Congoleum initiates reorganization proceedings

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Chris O’Connor

Trenton, N.J.—Congoleum Corporation, one of America’s oldest resilient flooring manufacturers founded in 1886, has initiated voluntary reorganization proceedings in the District of New Jersey under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

The company said it intends to use the court process to pursue a financial restructuring designed to reduce its current debt load, maximize value and position it for long-term success.

“Congoleum is EBITDA-positive and growing, but we must achieve a more viable capital structure,” said Chris O’Connor, CEO. “Today’s reorganization announcement represents a decisive, positive step that will strengthen our position for future prosperity. Over the past 134 years, Congoleum has earned the distinction of being one of the most respected and well-recognized national flooring brands. We will continue serving our customers, employees and other stakeholders, operating business as usual throughout this process.”

Congoleum said it plans to continue operating in the ordinary course of business under the court’s supervision, and said it remains committed to being the consumer-centric company that has shaped the resilient flooring industry for more than a century.

“Despite our numerous achievements during the past several years, the company remains saddled with high legacy debt and increasing costs associated with running the business,” O’Connor explained. “As the industry adapts to changes in product mix, import vs. domestic production, and rising operating costs, these contributing factors make the current level of debt unsustainable. For the last few months, we have engaged in discussions with our lenders to evaluate a range of potential strategic plans for the Company. Ultimately, we determined that the best way to protect the company, for the benefit of all stakeholders, is to reorganize through this court-supervised process.”

Stressing that it is “business as usual” at Congoleum, O’Connor noted that the company had proactively filed expected motions as part of the court-supervised process and intends to work closely with creditors, customers and employees to identify value-maximizing restructuring plans that will benefit all stakeholders.

“Congoleum is a heritage American brand that has been in business since 1886,” O’Connor said. “We have a very tenured workforce of more than 300 people who live and breathe our values of teamwork, quality and creative problem solving. I am extremely confident and optimistic about our future.”

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