SOURCE: Congoleum Corporation

Congoleum Corporation

August 21, 2009 17:00 ET

Congoleum Corporation Reports Dismissal Order Reversed on Appeal

MERCERVILLE, NJ--(Marketwire - August 21, 2009) - Congoleum Corporation (PINKSHEETS: CGMC) today announced that it received a decision from the US District Court on its appeal of two orders from the US Bankruptcy Court. Congoleum had appealed Bankruptcy Court orders finding its latest plan of reorganization unconfirmable and dismissing its Chapter 11 case. The District Court decision reversed the dismissal order. With respect to the plan of reorganization, the District Court ruled that a settlement with certain asbestos claimants was reasonable and not an impediment to confirmation while another issue would require a minor modification to the plan. The decision also provided specific guidance about the plan and directed the parties in the case to provide briefings in preparation for a confirmation hearing. In addition, the District Court assumed jurisdiction over the proceedings from the Bankruptcy Court.

Roger S. Marcus, Chairman of the Board, commented, "We are extremely pleased with the ruling from the District Court. It removes the threat of dismissal and provides all parties with the clear guidance needed to achieve a confirmable plan. This result was precisely what we had hoped for, and believe it puts us on track for confirmation of a plan. Since confirmation of our plan would have required review by the District Court, the decision of the District Court to assume authority over the proceedings will expedite the plan confirmation process. In summary, we consider this an extremely positive development and believe we could see a plan confirmed within a reasonable amount of time."

Congoleum Corporation is a leading manufacturer of resilient flooring, serving both residential and commercial markets. Its sheet, tile and plank products are available in a wide variety of designs and colors, and are used in remodeling, manufactured housing, new construction and commercial applications. The Congoleum brand name is recognized and trusted by consumers as representing a company that has been supplying attractive and durable flooring products for over a century.

The above news release contains certain forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. These statements can be identified by the use of the words such as "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "plan," "project" and other words of similar meaning. In particular, these include statements relating to intentions, beliefs or current expectations concerning, among other things, future performance, results of operations, the outcome of contingencies such as bankruptcy and other legal proceedings, and financial conditions. These statements do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. These forward-looking statements are based on Congoleum's expectations, as of the date of this release, of future events, and Congoleum undertakes no obligation to update any of these forward-looking statements.

Although Congoleum believes that these expectations are based on reasonable assumptions, within the bounds of its knowledge of its business and operations, there can be no assurance that actual results will not differ materially from its expectations. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. Any or all of these statements may turn out to be incorrect. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that may or may not occur in the future. Any forward-looking statements made in this press release speak only as of the date of such statement. It is not possible to predict or identify all factors that could potentially cause actual results to differ materially from expected and historical results. Factors that could cause actual results to differ from expectations include: (i) the future cost and timing of estimated asbestos liabilities and payments, (ii) the availability of insurance coverage and reimbursement from insurance companies that underwrote the applicable insurance policies for the Company for asbestos-related claims, (iii) the costs relating to the execution and implementation of any plan of reorganization pursued by Congoleum, (iv) timely reaching agreement with other creditors, or classes of creditors, that exist or may emerge, (v) satisfaction of the conditions and obligations under Congoleum's outstanding debt instruments, (vi) the response from time to time of Congoleum's and its controlling shareholder's, American Biltrite Inc.'s, lenders, customers, suppliers and other constituencies to the ongoing process arising from Congoleum's strategy to settle its asbestos liability, (vii) Congoleum's ability to maintain debtor-in-possession financing sufficient to provide it with funding that may be needed during the pendency of its Chapter 11 case and to obtain exit financing sufficient to provide it with funding that may be needed for its operations after emerging from the bankruptcy process, in each case, on reasonable terms, (viii) timely obtaining sufficient creditor and court approval (including the results of any relevant appeals) of any reorganization plan pursued by Congoleum, and the court overruling any objections to the plan that may be filed (ix) compliance with the United States Bankruptcy Code, including Section 524(g), (x) costs of, developments in, and the outcome of insurance coverage litigation pending in New Jersey state court involving Congoleum and certain insurers, (xi) the possible adoption of another party's plan of reorganization which may prove to be unfeasible, (xii) increases in raw material and energy prices or disruption in supply, (xiii) increased competitive activity from companies in the flooring industry, some of which have greater resources and broader distribution channels than Congoleum, (xiv) increases in the costs of environmental compliance and remediation or the exhaustion of insurance coverage for such expenses, (xv) unfavorable developments in the national economy or in the housing industry in general, including developments arising from the war in Iraq and Afghanistan and from the tightening of credit availability, (xvi) shipment delays, depletion of inventory and increased production costs resulting from unforeseen disruptions of operations at any of Congoleum's facilities or distributors, (xvii) product warranty costs, (xviii) changes in distributors of Congoleum's products, and (xix) Congoleum's interests may not be the same as its controlling shareholder, American Biltrite Inc. In any event, if Congoleum is not successful in obtaining sufficient creditor and court approval of a plan of reorganization, such failure would have a material adverse effect upon its business, results of operations and financial condition. Actual results could differ significantly as a result of these and other factors discussed in Congoleum's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008 and subsequent filings made by Congoleum with the Securities and Exchange Commission.