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Ball Completes Acquisition of Rexam and Sale of Divestment Business

Ball Completes Acquisition of Rexam and Sale of Divestment Business
July 04
09:07 2016

Ball Corporation has completed its acquisition of Rexam for approximately $6.1 billion of cash and equity, plus the assumption of approximately $2.4 billion of net debt, making Ball the largest manufacturer of beverage cans in the world.  The company has also completed the required sale of the divestment business to Ardagh Group, receiving cash proceeds of approximately $3.1 billion at closing.

Ball’s combined global metal beverage business now operates 75 metal beverage manufacturing facilities and joint ventures, as well as various support locations, in North and Central America, Europe and Russia, South America, Asia and the Middle East. The existing metal food, aerosol and aerospace operations further complement the company’s business portfolio. Ball now employs 18,700 people across five continents with pro forma net 2015 sales of approximately $11 billion. The company’s global headquarters will remain in Broomfield, Colorado. The closure of the Rexam headquarters based inLondon is expected as soon as the relevant functions required to support the combined group have been transferred. It is currently expected that this will be achieved by the end of 2016.

“We’re delighted to move forward together as a leader in the packaging industry, supplying approximately 100 billion innovative, high-quality metal beverage containers from the world’s most efficient manufacturing footprint,” says John A Hayes, chairman, president and chief executive officer. “We will immediately begin integrating the new business into our global metal beverage operations, maintaining a focus on Ball’s existing Drive for 10 vision, EVA philosophy, balance sheet management, free cash flow generation and capital allocation practices. Through this shared approach, we will drive in excess of $300 million in synergies by the end of the third year of combined operations.”

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