide competitive advantages in the production of carpet, rugs, ceramic tile, laminate, wood, stone and vinyl flooring. Our industry leading innovation has yielded products and technologies that differentiate our brands in the marketplace and satisfy all remodeling and new construction requirements. Our brands are among the most recognized in the industry and include American Olean, Daltile, Durkan, Eliane, Feltex, Godfrey Hirst, IVC, Karastan, Marazzi, Mohawk, Mohawk Group, Pergo, Quick-Step and Unilin. During the past decade, Mohawk has transformed its business from an American carpet manufacturer into the world’s largest flooring company with operations in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand and the United States.
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