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Knoll Reports Continued 2018 Momentum With Strong 3rd Quarter Results

10/29/18
  • Sales increase of 12.5%
  • Margin expansion with EPS growth of 5% and Adjusted EPS growth of 20%
  • Continued deleveraging, with leverage two quarters post Muuto acquisition down to 2.75:1

EAST GREENVILLE, Pa., Oct. 29, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Knoll, Inc. (NYSE: KNL), a leading designer and manufacturer of furnishings, textiles and fine leathers for the workplace and home, today announced results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018. Net sales were $327.7 million for the third quarter of 2018, an increase of 12.5% from the third quarter of 2017. Operating profit was $32.9 million, an increase of 18.7% from the third quarter of 2017. Adjusted operating profit for the third quarter of 2018 was $36.9 million, an increase of 30.0% from the third quarter of 2017. Net earnings for the third quarter of 2018 were $20.3 million, an increase of 6.2% compared to the third quarter of 2017. Adjusted net earnings for the third quarter of 2018 were $23.7 million, an increase of 21.1% compared to the third quarter of 2017.  Adjusted EBITDA was $47.2 million, an increase of 21.0% compared to $39.0 million in the third quarter of 2017. Diluted earnings per share was $0.41 and $0.39 for the third quarter of 2018 and 2017, respectively. Adjusted diluted earnings per share was $0.48 and $0.40 for the third quarter of 2018 and 2017, respectively.

“The bold actions we’ve taken, from the acquisition of Muuto to the launch of new platforms like Rockwell Unscripted and the reorganization and expansion of our selling capacity, have continued to enable us to respond to changing design trends and allocation of space within the workplace, penetrate faster growing ancillary categories and drive top line growth. Coupled with initiatives to increase the share of revenue from our high-design, high-margin global Lifestyle businesses which now represent 40% of our revenues, we are building a unique constellation of design driven brands with durable competitive advantages and superior profitability,” commented Andrew Cogan, Knoll’s Chairman and CEO.

“This quarter the benefit of these initiatives combined with favorable price realization and efforts by our supply chain team to offset continued inflationary pressures led to 100 basis points of Adjusted EBITDA margin expansion and Adjusted EPS growth of 20%. Looking ahead to the end of the year we expect to continue to grow our business, expand our margins and further delever our balance sheet,” added Cogan.

Third Quarter Results

Third quarter 2018 financial results highlights are as follows:

Dollars in Millions, Except Per Share Data   Three Months Ended September 30,   Percent
    2018   2017   Change
Net Sales   $ 327.7     $ 291.3     12.5 %
Gross Profit   122.8     106.6     15.2 %
Gross Profit %   37.5 %   36.6 %   2.5 %
Operating Expenses   89.9     78.9     13.9 %
Operating Profit   32.9     27.7     18.7 %
Operating Profit %   10.0 %   9.5 %   5.3 %
Acquisition related expenses   2.8     0.6     336.8 %
Restructuring Charges   1.2         100.0 %
Adjusted Operating Expenses (1)   85.9     78.3     9.8 %
Adjusted Operating Profit (1)   36.9     28.3     30.0 %
Adjusted Operating Profit % (1)   11.3 %   9.7 %   16.5 %
Net Earnings Attributable to Knoll Inc. Stockholders   20.3     19.1     6.2 %
Pension Settlement   0.6         100.0 %
Adjusted Net Earnings(1)   23.7     19.6     21.1 %
Adjusted EBITDA (1)   47.2     39.0     21.0 %
Adjusted EBITDA % (1)   14.4 %   13.4 %   7.5 %
Diluted Earnings Per Share   $ 0.41     $ 0.39     5.1 %
Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share (1)   $ 0.48     $ 0.40     20.0 %

(1) See Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures below.

Net sales were $327.7 million for the third quarter of 2018, an increase of 12.5%, from the third quarter of 2017. Net sales for the Office segment were $197.6 million during the third quarter of 2018, an increase of $5.4 million, or 2.8% compared to the third quarter of 2017. Newer workplace platforms and ancillary products drove sales growth while legacy system sales remained flat. Net sales for the Lifestyle segment were $130.1 million during the third quarter of 2018, an increase of 31.4% compared with the third quarter of 2017. This increase was primarily driven by the inclusion of three months of sales from Muuto as well as increased volume in our contract markets across all Lifestyle businesses. Organic net sales for the Lifestyle segment grew 8.7% in the third quarter of 2018 compared to the same quarter in 2017.

Gross profit for the third quarter of 2018 was $122.8 million, an increase of $16.2 million, or 15.2% compared to the third quarter of 2017. During the third quarter of 2018, gross margin increased to 37.5% from 36.6% in the third quarter of 2017. The increase in gross margin was primarily the result of the continued shift of the percentage of total Knoll, Inc. sales towards our higher margin Lifestyle segment, which experienced significantly higher sales growth than our Office segment.

Operating expenses were $89.9 million for the third quarter of 2018, or 27.4% of net sales, compared to $78.9 million, or 27.1% of net sales, for the third quarter of 2017. Operating expenses in the third quarter of 2018 included acquisition related expenses of $2.8 million.  Acquisition related expenses included amortization of acquired intangible assets of $2.1 million, retention agreements for key employees of $0.9 million, and other customary acquisition related expenses of $0.2 million, partially offset by the reduction of an acquisition related liability of $0.4 million. Operating expenses also included restructuring charges of $1.2 million which were related to the Company's supply chain optimization initiative. Excluding these items, adjusted operating expenses were $85.9 million for the third quarter of 2018, or 26.2% of net sales compared to $78.3 million, or 26.9% of net sales in the third quarter of 2017. The increase in adjusted operating expenses was related primarily to incremental operating expenses from Muuto, in addition to increased warehousing and showroom costs.

During the third quarter of 2018, interest expense was $5.0 million, an increase of $3.0 million compared to the third quarter of 2017. This increase was due primarily to additional debt from the Muuto acquisition and higher interest rates.

During the third quarter of 2018, other expense was $0.4 million compared to other income of $1.6 million for the third quarter of 2017. Other expense during the third quarter of 2018 was primarily related to foreign exchange losses, partially offset by net periodic benefit income from the Company's pension and other post-employment benefit plans. Other expense for the third quarter of 2018 also included a pension settlement charge of $0.6 million related to the cash payments from lump sum elections.

Net earnings for the third quarter of 2018 was $20.3 million, or $0.41 diluted earnings per share, compared to $19.1 million, or $0.39 diluted earnings per share, for the third quarter of 2017. Excluding the impact of the acquisition related expenses, restructuring charges and the pension settlement charge, adjusted net earnings for the third quarter of 2018 was $23.7 million, or $0.48 adjusted diluted earnings per share, compared to $19.6 million, or $0.40 adjusted diluted earnings per share for the third quarter of 2017.

The effective tax rate for the third quarter of 2018 was 26.1%, down from 29.9% in the third quarter of 2017. The effective tax rate for the third quarter of 2017 was favorably impacted by the reversal of a valuation allowance against certain foreign jurisdiction deferred tax assets. Excluding the impact of the valuation allowance reversal, the effective tax rate for the third quarter of 2018 decreased significantly from the third quarter of 2017 primarily due to the passage of the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“Tax Reform”) in the fourth quarter of 2017. The Company expects its full year effective tax rate will be between 25% and 26% for fiscal year 2018. The mix of pretax income and the varying effective tax rates in the countries and states in which we operate directly affects our consolidated effective tax rate.

Capital expenditures for the third quarter of 2018 totaled $5.3 million compared to $8.7 million in the third quarter of 2017. During the third quarters of 2018 and 2017, the Company paid a quarterly dividend of $7.3 million, or $0.15 per share.

Business Segment Results

The Company manages its business through its reportable segments: Office and Lifestyle. All unallocated expenses are included within Corporate.

The Office segment includes a complete range of workplace products that address diverse workplace planning paradigms in North America and Europe. These products include: systems furniture, seating, storage, tables, desks and KnollExtra® accessories as well as the international sales of our Office products.

The Lifestyle segment includes KnollStudio®, HOLLY HUNT®, DatesWeiser, Muuto, KnollTextiles®, Spinneybeck® (including Filzfelt®), and Edelman® Leather. KnollStudio products, which are distributed in North America and Europe, include iconic seating, lounge furniture, side, cafe and dining chairs as well as conference, training and dining and occasional tables. HOLLY HUNT® is known for high quality residential furniture, lighting, rugs, textiles and leathers. In addition, HOLLY HUNT® also includes Vladimir Kagan Design Group, a renowned collection of modern luxury furnishings. DatesWeiser, known for its sophisticated meeting and conference tables and credenzas, sets a standard for design, quality and technology integration. The KnollTextiles®, Spinneybeck® (including Filzfelt®), and Edelman® Leather businesses provide a wide range of customers with high-quality fabrics, felt, leather and related architectural products. The acquisition of Muuto rounds out the Lifestyle segment with its ancillary products and affordable luxury furnishings to make the Lifestyle segment an all-encompassing “resimercial”, high-performance workplace, from uber-luxury living spaces to affordable luxury residential living.

The tables below present the Company’s segment information with Corporate costs excluded from operating segment results. Prior year amounts have been recast to conform to the current presentation.

    Three Months Ended September 30,
Net sales (in thousands)   2018   2017
Office   $ 197,682     $ 192,308  
Lifestyle   130,055     98,948  
Total net sales   $ 327,737     $ 291,256  
         
    Three Months Ended September 30,
Operating profit (in thousands)   2018   2017
Office   $ 15,894     $ 15,802  
Lifestyle   22,294     17,578  
Corporate   (5,268 )   (5,653 )
Total operating profit   $ 32,920     $ 27,727  
         
    Three Months Ended September 30,
Adjusted EBITDA (in thousands)   2018   2017
Office   $ 23,422     $ 21,918  
Lifestyle   27,624     20,166  
Corporate   (3,862 )   (3,104 )
Total adjusted EBITDA   $ 47,184     $ 38,980  

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release contains certain non-GAAP financial measures. A "non-GAAP financial measure" is a numerical measure of a company's financial performance that excludes or includes amounts so as to be different than the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") in the statements of income, balance sheets, or statements of cash flow of the company. Pursuant to applicable reporting requirements, the company has provided reconciliations below of non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measure.

The non-GAAP financial measures presented within the Company's earnings release are Organic Net Sales, Adjusted Operating Expense, Adjusted Operating Profit, Adjusted Operating Profit Margin, Adjusted Net Earnings, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin, and Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share. These non-GAAP measures are not indicators of our financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to the applicable GAAP measure. These non-GAAP measures 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 these non-GAAP measures, you should be aware that in the future we may incur expenses similar to the adjustments in this press release. Our presentation of these non-GAAP measures 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 to our GAAP results and using non-GAAP measures only as supplemental presentations.

The non-GAAP measures presented are utilized by the Company to evaluate the Company's business performance and profitability, as well as provide easier comparability of pre- and post acquisition operating results. The Company believes that these measures provide additional clarity for investors by excluding specific expenses in an effort to show comparable business operating results for the periods presented.

The following table reconciles Operating Expenses to Adjusted Operating Expenses for the periods indicated.

    Three Months Ended September 30,
    2018   2017
    ($ in millions)
         
Operating expenses   $ 89.9     $ 78.9  
Less:        
Acquisition related expenses   2.8     0.6  
Restructuring charges   1.2      
Adjusted operating expenses   $ 85.9     $ 78.3  

The following table reconciles Operating Profit to Adjusted Operating Profit for the periods indicated.

    Three Months Ended September 30,
    2018   2017
    ($ in millions)
         
Operating profit   $ 32.9     $ 27.7  
Add back:        
Acquisition related expenses   2.8     0.6  
Restructuring charges   1.2      
Adjusted operating profit   $ 36.9     $ 28.3  
Net Sales   $ 327.7     $ 291.3  
Operating Profit %   10.0 %   9.5 %
Adjusted Operating Profit %   11.3 %   9.7 %

The following tables reconcile Operating Profit to Adjusted EBITDA by business segment for the periods indicated.

    Three Months Ended September 30, 2018
    Office   Lifestyle   Corporate   Knoll, Inc.
    ($ in millions)
                 
Operating profit (loss)   $ 15.9     $ 22.3     $ (5.3 )   $ 32.9  
Add back:                
Acquisition related expenses(1)       0.9     (0.2 )   0.7  
Restructuring charges   1.2             1.2  
Depreciation and amortization   4.9     3.5     0.1     8.5  
Stock compensation   0.4     0.7     1.2     2.3  
Other non-cash items   1.0     0.2     0.4     1.6  
Adjusted EBITDA (loss)   $ 23.4     $ 27.6     $ (3.8 )   $ 47.2  
Net sales   $ 197.6     $ 130.1         $ 327.7  
Operating profit %   8.0 %   17.1 %   N/A   10.0 %
Adjusted EBITDA %   11.8 %   21.2 %   N/A   14.4 %

(1) Acquisition related expenses includes retention agreements for key employees, other customary acquisition related expenses, and the reduction of an acquisition related liability.

    Three Months Ended September 30, 2017
    Office   Lifestyle   Corporate   Knoll, Inc.
    ($ in millions)
                 
Operating profit (loss)   $ 15.8     $ 17.6     $ (5.7 )   $ 27.7  
Add back:                
Restructuring charges                
Acquisition related expenses                
Depreciation and amortization   4.3     1.8     0.2     6.3  
Stock compensation   0.5     0.6     1.2     2.3  
Other non-cash items   1.3     0.2     1.2     2.7  
Adjusted EBITDA (loss)   $ 21.9     $ 20.2     $ (3.1 )   $ 39.0  
Net sales   $ 192.3     $ 99.0         $ 291.3  
Operating profit %   8.2 %   17.8 %   N/A   9.5 %
Adjusted EBITDA %   11.4 %   20.4 %   N/A   13.4 %

The following table reconciles Net Earnings to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA for the periods indicated.

    Three Months Ended September 30,
    2018   2017
    ($ in millions)
Knoll Inc.        
Net earnings attributable to Knoll, Inc. stockholders   $ 20.3     $ 19.1  
Add back:        
Income tax expense   7.2     8.2  
Interest expense   5.0     2.0  
Depreciation and amortization   8.5     6.3  
EBITDA   $ 41.0     $ 35.6  
Add back:        
Stock compensation   2.3     2.3  
Other non-cash items   1.4     1.1  
Acquisition related expenses   0.7      
Restructuring charges   1.2      
Pension settlement charge   0.6      
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 47.2     $ 39.0  
Net sales   $ 327.7     $ 291.3  
Adjusted EBITDA %   14.4 %   13.4 %

The following table reconciles Net Earnings to Adjusted Net Earnings for the periods indicated.

    Three Months Ended September 30,
    2018   2017
    ($ in millions)
Knoll Inc.        
Net earnings attributable to Knoll, Inc. stockholders   $ 20.3     $ 19.1  
Add back:        
Acquisition related expenses   2.8     0.6  
Restructuring charges   1.2      
Pension settlement charge   0.6      
Less:        
Tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments(1)   1.2     0.1  
Adjusted net earnings   $ 23.7     $ 19.6  

(1) Tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments was calculated using the Knoll, Inc. consolidated effective tax rate for the period.

The following table reconciles Diluted Earnings Per Share to Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share for the periods indicated.

    Three Months Ended September 30,
    2018   2017
Diluted earnings per share   $ 0.41     $ 0.39  
Add back:        
Acquisition related expenses   0.06     0.01  
Restructuring charges   0.02      
Pension settlement   0.01      
Less:        
Tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments(1)   0.02      
Adjusted diluted earnings per share   $ 0.48     $ 0.40  
         

(1) Tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments was calculated using the Knoll, Inc. consolidated effective tax rate for the period.

The following table includes Consolidated Net Sales and Organic Net Sales by quarter for the periods indicated, presented for comparative purposes.

    Three Months Ended September 30, 2018   Three months Ended September 30, 2017
        ($ in millions)        
    Net Sales   Muuto   Organic Net Sales   Net Sales
Office $ 197.6         $ 197.6     $ 192.3  
Lifestyle 130.1     22.5     107.6     99.0  
Total $ 327.7     $ 22.5     $ 305.2     $ 291.3  
               
Knoll, Inc. Percent Change 12.5 %       4.8 %    
Lifestyle Segment Percent Change   31.4 %       8.7 %    

The following table illustrates the computation of our bank leverage calculation in accordance with our Third Amended and Restated Credit Agreement dated January 23, 2018.

    September 30, 2018
    ($ in millions)
     
Debt Levels(1)   $ 482.5  
     
LTM Net Earnings(2)   $ 88.0  
     
LTM Adjustments    
Interest   17.7  
Taxes   (3.8 )
Depreciation and Amortization   33.2  
Non-cash Items and Other(3)   40.7  
LTM Adjusted EBITDA(4)   $ 175.8  
Bank Leverage Calculation(5)   2.75  

(1)Outstanding debt levels include outstanding letters of credit and guarantee obligations. Per the terms of the credit facility filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on January 23, 2018, cash up to $15.0 million reduces the outstanding debt.
(2) LTM Net Earnings includes Muuto prior to acquisition, per the terms of our credit facility.
(3) Non-cash and Other items include, but are not limited to, acquisition related expenses, restructuring charges, pension settlement charges, stock-based compensation expenses, and unrealized gains and losses on foreign exchange.
(4) LTM Adjusted EBITDA includes Muuto prior to acquisition, per the terms of our credit facility.
(5) Debt divided by LTM Adjusted EBITDA, as calculated in accordance with our credit facility.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements regarding Knoll, Inc.'s expected future financial position, results of operations, revenue and profit levels, cash flows, business strategy, budgets, projected costs, capital expenditures, products, competitive positions, growth opportunities, plans and objectives of management for future operations, as well as statements that include words such as “anticipate,” “if,” “believe,” “plan,” “goals,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “could,” “should,” “will,” and other similar expressions are forward-looking statements. This includes, without limitation, our statements and expectations regarding any current or future recovery in our industry, our publicly announced plans for increased capital and investment spending to achieve our long-term revenue and profitability growth goals, our integration of acquired businesses, and our expectations with respect to leverage. Such forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain, and readers must recognize that actual results may differ materially from the expectations of Knoll management. Knoll does not undertake a duty to update such forward-looking statements. Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include corporate spending and service-sector employment, price competition, acceptance of Knoll's new products, the pricing and availability of raw materials and components, foreign currency exchange, transportation costs, demand for high quality, well designed furniture solutions, changes in the competitive marketplace, changes in the trends in the market for furniture or coverings, the financial strength and stability of our suppliers, customers and dealers, access to capital, our success in designing and implementing our new enterprise resource planning system, our ability to successfully integrate acquired businesses, our supply chain optimization initiatives and other risks identified in Knoll's annual report on Form 10-K, and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Many of these factors are outside of Knoll's control.

Contacts

Investors:

Charles Rayfield
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Tel 215 679-1703
crayfield@knoll.com

Media:

David E. Bright
Senior Vice President, Communications
Tel 212 343-4135
dbright@knoll.com

Conference Call Information

Knoll will host a conference call on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. ET to discuss its financial results.

The call will include slides; participants are encouraged to listen to and view the presentation via webcast at http://www.knoll.com; go to “Discover Knoll” and click on “Investor Relations.”

The conference call may also be accessed by dialing:

North America (844) 778-4138

International (661) 378-9550

Conference ID 9875006

A replay of the webcast can be viewed by visiting the Investor Relations section of the Knoll corporate website. In addition, an audio replay of the conference call will be available through November 6, 2018 by dialing (855) 859-2056. International replay: (404) 537-3406 (Conference ID: 9875006).

About Knoll

Knoll, Inc. is a constellation of design-driven brands and people, working together with our clients to create inspired modern interiors. Our internationally recognized portfolio includes furniture, textiles, leathers, accessories, and architectural and acoustical elements. Our brands — Knoll Office, KnollStudio, KnollTextiles, KnollExtra, Spinneybeck | FilzFelt, Edelman Leather, HOLLY HUNT, DatesWeiser and Muuto— reflect our commitment to modern design that meets the diverse requirements of high performance workplaces and luxury interiors. A recipient of the National Design Award for Corporate and Institutional Achievement from the Smithsonian`s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Knoll, Inc. is aligned with the U.S. Green Building Council and the Canadian Green Building Council and can help organizations achieve the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) workplace certification. Our products can also help clients comply with the International Living Future Institute to achieve Living Building Challenge Certification, and with the International WELL Building Institute to attain WELL Building Certification. Knoll, Inc. is the founding sponsor of the World Monuments Fund Modernism at Risk program.

KNOLL, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)


    Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,
    2018   2017   2018   2017
                 
Net sales   $ 327,737     $ 291,256     $ 947,647     $ 816,770  
Cost of sales   204,943     184,646     597,855     514,528  
Gross profit   122,794     106,610     349,792     302,242  
Selling, general, and administrative expenses   88,674     78,883     267,036     231,897  
Restructuring charges   1,200         2,564     2,150  
Operating profit   32,920     27,727     80,192     68,195  
Pension settlement charge   628         5,236      
Interest expense   5,032     1,991     15,812     5,521  
Other (income) expense, net   (227 )   (1,583 )   (7,021 )   (5,943 )
Income before income tax expense   27,487     27,319     66,165     68,617  
Income tax expense   7,164     8,158     17,452     21,104  
Net earnings   20,323     19,161     48,713     47,513  
Net earnings (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests       29     7     43  
Net earnings attributable to Knoll, Inc. stockholders   $ 20,323     $ 19,132     $ 48,706     $ 47,470  
                 
Earnings per share attributable to Knoll, Inc. stockholders:                
Basic   $ 0.42     $ 0.39     $ 1.00     $ 0.98  
Diluted   $ 0.41     $ 0.39     $ 0.99     $ 0.96  
                 
Weighted-average shares outstanding:                
Basic   48,694,438     48,468,480     48,641,595     48,406,659  
Diluted   49,231,376     48,979,182     49,189,592     49,167,856  


KNOLL, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Dollars in thousands)


    September 30, 2018   December 31, 2017
    (Unaudited)    
ASSETS        
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 7,317     $ 2,203  
Customer receivables, net   110,814     86,687  
Inventories, net   170,420     144,945  
Prepaid and other current assets   34,090     44,435  
Total current assets   322,641     278,270  
Property, plant, and equipment, net   203,781     200,630  
Goodwill and intangible assets, net   681,795     380,694  
Other non-current assets   4,071     1,447  
Total assets   $ 1,212,288     $ 861,041  
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY        
Current liabilities:        
Current maturities of long-term debt   $ 17,242     $ 10,000  
Accounts payable   118,272     108,922  
Income taxes payable   1,862     13  
Other current liabilities   114,322     104,145  
Total current liabilities   251,698     223,080  
Long-term debt   463,075     181,048  
Other non-current liabilities   112,460     98,184  
Total liabilities   827,233     502,312  
Total equity   385,055     358,729  
Total liabilities and equity   $ 1,212,288     $ 861,041  


KNOLL, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Dollars in thousands)

(Unaudited)


    Nine Months Ended September 30,
    2018   2017
         
Net earnings   $ 48,713     $ 47,513  
Cash provided by operating activities   64,898     59,404  
Cash used in investing activities   (325,372 )   (29,433 )
Cash used in financing activities   259,817     (38,994 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents   5,771     5,002  
Decrease in cash and cash equivalents   5,114     (4,021 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   2,203     9,854  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period   $ 7,317     $ 5,833  

Knoll, Inc.