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Graphic Packaging Announces Agreement to Sell Multi-Wall Bag Business


Mondi Group acquires nine plants and a kraft mill

Graphic Packaging Holding Company, a leading provider of packaging solutions to food, beverage and other consumer products companies, announced that it and its wholly owned subsidiary Graphic Packaging International, Inc., have entered into a definitive agreement to sell their multi-wall bag business to Mondi Group.

The non-core assets to be divested include nine multi-wall bag converting plants located throughout the U.S. and the Pine Buff, AR kraft paper mill.

“The anticipated sale of these non-core assets substantially completes our transformation into a pure play, vertically integrated paperboard packaging company,” said David Scheible, Graphic Packaging’s chairman, president and CEO. “The divestiture will free up valuable resources which we can redirect to further accelerate global growth in our core paperboard packaging business.”

The multi-wall bag plants and the kraft mill had trailing 12-month revenue of approximately $437 million and under the terms of the agreement, the enterprise value is $105 million and the sale will be an all cash transaction. The transaction is subject to standard closing requirements and is expected to close late second quarter or early third quarter 2014.

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