CALHOUN, Georgia, July 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Mohawk Industries, Inc. (NYSE:MHK) today announced 2014 second quarter net earnings of $153 million and diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $2.08. Excluding unusual charges, net earnings were $162 million and EPS was $2.21, a 20% increase over last year's second quarter adjusted EPS and the highest quarterly adjusted EPS in the company's history. Net sales for the second quarter of 2014 were $2.05 billion, an increase of approximately 4% versus the prior year's second quarter or 3% on a constant exchange basis. For the second quarter of 2013, net sales were $1.98 billion, net earnings were $85 million and EPS was $1.16; excluding unusual charges, net earnings were $134 million and EPS was $1.84.
For the six months ending June 28, 2014, net sales were $3.9 billion, an increase of 12% versus the prior year. Net earnings and EPS for the six-month period were $234 million and $3.19, respectively. Net earnings excluding unusual charges were $252 million and adjusted EPS was $3.44, an increase of 26% over the six-month adjusted EPS results in 2013. For the six months ending June 29, 2013, net sales were $3.5 billion, net earnings were $135 million and EPS was $1.89. Excluding unusual charges, net earnings and EPS were $195 million and $2.73, respectively.
Commenting on Mohawk Industries' second quarter performance, Jeffrey S. Lorberbaum, Chairman and CEO, stated, "Our adjusted operating income increased 160 basis points as productivity initiatives, cost reductions, price increases and manufacturing consolidation drove higher earnings across the business. Top line growth was less than we anticipated due to slower improvement in U.S. housing and remodeling; however, profits were in line with expectations as a result of successful product introductions, productivity improvements and better cost controls. We reduced SG&A compared to last year across the enterprise, even as we reinvested into the business to promote new product collections and enhance our sales strategies. We are continuing to invest in our acquisitions to improve profitability, increase mix and streamline the business; and we anticipate that these actions will result in even higher earnings as the European and Russian economies improve."
Carpet segment net sales for the quarter were $780 million, up 1% over last year. Adjusted operating income for the segment rose 15% as a result of increased productivity, improved quality and cost reductions in operations and administration. Mohawk's patented Continuum technology is stimulating growth in our new polyester collections, and our state-of-the-art yarn project to support it is 75% complete. We are also expanding the distribution of our premium Karastan carpets by providing a broader offering and increasing the number of retailers selling our high-end brand. Commercial orders are growing now that we have substantially completed the product transition to our own fibers, and we have reorganized our commercial sales organization into smaller regions segmented by customer type with a complete portfolio for each channel. The carpet price increase announced in April was fully implemented at the end of the quarter to cover raw material inflation.
Ceramic segment net sales were $797 million, up 5% over last year as reported and with a constant exchange rate. The segment's adjusted operating income rose 21% due to productivity, volume, pricing and mix. In the U.S., the business benefited from innovative new collections that are leading the market shift to larger sizes, planks and rectangles. The new ceramic production line in Dallas has begun operation, and the additional capacity will satisfy the increasing demand for ceramic wood planks and larger sizes. Sales in Mexico are growing significantly with expanded distribution of new products from our Salamanca plant that provide market-leading style and value with superior availability. In Russia, sales and profitability increased on a local basis, but the decline of the ruble reduced our sales and income when translated to U.S. dollars. In the region, specialized products tailored for the new construction and DIY channels drove growth, offsetting slower retail sales. In Europe, sales and margins continue to progress due to increased sales outside of Southern Europe, as well as growth in Spain and improved mix from larger sizes with unique styling.
Laminate and Wood segment sales were $501 million, up 6% over last year, or 3% on a constant exchange rate. Adjusted operating income for the segment increased 21% from acquisition synergies, productivity improvements and cost reductions. In the U.S., greater participation in new construction increased sales of wood flooring. The second wood flooring price increase this year was implemented in July to cover higher wood and transportation costs. In Europe, stronger sales in the Nordic countries and the U.K. outpaced the softer Western European markets, with growth in the wood and luxury vinyl tile categories offsetting slower laminate sales. At the recently acquired plant in the Czech Republic, new equipment has been installed to produce higher value wood flooring under the Pergo and Quick-Step brands for the European and Russian markets. The segment's insulation business continued to expand, supported by additional production in our new French facility. The integration of the Unilin and Spano businesses progressed with a single sales force providing a comprehensive product offering for all customers.
During the period, we once again demonstrated our ability to deliver earnings growth through sales improvement, productivity initiatives and leveraging acquisitions. In each of our segments, we are optimizing the efficiency of our operations, the advantages of our leading market positions, the breadth of our distribution and the strength of our brands to grow our business. We anticipate that our sales will strengthen as we move through the second half of the year supported by continued U.S. job creation and improved economic growth. In the third quarter, we anticipate further improvement in the U.S. market with limited growth in Europe and Russia. With these factors, our guidance for third quarter earnings is $2.38 to $2.47 per share and, for the full year, $8.09 to $8.25 per share, excluding any restructuring charges. We remain committed to enhancing Mohawk's results, and we are optimistic about the improvement of the floor covering industry and our participation in it.
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, Bigelow, Daltile, Durkan, Karastan, Lees, Marazzi, Kerama Marazzi, Mohawk, Pergo, Unilin and Quick-Step. 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, China, Europe, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Russia and the United States.
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