ValueAct Capital Discloses Armstrong World Industries Position ~ market folly

Thursday, August 7, 2014

ValueAct Capital Discloses Armstrong World Industries Position

Jeff Ubben's hedge fund firm ValueAct Capital has filed a Form 4 with the SEC regarding shares of Armstrong World Industries (AWI).  Per the filing, ValueAct has revealed they own 9,2000,000 shares of AWI.

The filing indicates that between July 29th and July 31st, ValueAct bought cumulatively 1 million shares at prices ranging from $48.73 to $49.28.  Shares of AWI were not listed on ValueAct's last 13F filing which detailed holdings as of the first quarter of 2014.  As such, it appears this is a newly disclosed position.

ValueAct is now one of the largest holders of AWI shares.  For more from this hedge fund, head to Jeff Ubben on activist investing.

Per Google Finance, Armstrong World Industries is "a global producer of flooring products and ceiling systems for use in the construction and renovation of residential, commercial and institutional buildings. The Company designs, manufactures and sells flooring products (resilient and wood) and ceiling systems (mineral fiber, fiberglass and metal) globally. The Company segments includes: Building Products, Resilient Flooring and Wood Flooring. The Company’s Building Products, Resilient Flooring, Wood Flooring and Cabinets segments sell products for use in the home. Its products are used in new home construction and existing home renovation work. Its products, primarily ceilings and Resilient Flooring, are used in commercial and institutional buildings."

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