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CCL Industries acquires polymer banknote-maker in $1.3B deal

Toronto-based company says acquisition will give it a leading position in the growing market for the highly secure banknotes.


TORONTO — CCL Industries has a $1.3-billion friendly deal to acquire a UK-based company that makes polymer banknotes.

The Toronto-based company says the acquisition of the Innovia Group will give it a leading position in the growing market for the highly secure type of banknotes, which the Bank of Canada has been using for about five years.

Innovia’s specialized banknote operations are in the UK, Australia and Mexico. It also is a producer of multi-layer films for labels, packaging and security applications.

The U.K.-based company is expected to generate $570 million of net revenue in 2017 and CCL estimates its revenue next year will be above $5 billion including Innovia.

CCL is buying Innovia debt-free from a consortium of UK-based private equity investors managed by the Smithfield Group. The deal is expected to close by the end of the first quarter of 2017.

The Toronto-based company, which owns the Avery label business, among other things, will borrow US$450-million from a syndicate led by Bank of Montreal and draw on an existing credit capacity to finance the transaction.

News from © Canadian Press Enterprises Inc. 2016

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