Amcor announces today an agreement to acquire the flexible packaging operations of Jiangsu Shenda Group for RMB350 million. The purchase price represents 8.0 times CY2012 EBITDA. Returns, measured as EBIT to funds employed, are expected to be over 20% by CY2016 underpinned by cost synergies and continued strong organic growth in the Chinese market.
The acquired business has sales of approximately RMB440 million and two plants in the Jiangsu province in Eastern China. Two thirds of it sales are to the pharmaceutical, snacks and culinary end markets. Following the acquisition Amcor will be the market leader in Eastern China with a strong position in both film manufacturing and conversion.
The acquired business is a strong fit with Amcor’s exiting plant in Jiangsu province and enables sharing of overheads, optimisation of production across the sites and operating improvements through sharing of best practice. These opportunities are expected to deliver cost synergy benefits of more than 5% of sales.
Amcor’s Managing Director and CEO, Mr Ken MacKenzie said: “Continued strong growth in consumer spending makes China one of the most attractive markets globally. Amcor has a strong and successful position in the Chinese flexible packaging market with nine plants, covering all the key regions and sales of over A$400 million.
“This acquisition establishes Amcor as the market leader in Eastern China, a region that represents approximately 40% of China’s GDP. The business is a strong fit with our existing operations and offers considerable synergy opportunities.”
The agreement is subject to regulatory and other usual conditions and is expected to close in the coming months.