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Armstrong World Industries Reports Second Quarter 2020 Results

General News

Armstrong World Industries, Inc. (“AWI”), a leader in the design, innovation and manufacture of commercial and residential ceiling, wall and suspension system solutions, reported financial results for the second quarter of 2020.

Second Quarter Results from Continuing Operations

Net sales decreased compared to the prior year quarter, driven by lower volumes in both the Mineral Fiber and Architectural Specialties segments as a result of lower market demand due to COVID-19, as well as unfavorable Mineral Fiber AUV. The unfavorable AUV was driven by mix primarily due to regional weakness in major metropolitan areas impacted by COVID-19. Like for like price was positive in the quarter.

Operating income decreased from the prior year quarter, driven primarily by lower volume in the Mineral Fiber segment and lower earnings from our WAVE joint venture, partially offset by lower SG&A expenses and improved manufacturing productivity. The second quarter of 2020 also benefitted from a $14 million gain on the sale of our idled mineral fiber plant in China, which was reported as a component of our Unallocated Corporate segment.

“The second quarter of 2020 was unprecedented in many ways, and created numerous challenges for our teams and partners. I am pleased that the Armstrong team found ways to operate safely, prioritize the needs of our customers, and quickly pivot our focus to the products and solutions that will be needed as the economy reopens. We are seeing sequential improvement in the quarter and are focused on a future that will demand safer interior environments in schools, offices, healthcare facilities and other spaces,” said Vic Grizzle, President and CEO of AWI. “I’m also very pleased to announce our acquisition of Chicago-based Turf Design. Turf is the leader in the fast growing specialty category of felt ceilings, walls and screening systems. This is an exciting acquisition for AWI, which further strengthens our leading position in specialty ceiling and wall solutions, and enhances our design and go-to-market capabilities and capacities. Lastly, in a demonstration of confidence in our continued cash flow generation, our Board of Directors has authorized an increase in our share repurchase program from $700 million to $1.2 billion and extended the term until 2023.”

Market and 2020 Outlook

“Market conditions have been improving since April as more cities and states reopen construction sites. However, we continue to see variability in regional demand and, accordingly, have decided not to reinitiate our customary financial guidance for 2020 at this time. As we currently outlook the remainder of the year, assuming sequential market improvement and no second wave of market shutdowns, we expect sales for the full year to be down 10%-18% and adjusted EBITDA margins to be greater than 35%. We also continue to expect to generate a free cash flow margin of 25%,” said Brian MacNeal, CFO of AWI. “Our balance sheet, liquidity, and ability to generate cash remain strong, and we are keeping a close eye on key economic indicators to help gauge the duration and severity of COVID-19’s impact on the economy.”

For the full second quarter results, click here.

About Armstrong World Industries

Armstrong World Industries, Inc. (“AWI”) is a leader in the design and manufacture of innovative commercial and residential ceiling, wall and suspension system solutions in the Americas. With over $1 billion in revenue in 2019, AWI has approximately 2,500 employees and a manufacturing network of 13 facilities, plus five facilities dedicated to its WAVE joint venture.


Thomas Waters – Investor Relations – – (717) 396-6354

Source: Armstrong World Industries, Inc.