WestRock - M&A Summary and Business Overview

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WestRock M&A Summary

WestRock has acquired 13 companies. It has also divested 3 assets.

WestRock’s largest acquisition to date was in 2018, when it acquired Kapstone Paper and Packaging for $4.9B. It’s largest disclosed sale occurred in 2017, when it sold WestRock - Specialty Closures and Dispensing Systems Business to Silgan Holdings for $1.0B. WestRock has acquired in 7 different US states, and 3 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include packaging (93%) and forest products (8%).

WestRock Business Overview

Where is WestRock headquartered?

WestRock is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.

What is WestRock’s revenue?

WestRock disclosed revenue of 21,257M USD for 2022 and 18,746M USD for 2021.

How many employees does WestRock have?

WestRock has 50,000 employees.

What sector is WestRock in?

WestRock is a packaging company.

M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity16
    • M&A Buy Activity13
    • M&A Sell Activity3
  • Total Sectors Invested 2
  • Total Countries Invested 3
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 6
  • M&A Advisors 3

WestRock

WestRock Co.

1000 Abernathy Road NE,
Richmond, Virginia 30328
United States,
(770) 448-2193
www.westrock.com

WestRock is a packaging company provides paper and packaging solutions in consumer and corrugated markets. WestRock is based in Richmond, Virginia.


M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '19 '20 '21 '22 '23 '24 T
Buy (0.0/yr) # 13 - - - - - 13
vol $7.6B $7.6B
Sell (0.4/yr) # 1 - 1 1 - - 3
vol $1.0B $59M $50M $1.1B
  16

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
WestRock - URB Mills 2022-11-09 50M USD Divestiture
Aurora, Illinois
WestRock Co. - Summerville 2021-02-09 59M USD Divestiture
, South Carolina
Schlüter Print Pharma Packaging GmbH 2018-08-08 - Add-on Acquisition
Schonebeck, Germany · www.schlueter-pharma-logistics.com
Kapstone Paper and Packaging Corp. 2018-01-29 4.9B USD Add-on Acquisition
Northbrook, Illinois · www.kapstonepaper.com
Plymouth Packaging, Inc. 2017-12-12 - Add-on Acquisition
Plymouth, Michigan · www.plypack.com
Hanna Group Pty Ltd. 2017-08-01 53M AUD Add-on Acquisition
North Richmond, Australia · www.hanna.com.au
Island Container Corp. 2017-06-21 - Add-on Acquisition
Wyandanch, New York · www.islandcontainer.com
Multi Packaging Solutions International Ltd. 2017-06-06 - Add-on Acquisition
New York, New York · www.multipkg.com
U.S. Corrugated, Inc. - Five Facilities 2017-05-24 - Divestiture
Milwauke, Wisconsin
Multi Packaging Solutions, Inc. 2017-01-24 2.3B USD Add-on Acquisition
New York, New York · www.multipkg.com
View All >>

M&A by Sector

Sector Buy # Value Sell # Value
Packaging 12 (92%) 2.7B (36%) 1 (33%) 50M (4%)
Forest Products 1 (8%) 4.9B (64%) 1 (33%) 59M (5%)
Manufacturing - - 1 (33%) 1.0B (90%)
Total 13 $7.6B 3 $1.1B

By Geo

State/Country Buy Value Sell Value
United States 11 7.6B 3 1.1B
  New York 3 2.3B - -
  Georgia 3 289M - -
  Virginia 1 - 1 1.0B
  Illinois 1 4.9B 1 50M
  Wisconsin 1 - - -
  Michigan 1 - - -
  South Carolina - - 1 59M
Australia 1 53M - -
Germany 1 - - -
Domestic 11 (85%) 7.6B (99%) 3 (100%) 1.1B (100%)
Cross-border 2 (15%) 53M (1%) - -
Total 13 $7.6B 3 $1.1B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Lazard Ltd.
2
PJT Partners, Inc.
1
Legal Deals
Cravath, Swaine & Moore
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 2 $7.2B
$100M to $1B 2 $394M
< $100M 1 $53M
TOTAL $7.6B
Largest Kapstone Paper and Packaging Corp.
$4.9B (2018-01-29)
sell # Total
> $1B 1 $1.0B
< $100M 2 $109M
TOTAL $1.1B
Largest WestRock Co. - Specialty Closures and Dispensing Systems Business
$1.0B (2017-01-23)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Strategic(s)
15%
2 (15%)
Divested to
Strategic(s)
100%
3 (100%)

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