Mergers & Acquisitions - Reshaping the Packaging Industry

Posted 10th April 2017 by Melissa Magestro

Recent Packaging News headlines include:  “Sealed Air sells New Diversey to Bain Capital for $3.2bn” , “Mercury Packaging merges with CPS Flexible”, “Henkel makes $1.05bn bid for GCP’s Darex”.  And these are just a small sample of the news about recent acquisitions and mergers in the packaging industry.  What’s spurring on these billion dollar deals and will they continue in the foreseeable future?  Bill Hornell, Managing Director of Mesirow Financial, shares insights into the economic forces that are driving packaging related M&A’s in advance of his talk at ICE USA on Thursday April 27.

Mesirow Financial, headquartered in Chicago, has been in business since 1937 and is an investment banking firm operating in a number of industries, with a focus on the packaging industry.   Bill joined the firm in 1988, and has been involved in over 100 M&A transactions in the corrugated packaging, flexible packaging, folding carton, label and rigid packaging sectors. He has completed transactions with leading paper, plastics and packaging companies including International Paper, Georgia-Pacific, Amcor, Packaging Corporation of America, PaperWorks, RockTenn, Menasha, Hood Container, RR Donnelley and Resource Label Group, among others.

So what is the reason for this steady merger and acquisition activity recently?  Bill attributes it to a few things;  first, the economy is strong and interest rates are low.  This is creating confidence among CEOs.  Additionally, credit conditions are strong so getting the financing to fund these investments is not complex.  M&As are financially lucrative and reshaping the packaging industry for both sellers and buyers.
How is the market going to continue to be redefined?  Bill will address this in his presentation in the Future of Converting theater on Thursday, April 27, 10:00 AM at ICE USA.  You will walk away with:

• How macro economic trends are driving M&As
• Knowledge on the increasing impact of equity in the packaging world
• How the packaging sector is being reshaped by M&As

Register today for ICE USA and plan to attend Bill’s session on Thursday April 27.  Check out the full conference schedule and register using promo code GEN173 for complimentary access to the exhibit hall.

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