Company Celebrates the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum 2011 Award for Corporate and Institutional Achievement, Becoming the First Furniture Company Ever to be Bestowed with this Honor


EAST GREENVILLE, Pa., July 19, 2011 -- Knoll, Inc. (NYSE: KNL) today announced results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2011. Net sales were $238.7 million for the quarter, an increase of 24.1% from the second quarter 2010. Operating profit was $23.3 million, or 9.8% of net sales, an increase of 95.8% from the second quarter 2010. Excluding restructuring charges of $0.2 million, operating profit was $23.6 million for the second quarter of 2011, or 9.9% of net sales, an increase of 67.4% when compared to adjusted operating profit from the second quarter of 2010. Net income was $13.0 million, an increase of 49.4% over the second quarter 2010. Earnings per share for the second quarter of 2011 was $0.28 compared to $0.19 earnings per share in the prior year, an increase of 47.4%.


"In the second quarter of 2011 we were honored with and celebrated an award that has been 73 years in the making," commented Andrew Cogan, CEO. "On May 26, 2011 the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum announced that we were the winner of the 2011 Award for Corporate and Institutional Achievement. In accepting this award, we join a very short and prestigious list of the most highly respected brands in design across all industries and categories. I deeply believe that it is exactly our ability to balance the goals of art with the demands of industry that distinguishes a Knoll design from the efforts of our competitors and allows us to continue to generate, as we did in the just completed quarter, industry leading levels of profitability for our shareholders."


Adjusted earnings per share and adjusted operating profit are non-GAAP financial measures and are calculated by excluding from earnings per share and operating profit items we believe to be infrequent or not indicative of our operating performance. For a reconciliation of adjusted earnings per share and adjusted operating profit to earnings per share and operating profit, respectively, see "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below.


Net sales for the quarter were $238.7 million, an increase of $46.4 million, or 24.1%, over the second quarter of 2010. Sales increased double digits across all product categories with the largest gain occurring in office systems. Backlog of unfilled orders at June 30, 2011 was $164.6 million, an increase of $32.1 million, or 24.2% compared to unfilled orders at June 30, 2010.


Gross profit for the second quarter of 2011 was $76.5 million, an increase of $13.5 million, or 21.4%, over the same period in 2010. Gross profit as a percentage of net sales decreased to 32.1% in the second quarter of 2011 from 32.8% in the same quarter of 2010. The decrease in gross margin from the second quarter of 2010 largely resulted from material and transportation inflation, and unfavorable movements in foreign exchange of the Canadian dollar and Euro. Sequentially, gross profit as a percentage of net sales increased 110 basis points when compared with the first quarter of 2011. This improvement mainly resulted from improved pricing and more favorable customer mix.


Operating expenses for the quarter were $52.9 million, or 22.2% of net sales, compared to $49.0 million, or 25.5% of net sales, for the second quarter of 2010. The increase in operating expenses during the second quarter of 2011 was in large part due to increased sales commissions and selling related expenses associated with our higher sales volumes as well as increased spending on our NeoCon trade show.


We generated operating profit for the second quarter of 2011 of $23.3 million, an increase of $11.4 million, or 95.8%, over the same period in 2010. Operating profit as a percentage of net sales was 9.8% for the second quarter of 2011. Operating profit for the second quarter of 2011 includes restructuring charges of $0.2 million. Excluding those restructuring charges, operating profit would have been $23.6 million, or 9.9% as a percent of sales. For a reconciliation of adjusted operating profit to GAAP operating profit, see "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below.


Interest expense decreased $1.0 million when compared with the second quarter 2010. The decrease in interest expense is due to our lower outstanding debt and the expiration of our remaining two interest rate swap agreements on June 9, 2011. Other expense for the second quarter of 2011 was $0.3 million of foreign exchange losses. Other income for the second quarter 2010 was $2.3 million which included $2.5 million of foreign exchange gains offset by $0.2 million of miscellaneous expense.


The effective tax rate was 34.1% for the quarter, as compared to 11.9% for the same period last year. The increase in our effective tax rate was in large part due to a $2.5 million tax benefit related to foreign tax credits that was recorded during the second quarter of 2010. In addition, the mix of pretax income and the varying effective tax rates in the countries in which we operate directly affects our consolidated effective tax rate. Net income for the second quarter 2011 was $13.0 million, or $0.28 diluted earnings per share, as compared to $8.7 million, or $0.19 diluted earnings per share, for the same quarter in 2010.


Cash generated from operations during the second quarter 2011 was $29.6 million, compared to $19.8 million in the same period of 2010. Capital expenditures for the second quarter 2011 totaled $5.2 million compared to $1.5 million for 2010. We repaid $12.0 million of debt during the second quarter of 2011 compared to $13.0 million during the second quarter of 2010. We also paid a quarterly dividend of $4.6 million, or $0.10 per share, in the second quarter of 2011 compared to $0.9 million, or $0.02 per share, in the second quarter of 2010.


"We are pleased that despite a highly competitive and inflationary environment, combined with the foreign exchange headwinds we are experiencing, we were able to deliver strong operating results, further reduce our debt outstanding, and improve working capital," stated Barry L. McCabe, EVP & CFO.


Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures


This release contains adjusted earnings per share and adjusted operating profit measures, which are both non-GAAP financial measures. Adjusted earnings per share and adjusted operating profit are calculated by excluding from earnings per share and operating profit items that we believe to be infrequent or not indicative of our operating performance. For the periods covered by this release such items consist of expenses associated with restructuring activities. We present adjusted earnings per share and adjusted operating profit because we consider them to be important supplemental measures of our performance and believe them to be useful to show ongoing results from operations distinct from items that are infrequent or not indicative of our operating performance.


Adjusted earnings per share and adjusted operating profit are not measurements of our financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to earnings per share or operating profit under GAAP. Adjusted earnings per share and adjusted operating profit have limitations as analytical tools, and you should not consider them in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. In addition, in evaluating adjusted earnings per share and adjusted operating profit, you should be aware that in the future we may incur expenses similar to the adjustments in this presentation. Our presentation of adjusted earnings per share and adjusted operating profit should not be construed as an inference that our future results will be unaffected by unusual or infrequent items. We compensate for these limitations by providing equal prominence of our GAAP results and using adjusted earnings per share and adjusted operating profit only supplementally.


About Knoll


Knoll is the recipient of the 2011 National Design Award for Corporate and Institutional Achievement from the Smithsonian's Copper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Since 1938, Knoll has been recognized internationally for creating workplace and residential furnishings that inspire, evolve and endure. Today, our commitment to modern design, our understanding of the workplace and our dedication to sustainable design have yielded a unique portfolio of products that respond and adapt to changing needs. Knoll is aligned with the U.S. Green Building Council and the Canadian Green Building Council and can help companies achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design LEED workplace certification. Knoll is the founding sponsor of the World Monuments Fund Modernism at Risk program.

SOURCE: Knoll Inc.

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