Packaging Corporation of America to Acquire Boise
Packaging Corporation of America (PCA) and Boise have entered into a definitive agreement under which PCA will acquire all of the outstanding common shares of Boise for $12.55 per share in cash, for an aggregate transaction value of $1.995 billion, inclusive of $714 million of outstanding indebtedness of Boise. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2013 with committed debt financing, but is subject to certain customary conditions and regulatory approvals.
The combined companies generated $5.5 billion in sales and $879 million in EBITDA (excluding special items) in the last 12 months ended June 30, 2013 (LTM). The combined packaging business generated 75 percent of sales and 83 percent of EBITDA over the period, with the remainder generated by Boise’s paper business.
PCA’s containerboard capacity will increase to 3.7 million tons from its current level of 2.6 million tons (a 42 percent increase) including the announced expansion of paper machine number 2 (D2) at Boise’s DeRidder mill. PCA’s corrugated products volume will increase by about 30 percent as a result of the acquisition, and PCA’s market presence will expand into the Pacific Northwest.
Synergies are estimated to generate pre-tax benefits of approximately $105 million and are expected to be fully realized within three years of closing. The synergies are projected to come from mill grade optimization, sales mix and cost reductions, lower transportation costs, corrugated products optimization, and SG&A cost reductions.
The purchase price represents a multiple of 6.7 times adjusted LTM EBITDA of $297 million (excluding special items) and including the $105 million in benefits from synergies, the purchase price represents a multiple of 5.0 times LTM EBITDA. The acquisition is expected to be accretive to earnings immediately.
“The acquisition is an excellent fit, both geographically and strategically, with unique and substantial synergies. It provides the containerboard that PCA needs to support our strong corrugated products growth,” said Paul Stecko, PCA executive chairman. “The DeRidder containerboard mill is low cost, located in a very good wood basket and, after the D2 machine conversion, provides almost one million tons of primarily lightweight containerboard. The combined company is expected to generate strong financial results and strong cash flow which will be used to pay down debt as well as to continue to return value to our shareholders.”
“PCA’s desire to acquire Boise is a testament to the performance delivered and dedication shown by our employees in our five years as a public company, and the value we have created in a very challenging economic environment,” said Boise Chief Executive Officer Alexander Toeldte. “We have been committed to serving our customers with distinction and this transaction will enhance opportunities for even stronger customer service.”
For more information, call (800) 456-4725 or visit www.packagingcorp.com.