Moody's places PCA's Baa3 senior unsecured rating under review for possible downgrade; review will focus on amount of acquisition debt financing taken on to fund acquisition of Boise
September 18, 2013
– Moody's Investors Service placed the Baa3 senior unsecured rating of Packaging Corporation of America (PCA) under review for possible downgrade. The review has been precipitated by the company's announcement that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire all of the common shares of Boise Inc (including Ba2 rated indirect wholly owned subsidiary Boise Paper Holdings, L.L.C. (Boise Paper)). Boise Paper is a North American producer of linerboard, corrugated containers, and paper products.
On Review for Possible Downgrade:
..Issuer: Packaging Corporation of America
....Senior Unsecured Regular Bond/Debenture Jun 15, 2022, Placed on Review for Possible Downgrade, currently Baa3
....Senior Unsecured Regular Bond/Debenture Mar 15, 2018, Placed on Review for Possible Downgrade, currently Baa3
....Senior Unsecured Shelf Jun 20, 2015, Placed on Review for Possible Downgrade, currently (P)Baa3
..Issuer: Packaging Corporation of America
....Outlook, Changed To Rating Under Review From Stable
Moody's review will focus on the amount of acquisition debt financing taken on to fund the transaction; the ability of the combined company to de-lever through free cash flow generation; the size and pace of cost synergies that can be realized; post-closing credit metrics; the integration of Boise's paper business (which is in secular decline); and PCA's ability to maintain strong liquidity.
PCA has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire all of the outstanding common shares of Boise Inc. for $12.55 per share in cash, for an aggregate transaction value of almost $2 billion, inclusive of $714 million of outstanding net indebtedness. PCA plans to purchase the common shares and refinance Boise Inc's debt with a $2 billion dollar bank and bond debt offering. PCA has committed bridge financing in place. The acquisition is expected to close by the end of the year and is subject to regulatory clearances and other customary closing conditions.
The principal methodology used in this rating was the Global Paper and Forest Products Industry Methodology published in September 2009. Please see the Credit Policy page on www.moodys.com for a copy of this methodology.
PCA is fourth largest manufacturer of corrugated packaging materials in the US, and is headquartered in Lake Forest, Illinois.
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