CALHOUN, GA -- Mohawk Industries, Inc. announced 2015 third quarter net earnings of $215 million. Excluding restructuring and acquisition charges, net earnings were $222 million, a 22% increase over last year's third quarter adjusted EPS and the highest adjusted quarterly EPS in the company's history. Net sales for the third quarter of 2015 were $2.2 billion, up 8% versus the prior year's third quarter or a 15% increase on a constant currency exchange rate basis. For the third quarter of 2014, net sales were $2.0 billion, net earnings were $151 million and EPS was $2.06; excluding restructuring and acquisition charges, net earnings were $179 million and EPS was $2.44.
Commenting on Mohawk Industries' third quarter performance, Jeffrey S. Lorberbaum, Chairman and CEO, stated, "In addition to our record earnings per share, our adjusted operating income reached a record level at $309 million, up 30% over the same quarter last year. All segments contributed to our sales and operating income improvements. Our new segment structure that we announced last quarter has benefited our performance, enabling us to optimize our regional businesses by enhancing our product offerings, manufacturing assets and distribution strategies. During the period, we made significant progress in aligning our IVC acquisition with our European and U.S. flooring businesses and our KAI acquisition with our European ceramic operations. We are introducing products to take advantage of the unique capabilities and customer relationships of each organization. As we leverage the strength of these businesses, we anticipate greater market penetration and continued earnings growth in the future."