Today Berry Plastics Group, Inc. (NYSE:BERY) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the U.S., Mexico, and India portions of Rexam’s Healthcare Containers and Closures (C&C) business. Berry Plastics has also made a binding offer to purchase the French portion of Rexam’s C&C business, which Rexam may accept after completion of the required consultation process with the works council in France. Upon completion of both transactions, Berry Plastics would pay approximately $135 million for the entire Healthcare Containers and Closures business unit, with the closing expected to take place in the second calendar quarter of 2014. The Company expects the acquisition, which will be funded from existing liquidity, to be deleveraging after achieving synergies.
The Healthcare Containers and Closures business produces bottles, closures and specialty products for pharmaceutical and OTC (over-the-counter) applications. The transaction includes eight manufacturing locations - five in the United States and one each in Mexico, France, and India, with total employment of approximately 1,500 and 2013 sales of $262 million.
“The proposed acquisition of the Rexam Healthcare Containers and Closures business is directly aligned with our fundamental strategic initiatives,” said Jon Rich, Chairman and CEO of Berry Plastics. “The U.S. portion of the business has a highly synergistic fit with our current healthcare product portfolio, while the facilities located outside the United States will allow us to increase our presence in the attractive global healthcare market segment.”
About Berry PlasticsBerry Plastics Group, Inc. is a leading provider of value-added plastic consumer packaging and engineered materials delivering high-quality customized solutions to our customers with annual net sales of over $4.6 billion in fiscal 2013. With world headquarters in Evansville, Indiana, the Company’s common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol BERY. For additional information, visit the Company’s website at www.berryplastics.com. Forward-looking statements Certain statements and information included in this release may constitute "forward looking statements" within the meaning of the Federal Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance, or achievements of Berry Plastics to be materially different from any future results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied in such forward looking statements. Additional discussion of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from management’s projections, forecasts, estimates and expectations is contained in the companies' SEC filings. The companies do not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, or to make any other forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.