Berry Plastics Will Add to Film Prowess with AEP Purchase
Berry Plastics Group, Inc. and AEP Industries Inc. have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Berry will acquire all of the outstanding shares of AEP in a cash and stock transaction.
Aggregate consideration will be $765 million, including AEP’s net debt. The transaction is expected to be completed in the December 2016, subject to the approval of AEP shareholders and customary closing conditions, including applicable regulatory approvals.
AEP is a manufacturer of flexible plastic packaging films in North America. AEP manufactures and markets a diverse line of flexible plastic packaging products for consumer, industrial and agricultural applications. Headquartered in Montvale, New Jersey, AEP operates 14 manufacturing facilities in the United States and Canada and has approximately 2,600 employees. For the four quarters ended April 2016, AEP generated net sales of $1.1 billion, net income of $39 million and adjusted EBITDA of $103 million.
“We respect and admire the impressive company Brendan Barba has built over the last 40 years and look forward to welcoming AEP employees into Berry’s organization,” says Jon Rich, chairman and CEO of Berry Plastics. “AEP, together with Berry’s Engineered Materials Division, creates an impressive packaging film producer serving the North American market. This unique combination offers the opportunity for significant value creation for Berry and AEP shareholders alike, as we realize procurement and operating cost savings across the two organizations.”
J. Brendan Barba, AEP’s Chairman and CEO, comments, “We are excited to announce this compelling transaction with Berry, which delivers substantial value to our shareholders, while providing the opportunity to participate in the upside of the combination. We believe Berry is the right partner to expand our product portfolio to deliver high-quality packaging films to even more customers around the world. Berry shares our commitment to teamwork and success, and we are confident our valued employees will benefit from the opportunities that come from being part of a larger company. We look forward to working with Berry to plan for a seamless integration for our customers and employees and to begin the next chapter in the company’s history."
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