Flooring manufacturer Mohawk Industries (NYSE:MHK) reported results ahead of analysts' expectations in Q4 FY2023, with revenue down 1.4% year on year to $2.61 billion. It made a non-GAAP profit of $1.96 per share, improving from its profit of $1.32 per share in the same quarter last year.
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Mohawk Industries (MHK) Q4 FY2023 Highlights:
- Revenue: $2.61 billion vs analyst estimates of $2.57 billion (1.8% beat)
- EPS (non-GAAP): $1.96 vs analyst estimates of $1.86 (5.4% beat)
- Free Cash Flow of $55.96 million, down 85.5% from the previous quarter
- Gross Margin (GAAP): 24.6%, up from 22.4% in the same quarter last year
- Market Capitalization: $6.94 billion
Commenting on the Company’s fourth quarter and full year results, Chairman and CEO Jeff Lorberbaum stated, “Our fourth quarter results were ahead of our expectations, with benefits from cost containment, productivity and lower input costs. The industry reduced selling prices and we passed through declining costs in energy and raw materials. Under these conditions, we focused on optimizing our revenues and reducing our costs through restructuring actions and manufacturing enhancements. We aggressively managed inventory levels, which reduced our working capital compared to prior year by more than $300 million, excluding acquisitions. We also have invested in sales resources, merchandising and new products with innovative features to inspire consumers to purchase flooring. We closed the year with a net debt to adjusted EBITDA ratio of 1.5 times, free cash flow of $716 million and available liquidity of $1.9 billion, and we are retiring a higher interest rate term loan of approximately $900 million in the first quarter of 2024. We are well positioned to manage current conditions and emerge stronger from this economic cycle when the rebound occurs.
Established in 1878, Mohawk Industries (NYSE:MHK) is a leading producer of floor-covering products for both residential and commercial applications.
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Exploring a company's long-term performance can offer valuable insights into its business quality. Any business can experience brief periods of success, but distinguished ones maintain steady growth over time. Mohawk Industries's annualized revenue growth rate of 2.2% over the last 5 years was weak for a consumer discretionary business.
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This quarter, Mohawk Industries's revenue fell 1.4% year on year to $2.61 billion but beat Wall Street's estimates by 1.8%. Looking ahead, Wall Street expects revenue to decline 2.5% over the next 12 months, a deceleration from this quarter.
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Cash Is King
Although earnings are undoubtedly valuable for assessing company performance, we believe cash is king because you can't use accounting profits to pay the bills.
Over the last two years, Mohawk Industries has shown mediocre cash profitability, putting it in a pinch as it gives the company limited opportunities to reinvest, pay down debt, or return capital to shareholders. Its free cash flow margin has averaged 3.6%, subpar for a consumer discretionary business.
Mohawk Industries's free cash flow came in at $55.96 million in Q4, equivalent to a 2.1% margin, down 38.5% year on year. Over the next year, analysts' consensus estimates show they're expecting Mohawk Industries's LTM free cash flow margin of 6.4% to remain the same.
Key Takeaways from Mohawk Industries's Q4 Results
It was good to see Mohawk Industries beat analysts' revenue expectations this quarter. That stood out as a positive in these results. On the other hand, its EPS missed analysts' expectations. No forward guidance was given with the earnings release. Zooming out, we think this was still a decent, albeit mixed, quarter, showing that the company is staying on track. The stock is flat after reporting and currently trades at $109.61 per share.
So should you invest in Mohawk Industries right now? When making that decision, it's important to consider its valuation, business qualities, as well as what has happened in the latest quarter. We cover that in our actionable full research report which you can read here, it's free.
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