Despite challenges, Mohawk ups earnings
July 22, 2004,
CALHOUN, Ga. — Even though rising oil and raw material costs put margins under mounting pressure, Mohawk Industries Inc. parlayed stronger sales into a 16.2 per increase in earnings, to $87.2 million from $75 million last year.
But largely because of the squeeze on margins, which more than offset lower costs, the acid test of earnings per share — the number Wall Street fixates on — came in beneath expectations, falling 2 cents shy of a consensus forecast of $1.31 per share. Disappointed stock watchers modestly marked down the stock, the strongest in the entire U.S. textiles industry, by 1.5 percent in mid-afternoon trading, by $1.07 a share, or 1.5 percent, to $70.25.