TAPPI Over The Wire Paper 360
Past Issues | Printer Friendly | TAPPI.org | Advertise | Buyers Guide | Travels with Larry Archive FacebookTwitterLinkedIn

Ahlstrom-Munksjö to Acquire Caieiras Specialty Paper Mill in Brazil

Print Print this Article | Send to Colleague

The annual net sales of the business to be acquired are approximately EUR 80 million and comparable EBITDA was approximately EUR 13 million in 2017. The debt free purchase price is approximately EUR 100 million.

The Caieiras product offering is an excellent match for Ahlstrom-Munksjö with 80% of sales being in line with Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s current product and solution portfolio. The acquisition significantly strengthens Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s offering and production platform in the region, and provides attractive growth opportunities, synergies, and further production optimization opportunities for the longer term.

The Caieiras mill is located in the vicinity of Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s existing production plants in Jacarei, part of the Industrial Solutions business area, and in Louveira, part of the Filtration and Performance business area. The mill gives access to local production of decor paper, thus strengthening Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s service offering and partnership with existing customers, which so far has relied on imports.

Ahlstrom-Munksjö becomes a global leading producer in decor paper, and the mill is a competitive platform for further growth in South America. Ahlstrom-Munksjö is already a global leading supplier in tape, serving both local and global customers, and this position is further strengthened through the transaction. And in addition, combining the businesses of Caieiras and Jacarei Ahlstrom-Munksjö improves production and delivery capability as well as competitiveness.

Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s presence in Brazil grows further through the acquisition, operating three plants, all near Sao Paolo, and employing more than 700 people, with revenues of approximately EUR 200 million.

"The Caieiras business is an excellent addition to our global platform, and drives our ambition to maintain a leading position in selected niches of the global fiber-based solutions market that offers growth. We have plentiful opportunities to grow in our existing business segments, proceed with new product development, and consider growth in adjacent segments," said Hans Sohlström, president and CEO of Ahlstrom-Munksjö Oyj.

"Further expanding our platform in Brazil will allow us to serve our specialty paper customers with an even stronger offering and efficiency", said Daniele Borlatto, EVP of the company’s Industrial Solutions Business Area. "This acquisition strengthens our position as a global leader in Decor papers" said Tomas Wulkan, EVP of the Decor Business Area.

"Formitex Group regards the divestment from the specialty paper business as an opportunity for the group to consolidate its strategic interest in strengthening its chemicals core businesses. Ahlstrom-Munksjö is a great fit as a new parent to the Caieiras Mill, a strategic owner that can expand the mill’s technology base further accelerating its growth potential and strengthening sales internationally," Formitex said in a statement.

Read more about Ahlstrom-Munksjö online.

Back to TAPPI: Over The Wire

Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn