LANCASTER, Pa., Aug 06, 2010  --Armstrong World Industries, Inc. (NYSE: AWI) today reported second quarter 2010 net sales of $724.8 million, up 3 percent, from $705.7 million in the same period for 2009. Excluding a $6 million, or 1 percent, impact of foreign exchange rates, sales increased 2 percent. Reported operating income was $52.9 million compared to $47.1 million in the second quarter of 2009. Adjusted operating income of $59.4 million increased compared to $48.7 million on the same basis.

The Company uses adjusted income from operations in managing the business and believes the adjustments provide meaningful comparisons of operating performance between periods. Adjusted income excludes the translation impact of foreign exchange, restructuring charges and related costs, and certain other gains and losses. As detailed in the attached reconciliation to GAAP, these adjustments increased operating income by $6.5 million in the second quarter of 2010 and $1.6 million in the second quarter of 2009.

Reported net income was $26.8 million, or $0.46 per diluted share. This compared to net income of $28.3 million, or $0.50 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2009. Adjusted net income was $32.4 million, or $0.56 per diluted share, compared to $25.9 million, or $0.46 per diluted share, on the same basis in 2009.

Reductions in operating costs more than offset the margin impact of significant inflation in hardwood lumber and the oil-based raw materials used in the manufacture of vinyl flooring. Volume growth in international businesses offset domestic declines, resulting in 2 percent consolidated volume growth. Improved cost performance was driven by our manufacturing rationalization and SG&A reductions.

2nd Quarter Segment Highlights

Resilient Flooring net sales were $276.0 million in the second quarter of 2010 compared to $270.3 million in the same period of 2009. Excluding a $2 million impact of foreign exchange, net sales increased about 1 percent. Higher Pacific Rim volumes and improved domestic mix offset domestic volume declines. Reported operating income was $10.0 million compared to $7.5 million in the second quarter of 2009. European Resilient Flooring contributed losses of $7.2 million and $5.8 million, respectively to those totals. The 2010 European loss included a $2 million asset impairment charge. Adjusted operating income for the segment of $11.5 million increased from $8.6 million calculated on the same basis in the prior year. Operating income improved as lower manufacturing, sourced product, and SG&A costs more than offset the margin impact of raw material inflation and reduced price realization.

Wood Flooring net sales of $127.2 million in the second quarter of 2010 were flat compared to $127.8 million in the prior year's quarter. Reported operating income of $1.1 million in the second quarter was slightly higher than $0.9 million reported in 2009. Reduced manufacturing expense and lower SG&A expenses offset raw material inflation.

Building Products net sales of $284.4 million in the second quarter of 2010 increased from $268.7 million in the prior year's quarter. Excluding a $3 million impact of foreign exchange, sales increased by 5 percent. International volume growth and improved domestic product mix offset a less profitable European product mix. Reported operating income increased to $53.0 million from $43.1 million in the second quarter of 2009. Adjusted operating income for the segment of $55.1 million increased from $43.2 million calculated on the same basis in the prior year. Operating income increased primarily due to reduced manufacturing expenses, higher earnings from WAVE and the margin benefit of higher sales.

Cabinets 2010 second quarter net sales of $37.2 million were 4 percent below sales of $38.9 million in 2009 due to less volume. Reported operating loss for the second quarter of $0.4 million was better than the prior year's $2.5 million loss. Operating loss decreased primarily due to reduced SG&A expenses, partially offset by the margin impact of lower sales.

Unallocated corporate expense of $10.8 million in the second quarter of 2010 compared to expense of $1.9 million in the second quarter of 2009. Adjusted unallocated corporate expense for 2010 was $7.9 million, with the adjustment of a $3.0 million impairment charge related to the termination of our flight operations. 2010 expense was negatively impacted by a lower pension credit and costs related to the support of our LEAN and other strategic initiatives.

Free cash flow was $89 million in the second quarter of 2010 compared to $86 million in 2009.

Year-to-Date Results

For the six months ended June 30, 2010, net sales were $1,383.7 million compared to $1,374.0 million in 2009. Excluding a $24 million favorable impact from exchange rates, net sales decreased by 1 percent due to lower price realization.

Reported operating income for the first six months was $66.3 million compared to operating income of $48.2 million for the same period in 2009. Adjusted operating income of $86.2 million increased 68 percent compared to adjusted operating income of $51.3 million in the prior year period. Significant reductions in manufacturing costs and SG&A expenses more than offset the negative margin impact of substantial inflation in Flooring raw materials and lower sales volume.

Reported net income was $7.4 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, compared to $17.1 million, or $0.30 per diluted share in the first six months of 2009. Adjusted net income for 2010 was $46.1 million, or $0.79 per diluted share, compared to $25.3 million, or $0.45 per diluted share, on the same basis as 2009.

Free cash flow for the first six months of 2010 was $59 million compared to $41 million for 2009 primarily due to greater reductions in working capital.

Outlook

Global macroeconomic forecasts are mixed but most key markets are still expected to decline. For the year, North American and European commercial markets are expected to decline approximately 5 percent. North American residential markets are expected to be flat to down modestly, with U.S. housing starts anticipated to be between 575,000 and 625,000 units and renovation activity approximately level with prior year.

Management expects 2010 sales to be between $2,700 million and $2,850 million. The adjusted operating income forecasted range has improved to between $170 million and $190 million, compared to $157 million in 2009. Adjusted EPS for 2010 is expected to be $1.55 to $1.75 per diluted share, compared to $1.44 per diluted share in 2009. Cash taxes for 2010 are estimated to be less than $10 million. A 42 percent tax rate will be utilized for adjusted earnings to facilitate comparability from period to period. Free cash flow is anticipated to be between $85 million and $105 million. For the third quarter, adjusted operating income is expected to be between $62 million and $72 million, compared to $79 million in 2009.

About Armstrong and Additional Information

Armstrong World Industries, Inc. is a global leader in the design and manufacture of floors, ceilings and cabinets. In 2009, Armstrong's consolidated net sales totaled approximately $2.8 billion. Based in Lancaster, Pa., Armstrong operates 35 plants in nine countries and has approximately 10,200 employees worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.armstrong.com/.

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