MWV Will Acquire Ruby Macons Ltd. To Accelerate India Growth Strategy

MeadWestvaco Corporation (NYSE: MWV), a global leader in packaging and packaging solutions today announced a definitive agreement with Mr. Alibhai Nathani and family to purchase Ruby Macons Limited (“Ruby Macons”), India’s top producer of corrugated packaging materials and a leader in the country’s growing industrial packaging industry. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“The acquisition of Ruby Macons extends our participation in India, strengthening our presence in a market that we have targeted for profitable growth,” said John A. Luke, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer, MWV. “The Nathani family and the Ruby Macons leadership team have built a very successful business and established a best-in-class operation that boasts advantaged operational and technical leadership, strong brand awareness and reputation among converters and brand owners, a highly efficient capital model and an advantaged geographic location within India in Vapi, Gujarat. The addition of Ruby Macons boosts our ability to grow profitably in India by bringing their leading local position and capabilities in packaging materials together with our global expertise and innovation capabilities.”

"We’ve built a significant and highly-profitable industrial packaging business in Brazil over the last 60 years, and we will leverage this experience to serve the rapidly-evolving retail sector and fast-growing middle class in India. Through Ruby Macons and its converting customers, in addition to our own box plant in Pune, MWV will offer a wide range of packaging solutions that address market and consumer needs in India, including innovative solutions similar to those we've developed in Brazil for fresh produce, industrial products and consumer goods markets.”

“We are pleased to welcome Ruby Macons to the MWV family and are very excited about the profitable growth opportunities this acquisition creates,” concluded Luke.

Ruby Macons is the market leader in corrugated packaging materials in India, producing greater than 150,000 tons annually with significant capacity expansion underway. Founded and managed by the Nathani family since 1986, Ruby Macons’ revenues were approximately $80 million over the last 12 months with double digit operating margins and strong return on capital. The company has achieved greater than 20 percent average growth over the last several years and is poised for significant future profitable growth through the expansion plans underway.

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