Berry completes acquisition of RPC group
July 08, 2019 - United States Of America
Berry has completed the acquisition of RPC Group for a purchase price of approximately $6.5 billion, which includes approximately $4.3 billion of cash paid for the equity interest in RPC and $2.2 of net debt and estimated transaction related costs, subject to closing adjustments. Berry is a supplier of innovative rigid, flexible, and non-woven products.
The combination of Berry and RPC creates a leading global supplier of valued-added protective solutions and one of the world’s largest plastic packaging companies.
Berry’s combined global footprint will consist of over 290 locations worldwide, including locations in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. The pro forma combined business will employ over 48,000 people across six continents with sales of approximately $13 billion based on the latest published financial statements of Berry and RPC.
“We are very excited to move forward together as a global plastic and recycled packaging industry leader, serving thousands of customers with our high-quality, innovative, and protective solutions along with the industry’s most diversified and expansive manufacturing footprint. The acquisition of RPC will give us the opportunity to leverage our combined know-how in innovative material science, product development, and manufacturing technologies to create significant value for our shareholders. Through this shared approach, we anticipate approximately $150 million in annual synergies,” Tom Salmon, chairman and CEO of Berry said in a press release.
“We remain highly impressed by the tremendous depth of talent and resources embedded within RPC, and are looking forward to the opportunity to strengthen our combined platform with the wealth of experience and expertise this team has to offer. We believe this acquisition will further enhance the long-term outlook for our business and will provide a unique value creation opportunity for our shareholders,” Salmon added.
Goldman Sachs International, Wells Fargo Securities, and J.P. Morgan Securities acted as financial advisors and Freshfields, Bruckhaus Deringer, and Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner acted as legal advisors for Berry. (GK)