M&A Deal Summary

HarbourVest Partners and Ardagh Group SA Acquire Consol Glass

On November 26, 2021, private equity firm HarbourVest Partners and Ardagh Group SA acquired packaging company Consol Glass from Old Mutual Private Equity and Brait SE for 10.1B ZAR

Acquisition Highlights
  • This is HarbourVest Partners’ 3rd and Ardagh Group SA’s 4th transaction in the Packaging sector.
  • This is HarbourVest Partners’ 45th and Ardagh Group SA’s 3rd largest (disclosed) transaction.
  • This is HarbourVest Partners’ 3rd and Ardagh Group SA’s 1st transaction in South Africa.

M&A Deal Summary

Date 2021-11-26
Target Consol Glass
Sector Packaging
Buyer(s) HarbourVest Partners
Ardagh Group SA
Sellers(s) Old Mutual Private Equity
Brait SE
Deal Type Add-on Acquisition
Deal Value 10.1B ZAR
Advisor(s) Barclays Investment Bank (Financial)

Target

Consol Glass

Johannesburg, South Africa
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Consol Glass is a manufacturer of glass packaging products on the African continent and operates 7 manufacturing sites (4 in SA, 1 in Kenya, 1 in Nigeria, and 1 in Ethiopia) strategically located in close proximity to customers. Consol Glass was founded in 1946 and is based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Buyer(S) 2

Buyer

HarbourVest Partners

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Investor Investor Investor Investor Investor

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Category Private Equity Firm
Founded 1978
PE ASSETS 86.0B USD
SizeMega
Type Sector Agnostic
DESCRIPTION

HarbourVest Partners, LLC is an investment firm that makes investments in new private equity partnerships, acquires secondary interests, and makes direct investments in operating companies. HarbourVest's largest investment area is investments in private equity funds, comprising of approximately 2/3 of HarbourVest's assets. HarbourVest's direct investment group looks for investments in growth oriented businesses at a variety of stages. The Group generally targets co-investments of $5 to $100 million, growth capital financings of $5 to $40 million, or mezzanine commitments of $5 to $20 million. Sectors of interest include software, hardware, data communications, telecommunications, and financial services. HarbourVest was formed in 1997 to assume the business of Hancock Venture Partners which was formed in 1982. HarbourVest Partners is based in Boston, Massachusetts, with additional offices in London, Tokyo, and Hong Kong.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 221 of 222
Sector (Packaging) 3 of 3
Type (Add-on Acquisition) 10 of 10
Country (South Africa) 3 of 3
Year (2021) 13 of 13
Size (of disclosed) 45 of 69
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2021-11-16 Riverbed

San Francisco, California, United States

Riverbed is a provider of software for mobile computing applications services. Riverbed delivers application performance for the globally connected enterprise. With Riverbed, enterprises can successfully and intelligently implement strategic initiatives such as virtualization, consolidation, cloud computing, and disaster recovery without fear of compromising performance. Riverbed was founded in 2002 and is based in San Francisco, California.

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FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2021-12-01 Finalsite

Glastonbury, Connecticut, United States

Finalsite is a SaaS-based learning and communications platform for K-12 independent and public schools and higher education institutions in the U.S. and internationally. The platform manages all aspects of a school’s web presence and facilitates the distribution of digital content across school communities and in classrooms via a proprietary, SaaS-based software suite accessed through desktops and mobile devices. Finalsite was founded in 1998 and is based in Glastonbury, Connecticut.

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Buyer

Ardagh Group SA

Luxembourg, Luxembourg

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Category Company
Founded 1932
SectorPackaging
Employees18,000
Revenue 4.2B EUR (2013)
DESCRIPTION

Ardagh Group is a Luxembourg-based producer of glass and metal products. It was founded in 1932 as the Irish Glass Bottle Company. In 1999 it expanded by buying Rockware Glass and in 2007 by buying the Rexam Glass Division.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 4 of 4
Sector (Packaging) 4 of 4
Type (Add-on Acquisition) 4 of 4
Country (South Africa) 1 of 1
Year (2021) 1 of 1
Size (of disclosed) 3 of 4
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2019-07-15 Trivium Packaging

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Trivium Packaging will serve a diverse range of major multinational, regional and local customers operating in a wide array of end markets, including food, seafood, pet food, nutrition, beauty, and personal care, household care and premium beverages. Trivium Packaging is based in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Buy $2.5B

Seller(S) 2

SELLER

Old Mutual Private Equity

Investor Investor Investor Investor Investor

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Category Corporate Investor
Founded 2003
PE ASSETS 9.0B ZAR
SizeMiddle-Market
Type Sector Agnostic
DESCRIPTION

Old Mutual Private Equity (OMPE) is private equity arm of South African financial services firm Old Mutual. OMPE is both a fund and direct investor and generally targets opportunities throughout the Southern region of Africa. OMPE looks to invest a minimum of R100 million per transaction and typically seeks to hold investments for a period of 5 to 7 years. Types of transactions include take privates, MBOs, LBOs, growth capital financings, and recapitalization. Old Mutual Private Equity was formed in 2004 and is based in Pinelands, South Africa.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 3 of 3
Sector (Packaging) 1 of 1
Type (Add-on Acquisition) 3 of 3
Country (South Africa) 3 of 3
Year (2021) 1 of 1
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2012-02-13 Savcio Holdings

Bedfordview, South Africa

SAVCIO is the largest privately-owned provider of maintenance and repair services for rotating electrical equipment and transformers in Africa.

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SELLER

Brait SE

website


Category Private Equity Firm
Founded 1991
SizeLarge
Type Sector Agnostic
DESCRIPTION

Brait is an investment holding company focused on realising growth and value creation from its existing portfolio of sizeable, unlisted businesses operating in the broad consumer sector. Brait’s share are primarily listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange, with a secondary listing on the JSE. Brait Private Equity was founded in 1991and is located in San Gwann, Malta.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 16 of 16
Sector (Packaging) 1 of 1
Type (Add-on Acquisition) 1 of 1
Country (South Africa) 16 of 16
Year (2021) 1 of 1
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2016-02-11 Primedia

Sandown, South Africa

Formed in 1994, Primedia (Pty) Ltd. is a South African focused media and advertising group targeting premium consumers on the move. The company has a broad portfolio of broadcasting and out-of-home assets, covering a wide range of advertising opportunities including radio stations and in-mall media.

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