Pactiv to Acquire PWP Industries for $200 Million

Feb. 23, 2010 (Press Release) - Pactiv Corp today announced an agreement to acquire the stock of PWP Industries, an HPC company. PWP is a leading manufacturer of APET (amorphous polyethylene terephthalate) disposable products. The purchase price is $200 million. PWP’s 2009 sales were approximately $140 million.

The acquisition is expected to be modestly accretive to earnings per share and free cash flow in 2010 and generate a return in excess of Pactiv’s cost of capital within two to three years.

The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter and is subject to normal regulatory approvals and certain conditions to closing.

PWP primarily manufactures a range of APET foodservice containers for several channels, including packer processor bakeries, supermarkets, and quick service restaurants. PWP operates three manufacturing facilities in the United States, as well as a facility that processes post consumer PET. The company employs approximately 600 people.

“PWP is one of the top manufacturers of APET foodservice disposable products,” said Richard L. Wambold, chairman and chief executive officer of Pactiv Corporation. “The company has a solid track record of sales growth, high margins, and cash flow generation. This acquisition represents an opportunity for Pactiv to expand our position in APET, which is a fast growing material in the foodservice market due to its outstanding functionality, particularly its freezing capability, as well as its recyclability.

“PWP is an excellent fit with our customer base and Pactiv’s “one-face-to-the-customer” operating model. It will enable us to expand our already strong position in the supermarket and foodservice channels with additional product offerings, as well as help us establish a position in the consumer packaged goods market providing packaging for food manufacturers. In addition, this acquisition allows us entry into a multi-year contract with Coca-Cola Recycling LLC for supply of plastic bottles to make post consumer recycled PET for containers,” Wambold concluded.

SOURCE: Pactiv Corp.

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