In terms of both number of transactions and value, merger and acquisition activity in the flexible packaging industry stayed strong in 2015. And, global M&A activity — across all industries — also showed strength with an uptick in transaction value. That overview comes from FPA’s 2016 State of the U.S. Flexible Packaging Industry Report.
In 2015, the U.S. flexible packaging industry saw 18 transactions compared to 21 the prior year. That remains strong, compared to the minimal activity levels seen during the recession of 2008-2009. From a dollar value perspective, 2015 M&As were just under $3 billion. The year-earlier figure was $3.7 billion. Both levels are consistent with the value range reported since 2011 and the overall recovery from the recession.