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Mohawk Industries Reports Q4 Results

February 13, 2020 at 4:10 PM EST

CALHOUN, Ga., Feb. 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mohawk Industries, Inc. (NYSE: MHK) today announced 2019 fourth quarter net earnings of $265 million and diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $3.68, including a one-time tax benefit of $136 million. Adjusted net earnings were $162 million, and EPS was $2.25, excluding restructuring, acquisition and other charges. Net sales for the fourth quarter of 2019 were $2.4 billion, down 1.0% as reported and 1.7% on a constant currency and days basis. For the fourth quarter of 2018, net sales were $2.45 billion, net earnings were $229 million and EPS was $3.05, adjusted net earnings were $188 million, and EPS was $2.53, excluding restructuring, acquisition and other charges.

For the twelve months ending December 31, 2019, net earnings and EPS were $744 million and $10.30, including the one-time fourth quarter tax benefit. Net earnings excluding restructuring, acquisition and other charges were $725 million and EPS was $10.04. For the year, net sales were approximately $10 billion, flat versus prior year as reported or an increase of 2% on a constant currency and days basis. For the twelve-month period ending December 31, 2018, net sales were approximately $10 billion, net earnings were $862 million and EPS was $11.47; excluding restructuring, acquisition and other charges, net earnings and EPS were $922 million and $12.33.

Commenting on Mohawk Industries’ fourth quarter performance, Jeffrey S. Lorberbaum, Chairman and CEO, stated, “Our fourth quarter results were as we expected, with sales flat to last year and very strong cash generation. Operating and free cash flow for the quarter were $440 million and $300 million, respectively.  For the full year, operating and free cash flow were about $1.4 billion and $870 million, respectively. Our leverage is approaching historical lows, which provides us with the flexibility to pursue additional opportunities. Under our stock repurchase program, we bought approximately $23 million in the fourth quarter, for a total of about $375 million since the inception of the buyback program.

“As we anticipated, our businesses remained challenged by soft demand, greater competition and reduced production volume. In the U.S., markets continued to be influenced by the strong dollar, the impact of LVT on other products and positive trends in housing that should be a tailwind. Competition has increased in our global markets, impacting our pricing and mix as we leverage investments in sales and marketing to drive growth. Many countries where we operate are stimulating their economies with lower interest rates to encourage greater consumer spending and economic growth this year. In the near term we still anticipate that most of our markets will have continued pressure in our product categories.

“Throughout the period, we implemented changes to increase sales and reduce costs. We have enhanced our LVT manufacturing in the U.S. and Europe and realigned our U.S. carpet operations. We have decreased our ceramic production and inventories and are taking out wood flooring plants in the U.S. and Europe. We are reducing the complexity of our operations, enhancing processes to reduce costs and increasing automation to improve efficiencies. We continue to improve the productivity and volume of our new LVT, U.S. countertop, Russian sheet vinyl and European carpet tile investments. Our acquisitions in Australia and Brazil are installing state-of-the-art equipment that will expand their product portfolios. We are introducing new design and performance innovations to enhance our market positions and broaden our customer base. To promote both new and existing products, we are making higher levels of sales and marketing investments.

“For the quarter, our Global Ceramic Segment sales were flat as reported and decreased 1.5% on a constant currency and days basis. The segment’s operating margin was 6% as reported, declining year over year primarily due to inflation and lower production rates partially offset by productivity. Most of the segment’s markets faced soft demand and excess industry capacity, that is compressing market prices and margins. Our U.S. ceramic business remained under pressure from LVT taking share and high industry inventories from ceramic purchases ahead of tariffs. To align our own inventory levels, we meaningfully reduced production in our North American ceramic plants, which increased our costs. To improve sales, we are rolling out multiple new products and adding sales representatives and design consultants in major markets. We have begun manufacturing our proprietary new click tile in multiple sizes and designs, and we have already received commitments from major customers. Our quartz countertop sales increased as we ramped up productivity at our new plant. In Mexico, we continued to gain market share by expanding our brands, distribution and product offering with larger sizes, porcelain products and a more comprehensive wall tile collection. In Brazil, we had good sales growth in the period and initiated a new porcelain line to create larger sizes for our premium collections. The southern European economies remain slow, impacting our primary ceramic markets and industry pricing. In Europe, we increased our volume and are expanding our activities in the commercial and outdoor channels. In Russia, we grew our sales in a soft market, and we are starting up additional porcelain production to make super large sizes as well as a new plant to produce coordinated premium sanitary ware.

“During the quarter, our Flooring North America Segment’s sales decreased 4% as reported and 5% on a constant days basis with an operating margin of 3% as reported and 7% excluding restructuring and other charges. Operating income for the segment declined primarily due to lower volume, price and mix. We have executed many initiatives to align the business with the present conditions, including closing three plants, consolidating high cost operations and reducing wood manufacturing. The effects of these actions will increase and flow through inventory with full cost benefit in the third quarter of 2020.  In the quarter, our residential carpet sales performed best in the new home construction and multi-family channels. We are leveraging our strengths in design and fiber technology to deliver differentiated new collections in both premium and value carpet categories. To create greater value for our commercial customers and improve our cost, we invested in new design capabilities, proprietary carpet tile backings and material manufacturing. We have increased the production and speeds of our LVT operations, and ongoing initiatives will further improve formulations and throughput. During the period, U.S. tariffs on click LVT were removed, and the market has adjusted pricing to reflect this change. To expand our price points and highlight our unique visuals and features, we are introducing new rigid and flexible LVT collections for both residential and commercial markets. The virus in China is postponing the start-up of some production and could potentially disrupt some LVT service, depending on when product shipments resume. Sales of our water-proof laminate products are expanding, and we anticipate continued growth due to their realistic appearance, durability and ease of installation. To support higher laminate sales, we are upgrading our HDF board production to expand capacity and improve our costs.

“For the quarter, our Flooring Rest of the World Segment’s sales increased 3% as reported and 4% on a constant currency and days basis. The segment’s operating margin was 13% as reported and 14% excluding restructuring and other charges, due to volume growth, reduced start-up cost and lower inflation partially offset by price and mix. Across the segment, our investments in product innovation, cost improvements, acquisitions and new businesses strengthened our results. We are outperforming the European laminate market, and sales of our new Signature collection are ramping up quickly due to an enhanced level of sophistication. We announced the consolidation of wood manufacturing to our facility in Malaysia, which will improve our costs and increase our flexibility to better satisfy our customers. Our LVT sales grew as our manufacturing productivity significantly improved. Our new rigid collections are being well received and our next generation of flexible LVT provides our most realistic wood and stone visuals. Our panels and insulation businesses had good results in a more competitive environment. In Australia and New Zealand, our soft and hard surface sales grew in a difficult environment and we are launching many new carpet collections to enhance our offering.

“Market conditions remain challenging across most of our businesses and geographies. In response, we are adjusting our business strategies, enhancing our product offering and restructuring operations. We are increasing our investments in sales and marketing, expanding our commercial participation and enhancing both our premium and value collections. To broaden our distribution into new channels and geographies, we are bringing many new product innovations and categories to market. Our new LVT, countertop, sheet vinyl and carpet tile plants are improving their productivity as we invest to expand our customer base and sales volume. As our LVT manufacturing capacity grows with higher speeds and efficiencies, we are enhancing design and features and increasing sales of our rigid and flexible offerings. We are limiting the traditional inventory build that we typically do in the first quarter, as we manage our production with market demand. Taking all of this into account, our EPS guidance for the first quarter of 2020 is $1.90 to $2.00, excluding any one-time charges.

“LVT growth in the U.S., exchange rates and excess global capacity continue as headwinds for our businesses. We are executing specific initiatives to adapt to shifting consumer preferences, changing markets and competitive pressures. For the full year of 2020, we expect that our actions to increase sales and distribution, reduce costs and enhance utilization of our new plants will deliver improved year-over-year results, with our performance accelerating during the second half of the year. Our balance sheet should continue to improve with ongoing strong cash generation, and we remain focused on delivering long-term value to our shareholders.”

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, India, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia and the United States.

Certain of the statements in the immediately preceding paragraphs, particularly anticipating future performance, business prospects, growth and operating strategies and similar matters and those that include the words “could,” “should,” “believes,” “anticipates,” “expects,” and “estimates,” or similar expressions constitute “forward-looking statements.” For those statements, Mohawk claims the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  There can be no assurance that the forward-looking statements will be accurate because they are based on many assumptions, which involve risks and uncertainties. The following important factors could cause future results to differ: changes in economic or industry conditions; competition; inflation and deflation in raw material prices and other input costs; inflation and deflation in consumer markets; energy costs and supply; timing and level of capital expenditures; timing and implementation of price increases for the Company’s products; impairment charges; integration of acquisitions; international operations; introduction of new products; rationalization of operations; taxes and tax reform, product and other claims; litigation; and other risks identified in Mohawk’s SEC reports and public announcements.

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MOHAWK INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES                
(Unaudited)                
Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations Data Three Months Ended    Twelve Months Ended
(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)   December 31, 2019   December 31, 2018   December 31, 2019   December 31, 2018
                 
Net sales   $ 2,424,512     2,448,618       9,970,672     9,983,634  
Cost of sales     1,801,705     1,802,228       7,294,629     7,145,564  
  Gross profit     622,807     646,390       2,676,043     2,838,070  
Selling, general and administrative expenses     467,993     433,014       1,848,819     1,742,744  
Operating income     154,814     213,376       827,224     1,095,326  
Interest expense     10,962     14,411       41,272     38,827  
Other (income) expense, net     (9,522 )   504       36,407     7,298  
  Earnings before income taxes     153,374     198,461       749,545     1,049,201  
Income tax expense     (111,299 )   (31,582 )     4,974     184,346  
  Net earnings including noncontrolling interest     264,673     230,043       744,571     864,855  
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest     6     704       360     3,151  
Net earnings attributable to Mohawk Industries, Inc.   $ 264,667     229,339       744,211     861,704  
                 
Basic earnings per share attributable to Mohawk Industries, Inc.                
Basic earnings per share attributable to Mohawk Industries, Inc.   $ 3.69     3.07       10.34     11.53  
Weighted-average common shares outstanding - basic     71,640     73,856       71,986     74,413  
                 
Diluted earnings per share attributable to Mohawk Industries, Inc.                
Diluted earnings per share attributable to Mohawk Industries, Inc.   $ 3.68     3.05       10.30     11.47  
Weighted-average common shares outstanding - diluted     71,954     74,183       72,264     74,773  
                 
                 
                 
Other Financial Information                
(Amounts in thousands)                
Net cash provided by operating activities   $ 440,675     286,859       1,418,761     1,181,344  
Depreciation and amortization   $ 153,759     139,092       576,452     521,765  
Capital expenditures   $ 139,849     151,161       545,462     794,110  
                 
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet Data                
(Amounts in thousands)                
            December 31, 2019   December 31, 2018
ASSETS                
Current assets:                
  Cash and cash equivalents           $ 134,785     119,050  
  Receivables, net             1,526,619     1,606,159  
  Inventories             2,282,328     2,287,615  
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets             485,725     496,472  
    Total current assets             4,429,457     4,509,296  
Property, plant and equipment, net             4,698,917     4,699,902  
Right of use operating lease assets             323,003     -  
Goodwill             2,570,027     2,520,966  
Intangible assets, net             928,879     961,810  
Deferred income taxes and other non-current assets             436,397     407,149  
  Total assets           $ 13,386,680     13,099,123  
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                
Current liabilities:                
Current portion of long-term debt and commercial paper           $ 1,051,498     1,742,373  
Accounts payable and accrued expenses             1,559,140     1,523,866  
Current operating lease liabilities             101,945     -  
  Total current liabilities             2,712,583     3,266,239  
Long-term debt, less current portion             1,518,388     1,515,601  
Non-current operating lease liabilities             228,155     -  
Deferred income taxes and other long-term liabilities             801,106     877,224  
  Total liabilities             5,260,232     5,659,064  
Total stockholders' equity             8,126,448     7,440,059  
  Total liabilities and stockholders' equity           $ 13,386,680     13,099,123  
                 
Segment Information   Three Months Ended   As of or for the Twelve Months Ended
(Amounts in thousands)   December 31, 2019   December 31, 2018   December 31, 2019   December 31, 2018
                 
Net sales:                
  Global Ceramic   $ 858,337     861,238       3,631,142     3,552,856  
  Flooring NA     936,387     973,680       3,843,714     4,029,148  
  Flooring ROW     629,788     613,700       2,495,816     2,401,630  
  Intersegment sales     -     -       -     -  
    Consolidated net sales   $ 2,424,512     2,448,618       9,970,672     9,983,634  
                 
Operating income (loss):                
  Global Ceramic   $ 53,172     76,005       340,058     442,898  
  Flooring NA     27,011     79,158       167,385     347,937  
  Flooring ROW     83,036     72,467       359,428     345,801  
  Corporate and intersegment eliminations     (8,405 )   (14,254 )     (39,647 )   (41,310 )
    Consolidated operating income   $ 154,814     213,376       827,224     1,095,326  
                 
Assets:                
  Global Ceramic           $ 5,419,896     5,194,030  
  Flooring NA             3,823,654     3,938,639  
  Flooring ROW             3,925,246     3,666,617  
  Corporate and intersegment eliminations             217,884     299,837  
    Consolidated assets           $ 13,386,680     13,099,123  



Reconciliation of Net Earnings Attributable to Mohawk Industries, Inc. to Adjusted Net Earnings Attributable to Mohawk Industries, Inc. and Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share Attributable to Mohawk Industries, Inc.
(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)                      
        Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended    
        December 31, 2019   December 31, 2018   December 31, 2019   December 31, 2018    
Net earnings attributable to Mohawk Industries, Inc.   $ 264,667     229,339     744,211     861,704      
Adjusting items:                        
Restructuring, acquisition and integration-related and other costs     49,802     20,412     99,679     78,449      
Acquisitions purchase accounting , including inventory step-up     222     6,721     3,938     15,359      
Acquisition interest expense         -     4,322     -     4,322      
Deferred loan cost write off         601     -     601     -      
Impairment of net investment in a manufacturer and distributor of Ceramic tile in China(1)     (5,226 )   -     59,946     -      
Release of indemnification asset       603     2,857     (57 )   4,606      
Income taxes - reversal of uncertain tax position     (603 )   (2,857 )   56     (4,606 )    
European tax restructuring(2)         (136,194 )   -     (136,194 )   -      
Income taxes         (12,183 )   (73,282 )   (46,842 )   (37,817 )    
Adjusted net earnings attributable to Mohawk Industries, Inc.   $ 161,689     187,512     725,338     922,017      
                         
Adjusted diluted earnings per share attributable to Mohawk Industries, Inc.   $ 2.25     2.53     10.04     12.33      
Weighted-average common shares outstanding - diluted     71,954     74,183     72,264     74,773      
                         
(1) In September, the US commerce department imposed a 104% countervailing duty on top of the 25% general tariffs on all ceramic produced in China. As a consequence, ceramic purchases from China will dramatically decline and Mohawk took a $60 million write off to our investment in a Chinese manufacturer and distributor, of which $5 million was recovered in Q4 2019.
(2) The Company implemented select operational, administrative and financial restructurings that centralized certain business processes and intangible assets in various European jurisdictions into a new entity. The restructurings resulted in a current tax liability of $136 million, calculated by measuring the fair value of intangible assets transferred. The Company offset the tax liability with the utilization of $136 million of deferred tax assets from accumulated net operating loss carry forwards. The restructurings also resulted in the Company recording a $136 million deferred tax asset, and a corresponding deferred tax benefit, related to the tax basis of the intangible assets transferred.
                         
                         
                         
Reconciliation of Total Debt to Net Debt                      
(Amounts in thousands)                        
        December 31, 2019                
Current portion of long-term debt and commercial paper   $ 1,051,498                  
Long-term debt, less current portion       1,518,388                  
Less: Cash and cash equivalents         134,785                  
Net Debt       $ 2,435,101                  
                         
Reconciliation of Operating Income to Adjusted EBITDA                    
(Amounts in thousands)                       Trailing Twelve
        Three Months Ended   Months Ended
        March 30, 2019   June 29, 2019   September 28, 2019   December 31, 2019   December 31, 2019
Operating income       $ 165,330     266,860     240,220     154,814     827,224  
Other (expense)/income         3,736     3,048     (52,713 )   9,522     (36,407 )
Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interest     10     (213 )   (151 )   (6 )   (360 )
Depreciation and amortization       137,291     140,482     144,920     153,759     576,452  
EBITDA         306,367     410,177     332,276     318,089     1,366,909  
Restructuring, acquisition and integration-related and other costs     39,495     8,840     1,542     49,802     99,679  
Impairment of net investment in a manufacturer and distributor of Ceramic tile in China     -     -     65,172     (5,226 )   59,946  
Acquisitions purchase accounting, including inventory step-up     2,552     1,164     -     222     3,938  
Release of indemnification asset       -     -     (659 )   603     (56 )
 Adjusted EBITDA       $ 348,414     420,181     398,331     363,490     1,530,416  
                         
Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA                       1.6  
                         
                         
                         
                         
Reconciliation of Net Sales to Net Sales on a Constant Exchange Rate and on Constant Shipping Days Excluding Acquisition Volume                
(Amounts in thousands)                        
        Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended    
        December 31, 2019   December 31, 2018   December 31, 2019   December 31, 2018    
Net sales       $ 2,424,512     2,448,618     9,970,672     9,983,634      
Adjustment to net sales on constant shipping days     (36,469 )   -     713     -      
Adjustment to net sales on a constant exchange rate     18,721     -     178,290     -      
Net sales on a constant exchange rate and constant shipping days     2,406,764     2,448,618     10,149,675     9,983,634      
Less: impact of acquisition volume       (34,597 )   -     (359,949 )   -      
Net sales on a constant exchange rate and constant shipping days excluding acquisition volume   $ 2,372,167     2,448,618     9,789,726     9,983,634      
                         
                         
                         
Reconciliation of Segment Net Sales to Segment Net Sales on a Constant Exchange Rate and on Constant Shipping Days Excluding Acquisition Volume            
(Amounts in thousands)                        
        Three Months Ended            
Global Ceramic       December 31, 2019   December 31, 2018            
Net sales       $ 858,337     861,238              
Adjustment to net sales on constant shipping days     (11,889 )   -              
Adjustment to segment net sales on a constant exchange rate     1,969     -              
Segment net sales on a constant exchange rate and constant shipping days     848,417     861,238              
Less: impact of acquisition volume       (20,728 )   -              
Segment net sales on a constant exchange rate and constant shipping days excluding acquisition volume   $ 827,689     861,238              
                         
                         
Reconciliation of Segment Net Sales to Segment Net Sales on Constant shipping Days                    
(Amounts in thousands)                        
        Three Months Ended            
Flooring NA       December 31, 2019   December 31, 2018            
Net sales       $ 936,387   - 973,680              
Adjustment to net sales on constant shipping days     (14,631 ) - -              
Segment net sales on constant shipping days   $ 921,756   - 973,680              
                         
                         
                         
Reconciliation of Segment Net Sales to Segment Net Sales on a Constant Exchange Rate and on Constant Shipping Days Excluding Acquisition Volume            
(Amounts in thousands)                        
        Three Months Ended            
Flooring ROW       December 31, 2019   December 31, 2018            
Net sales       $ 629,788     613,700              
Adjustment to net sales on constant shipping days     (9,948 )   -              
Adjustment to segment net sales on a constant exchange rate     16,752     -              
Segment net sales on a constant exchange rate and constant shipping days     636,592     613,700              
Less: impact of acquisition volume       (13,869 )   -              
Segment net sales on a constant exchange rate and constant shipping days excluding acquisition volume   $ 622,723     613,700              
                         
                         
                         
Reconciliation of Selling, General and Administrative Expenses to Adjusted Selling, General and Administrative Expenses                
(Amounts in thousands)                        
        Three Months Ended            
        December 31, 2019   December 31, 2018            
Selling, general and administrative expenses     $ 467,993     433,014              
Adjustments to selling, general and administrative expenses:                    
Restructuring, acquisition and integration-related and other costs     (4,651 )   (10,268 )            
Release of indemnification asset       (2 )   -              
  Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses   $ 463,340     422,746              
                         
                         
                         
Reconciliation of Operating Income to Adjusted Operating Income                    
(Amounts in thousands)                        
        Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended    
        December 31, 2019   December 31, 2018   December 31, 2019   December 31, 2018    
Operating income       $ 154,814     213,376     827,224     1,095,326      
Adjustments to operating income:                      
Restructuring, acquisition and integration-related and other costs     49,802     20,613     106,954     78,650      
Release of indemnification asset       2     -     247     -      
Acquisitions purchase accounting, including inventory step-up     222     6,721     3,938     15,359      
Adjusted operating income       $ 204,840     240,710     938,363     1,189,335      
                         
                         
                         
Reconciliation of Segment Operating Income to Adjusted Segment Operating Income                    
(Amounts in thousands)                        
        Three Months Ended            
Global Ceramic       December 31, 2019   December 31, 2018            
Operating income       $ 53,172     76,005              
Adjustments to segment operating income:                      
Restructuring, acquisition and integration-related and other costs     1,204     4,162              
Acquisitions purchase accounting, including inventory step-up     -     6,721              
Adjusted segment operating income     $ 54,376     86,888              
                         
                         
                         
Reconciliation of Segment Operating Income to Adjusted Segment Operating Income                    
(Amounts in thousands)                        
        Three Months Ended            
Flooring NA       December 31, 2019   December 31, 2018            
Operating income       $ 27,011     79,158              
Adjustments to segment operating income:                      
Restructuring, acquisition and integration-related and other costs     42,149     7,159              
  Adjusted segment operating income     $ 69,160     86,317              
                         
                         
                         
Reconciliation of Segment Operating Income to Adjusted Segment Operating Income                    
(Amounts in thousands)                        
        Three Months Ended            
Flooring ROW       December 31, 2019   December 31, 2018            
Operating income       $ 83,036     72,467              
Adjustments to segment operating income:                      
Restructuring, acquisition and integration-related and other costs     6,235     5,949              
Acquisitions purchase accounting, including inventory step-up     222     -              
Adjusted segment operating income     $ 89,493     78,416              
                         
                         
                         
Reconciliation of Earnings Including Noncontrolling Interests Before Income Taxes to Adjusted Earnings Including Noncontrolling Interests Before Income Taxes            
(Amounts in thousands)                        
        Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended    
        December 31, 2019   December 31, 2018   December 31, 2019   December 31, 2018    
Earnings before income taxes       $ 153,374     198,461     749,545     1,049,201      
Noncontrolling interests         (6 )   (704 )   (360 )   (3,151 )    
Adjustments to earnings including noncontrolling interests before income taxes:                    
Restructuring, acquisition and integration-related and other costs     49,802     20,412     99,679     78,449      
Acquisitions purchase accounting, including inventory step-up     222     6,721     3,938     15,359      
Impairment of net investment in a manufacturer and distributor of Ceramic tile in China     (5,226 )   -     59,946     -      
Release of indemnification asset       603     2,857     (57 )   4,606      
Acquisition interest expense         -     4,322     -     4,322      
Deferred loan cost write off         601     -     601     -      
 Adjusted earnings including noncontrolling interests before income taxes   $ 199,370     232,069     913,292     1,148,786      
                         
                         
                         
                         
Reconciliation of Income Tax Expense to Adjusted Income Tax Expense                    
(Amounts in thousands)                        
        Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended    
        December 31, 2019   December 31, 2018   December 31, 2019   December 31, 2018    
Income tax expense       $ (111,299 )   (31,582 )   4,974     184,346      
European tax restructuring         136,194     -     136,194     -      
Income taxes - reversal of uncertain tax position     603     2,857     (56 )   4,606      
Income tax effect of adjusting items       12,183     73,282     46,842     37,817      
  Adjusted income tax expense       $ 37,681     44,557     187,954     226,769      
                         
Adjusted income tax rate         18.9 %   19.2 %   20.6 %   19.7 %    
                         
                         
                         
                         
                         
The Company supplements its condensed consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with US GAAP, with certain non-GAAP financial measures. As required by the Securities and Exchange Commission rules, the tables above present a reconciliation of the Company's non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable US GAAP measure. Each of the non-GAAP measures set forth above should be considered in addition to the comparable US GAAP measure, and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. The Company believes these non-GAAP measures, when reconciled to the corresponding US GAAP measure, help its investors as follows: Non-GAAP revenue measures that assist in identifying growth trends and in comparisons of revenue with prior and future periods and non-GAAP profitability measures that assist in understanding the long-term profitability trends of the Company's business and in comparisons of its profits with prior and future periods.    
                         
The Company excludes certain items from its non-GAAP revenue measures because these items can vary dramatically between periods and can obscure underlying business trends. Items excluded from the Company's non-GAAP revenue measures include: foreign currency transactions and translation and the impact of acquisitions.    
                         
The Company excludes certain items from its non-GAAP profitability measures because these items may not be indicative of, or are unrelated to, the Company's core operating performance. Items excluded from the Company's non-GAAP profitability measures include: restructuring, acquisition and integration-related and other costs, acquisition purchase accounting, including inventory step-up, release of indemnification assets and the reversal of uncertain tax positions.    

 

Contact:         Glenn Landau, Chief Financial Officer (706) 624-2025

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