Quad/Graphics Buys Vertis in Chapter 11 Deal

SUSSEX, WI—Quad/Graphics Inc. and Baltimore-based Vertis Holdings announced the execution of an agreement through which Quad/Graphics will acquire substantially all of the assets comprising Vertis’ businesses for $258.5 million, which includes the payment of approximately $88.5 million for current assets that are in excess of normalized working capital requirements.

To facilitate the intended sale, Vertis, along with its subsidiaries, filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and, at the same time, filed documents seeking the bankruptcy court’s approval of the proposed sale to Quad/Graphics. Vertis has the support of its lenders with respect to the sale to Quad/Graphics.

Upon completion, the acquisition will enhance Quad/Graphics’ position as a leader in the production of retail advertising inserts, direct marketing and in-store marketing solutions while providing continuity, financial stability and continued business investment for Vertis’ clients and employees.

Quad/Graphics intends to use cash on hand and draw on its revolving credit facility to finance the acquisition of Vertis, which expects to generate approximately $1.1 billion in revenues during fiscal year 2012. The combined entity will realize efficiencies and cost savings derived from a more efficient operating platform, expanded volume-driven mailings and more efficient procurement programs.

Clients will reportedly benefit from an enhanced range of products, services and revenue-generating solutions; expanded industry vertical expertise; increased manufacturing flexibility and distribution efficiencies from an extended geographic footprint; and new opportunities to realize mailing and distribution cost savings from the combined volumes and capabilities of the two companies.

“Quad/Graphics believes in the power of print in today’s multichannel media world and this acquisition further strengthens our ability to help retailers and direct marketers drive meaningful business results,” said Joel Quadracci, chairman, president and CEO of Quad/Graphics. “The combination of Quad/Graphics and Vertis is a natural and strategic fit.

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