published Friday, November 4th, 2011

Mohawk Industries sales up 10 percent

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    Melissa Kernea prepares to pick up a load of yarn off of a conveyor belt at Mohawk Industries, Inc. in Dalton, Ga., in this file photo.
    Photo by Staff File Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Mohawk Industries Inc. on Thursday reported lower net income in the third quarter and forecast fourth quarter results below what analysts had expected.

The Calhoun, Ga.,-based carpet maker said Thursday it earned $47 million, or 68 cents per share, on sales of $1.4 billion. Excluding unusual items, Mohawk said its adjusted net earnings were $57 million, or 83 cents per share.

The company boosted revenues 10 percent above a year ago, when third quarter profits totaled $51 million, or 74 cents per share, on sales of $1.3 billion.

Analysts had expected third-quarter earnings of 86 cents a share this year, according to Thomson Reuters.

Mohawk CEO Jeffrey S. Lorberbaum said the company continues to battle “increased raw material costs and consumer reluctance to invest in renovation projects.”

Nonetheless, Mohawk revenues were well ahead of the industry gains. Kemp Harr, publisher and owner of Floor Focus Magazine, projects carpet revenues for all of 2011 should be up by about 3 percent this year over last — the first yearly gain since 2007.

Lorberbaum said Mohawk “continues to lower costs with new processes, reduced infrastructure and investment in more efficient assets.

“We have implemented hundreds of manufacturing initiatives yielding significant cost savings in 2011,” he said.

Mohawk has closed mills in the North Georgia towns of Rome, Calhoun, Cartersville and Chatsworth over the past couple of years, laying off 1,210 workers.

Lorberbaum said Mohawk also has implemented two price increases during 2011 to help try to offset higher energy and raw material prices.

Contact Dave Flessner at dflessner@timesfreepress.com or at 757-6340

about Dave Flessner...

Dave Flessner is the business editor for the Times Free Press. A journalist for 35 years, Dave has been business editor and projects editor for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, city editor for The Chattanooga Times, business and county reporter for the Chattanooga Times, correspondent for the Lansing State Journal and Ingham County News in Michigan, staff writer for the Hastings Daily Tribune in Nebraska, and news director for WCBN-FM in Michigan. Dave, a native ...

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