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                                                                    Exhibit 99.1


For Further Information:

Howard N. Feist
Chief Financial Officer
(781) 237-6655


                     AMERICAN BILTRITE REPORTS 2005 RESULTS

      WELLESLEY HILLS, MA, MARCH 14, 2006 - American Biltrite Inc. (AMEX:ABL)
reported today its results for 2005. Net sales for the year ended December 31,
2005 were $445.2 million, up 2.6% from $433.9 million in 2004. During 2005,
American Biltrite's 55% owned consolidated subsidiary Congoleum Corporation
(AMEX:CGM) recorded charges of $25.3 million for asbestos-related reorganization
costs compared with $5.0 million in 2004. American Biltrite's consolidated net
loss for 2005, including Congoleum's asbestos-related charges, was $17.6 million
compared with net income of $2.0 million in 2004. The net loss per share in 2005
was $5.12 compared with net income per basic share of $0.57 in 2004. Had we
accounted for our investment in Congoleum on the equity method, American
Biltrite would have reported sales in 2005 of $207.5 million compared with
$204.4 million in 2004 and net income of $3.8 million in 2005 compared with a
net loss of $967 thousand in 2004. These results for 2005 include a gain of $887
thousand (net of taxes and non-controlling interest), or $0.26 per share, on the
sale of a property relating to a former operation and expense recoveries of $1.8
million (net of taxes), or $0.52 per share, resulting from an insurance
settlement.

      Roger S. Marcus, Chairman of the Board, commented "I am very pleased with
our results last year. Excluding results of Congoleum, which are primarily a
reflection of its asbestos reorganization, ABI's operating income nearly tripled
from 2004 to 2005. While a large portion of this improvement came from
initiatives to generate cash through an insurance settlement and a building
sale, we also saw solid operating improvements at our manufacturing operations
despite extraordinary cost pressures from raw material and energy inflation. Our
people responded with selling price increases, programs to improve efficiency,
and targeted reductions in operating expenses. The Tape operation deserves great
credit for turning its 2004 loss into a profit for 2005 in this difficult
environment. While our Canadian division was unprofitable, it also showed
improved results, a performance made all the more challenging by a stronger
Canadian dollar."

      Mr. Marcus continued "Results at K&M, our jewelry business, in 2005 were
not as strong as 2004. A major portion of K&M's sales are to one mass
merchandiser, who changed its product strategy and focus during 2005. While this
resulted in some lost business and additional markdowns last year, I am
optimistic that our design and sourcing capabilities will enable us to support
them in their new direction as successfully as we have done in the past. I am
also encouraged by the new opportunities resulting from K&M's expansion into the
theme park and tourism retail category through its recent acquisition of Jay
Jewelry."


      Mr. Marcus concluded by saying "Excluding the costs associated with its
asbestos situation and reorganization, Congoleum was modestly profitable in
2005. While these results were below 2004 results, Congoleum also faced dramatic
increases in raw material and energy costs last year. By increasing prices,
focusing on manufacturing improvements, and reducing other costs, the operating
results were kept positive. Due to the litigation surrounding its reorganization
efforts and the anticipated timing of getting a new plan confirmed, Congoleum's
results were overshadowed by special charges last year. On a positive note, we
believe that the form of the modified Congoleum reorganization plan that we
understand Congoleum is currently pursuing is intended to eliminate certain
issues that have been raised with prior versions of Congoleum's plans, and we
are hopeful that Congoleum's plan will be confirmed before the end of 2006. "

      American Biltrite owns 55% of the common stock outstanding of Congoleum.
Generally accepted accounting principles require that American Biltrite
recognize 100% of Congoleum's losses in excess of Congoleum's equity. Because
Congoleum has a deficit in equity, American Biltrite's consolidated results for
2005 reflect the entire $25.3 million charge that Congoleum recognized in 2005
related to Congoleum's asbestos-related reorganization costs. Through December
31, 2005, American Biltrite has recognized a cumulative $45.0 million of
Congoleum's losses in excess of Congoleum's equity in its consolidated financial
statements. However, Congoleum is separately financed and American Biltrite
neither guaranties nor is otherwise obligated for any of Congoleum's debts.
American Biltrite has no recorded value at risk or economic obligation related
to this $45.0 million and does not anticipate that Congoleum's plan of
reorganization would have any significant adverse effect on the rest of American
Biltrite's operations. Furthermore, American Biltrite's lending agreements
require that its investment in Congoleum be accounted for under the equity
method of accounting and not consolidated for purposes of determining American
Biltrite's compliance with the financial covenants under those agreements. Had
the Company been permitted by generally accepted accounting principles to
account for its investment in Congoleum under the equity method, its net loss
for the year ended December 31, 2005 would have been reduced by $21.6 million
(which would have resulted in positive earnings for the Company on a
consolidated basis), and its consolidated equity at December 31, 2005 would have
been increased by $45.0 million.

WARNING REGARDING FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

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 FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS ARE BASED
ON AMERICAN BILTRITE'S EXPECTATIONS, AS OF THE DATE OF THIS RELEASE, OF FUTURE
EVENTS. AMERICAN BILTRITE UNDERTAKES NO OBLIGATION TO UPDATE ANY OF THESE
FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS. ALTHOUGH AMERICAN BILTRITE BELIEVES THAT ITS
EXPECTATIONS ARE BASED ON REASONABLE ASSUMPTIONS, WITHIN THE BOUNDS OF ITS
KNOWLEDGE OF ITS BUSINESS AND EXPERIENCE, THERE CAN BE NO ASSURANCE THAT ACTUAL
RESULTS WILL NOT DIFFER MATERIALLY FROM EXPECTATIONS. READERS ARE CAUTIONED NOT
TO PLACE UNDUE RELIANCE ON ANY FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS. FACTORS THAT COULD
CAUSE ACTUAL RESULTS TO DIFFER FROM EXPECTATIONS INCLUDE: (I) THE FUTURE COST
AND TIMING OF ESTIMATED ASBESTOS LIABILITIES AND PAYMENTS; (II) AVAILABILITY OF
INSURANCE COVERAGE AND REIMBURSEMENT FROM INSURANCE COMPANIES THAT UNDERWROTE
THE APPLICABLE INSURANCE POLICIES FOR ASBESTOS-RELATED CLAIMS, INCLUDING
INSURANCE COVERAGE AND REIMBURSEMENT FOR ASBESTOS CLAIMANTS UNDER THE PROPOSED
CONGOLEUM REORGANIZATION PLAN, WHICH CERTAIN INSURERS HAVE OBJECTED TO IN


BANKRUPTCY COURT AND ARE LITIGATING IN NEW JERSEY STATE COURT; (III) COSTS
RELATING TO THE EXECUTION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF ANY PLAN OF REORGANIZATION
PURSUED BY CONGOLEUM OR RELATING TO ANY OTHER PLAN OF REORGANIZATION PROPOSED BY
ANY OTHER PARTY IN INTEREST; (IV) TIMELY REACHING AGREEMENT WITH OTHER
CREDITORS, OR CLASSES OF CREDITORS, THAT EXIST OR MAY EMERGE; (V) SATISFACTION
OF THE CONDITIONS AND OBLIGATIONS UNDER THE COMPANY'S AND CONGOLEUM'S
OUTSTANDING DEBT INSTRUMENTS, AND AMENDMENT OF THOSE OUTSTANDING DEBT
INSTRUMENTS, AS NECESSARY, TO PERMIT CONGOLEUM AND THE COMPANY TO SATISFY THEIR
OBLIGATIONS UNDER CONGOLEUM'S PLAN OF REORGANIZATION AND TO MAKE CERTAIN
FINANCIAL COVENANTS IN THOSE DEBT INSTRUMENTS LESS RESTRICTIVE; (VI) THE EXTENT
TO WHICH AMERICAN BILTRITE'S EQUITY INTEREST IN CONGOLEUM IS DILUTED OR
OTHERWISE REDUCED IN CONNECTION WITH ANY PLAN OF REORGANIZATION; (VII) THE
RESPONSE FROM TIME-TO-TIME OF THE COMPANY'S AND CONGOLEUM'S LENDERS, CUSTOMERS,
SUPPLIERS AND OTHER CONSTITUENCIES TO THE ONGOING PROCESS ARISING FROM THE
STRATEGY TO SETTLE ASBESTOS LIABILITY; (VIII) 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;
(IX) TIMELY OBTAINING SUFFICIENT CREDITOR AND COURT APPROVAL OF ANY
REORGANIZATION PLAN AND THE COURT OVERRULING ANY OBJECTIONS TO THE PLAN THAT MAY
BE FILED; (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 EXTENT TO WHICH CONGOLEUM IS ABLE TO OBTAIN REIMBURSEMENT FOR
COSTS IT INCURS IN CONNECTION WITH THE INSURANCE COVERAGE LITIGATION; (XII)
COMPLIANCE WITH THE UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY CODE, INCLUDING SECTION 524(g);
(XIII) THE IMPACT ANY ADOPTED FEDERAL LEGISLATION ADDRESSING ASBESTOS PERSONAL
INJURY CLAIMS MAY HAVE ON THE COMPANY'S OR CONGOLEUM'S BUSINESSES, RESULTS OF
OPERATIONS OR FINANCIAL CONDITIONS; (XIV) THE ABILITY OF THE COMPANY TO REPLACE
OR REFINANCE ITS SECURED CREDIT FACILITY ON OR PRIOR TO SEPTEMBER 30, 2006, THE
FINAL MATURITY DATE OF THAT FACILITY, (XV) THE FUTURE COST AND TIMING OF
PAYMENTS ASSOCIATED WITH AND AVAILABILITY OF INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR
ENVIRONMENTAL AND NON-ASBESTOS RELATED PRODUCT AND GENERAL LIABILITY CLAIMS;
(XVI) INCREASES IN RAW MATERIAL PRICES; (XVII) INCREASED COMPETITIVE ACTIVITY
FROM COMPETITORS, SOME OF WHICH HAVE GREATER RESOURCES AND BROADER DISTRIBUTION
CHANNELS; (XVIII) UNFAVORABLE DEVELOPMENTS IN VARIOUS MARKETS FOR THE COMPANY'S
OR ITS SUBSIDIARIES' PRODUCTS OR IN THE NATIONAL ECONOMY IN GENERAL, (XIX)
SHIPMENT DELAYS, DEPLETION OF INVENTORY AND INCREASED PRODUCTION COSTS RESULTING
FROM UNFORESEEN DISRUPTIONS OF OPERATIONS AT ANY OF THE COMPANY'S OR ITS
SUBSIDIARIES' FACILITIES OR DISTRIBUTORS; (XX) THE INCURRENCE OF PRODUCT
WARRANTY COSTS, (XXI) CHANGES IN CUSTOMERS FOR THE COMPANY'S OR ITS
SUBSIDIARIES' PRODUCTS AND (XXII) AMERICAN BILTRITE'S ABILITY TO TIMELY SELL OR
OTHERWISE DISPOSE OF THE PROPERTY FROM ITS DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS RELATING TO
ITS JANUS FLOORING CORPORATION SUBSIDIARY ON TERMS ACCEPTABLE TO AMERICAN
BILTRITE AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH APPLICABLE REGULATORY OR OTHER LEGAL
REQUIREMENTS, INCLUDING CANADIAN REGULATIONS AND LAWS. IN ADDITION, IN VIEW OF
AMERICAN BILTRITE'S RELATIONSHIPS WITH CONGOLEUM, AMERICAN BILTRITE COULD BE
AFFECTED BY CONGOLEUM'S NEGOTIATIONS REGARDING ITS PURSUIT OF A PLAN OF
REORGANIZATION, AND THERE CAN BE NO ASSURANCE AS TO WHAT THAT IMPACT, POSITIVE
OR NEGATIVE, MIGHT BE. IN ANY EVENT, THE FAILURE OF CONGOLEUM TO OBTAIN
CONFIRMATION AND CONSUMMATION OF ITS ANTICIPATED PLAN OF REORGANIZATION WOULD
HAVE A MATERIAL ADVERSE EFFECT ON CONGOLEUM'S BUSINESS, RESULTS OF OPERATIONS OR
FINANCIAL CONDITION AND COULD HAVE A MATERIAL ADVERSE EFFECT ON AMERICAN
BILTRITE'S BUSINESS, RESULTS OF OPERATIONS OR FINANCIAL CONDITION. ACTUAL
RESULTS COULD DIFFER SIGNIFICANTLY AS A RESULT OF THESE AND OTHER FACTORS
DISCUSSED IN AMERICAN BILTRITE'S ANNUAL REPORT ON FORM 10-K FOR THE YEAR ENDED
DECEMBER 31, 2004 AND ITS SUBSEQUENT FILINGS WITH THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE
COMMISSION.


                             AMERICAN BILTRITE INC.

            RESULTS FOR THE THREE MONTHS (UNAUDITED) AND YEARS ENDED
                           DECEMBER 31, 2005 AND 2004
                        ($000, except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended Year Ended December 31 December 31 2005 2004 2005 2004 ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- Net sales $ 114,054 $ 108,772 $ 445,172 $ 433,869 =========== =========== =========== =========== Income (loss) before other items $ (4,514) $ 870 $ (16,760) $ 2,489 Noncontrolling interests (4) 34 (636) (107) ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- (Loss) income from continuing operations (4,518) 904 (17,396) 2,382 Discontinued operation (44) (87) (237) (429) ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- Net (loss) income $ (4,562) $ 817 $ (17,633) $ 1,953 =========== =========== =========== =========== Basic earnings per share: (Loss) income per common share from continuing operations $ (1.31) $ 0.26 $ (5.05) $ 0.69 Discontinued operation (0.01) (0.02) (0.07) (0.12) ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- Net (loss) income per share $ (1.32) $ 0.24 $ (5.12) $ 0.57 =========== =========== =========== =========== Diluted earnings per share(1): (Loss) income per common share from continuing operations $ (1.31) $ 0.24 $ (5.05) $ 0.66 Discontinued operation (0.01) (0.02) (0.07) (0.12) ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- Net (loss) income per share $ (1.32) $ 0.22 $ (5.12) $ 0.54 =========== =========== =========== =========== Weighted average number of common and equivalent shares outstanding Basic 3,441,551 3,441,551 3,441,551 3,441,551 Diluted 3,441,551 3,445,403 3,441,551 3,458,171
(1) Diluted earnings per share for the three months and year ended December 31, 2004 include the dilutive effect of Congoleum's stock options during those periods. During the three months and year ended December 31, 2005, Congoleum's stock options had no effect on American Biltrite Inc.'s diluted earnings per share. AMERICAN BILTRITE INC. RESULTS FOR THE THREE MONTHS (UNAUDITED) AND YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2005 AND 2004 BY SEGMENT ($000)
Three Months Ended Year Ended December 31 December 31 2005 2004 2005 2004 --------- --------- --------- --------- Net sales Tape products $ 24,230 $ 20,638 $ 96,103 $ 85,560 Jewelry 16,207 22,170 62,790 75,757 Canadian division 12,236 10,293 48,653 43,059 --------- --------- --------- --------- 52,673 53,101 207,546 204,376 Flooring products 61,381 55,671 237,626 229,493 --------- --------- --------- --------- Total net sales $ 114,054 $ 108,772 $ 445,172 $ 433,869 ========= ========= ========= ========= Net (loss) income Tape products $ (497) $ (563) $ 822 $ (857) Jewelry 303 1,895 2,162 5,400 Canadian division 716 (888) (1,143) (1,782) Corporate expenses 2,179 1,531 4,387 2,085 Discontinued operations (44) (87) (237) (429) Eliminations (303) (1,896) (2,151) (5,384) --------- --------- --------- --------- Total American Biltrite net 2,354 (8) 3,840 (967) income (loss) Eliminations 34 (45) 102 (28) Flooring products (6,950) 870 (21,575) 2,948 --------- --------- --------- --------- Consolidated net (loss) income $ (4,562) $ 817 $ (17,633) $ 1,953 ========= ========= ========= =========
The Flooring product segment's loss for 2005 includes a $25.3 million charge ($15.5 million in the second quarter and $9.8 million in the fourth quarter) by Congoleum to increase its reserves for asbestos related reorganization costs. Congoleum also recorded a $5.0 million charge during the fourth quarter of 2004. Corporate expenses for the year ended December 31, 2005 include a gain of $2.3 million from the sale of a warehouse during the first quarter and an expense recovery of $2.9 million from an insurance settlement during the fourth quarter.

The following information was filed by American Biltrite Inc (ABLT) on Thursday, March 16, 2006 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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