Berry Plastics planning IPO

Published: March 23, 2012 6:00 am ET

Related to this story

Topics Packaging, Blow Molding, Injection Molding, Thermoforming

EVANSVILLE, IND. (March 23, 2:30 p.m. ET) — Packaging giant Berry Plastics Group Inc. is preparing to go public.

The company plans to raise up to $500 million in an initial public offering of it shares. It will use part of that revenue to pay down debt, according to a March 23 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The filing did not include how many shares Berry plans to issue or the expected price of these shares. It also did not name an underwriter.

Berry, based in Evansville, Ind., is currently owned by investment funds associated with Apollo Group Management LLC and Graham Partners Inc. After the offering is completed, Apollo will retain majority voting power.

More than 400 of Berry’s more than 16,000 employees own equity in the company. As of Dec. 31, 2011, more than 20 percent of fully diluted equity was owned by employees.

The filing did not list Berry’s preferred ticker symbol or what exchange it planned to list on.

Reducing debt is a key reason for the IPO. As of Dec. 31, 2011, the end of the company’s first fiscal quarter of 2012, Berry had a total indebtedness of $4.56 billion, with $29 million in cash and cash equivalents.

The company has piled on debt in recent years as it has grown through acquisition. In its filing, the company said it is “one of the most active acquirers of plastic packaging businesses globally.”

The company has made more than 30 acquisitions since 1988, 10 of them in the past five years. Last year, Berry purchased stretch film producer Linpac Packaging Filmco Inc. for $19 million and bought Rexam plc’s specialty closures business for $360 million. It also consolidated six of its plants.

Berry has 88 plants in the U.S. and operates in 13 locations internationally.

Berry Plastics was founded in 1967 as Imperial Plastics. It became Berry Plastics when it was bought in 1983 by Jack Berry Sr.

Since then, it has become an industry powerhouse. According to Plastics News’ rankings, the company is the largest injection molder in North America and is the third-largest film and sheet maker. It’s also ranked No. 5 in thermoforming and No. 12 in blow molding.

The company divides its business into three categories. The largest, rigid plastics, includes containers, food-service items and closures, and had sales of $2.3 billion in 2011. Engineered materials includes specialty tapes, adhesives, and polyethylene-based film products, and netted $1.45 billion.

The smallest segment, flexible packaging, includes high-barrier and multilayer films and printed bags and pouches, and made $796 million.

Berry serves more than 13,000 customers worldwide.

The company has posted losses of more than $100 million in four of the past five years; in 2009, it posted a net income of $152 million.

Berry had sales of $4.56 billion for the fiscal year ended Oct. 31, 2011, up from $4.25 billion in 2010. But, it posted a loss $299 million in 2011, compared with $113 million in 2010, partly due to higher operating expenses.


Comments

Berry Plastics planning IPO

Published: March 23, 2012 6:00 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Here's a peek behind our 2014 film & sheet ranking

September 15, 2014 1:22 pm ET

Today Plastics News publishes its annual ranking of North American Film and Sheet Manufacturers. Let's look at some interesting numbers behind the...    More

Image

Vanee Foods adding hot-fill line

September 15, 2014 1:55 pm ET

Vanee Foods Co. expects to have a new hot-fill bottling line operational at its Broadview, Ill., facility by the end of this month.    More

Image

DS Smith adds to footprint with Croatian injection molding acquisition

September 10, 2014 2:05 pm ET

DS Smith plc, the London-headquartered packaging giant, has announced the acquisition of Kaplast dd, a Croatian injection molding company.    More

Image

Par-Pak Europe buys Holfeld Plastics

September 10, 2014 1:58 pm ET

Holfeld Plastics Ltd., the Ireland-based packaging manufacturer, has been bought by Par-Pak Europe (PPE) for an undisclosed sum.    More

Image

With help from Coke, Virent boosts production of bio-based paraxylene

September 9, 2014 4:52 pm ET

WASHINGTON — Bioplastics developer Virent is ramping up operations in Madison, Wis., thanks to additional investment from Coca-Cola Co.    More

Market Reports

Shale Gas Market - Analysis of North American Region

This report highlights the impact of shale-based natural gas on the North American plastics market and features an in-depth analysis of production trends in the United States during 2013 and a forecast for 2014 and beyond.

Learn more

Thermoformed Packaging 2014 Market Review & Outlook North America

This in-depth report analyzes economic and market trends, legislative/regulatory activity impacting supply and demand, business opportunities and threats, materials pricing, manufacturing technology, as well as growth strategies being implemented by thermoformed packaging companies.

Learn more

Pipe, Profile & Tubing Extrusion in North America 2014

U.S. demand for extruded plastics is expected to grow by 3 percent in 2014, with PVC remaining the largest segment.

Plastic pipe will post the strongest gains through 2018, continuing to take market share from competing materials in a range of markets.

Our latest market report provides in-depth analysis of current trends and their financial impact on the pipe, profile and tubing extrusion industry in North America.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

More Events