M&A Deal Summary

Avantor Acquires VWR International

On May 5, 2017, Avantor acquired distribution company VWR International for 6.4B USD

Acquisition Highlights
  • This is Avantor’s 2nd transaction in the Distribution sector.
  • This is Avantor’s largest (disclosed) transaction.
  • This is Avantor’s 3rd transaction in the United States.
  • This is Avantor’s 2nd transaction in Pennsylvania.

M&A Deal Summary

Date 2017-05-05
Target VWR International
Sector Distribution
Buyer(s) Avantor
Deal Type Add-on Acquisition
Deal Value 6.4B USD
Advisor(s) Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofA Securities) (Financial)
Kirkland & Ellis LLP (Legal)

Target

VWR International

Radnor, Pennsylvania, United States
website
VWR International LLC is a distributor of products, services and solutions to laboratory and production facilities. VWR enables science for customers in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, industrial, education, government and healthcare industries.

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Buyer(S) 1

Buyer

Avantor

Radnor, Pennsylvania, United States

website


Category Company
Founded 1904
SectorChemicals
Employees12,400
Revenue 7.4B USD (2021)
DESCRIPTION

Avantor is a provider of ultra-high purity materials and customized solutions to customers in the life sciences and advanced technology markets. Avantor was founded in 1904 and is based in Radnor, Pennsylvania.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 4 of 7
Sector (Distribution) 2 of 2
Type (Add-on Acquisition) 3 of 5
State (Pennsylvania) 2 of 2
Country (United States) 3 of 4
Year (2017) 2 of 2
Size (of disclosed) 1 of 3
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2017-04-20 Puritan Products

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States

Puritan Products, Inc. is a distributor of cGMP buffers and solutions for Biopharma customers, and high-purity chemistries for Research and Electronic Materials customers. Puritan Products is committed to exceeding customer expectations by providing products that other companies can't or won't produce because of small batch size, tight quality specifications, safety concerns, or short delivery times. Established in 1987 and based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

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FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2021-04-12 Ritter

Schwabmünchen, Germany

Ritter is a manufacturer of robotic and liquid handling consumables, including conductive tips engineered to exacting standards. Ritter's high-precision manufacturing footprint includes 40,000 square meters of specialized production space and 6,000 square meters of ISO Class 8 cleanrooms that provide significant capacity for continued growth. Much of Ritter's current business is focused on serving diagnostic system providers and liquid handling OEMs. Ritter is based in Schwabmünchen, Germany.

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