Greif Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Packaging Company

Greif has acquired 11 companies, including 1 in the last 5 years. A total of 9 acquisitions came from private equity firms. It has also divested 4 assets.

Greif’s largest acquisition to date was in 2018, when it acquired Caraustar Industries for $1.8B. It’s largest disclosed sale occurred in 2021, when it sold Soterra to Weyerhaeuser for $149M. Greif has acquired in 4 different US states, and 4 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include packaging (38%) and distribution (13%).

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity12
    • M&A Buy Activity8
    • M&A Sell Activity4
  • Total Sectors Invested 6
  • Total Countries Invested 4
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 13
  • M&A Advisors 5

Greif, Inc. (Greif)

425 Winter Road,
Delaware, Ohio 43015
United States,
(740) 549-6000
www.greif.com

Greif is a global producer of industrial packaging products and services with manufacturing facilities located in over 50 countries. Greif offers a comprehensive line of rigid industrial packaging products, such as steel, fibre and plastic drums, rigid intermediate bulk containers, closure systems for industrial packaging products, transit protection products, water bottles and reconditioned containers, and services, such as container life cycle services, blending, filling and other packaging services, logistics and warehousing. The Company is also a global producer of flexible intermediate bulk containers and a North American producer of industrial and consumer shipping sacks and multiwall bag products. Greif was founded in 1877 and is based in Delaware, Ohio.


M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 T
Buy (0.2/yr) # 7 - 1 - - - 8
vol $1.8B $1.8B
Sell (0.4/yr) # 2 - - - 1 1 4
vol $85M $149M $234M
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Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Soterra LLC 2021-02-25 149M USD Divestiture
Flowood, Mississippi · www.soterrallc.com
Greif, Inc. - Consumer Packaging Group 2020-02-27 85M USD Divestiture
Delaware, Ohio
Caraustar Industries, Inc. 2018-12-20 1.8B USD Add-on Acquisition
Austell, Georgia · www.caraustar.com
El Dorado Packaging, Inc. 2014-09-04 - Divestiture
El Dorado, Arizona · www.eldoradopackaging.com
pack2pack Group N.V. 2014-08-01 - Divestiture
Halsteren, Belgium · www.pack2pack.com
pack2pack Group N.V. 2011-08-01 - Add-on Acquisition
Halsteren, Belgium · www.pack2pack.com
Sunjut Suni Jut Sanayi Ve Ticaret A S 2010-06-15 - Add-on Acquisition
Istanbul, Turkey · www.sunjut.com
Storsack International GmbH 2010-02-15 - Add-on Acquisition
Viernheim, Germany
Box-Board Products, Inc. 2009-12-01 - Add-on Acquisition
Greensboro, North Carolina · www.boxboardproducts.com
Southline Metal Products Co. 2009-06-23 - Add-on Acquisition
Houston, Texas
View All >>

M&A by Sector

Sector Buy # Value Sell # Value
Packaging 3 (38%) - 3 (75%) 85M (36%)
Forest Products 1 (13%) 1.8B (100%) 1 (25%) 149M (64%)
Distribution 1 (13%) - - -
Energy Services and Equipment 1 (13%) - - -
Manufacturing 1 (13%) - - -
Metals/Mining 1 (13%) - - -
Total 8 $1.8B 4 $234M

By Geo

State/Country Buy Value Sell Value
United States 4 1.8B 3 234M
  Texas 1 - - -
  North Carolina 1 - - -
  Louisiana 1 - - -
  Georgia 1 1.8B - -
  Ohio - - 1 85M
  Mississippi - - 1 149M
  Arizona - - 1 -
Belgium 2 - 1 -
Germany 1 - - -
Turkey 1 - - -
Domestic 4 (50%) 1.8B (100%) 3 (75%) 234M (100%)
Cross-border 4 (50%) - 1 (25%) -
Total 8 $1.8B 4 $234M

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Goldman Sachs Investment Banking Division
2
Deloitte
1
Legal Deals
Allen & Overy LLP
2
Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
1
Ice Miller LLP
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 1 $1.8B
TOTAL $1.8B
Largest Caraustar Industries, Inc.
$1.8B (2018-12-20)
sell # Total
$100M to $1B 1 $149M
< $100M 1 $85M
TOTAL $234M
Largest Soterra LLC
$149M (2021-02-25)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
75%
6 (75%)
Divested to
Investor(s)
50%
2 (50%)
Strategic(s)
50%
2 (50%)

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