WestRock to buy MPS

WestRock and Multi Packaging Solutions International Ltd have confirmed that a definitive agreement has been reached for WestRock to acquire all of the outstanding shares of MPS for $18.00 per share in cash and the assumption of an estimated $873 million in net debt, for a total enterprise value of $2.28 billion. The acquisition is expected to be immediately accretive to WestRock’s financial results, both on an earnings per share basis and cash flow basis, inclusive of purchase accounting adjustments.

Founded in 2005, and headquartered in New York, NY, MPS now serves its customers on a global basis through 59 locations across North America, Europe and Asia. On a trailing twelve-month basis as of September 30, 2016, MPS generated revenue of $1.6 billion and Adjusted EBITDA of $237 million. The transaction will be financed through a combination of cash on hand and existing credit facilities. WestRock expects to refinance existing MPS debt assumed as part of the transaction upon closing.

“The acquisition of MPS is an important step forward that advances our strategy and will create significant value for our customers, employees and shareholders,” said Steve Voorhees, Chief Executive Officer of WestRock. “Through this transaction, we will add a leader in the value-added packaging sector that strengthens our differentiated portfolio of paper and packaging solutions. Led by their talented management team, MPS shares our commitment to provide our customers with differentiated packaging solutions that help them win in the marketplace.”

“The MPS family is excited to join WestRock and take this logical next step in the progression of our company,” said Marc Shore, Chief Executive Officer and founder of MPS. “Becoming part of WestRock greatly enhances the portfolio of products we can offer our customers and provides additional scale, resources and capabilities.”

Mr Shore and Dennis Kaltman, president, MPS, will join WestRock as part of the transaction.

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