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Mohawk Industries Q1 net sales mount 22%
May '14
Mohawk Industries, Inc. announced 2014 first quarter net earnings of $81 million and diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $1.11. Excluding unusual charges, net earnings for the quarter were $90 million; EPS was $1.23, a 41% increase over last year's first quarter adjusted EPS. 
Net sales for the first quarter of 2014 were approximately $1.8 billion, an increase of 22% as reported and 21% on a constant exchange basis versus the prior year's first quarter. In addition, the first quarter had one less shipping day when compared to prior year, which equates to approximately 1.5% of net sales.
For the first quarter of 2013, net sales were approximately $1.5 billion, net earnings were $50 million and EPS was $0.72; excluding unusual charges, net earnings were $61 million and EPS was $0.87.
Commenting on Mohawk Industries' first quarter performance, Jeffrey S. Lorberbaum, Chairman and CEO, stated, "First quarter earnings were higher than expected due to our 2013 acquisitions, improved productivity across our business and stronger results outside North America, although severe winter weather in the U.S. impacted sales. 
During the period, we continued making progress with our acquisitions, including enhancing our organizational structures, sales strategies, product offerings and productivity. Our adjusted operating income for the quarter increased 47% to approximately 8% of net sales as initiatives drove higher earnings across all divisions and operational improvements gained traction in our acquisitions."
For the quarter, the Carpet segment's adjusted operating margins rose 60 basis points to 5.1% of net sales as a result of productivity improvements, cost reductions and improved pricing. Net sales for the segment were $675 million, down 3% as reported with one less day in the period. The period was negatively impacted by the harsh weather conditions in the U.S., with residential outperforming the other categories. 
In residential, the company's ultra-soft products continue to capture a greater share of the premium carpet category. New Continuum products, made from up to 100% recycled polyester, are gaining momentum at both the value added and promotional price points. Last year's DuraColor commercial carpet collections, that provide greater value and improved styling, are now among our best-selling products, with higher efficiencies and margins for the company. 
Numerous productivity projects across the segment including operational enhancements, re-engineered materials and capital investments are generating significant savings. A price increase for carpet and freight was announced to offset material, energy and transportation costs.
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