Berry Plastics Group Inc., a U.S. maker of consumer packaging, agreed to buy Avintiv Inc. for about $2.45 billion in cash to add a range of specialty materials used in infection prevention and personal care. Berry is acquiring Avintiv from private-equity funds managed by Blackstone Group LP, it said Friday in a statement
The takeover will lead to $50 million of annual cost savings and is expected to close by the year-end, Berry said in the statement. It is Evansville, Indiana-based Berry's largest acquisition, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Berry rose 4.9 percent to $35 at 8:33 a.m. before the start of regular trading in New York. The company said it has obtained committed debt financing for the deal, and that it may also sell some equity, depending on market conditions.
Avintiv operates at 23 sites in 14 countries and has more than 4,500 employees. On a pro-forma basis, it had sales of $2.1 billion and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization of $303 million in the year ended March. Berry's financial advisers on the deal were Credit Suisse Group AG and Barclays Plc, while Bryan Cave LLP was its legal adviser. Avintiv and Blackstone's financial advisers were Citigroup Inc. and Bank of America Merrill Lynch and their legal adviser was Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett LLP.