Mergers & Acquisitions

RockTenn/MeadWestvaco Deal Highlights Robust January M&A Activity
February 9, 2015

Paper and packaging industry giant MeadWestvaco appears to be at the end of its life as an independent entity. The company agreed to a merger with RockTenn to form a yet-to-be-named successor company. RockTenn’s expertise in kraft paper, corrugated cartons and retail displays will combine with MeadWestvaco’s strengths in paperboard and folding cartons. The result will be a powerful player in the increasingly global packaging industry, with over $15 billion in annual revenues.

In apparent preparation for the deal with RockTenn, earlier in the month MeadWestvaco announced the spinoff of its chemical business into a separate public company.

Pick What You Want—and Go for It
December 19, 2014

Knowing from the get-go exactly what you want to accomplish by purchasing another firm puts you in a winning frame of mind and increases the acquisition's likelihood of success. At New Direction Partners, we know that when a prospective buyer comes to us with a clear picture of the kind of company he or she wants to buy, we can zero in that much more quickly on candidates that will be complementary or accretive to the buyer's present business.

An 'Annual Report' for Print Industry M&As
December 5, 2014

As 2014 winds down, it's satisfying to report that the year has been a mostly good one for mergers and acquisitions in the printing and packaging industry. Looking back, we can see that a normal level of M&A activity has returned to the industry and that—assuming we get no more shocks from the general economy—opportunities for dealmaking will carry over into the year ahead.

Money: Easier to Get for Printing Companies as Financing Picture is Brighter
December 1, 2014

More borrowing options exist now than was the case a few years ago. The best way to connect with them is to get expert advice from a source that knows the printing industry and its financing requirements. A qualified advisor can vet private equity lenders, streamline dealings with banks and generally make capital for equipment purchase or business acquisition more accessible. That way, you'll leave no money on tables you may not even have known were there.

LOI: The Letter and the Spirit
November 24, 2014

When a buyer and a seller reach the letter of intent (LOI) stage, they'll have agreed that the potential fit looks good and that due diligence—the research phase that structures and certifies the transaction—can begin. In this post, we'll review the steps the seller should take once both parties have signed the LOI.

M&A Activity: The Temperature of 'Hot'
November 7, 2014

A favorable economy, record stock prices, low interest rates...at long last, all the right stars have aligned around M&A activity, and there’s no reason to think that the stepped-up pace of dealmaking will slow down anytime soon. We are seeing strong interest among private equity players, as well as strategic buyers. Private equity firms are attracted to growing entities that offer platform opportunities.

Ready to Sell or Not—Not!
October 24, 2014

It’s a great time to sell a printing or a packaging business. But, as favorable as market conditions may be, is it your time? There are a number of other things to consider before you hang out the "for sale" sign.

With Our 'Complements'
October 10, 2014

In the first part of this discussion about what motivates owners of print and packaging companies in transacting mergers and acquisitions, we noted that every buyer and seller needs to have a clearly defined “why” in mind whether a deal is on the horizon or not. Now, let’s address what drives the thinking of buyers who are actively pursuing acquisitions.

Reijmer/Russell on M&A Directions: Can We Talk? Not Necessarily
October 1, 2014

Acquiring or being acquired by another company can be a long, drawn-out and distracting process in which the proverbial cat can be hard to keep in the bag. With the guidance of a professional M&A adviser, you can be sure of what to say, when to say it and whom to say it to.