Packaging Corporation of America today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of TimBar Corporation, a large independent corrugated products producer, in a cash-free, debt-free transaction for a cash purchase price of $386 million. Under the terms of the agreement, PCA will acquire five corrugated products plants, two fulfillment centers and four design centers located primarily in the eastern and southeastern U.S. The transaction is structured as a purchase of assets resulting in a full step-up of the assets to fair market value. TimBar, with sales of $324 million in 2015, provides solutions to customers in the higher margin retail, industrial packaging and display and fulfillment markets with a focus on multi-color graphics and technical innovation.
As a result of the acquisition, PCA’s containerboard integration level is expected to increase by over 200,000 tons or 6% from its current level of 87% and will allow for further optimization and enhancement of mill capacity.