EVANSVILLE, IN—Berry Global Group, Inc. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Clopay Plastic Products Company, Inc., a subsidiary of Griffon Corporation, for $475 million in cash on a debt-free, cash-free basis.
Clopay is a global supplier of printed breathable films and developer of elastic films and laminates with product offerings uniquely designed for applications used in a number of markets including; hygiene, health care, construction and industrial protective apparel. Clopay has nearly 1,500 employees with a footprint serving markets across the globe with locations in the United States, Germany, Brazil and China. Clopay delivered $461 million in sales and $53 million in operating EBITDA for its fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2017. The company expects annual cost synergies to be approximately $20 million. The purchase price, including expected cost synergies along with the tax basis step-up value, represents an adjusted EBITDA multiple of below six times.
“The proposed acquisition of Clopay is directly aligned with our fundamental strategic initiatives,” said Tom Salmon, CEO of Berry. “We are extremely excited with what Clopay’s global capabilities and unique technology platform will add to our organization. The combination of Clopay with Berry’s Health, Hygiene and Specialties division broadens our position within the faster growing health and hygiene markets. Clopay will bring Berry new capabilities in the production of technical films, where they are a known innovator with patent protected breathable hygiene films.”
The transaction is expected to be completed in early 2018, subject to customary closing conditions, including applicable regulatory approvals. Berry intends to fund the acquisition with existing liquidity or additional debt offering.