LANCASTER, Pa., Jan. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Armstrong World Industries, Inc. (NYSE: AWI) today announced the completion of a refinancing and a special dividend payment by WAVE, its fifty percent joint venture with Worthington Industries. Pursuant to the refinancing, WAVE executed a $225 million three-year revolving credit agreement and a $50 million ten-year private placement bond. Proceeds of the transaction were used to repay WAVE's previous credit agreement, as well as to pay $50 million special dividends to each of WAVE's parent companies, Armstrong and Worthington.
Armstrong CFO Tom Mangas commented that, "This is a good development for all parties involved. WAVE was able to refinance at a time of historically low interest rates and lock in its capital structure at a modest level of leverage, and the parent companies were able to realize the benefit of WAVE's continued success in the form of the special dividend."
Primarily as a result of the special WAVE dividend, Armstrong is revising its free cash flow guidance range for 2011 to an estimate of $150 million to $175 million, up from its previous guidance range estimate of $80 million to $120 million.About Armstrong and Additional Information Armstrong World Industries, Inc. is a global leader in the design and manufacture of floors, ceilings and cabinets. In 2010, Armstrong's consolidated net sales totaled approximately $2.8 billion. Based in Lancaster, Pa., Armstrong operated 31 plants in seven countries and had approximately 9,300 employees worldwide as of September 30, 2011. For more information, visit www.armstrong.com. This news release includes information that may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements provide our current expectations or forecasts of future events, which may include statements regarding certain of our anticipated financial results for the fiscal year ended 2011. Although we believe the expectations contained in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, we can give no assurances that such expectations will prove correct. Such forward-looking statements are based upon management's current expectations and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties set forth in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. As a consequence of these and other risks and uncertainties, our results may differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Therefore, you should not rely on any such factors or forward-looking statements. Furthermore, we do not intend to update publicly any forward-looking statement, except as required by law. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 permits this discussion.
Select the service that is right for you!COMPARE ALL SERVICES
Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.
- $2.5+ million portfolio
- Large-cap and dividend focus
- Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
- Weekly roundups
Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.
- Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
- Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
- A custom stock screener
- Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.
- Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
- Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
- Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.
- Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
- Intraday commentary & news
- Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.
- 100+ monthly options trading ideas
- Actionable options commentary & news
- Real-time trading community
- Options TV