Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Relationship with AWI

Relationship with AWI
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2018
Related Party Transactions [Abstract]  
Relationship with AWI
On April 1, 2016, in connection with the completion of the Spin-off, we entered into several agreements with AWI that provided for the separation and allocation between AFI and AWI of the assets, employees, liabilities and obligations of AWI and its subsidiaries attributable to periods prior to, at and after the Spin-off. These agreements also govern the relationship between AFI and AWI subsequent to the completion of the Spin-off.

These agreements included a Transition Services Agreement, a Tax Matters Agreement, an Employee Matters Agreement, a Trademark License Agreement, a Transition Trademark Agreement and a Campus Lease Agreement.

Under the Transition Services Agreement, AFI and AWI provided various services to each other, including information technology, accounts payable, payroll, and other financial functions and administrative services through December 31, 2017.

The Tax Matters Agreement generally governs AFI’s and AWI’s respective rights, responsibilities and obligations after the Spin-off with respect to tax liabilities and benefits, tax attributes, the preparation and filing of tax returns, the control of audits and other tax proceedings, and other matters regarding taxes for any tax period ending on or before the distribution date, as well as tax periods beginning after the distribution date. In addition, the Tax Matters Agreement provides that AFI is liable for taxes incurred by AWI that may arise if AFI takes, or fails to take, certain actions that may result in the separation, the distribution or certain related transactions failing to qualify as tax-free for U.S. federal income tax purposes. AWI received an opinion from its tax counsel that the Spin-off qualified as a tax-free transaction for AWI and its shareholders.

The Employee Matters Agreement governs certain compensation and employee benefit obligations with respect to the current and former employees and non-employee directors of AFI and AWI. Pursuant to this agreement and in connection with the Distribution, AWI transferred assets and liabilities from the Shared Plans sponsored by AWI to AFI that relate to active AFI employees and certain former AFI employees to mirror plans established by AFI.

Pursuant to the Trademark License Agreement, AWI provided AFI with a perpetual, royalty-free license to use the “Armstrong” trade name and logo.

Pursuant to the Transition Trademark License agreement, AFI provided AWI with a five-year, royalty-free license to use the “Inspiring Great Spaces” tagline, logo and related color scheme.

Under the Campus Lease Agreement, AFI leased certain portions of AWI's campus for use as AFI's corporate headquarters. The Campus Lease Agreement provides for an initial term of five years from April 1, 2016.