Mondi acquires controlling stake in Turkish listed packaging player for R1.2bn

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Mondi has agreed to acquire 90.38% of the outstanding shares in Olmuksan International Paper Ambalaj Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S (“Olmuksan” or the “Company”) from International Paper for a total consideration of €66m. The implied enterprise value on a 100% basis would amount to around €88m.

Olmuksan is a leading and well-established corrugated packaging player in Turkey, listed on the Istanbul stock exchange. Its network of five plants provides a diverse customer base with high-quality sustainable packaging for food, beverage, agriculture and industrial applications. For the twelve months ended 30 September 2020, the Company produced 256 000 tonnes of corrugated packaging and generated revenues of TRY1.093m (€150m).

Mondi has operated successfully in Turkey for many years and has developed a strong understanding of the market and its long-term opportunities. Their current Turkish footprint includes four corrugated packaging plants and a recycled containerboard paper mill, as well as three flexible packaging sites. Leveraging their expertise and experience in this market, together with their global virgin and recycled containerboard portfolio, they expect to generate significant operational improvements and paper integration upside.

Commenting on the acquisition, Andrew King, Group Chief Executive Officer of Mondi, said: “We are excited by this unique opportunity to significantly strengthen our position in the fast-growing Turkish corrugated market and expand our offering to existing and new customers in the region.”

The transaction remains subject to competition clearance and other closing conditions and is expected to complete in the first half of 2021. Following the completion of the transaction, Mondi will launch a mandatory tender offer to acquire the remaining 9.62% of outstanding shares in the Company held by minority shareholders.

Source: Biz News