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AFI Stock Alert: 7 Things to Know About the Rumors Lifting Armstrong Flooring


Last Friday, Armstrong Flooring (NYSE:AFI) announced that it may potentially explore a sale to another company and other “strategic alternatives.” Today, shares of AFI stock are trading higher by more than 19% after the company confirmed that it had put itself up for sale.

Armstrong Flooring (AFI) logo on the company website.
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Armstrong Flooring operates as a company that focuses on flooring and flooring-related products. The Lancaster-based company was founded in 1860 and became a publicly traded entity in 2016. However, AFI stock had anything but a pleasant 2021. The stock dropped by more than 45% over the year amid “supply chain disruptions and inflationary pressures.” To address current company disruptions, CEO and President Michel Vermette remarked, “We curtailed our capital expenditures and planned SG&A spend in the third quarter and have taken actions to continue to reduce this spend in the near term.”

Current macroeconomic disruptions may have factored into the decision for Armstrong Flooring putting itself up for sale. Investors will want to know more about the implications of such a sale, so let’s dive right in.

AFI Stock: What to Know About a Potential Sale

  1. Armstrong Flooring boasts seven manufacturing facilities in the U.S., China and Australia. Additionally, the company employs over 1,800 people.
  2. The flooring company announced on the last day of 2021 that it had amended its asset-based loan (ABL) credit and term loan facilities. Armstrong’s current term loaner will provide Armstrong with an additional $35 million in term loans to assist with company operations.
  3. Vermette believes these changes will bode well for the company. Indeed, he commented that: “These credit amendments and additional term loan funding position us well to pursue our strategic initiatives and effectively manage our operations. We believe in the value and brand of Armstrong Flooring, and remain firmly committed to our customers, suppliers and employees.”
  4. Furthermore, the company reported net sales of $168.5 million during Q3, paired with a $29.7 million net loss. The prices for raw materials and shipping costs rose over the quarter, which directly affected the company’s profitability.
  5. Additionally, the company carries a net debt of $59.2 million as of Q3.
  6. AFI stock is a penny stock and carries a market capitalization of $50 million.
  7. Finally, Armstrong Flooring has retained Houlihan Lokey Capital to help with the process of the sale.

On the date of publication, Eddie Pan did not have (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer, subject to the InvestorPlace.com Publishing Guidelines.

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Eddie Pan specializes in institutional investments and insider activity. He writes for InvestorPlace’s Today’s Market team, which centers on the latest news involving popular stocks.

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