Berry Plastics to buy Avintiv for almost $2.5 billion

Berry Plastics Group Inc. (Evansville, IN) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Avintiv Inc. from the Blackstone Group LP for approximately $2.45 billion in cash on a debt-free, cash-free basis, the companies announced today.

Avintiv is one of the world's leading developers, producers and marketers of specialty materials used in infection prevention, personal care and high-performance products. With 23 locations in 14 countries, an employee base of over 4,500 people and a broad range of process technologies, Avintiv's strategically located manufacturing facilities position it as a global supplier to many of the same leading consumer and industrial product manufacturers that Berry Plastics supplies, according to a news release.

MergerFor the 12-month period ended March 2015, Avintiv generated pro forma revenues and adjusted EBITDA of $2.1 billion and $303 million, respectively. Additionally, Berry Plastics expects to realize approximately $50 million in annual cost synergies.

"We are extremely excited to welcome the team and global capabilities of Avintiv to the Berry organization," said Jon Rich, Chairman and CEO of Berry Plastics, in a prepared statement. "The combination of Berry Plastics and Avintiv creates a global leader in plastics packaging and engineered specialty materials with enhanced technology, material and commercial capabilities to more broadly serve our customers."

Joel Hackney, Avintiv's Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Avintiv has made tremendous progress advancing our mission to create a safer, cleaner and healthier world. Joining Berry creates an ideal platform to expand into new adjacencies, strengthen our current capabilities and bring new innovations to our customers. Our employees' hard work and dedication has enabled us to deliver consistent growth and margin expansion and will continue to play a critical role in the success of Berry."

The proposed transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to close by the end of calendar year 2015.

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