Aurelius founding partner says market for pulp, paper products 'is of particular interest' to the investment firm, which is buying three Sappi paper mills in Europe; deal 'offers ample opportunity to unleash the full potential of these production sites'

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LUXEMBOURG and MUNICH , September 29, 2022 (press release) –

AURELIUS acquires three European   from 

  • Complex pan-European carve-out includes site locations in Finland Germany and the Netherlands
  • Expected combined FY22 revenues of more than EUR 1 bn
  • AURELIUS to support operational development and build-up functions post carve-out

AURELIUS announces the acquisition of three European   from  (). The global company is the leading European producer of coated graphic, packaging, and speciality . In FY22, the three sites are expected to generate combined revenues of more than EUR 1 bn.

The transaction, which will be executed by AURELIUS' co-investment structure, is expected to close in Q1 2023, subject to approval by the relevant competition and regulatory authorities.

"The market for  and  products is of particular interest to AURELIUS considering our industrial sector expertise. We combine a proven track record in complex carve-outs with a deep understanding of how to identify and unlock value creation potential in  and . Given these key traits, this transaction offers ample opportunity to unleash the full potential of these production sites", states Dr. Dirk Markus, Founding Partner of AURELIUS.

" has found a trustworthy and experienced partner in AURELIUS. These are strong assets with quality people and exciting prospects. Going forward  focus in Europe as regards graphic  will be on the commercial print, packaging, and speciality  markets. Within this scope,  will produce flexible packaging, functional , and speciality  with self-adhesives and dye-sublimation", commented Steve Binnie, CEO of .

 (ISIN: ZAE000006284), is a global leader in dissolving  and -based solutions, headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa. It has over 12,000 employees, manufacturing facilities in ten countries spanning over three continents and customers in over 150 countries worldwide.

The carve-out transaction from  European business includes sites in Kirkniemi (Finland), Maastricht (The Netherlands), and Stockstadt (Germany), with over 1,400 full-time employees combined. The sites produce  products that are used in publications (e. g. retail advertising), graphic  (e. g. annual reports) and graphic boards (e. g. packaging). Each site benefits from generating its own electricity and steam via its own power plants, reducing its dependence on external sources. Developments to further increase the optimisation of energy sourcing processes are underway.

"This transaction represents a great addition for AURELIUS' industrial portfolio. Each of the three   presents different development opportunities to realise their full potential. AURELIUS' operational task force strives to improve the performance of each  to create a future proof foundation for these separate sites", states Matthias Täubl, CEO of AURELIUS Equity Opportunities.

AURELIUS was advised on the transaction by Lincoln International (M&A), Jones Day (Legal), Afry (Commercial), EY (Tax, Pensions) and Tauw (Environmental).



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