Crown Holdings, Inc. announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Mivisa Envases, SAU, a leading Spanish manufacturer of two- and three-piece food cans and ends, from certain investment funds managed by affiliates of The Blackstone Group L.P., N+1 Mercapital and management, in a cash transaction valued at €1.2 billion. The acquisition, which is subject to review by the European Commission and other competition authorities, is expected to close during 2014 and to be earnings accretive. Debt financing has been fully committed in support of the transaction.
With sales of €555 million and EBITDA of €133 million for the audited fiscal year ended June 30, 2013, Mivisa, based in Murcia, Spain, is the largest food can producer in both the Iberian Peninsula and Morocco. Primarily serving the vegetable, fruit, fish and meat segments, Mivisa currently operates 10 manufacturing facilities, including six in Spain and one in Morocco.
"We are excited about the acquisition of Mivisa, as it will significantly build upon Crown's existing position in the strategically important European food can segment by substantially increasing our presence in Spain, one of Europe's leading agricultural economies,” said John W. Conway, Crown chairman and CEO. “Mivisa has demonstrated impressive sales and profitability growth in recent years through prudent investment, highly efficient manufacturing practices, focused innovation and excellent customer relationships. We believe that adding this well-performing business to our broad network of food can operations in Europe will result in compelling benefits to both customers and shareholders."