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Strategic expansion key driver of packaging M&A activity in 2011: report

Strategic expansion key driver of packaging M&A activity in 2011: report
M&A activity


M&A activityIn 2011, there were 708 transactions in the packaging industry worth a total of US$73.2 billion.


Canadean Ltd's new report Annual Deal Report—Packaging includes a comprehensive analysis of mergers and acquisitions (M&A), capital raising and partnering deals announced worldwide in 2011 through analytical insights from a segment and regional perspective. It also provides an extensive list of key deals and quarterly analysis by deal type, segment and region.


Available from Research and Markets, the report offers an overview of the trends surrounding deal volume and deal value in 2011, by deal type, segments and region, followed by a brief analysis of the primary objectives of companies entering into various transactions in the packaging industry during the year. In addition, the chapter includes league tables on financial and legal advisors.


The report provides an extensive analysis on deals undertaken in the packaging industry in 2011 by deal type, segment and region. It also provides an extensive list of the key deals in the following packaging segments flexible and rigid packaging, packaging packs, packaging closures, packaging equipment and technology, and packaging services providers. This is followed by leading deals by deal type in North America, Europe, the Asia-Pacific and the Rest of the World.


Key highlights

• The number of deals in the packaging industry was highest in the first quarter of 2011, and decreased in the net three quarters of the year. Deal activity in 2011 was highest in February, while October registered lowest deal activity in terms of volume.


• The principal driver of deal activity was to achieve sustainability and growth through strategic expansion, with a primary focus on mitigating risks associated with dependence on domestic markets, traditional products and services.


• Deals in the packaging industry were primarily undertaken with the objective of business expansion through inorganic growth to increase business scale. Many packaging companies chose mergers and acquisitions (M&As) for gaining operational synergy by combining technical capabilities, and adding new products and brands.


• In 2011, the packaging industry recorded a number of high value deals with a deal value equal to or above US$1 billion, primarily in the M&A, debt offerings, and PE/VC deal types.


• M&A transactions dominated the deal activity in the packaging industry in 2011, accounting for 70% of total deal volume.


• The US$9.7 billion acquisition of The Lubrizol Corporation, a specialty chemical company manufacturing ingredients and additives, by Berkshire Hathaway Inc., was the biggest M&A deal in 2011.


Source: Canadean Ltd.



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