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Mohawk Industries (MHK)

Participants
Frank Boykin CFO & VP of Finance
Jeffrey Lorberbaum Chairman & CEO
William Wellborn President, COO & Director
Michael Wood Nomura Securities
Justin Speer Zelman & Associates
Stephen Kim Evercore ISI
Michael Rehaut JPMorgan Chase & Co.
John Baugh Stifel, Nicolaus & Company
Keith Hughes SunTrust Robinson Humphrey
Douglas Clark Goldman Sachs Group
Kathryn Thompson Thompson Research Group
Matthew Bouley Barclays Bank
Michael Dahl RBC Capital Markets
John Lovallo Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Stephen East Wells Fargo Securities
Philip Ng Jefferies
Susan Maklari Crédit Suisse
Eric Bosshard Cleveland Research Company
Laura Champine Loop Capital Markets
David MacGregor Longbow Research
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Operator

Good morning. My name is Katherine, and I will be your conference operator today. At this time, I'd like to welcome everyone to the Mohawk Industries Third Quarter 2018 Earnings Conference Call. [Operator Instructions].

As a reminder, ladies and gentlemen, this conference is being recorded today, Friday, October 26, 2018. you. Thank like now introduce to would Mr. I Boykin. Frank Mr. you begin conference. your Boykin, may

Frank Boykin

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Jeffrey Lorberbaum

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carriers Transportation fuel increases to was experienced less fell higher due we short costs than impact, quarter results expectations. predicted. Price prices. of limited growth availability rise inflation all Our our had than continued more common to lower third and Sales in our estimates. of segments and

to required reductions manufacturing during were Additional control period inventory. the

up by were but sales production. internal LVT constrained were Our significantly,

pricing continued in across from ongoing products. additional down, to categories we and In the volumes customers Our offset decline U.S., further competition product pressures. the to dollar by pricing a import higher to which trading strengthening use channels due impacted inflationary mix most in execute product margins were lower-value

sourcing internal products that greater we Our increases LVT from and sales We other are through price the announced and pass both production China programs. import to from new tariffs inflation. expanding on

the in Hirst are acquisition increasing are the customers control to a from increasing growth with to decline Mexican $XX distribution. period, slowed million, of In States, political revenues the the the of led XX% the of Godfrey impacted ceramic product and of market, the our European and and are expanded mix. and has Though were products added Approximately approximately period, we even the costs. as with sales margins and enhance to in Australian innovation sales of along our our as internal most and due reducing weakening our costs. we service prices our non-U.S. increasing permit, uncertainty In We economy, United experienced to Sales to have expanding by are slowed cost introducing lending prior China. conditions major exports trucking market distribution our outside innovative and our most weakening. markets products, reduced restrictions product a businesses, inflation our

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are global Mohawk's about profits confident position returns. We and our strategy long-term the and to in aggressive market deliver

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William Wellborn

Jeff. Thank you,

our million, lower our segment the and growth income to of $XXX segment as or $XXX Ceramic markets. the sales reported quarter, most Adjusted decreased operating approximately about XX.X% million of in inflation, challenges Global pressures for For with pricing X% from was sales.

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production level. Next sales approximate will levels and increase anticipate year, that we our

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we and sheet Our European to at products methods. vinyl operating innovative easier as market installation is with commercial residential bring capacity, business

of X% to announced price X% inflation. have increases cover We to cost

end product sheet plant start the new Our of to and vinyl Russian in by sell the year will up Europe. provide more

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mix. Our wood driven panels results, improved show increases and continues to business by strong price

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Frank Boykin

statement. with Starting legacy growing were constant the business basis. X% Sales Chris. our quarter $X,XXX,XXX,XXX, reported, at income Thank as a you, X% on with the for

million. XX.X% the Flooring had Rest reported sales. growth volume productivity of year. another and increased and $X Inflation of gains as during as $XX from strongest million $XX Our or last offset million XX%, $XXX Gross of $X margin XX.X% or $X reported million, the World of plant million, FX of SG&A was the charges, excluding segment of was shutdowns million start-up million headwinds quarter. of $XX cost of was and XX% higher down

was year. Godfrey last charges, Excluding and during XX.X% and plant Unusual to sales primarily of $XX to related XX.X% were compares were the quarter Hirst consolidation. charges it million acquisition and the

volume by start-up million was $XX XX.X% in and XX.X% a of $XX for of price million income, from was the quarter. That operating $X excluding offset or charges, Negative FX Our and year. $XXX $XX inflation million increases, of plant our drag sales. last was million, mix down was Higher of of $X million million offset costs shutdowns.

full adjusted quarter as XX.X% the third income to The $X.X drove reform $XXX fourth of per full improved was to XX.X%, rate Our XXXX of year. EBITDA tax million, in and share, be $X.XX, from rate down. charges, tax a estimate rate rate excluding the XXXX, to a overall U.S. year Earnings compared we billion. about year the decrease We estimate a and XX%, of XX% XX%. was quarter prior

legacy a constant business Turning basis. with our to Global X% down $XXX X% of up FX had reported, segments. as sales the million, Ceramic on

Operating categories. this results. Operating last by million, $XXX to of LVT, down other offset with was compared We mix $XX mix was year. year. million in American declining lower of offset and and In with X% of million, million income, strongest last of our efficiency over XX.X%, $X,XXX,XXX,XXX, up X.X% excluding Flooring product reported income, $X excluding margin was last million. income, productivity price impacted the $XX negative cost inflation XX.X%, constant higher most influencing on which of Productivity of which with million, Incremental up segment, SG&A. the million, start-up business costs increases year. sales was from employee up margin inflation segment, charges, and of charges, productivity impacted sales of the price $X a our World was last In million Rest of Lower North growth higher the volume $X productivity. and million. last and were $XX segment, manufacturing and Increased margin with price along had excluding XX.X% strongest $X $XXX and million, Russian in XX.X% incremental by basis. corporate was eliminations of Operating levels charges, Inflation business depreciation, million XX% Our start-up legacy $X $XXX growth and segment. $X were $XX with the offset less a the year, $XX than XX.X% costs the was charges, In Flooring operating loss, quarter. X% FX a over were mix, during $X million Incremental with of million slightly were million. excluding million, year. $X of another and million the

Then sheet. million to the expense corporate from year. jumping $XX $XX for million balance range to the expect full We the to

calculations. Our with which backwards depreciation negatively days ended million Inventories expenditures third from of and XXX, $X,XXX,XXX,XXX days capital XX quarter of were in Inflation the million assets days DSO and XXXX. and $X,XXX,XXX,XXX. in at impacted receivables of the fourth were Fixed $X,XXX,XXX,XXX, integration the quarter. ended the third $XXX the quarter and included XXX quarter. at Inventory in of amortization improved $XXX

full for estimated We and capital be are at $XXX amortization estimating the $XXX expenditures depreciation and million for of million, the XXXX is year to year.

million. we year, from $XXX expenditures debt. our capital $XXX anticipate long-term million D&A and to Next be to look million, estimate we We at to $XXX range

sheet cash to We billion, $X.X had our total of total strong. flow debt and debt leverage with remain EBITDA. Our at balance X.Xx

We expect that, free back to year with flow of it XXXX. And for of full over $XXX I'll turn million cash the Jeff.

Jeffrey Lorberbaum

anticipate experienced continuing quarter in the fourth the results Frank. we third trends you, quarter. We soft Thank

will remain in prior Even markets we to and our categories. under inflation, not increases results company, pressure. the sales be expect We across product slightly will the than with most price slower and quarter offset

Taking improve and also The guidance this estimate, we are expanding We're this introducing products new our distribution. to U.S., by benefit the Godfrey we our some for operating Hirst EPS $XXX $XXX performance. our the and integrate we New softening onetime quarter, XXXX, more first $X.XX, conditions, In Australian of be quarter EBITDA of $X.X declining executing In the are to environments, from approximately into transportation million. Presently our an inflation Our product our States. has lower acquisition reacting being United expect the while our LVT charges. will results. rates. a with internal mix impacting million has market our cost reductions and and volume, is optimizing declining of and on stronger compressed our businesses. for to hurting fourth competitive quarter We're billion. our margins Based as product manufacturing Zealand account, margins. $X.XX products income results will are XXXX mix our pricing excluding the opportunity all in any dollar, fourth impacted other to significant expand mix and to the which improvement

our we align should as enhance our and forward, offering. results Going pricing improve product

provide will new Our construction customers start-up and when optimized. of track on investments and returns profitable are acquisition with

acquiring low-cost advantages flooring take sheet presence. We will to Eliane questions. premier products. depth, continue balance in to positions products is the the create glad with geographic offering companies our we'll strong value. our company provide that, to and be and Mohawk competitive expand Mohawk's like With in innovative world, now operational largest long-term your

Operator

Instructions]. [Operator

line Wood Your of comes from first Nomura with question Instinet. the Michael

Michael Wood

your a to wanted start I on Jeff, with opinion high-level very getting argument.

era of today, ideal perhaps input pricing of increased costs. excess like portfolio profit an XXXX here and outside of demand in cost these And inflation it margins gets sit because power looks competition, mix high as and and declining import was now an really good LVT. we're as flooring stable capacity we and it with As

behind Why perspective are And - the managing your you that business is that what's argument? So philosophy? it are on us" to days "best wrong?

Jeffrey Lorberbaum

and it. longer have as structures with inflation We're can you conditions conditions, the are and had than impacting pricing expected, align and us as temporary those increases taken price going dollar our market strength It to the through negatively everywhere. with adjusting we we has we're you the said, cost where

putting look will next forward, year take it place But to adjust I things business. the this to think, expand us we're in I think we to as our right it.

get when investments been to we these We with got the enhance the a different get the volume existing in, profits. of where will mix, we've right significantly improve certain the of they all in profitability closer were. believe putting time the over benefit that haven't categories We back our will to and up product businesses which, long-term level

Michael Wood

America The productivity Flooring you America. Okay. assuming in in net And run maybe period productivity. that's And negative what XQ million growth like rate I'm be on productivity to $XX - Is million heavy And that do North look then lap when curious begin XXXX. question. a I'm specific North normal it'll you the a XQ when what to destocking correct? can Flooring the productivity stabilizes? $XX think

Jeffrey Lorberbaum

and anything to in So improve freight, SG&A In over productivity we and We among manufacturing impacted in up by depreciation, others. some worse it'll employee to lower levels was productivity lag that time. efficiencies, the uncovered costs, the gets the category. continue but it higher think even higher ends expect term, productivity, near

Operator

from comes with Justin question & line next Zelman Your the of Speer Associates.

Justin Speer

a little unpacking big - quarter, - that fourth the the quarter guidance just bit productivity third in this particularly and in line. thinking about more I

and implies points look the think plus about across million then most $X you for quarter, that And drag of XXX fourth margin I to I the second business. from the guidance basis to were the quarter. the improve year-over-year you looking degradation in think -

America implied in need to the we as year exit provide rest unpack of think to your next fourth margin the So much that best and Flooring profile of shape that the math how we it. you're seems what's how how North terms as across you some into around handholding Because and going can then I about year the your of margin that quarter? continuing is guidance guess, And productivity your it businesses? that piece, maybe

Jeffrey Lorberbaum

anticipate the sales slightly we trends with as slower. go soft into continuous quarter, We fourth

markets - will that to continuing various environments. markets, we're raw assume have U.S., our more as in inflation. competitive as material In are the as seeing the slowed increases lag price We such the somewhat,

lower increasing and new rates this, all reductions cost way out in marketplace. every product We're manufacturing With where change the We putting assuming further are. higher through. executing almost products will we're prices have we But have it and we're and improve time margins, take to that'll declining mix, margin. we're product the to

Justin Speer

thinking how in should are price How, maybe we particularly in drag you maybe, to tariffs price couple have be - to volume have going across Thinking about seeing your requiring of you have North getting rolling with into competition Flooring getting so price, we So tariffs? businesses? that at continue least productivity and America, drag, couch down the to the in, or - then a about that with productivity you're next be versus in what maybe environment your much price you're going get quarters.

Jeffrey Lorberbaum

of could And the to in demand countries implement should - a the increase increase others our we in so a are The categories announcements We XX% rational of in by the rise a those. because The Chinese ceramic product on costs at The the believe, see go in from tariffs which increases there's of far, end us there's that imports compromise. don't think reasonable are January. help going the in other the we tariffs price they'll probability that reaching have the we limited year. announced marketplace, competitors, in the in impact most prices. there but increases level

manufacturing our they should as positions addition. improve those in help occur, So

Operator

next Kim with Evercore the comes Your line ISI. from of question Stephen

Stephen Kim

on want in going wanted zero term to the I that of I your guess, aspects to are was So longer-term of that inventory in people handholding addition on. dynamic. some to the obviously some one the questions

- - you hoping down down that XQ. low number think single down because Was kind Anything of impact that inventory had big ahead some for was break on and sales internationally, buildup very words, think I say, you us? in see kind helpful. break acquisition I give little still there the like was could it in you a likelihood then of break be other seems let's did And regarding the XQ. that assume the would what inventory there high. mean can I can specifically, inventory that, year-over-year? And relatively launches? you you you inventory be lower quickly that the clarify, within LVT or in like wanted indicated understand that any you year-over-year inventory is that are out there overall the of versus down there digits from In pieces, will to build come mean would I you us help can but we domestically. of Or that out us a

Frank Boykin

First, Steve, wanted to just I clarify.

You Was had down you quarter. would the said? what sales fourth in be said that... Is that

Stephen Kim

I thought clarify was Jeff it's said, if had wrong. me just but that what

Frank Boykin

don't sales... we No, expect No.

Jeffrey Lorberbaum

happening cutting And softer. But third are said the I year. sales of at would be on be to what's going is the it's we we're quarter, cutting softer started back going because piece production the assuming we back. next into

of So we're being more the end the aggressive in the production into rates year. going

in What material inflation, fill is prices of have before I'm the also some balance get the it. rest. And gone the raw have materials you up. saying you sheet Frank, the that me can with raw the sales Let hitting

raw the units nothing having the addition go the up in do showing as up. inventory So to it's dollars, to increased, the with because turns materials prices get and inventory the in worse have

William Wellborn

of I example, we're source Stephen, that increasing an the would manufactured our just and quartz, add materials, like for inventories. we're down some taking

Frank Boykin

was we Did And Steve? long out leave something that there, a question.

Stephen Kim

getting that your XQ or numbers, guidance scary a some because I The around of something disappointments guidance. and XQ Well, - is needs, give what us in can we're pattern on we're think sort I'm ratios some confidence to that's we for what either Street ultimately establish - because a can starting for how particular, where looking sense here,

to which one so I your of inventory - the address. be to though something even been inventory trying build seems know aspects you've issues And key your continuing is to that's

looks do in to create conservative expectation a confident why or build of get And it you inventory let's to So these sort the are regular and the enough that if we U.S., of XQ? flow. we sales So other example, feel like, therefore, all we just want way around for be numbers is not helpful build sense were would could not XQ in in your and, pieces that inventory get the the other being going the of XQ? breakout part some in problems say, what turn

Frank Boykin

The in in expect as inventories see And are expected to to continue go move would our improvement to to we the quarter. down turns we the next inventory year. fourth

Operator

comes Your of the question with line Michael Rehaut from JPMorgan. next

Michael Rehaut

And around that Would would do so the is to question that bit get I two. billion business? you over a margins or to what helpful. a investments event? when that a - your be all than a I on about sales be is what just just thinking strength a new $X.X X. more $X.X online that fully XXXX, that you've you full last that's also, of to - of if next investments numbers expect to to difference First, in thoughts I perspective, and are sense, wanted similar billion the billion, Any want just talked the little you from "being get the the the coming or different $X.X lower $X.X that XXXX can from optimized" up timing those the correct, understand year how to there. billion you seems think year could believe, generate

Jeffrey Lorberbaum

The in two places. comes numbers Okay. the difference from

this Some of projects projects, moved of two We've been into about so years, have and the this been moved additional out of the for we as some about the other. over. have piece talking

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certain talked various up. put of all the but ramp completion try at doesn't that in of that In other on which all started are and through. volume it margins projects and states. through just the go sell some In gets starting sales through, along thing are ones to getting going cases, started different of are the the go up we cost ones All up in the cases, There's you the it. on process. and stages get the out as we profitability, with faster. each stopping In depends sort are the help are of it in other costs to we remarks lower, it, kinds of will we if it Then lower each of in it They're as the other. there ramping investments, the

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through So start. it takes going different them a upon all depending periods bit little as we of - they're in spots

quartz plant ground get to of out the go the us all Some even assisting the the coming process, are And going there and takes new should help Tennessee, to suppliers. by be to finished helped get they're The gotten - all yet. them future tariffs on for that up Chinese is already this top the dumping optimized fill to years haven't on countertops, point. which in high. up the plant their several tariffs which instance. could charges going it is faster, are But through projects have for That if

Michael Rehaut

appreciate I color Jeff, there. the

question, a clarification, on couple points again, of of maybe Second forward just guidance.

talking quarter, XQ, year-over-year down with of quarter, the set that sales growth reflect to sequentially? say the additional offset the headwinds? then of that should with the And terms trying less mean of do - operating terms of motion some you as up just guidance, and previous sales price increases going declining you're but does you any sales you're In slightly in you sequentially? in try expect pricing still the sales first talking than about, we the But sales when growth income about slower

Jeffrey Lorberbaum

the the question? we third Is was quarter would meant sales, of the softening the what trends because markets through. of as So in the then sales the it we rate be lower and many we're rest relative seeing that to go -

Frank Boykin

the of question? Rest

Jeffrey Lorberbaum

part? forgot. other I the What's

Frank Boykin

gone. think he's I

Operator

Your comes John of with next question Stifel. the from Baugh line

John Baugh

I QX was improving. guide curious the on on

EBIT saying that an guide. it the EBIT be EBIT? think above Are I QX was you QX will

Jeffrey Lorberbaum

think, prior improve The the - relative the over the guidance, fourth decrease year that was in quarter. I to would saying

John Baugh

Okay.

will EBIT QX? higher not be EBIT saying in than QX that's So in

Jeffrey Lorberbaum

we're don't always QX is think and than that. volume quarter, much a fourth change going I the lower to

John Baugh

the your what of currently. go next then importing year how that that curious the now. to not you you're on contemplate growth that XX% And Jeff, as not? rate we about doing, the seeing as XX% you're we Okay. then got may will slow U.S. you LVT to the pricing, of of and and in may rest down curious product if And I'm how what see to do place. LVT business at that, if think as materially you're higher early I'm or impact got competition or as in We've that think Do the your in into pricing stuff, you've the even this as

Jeffrey Lorberbaum

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John Baugh

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Jeffrey Lorberbaum

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Operator

Your Keith with next question Hughes comes from SunTrust. the of line

Keith Hughes

inventory production on question and A rates.

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Jeffrey Lorberbaum

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Keith Hughes

Sorry, so capacity? saying - you're lowering production production you're your

Jeffrey Lorberbaum

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Keith Hughes

say period I the than be a it will quarter, the in production third, correct? When fourth slower

Jeffrey Lorberbaum

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Operator

the next Sachs. comes question from line Goldman Doug Your Clark the with of

Douglas Clark

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up and fully So that where ramped are utilized? we in getting

Jeffrey Lorberbaum

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Douglas Clark

that I just the curious, then the of the include potentially that source in helpful. does the one, super acquisition terms XQ with Eliane? then was and also, number All the costs And And on right. associated That tariff include XX% that? was product does guide,

Frank Boykin

accretion the from include not does Eliane. It

Jeffrey Lorberbaum

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Operator

question the Group. Kathryn Thompson next Thompson Research with line from Your comes of

Kathryn Thompson

have in understanding first, America. the We been takes, consistent and on and First, and reporting in lot geography. focusing adjusted step-down widest profit the and this there Flooring a segment North margin year. most had the in just by But impact focusing margins on quarter by margin of puts XX

issues internal question versus out is commentary. these to the prepared the controllables forward. what start-up, spirit So QX stepping effectively of back managed plant lower the force how the investments other be external laid more understand year-to-date the and looking the at in and the of and by - much volumes or are is the inflation, or really you've the how the for impact going other And that driven headwinds the can fees, of

Frank Boykin

million. us we're productivity to with were at products we and largest P&L largest third fourth for million the help year inflation, the of had But quarter for for like were, I and negative hit we said, inflation. shutdowns then the introducing in are - of $XX increase about to Kathryn, a offset start-ups the the continue of Jeff to that had the the as million, million. inflation mentioned, about incremental segment then And $X productivity in $XX two hit $X headwinds mix. end American and North this two that help putting new price We

Jeffrey Lorberbaum

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Kathryn Thompson

are move follow-up fixable to are and clarify, that a to the internal-focused more sounds would a Is versus these I that fair - majority more statement? question, just it external. be my Before like -

Frank Boykin

some still has got address, the and got We've that pricing the to influences. external of we've and that mix

Jeffrey Lorberbaum

of It's a combination both.

Kathryn Thompson

Yes.

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Frank Boykin

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a a taking lot. the increase that us price are We quarter should fourth in help

Jeffrey Lorberbaum

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Operator

with Bouley Matthew of line the from comes question next Your Barclays.

Matthew Bouley

Jeff, side, been So successful on the you've mostly in historically. offsetting generally inflation price

full elaborate limited visibility ultimately, really pricing different on just getting mean, or that seemingly do just ability - what time? traction you to mix Why a here? the on what there I is offset could improve have side? is to this So Is is pricing you it

Jeffrey Lorberbaum

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Matthew Bouley

Okay.

North America. in made several North end items, in comment American productivity. Jeff, Second question just productivity you up on that obviously, the

So I volumes of that is you of in what you would would suggestion productivity kind to need volume to way really the right the in generating see swing be to words, about see need that mean, around? to there a mean, level that recovery return think I guess, other segment? the I to

Jeffrey Lorberbaum

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improve time, So will I improve think it's to the tomorrow. but not productivity over going

Operator

the question Capital of next Mike from comes Dahl with Markets. Your RBC line

Michael Dahl

the pricing. the over at in been goes has I'm a to with quarters, kind couple of guess, curious, question consistently this trade-down first I met trade-down The last topic effect. pricing effect of of back least just the

customer thinking but customer, pricing to positive XXXX you're talked expect And is, you at this about of hearing confidence the of do be ultimately, part 'XX? you've kind you're slower what as this and the the you look about As you will what that improve gives your organic back second from in behavior growth, actions? growth

Jeffrey Lorberbaum

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Frank Boykin

sales XXXX growth.

Jeffrey Lorberbaum

it expect be to We up.

Michael Dahl

And Okay. it... guess I

Jeffrey Lorberbaum

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Michael Dahl

Well, if operating your the at about second you guide, that's income Jeff. down million question, XQ my $XX Because look year-on-year.

those through is this optimization to the the a about made consistently You've be going XXXX transition still call is year. comments year.

in to where in again think try you you if versus dollar XXXX after so operating do finer things, to XQ, And you're put to that on about point positioned a expect income terms? improve XXXX

Jeffrey Lorberbaum

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Operator

John America. the of with of Lovallo comes question from line next Bank Your

John Lovallo

guide That's XXXX back brings The XXXX, XXXX XXX. you first the on levels. pretty to good of one a for CapEx XXX to of step-down, kind

delaying Now market? But elevated some spending in years I couple you're have seeing spend. the the you past been realize of what that in XXXX, guys given are given of the any

Jeffrey Lorberbaum

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John Lovallo

the be million - Okay. in And guys how question put the intend your is? market? of can get And aggressive then $XXX authorization next to place. How is repurchase you the on given quickly you where in just do stock

Jeffrey Lorberbaum

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Operator

with next comes Your line question East Wells Stephen the from Fargo. of

Stephen East

raw The late October, look product it inflation up. have to today your But major I how on guess versus in raw raw at do pricing if much materials And you here materials how question. materials categories, still major with first if know are flush your long all, roughly get year-over-year? think, stopped then you up? how gone I take you you're much those up go would seeing products,

Jeffrey Lorberbaum

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Stephen East

appreciate a had of I question. thing the other compound sure. that. then I is sort Yes, And

what behaving best? - at right If utilization are have ones some us an one's then are you're you at you however just today, like maybe much product cap a go your through have you you which the or magnitude sort this you normalized idea if of behaving it, it's - And want markets, level, look rates may capacity the level what flexibility running we answer earlier to you your we of you are of running 'XX. so of major end which could give at whether can of U.S. the seeing categories, look now worst, year below type as how

Jeffrey Lorberbaum

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Stephen East

Exactly.

one's markets, the The are U.S. what seeing? first you end

Jeffrey Lorberbaum

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Stephen East

looking and much into that in how second The you place. major products, flexibility may you're half, you expansion just your your rates your now 'XX, to right utilization understand trying at have where are CapEx go as putting capped ignoring and

really Just you this where understand back year. trying you've to from, were pull say, earlier how much to had

Jeffrey Lorberbaum

took of LVT of mean, most the all then different I growth, about product if seeing volumes and is them. the XXX% categories, even. industry we're everything you say And else lower in unit

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Frank Boykin

some fourth take time economical quarter, because to Steve, inventories like for in and U.S. out the down the in we're cases, the Italy in ceramic, both it's taking most us.

Jeffrey Lorberbaum

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Operator

question next the comes from Phil Jefferies. Your of line Ng with

Philip Ng

early and of for kind that? Can as coming up down these for of done year, we that have think are think a some how next highlighted, some drawn about you productivity of year, projects costs 'XX production? start-up you're assuming the And how color about next year. you this versus should late 'XX handful of still provide to you Because cadence

Frank Boykin

ran next year. from what significantly it could XX% much down as be this year down It will full costs Start-up as for year. the be

Jeffrey Lorberbaum

him an give next for year? you estimate Can

Frank Boykin

I year, going this half year. No, to be next so we as think, XX could said, of it's XX, that it

Philip Ng

the about have productivity a on other handle on good targets? what And that? Do you

Frank Boykin

first year, right I can out particularly the think through once improve the the should as quarter. best go we of we say get it we is now

Philip Ng

Got to it. you heard correctly. And Jeff, want I confirm I just

in growth you be down EBITDA given But of these market, called inflect expecting to up EBITDA next the be headwinds you're until you're seeing here? some legacy from of out and costs, of to margins year-over-year a organic kind So XXXX price you're year. in legacy couple things expecting most

Jeffrey Lorberbaum

lower-value that keep talking margins. You future. have about, products, impacting about I the to going which change selling mix foreseeable this more that's is And the continue for

get On pricing the than do hand, other we more been. it the expect to has aligned

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Philip Ng

even roll to these general? growth of push Okay. take out out and count competition Are bigger head given some you projects planning initiatives growth in slower costs, just any and potentially ratchet out to more increased

Jeffrey Lorberbaum

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production of different all the We efficiencies the businesses. continue to increase and

Operator

Your Suisse. next comes with Maklari Susan of Crédit the line from question

Susan Maklari

question obviously sense that globally. - slowed some My around is markets been there's have first

the anything expect U.S. that to growth as you You region the well through Europe Do different other? to there year Is the the the versus in or versus the U.S. next Europe noted for in come perhaps more outlook one of - in you feels terms as other?

Jeffrey Lorberbaum

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Susan Maklari

the And that's acquisition, you've be Brazil's in get And to about this? then to a was for should while. good can the time helpful. that obviously that time? business Why think your this talked into did of market growth Okay, over decide terms a that sort that about may of we how add a Eliane you

Jeffrey Lorberbaum

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William Wellborn

market. just has huge market XX is management excellent or would They team. family, had Eliane I best years. Brazil, the The in probably - we've add - and two an that brand excellent a number Yes. with the have discussions the which it's XX the in position

Jeffrey Lorberbaum

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Operator

next Champine Your Laura the Capital question from comes Loop line of with Markets.

Laura Champine

the it's long you give of And it you was a us how are the you're in us what magnitude recover and the lesson trade-down seeing about this we to little where across a Can businesses? of tells trade-down history it took saw you time with your about Jeff, that last customers. when cycle?

Jeffrey Lorberbaum

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Operator

Your next question MacGregor line from comes David Research. Longbow the with of

David MacGregor

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Jeffrey Lorberbaum

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William Wellborn

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Operator

line Research. Bosshard of Your Cleveland next Eric comes with the from question

Eric Bosshard

Two questions.

about First in the LVT regarding the of you about all, Europe that and happening U.S. the dynamic competitive feel in do how in similar a talking way? you're imports,

Jeffrey Lorberbaum

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Operator

we questions for the Mr. have today. all comments. would to back over is for that Lorberbaum the gentlemen, call and Ladies to I like turn closing now

Jeffrey Lorberbaum

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Operator

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