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Knoll reports Full Year growth in sales, profits and EPS
Feb '09
Knoll Inc. announced results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2008. Net sales were $276.3 million for the quarter, a decrease of 2.0% from fourth quarter 2007.

Operating profit was $37.3 million, or 13.5% of net sales, a decrease of 5.6% from the fourth quarter 2007. Operating profit for the fourth quarter of 2008 includes a restructuring charge of $1.2 million. Net income was $22.7 million, an increase of 9.7% over the fourth quarter 2007. Adjusted Earnings per share was $0.52 for the quarter compared to $0.42 per share in the prior year.

For the full year, net sales were $1.12 billion, an increase of 6.1% over full year 2007. Operating profit was $145.4 million, or 13.0% of net sales, an increase of 2.3% over full year 2007. Operating profit for the full year of 2008 includes restructuring charges of $4.6 million. Net income was $84.9 million, an increase of 18.9% over full year 2007, and adjusted earnings per share was $1.88 compared to $1.47 per share in the prior year.

"I am extremely proud of what our team accomplished and the results that we delivered in 2008. Overall, in spite of a challenging macroeconomic environment on both the top line and in terms of input costs our focus on high design content businesses allowed us to grow sales, protect our industry leading operating margins and deliver 28% growth in our Adjusted EPS," commented Andrew Cogan, CEO.

"Clearly the strategies that we have put in place since the last industry downturn have placed Knoll in a much stronger position to face a deteriorating demand environment. Our sources of revenue are significantly more diversified and less dependent on North America Office system demand trends in particular. Our higher margin Specialty businesses compose a much greater part of our revenue and profitability and International sales outside of North America currently represent the largest portion of our revenues ever. I am confident that with our rich pipeline of new products, and our proven ability to flex our cost structure, we will do as well as the environment will allow."

"I want to thank and congratulate all our Associates and dealer partners around the world on this extraordinary performance."

Knoll Inc

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