CHARLOTTE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SEE (NYSE: SEE) announced today that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Liquibox for a purchase price of $1.15 billion on a cash and debt-free basis.
This strategic acquisition unites two leaders in the global flexible packaging industry and aligns with the high-performance growth and innovation cultures of both companies. Liquibox is a pioneer, innovator and manufacturer of Bag-in-Box sustainable fluids & liquids packaging and dispensing solutions for fresh food, beverage, consumer goods and industrial end-markets. This acquisition accelerates SEE’s fastest growing segment, the CRYOVAC® brand Fluids & Liquids business. CRYOVAC® technology, scale and market access provide a significant source of synergies. This acquisition contributes to and fast tracks SEE’s transformation to become a world-class, digitally driven company automating sustainable packaging solutions.
“Today is an exciting day for SEE as we welcome the global team at Liquibox,” said Ted Doheny, SEE’s President & CEO. “This is a powerful combination, bringing together our people, cultures, solution portfolios and global footprints that will deliver more innovative and sustainable solutions to the customers and markets we serve. Finalizing this strategic acquisition is an important step in our journey to world-class status, fueling growth, expanding market penetration and driving earnings power for our SEE Operating Engine.”
SEE will discuss the closing of the acquisition during its full year 2022 earnings call on February 9, 2023. The conference will be webcast live at 10:00 a.m. EST. Interested parties can join the webcast or listen on-demand by visiting SEE’s Investors homepage at www.sealedair.com/investors.
Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC served as sole financial advisor and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz served as legal advisor to SEE. KPMG advised on Financial, Tax, HR, and IT due diligence.
Sealed Air (NYSE: SEE) is in business to protect, solve critical packaging challenges, and make our world better than we find it. Our automated packaging solutions promote a safer, more resilient, and less wasteful global food, fluids and liquids supply chain, enable e-commerce, and protect goods transported worldwide.
Our globally recognized brands include CRYOVAC® brand food packaging, SEALED AIR® brand protective packaging, AUTOBAG® brand automated systems, BUBBLE WRAP® brand packaging, SEE Automation™ solutions and prismiq™ smart packaging and digital printing.
SEE’s Operating Model, together with our industry-leading expertise in materials, automation, engineering and technology, create value through more sustainable, automated, and digital packaging solutions.
We are leading the packaging industry in creating a more environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable future and have pledged to design or advance 100% of our packaging materials to be recyclable or reusable by 2025, with a bolder goal to reach net-zero carbon emissions in our global operations by 2040. Our Global Impact Report highlights how we are shaping the future of the packaging industry. We are committed to a diverse workforce and caring, inclusive culture through our 2025 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion pledge.
SEE generated $5.5 billion in sales in 2021 and has approximately 16,500 employees who serve customers in 114 countries/territories. To learn more, visit sealedair.com.
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Founded in 1961, Liquibox is a global leader in liquid packaging and dispensing—working in partnership with customers to create a safer and more sustainable future. Liquibox is committed to delivering high-quality, innovative flexible packaging solutions that offer reliable product protection. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia (USA), the company is inspiring change around the world, working as one across 17 global locations powered by a dedicated workforce of nearly 1,400 employees.