Berry Global Group, Inc. announced the completion of its acquisition of RPC Group Plc for a purchase price of approximately $6.5 billion, which includes approximately $4.3 billion of cash paid for the equity interest in RPC and $2.2 of net debt and estimated transaction related costs, subject to closing adjustments. The combination of Berry and RPC creates a leading global supplier of valued-added protective solutions and one of the world’s largest plastic packaging companies.
Berry’s combined global footprint will consist of over 290 locations worldwide, including locations in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. The pro forma combined business will employ over 48,000 people across six continents with sales of approximately $13 billion based on the latest published financial statements of Berry and RPC.
The acquisition of RPC was financed with a portion of the proceeds of Berry’s May 2019 sale of $1.25 billion of 4.875% first priority senior secured notes due 2026 and $500 million of 5.625% second priority senior secured notes due 2026 and a $4.25 billion incremental term loan and a €1.075 billion incremental term loan, which also served to refinance an existing Berry term loan.
Berry is scheduled to announce its third fiscal quarter earnings on August 7, 2019, and will provide an update on its progress at that time.
Goldman Sachs International, Wells Fargo Securities, and J.P. Morgan Securities acted as financial advisors and Freshfields, Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP acted as legal advisors for Berry.