Presently European flooring is at a low point where Marazzi has leading positions in Italy, France and Spain. Marazzi has rationalized its capacity to align with the market and is implementing new strategies to enhance its sales in the region and adjacent countries. Improvements have been made that enhanced the manufacturing efficiency, quality and sales effectiveness. Additional investments are planned to further reduce manufacturing cost, increase sales and expand our design capabilities.Lorberbaum said, "The combination of Mohawk and Marazzi creates opportunities to expand U.S. distribution through service centers and other channels, source ceramic from our worldwide assets, utilize our relationships to expand all product categories and deploy leading innovation and design trends to all of our ceramic businesses around the globe. Mohawk & Marazzi's strong management and solid financial position combined with process and material knowledge, distribution expertise, and synergies with other products will deliver additional value to our shareholders." Barclays acted as the exclusive advisory to Mohawk on this transaction. Mohawk has scheduled a conference call at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Friday, December 21, 2012, to discuss the Marazzi acquisition. The telephone number is 1-800-603-9255 toll free for US/ Canada and 1-706-634-2294 for International/Local. Conference ID #83790978. A replay will also be available until January 4, 2013 by dialing 855-859-2056 toll free for US/local calls and 404-537-3406 for International/Local calls and entering Conference ID # 83790978. Certain of the statements in the immediately preceding paragraphs, particularly anticipating future performance, business prospects, growth and operating strategies and similar matters and those that include the words "could," "should," "believes," "anticipates," "expects," and "estimates," or similar expressions constitute "forward-looking statements." For those statements, Mohawk claims the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. There can be no assurance that the forward-looking statements will be accurate because they are based on many assumptions, which involve risks and uncertainties. The following important factors could cause future results to differ: changes in economic or industry conditions; competition; inflation in raw material prices and other input costs; energy costs and supply; timing and level of capital expenditures; timing and implementation of price increases for the Company's products; impairment charges; integration of acquisitions; international operations; introduction of new products; rationalization of operations; tax, product and other claims; litigation; and other risks identified in Mohawk's SEC reports and public announcements.