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Smurfit Kappa Receives 'Unsolicited' Proposal From International Paper Company

Published on Mar 6 2018 10:40 AM in Packaging And Design tagged: Featured Post / Smurfit Kappa / International Paper

Smurfit Kappa Receives 'Unsolicited' Proposal From International Paper Company

Smurfit Kappa has today (6 March) announced that it has received an unsolicited proposal from International Paper Company.

According to a recent statement, the firm that is headquartered in Dublin, outlined that the Board of Smurfit Kappa has carefully considered the Proposal and believes it is in the best interests of the Group’s shareholders and other stakeholders to pursue its future as an independent company, operating as the European and Pan-American leader in paper-based packaging.

Headquartered in Memphis, USA, International Paper Company reportedly suggested that it would acquire Smurfit Kappa and Smurfit Kappa shareholders would receive a combination of cash and a minority holding in the combined business.

“The Board of Smurfit Kappa has unanimously rejected this unsolicited and highly opportunistic Proposal. It does not reflect the Group’s true intrinsic business worth or its prospects.” Liam O’Mahony, Chairman of Smurfit Kappa said.

Record Performance In 2017

Last month, Smurfit Kappa reported revenue of €8.56 billion in its 2017 full-year results, marking an increase of 5% compared to the previous year.

“We delivered a record performance in 2017 and underlying trading momentum has continued into 2018. The Group has a proven management team which we believe will deliver significantly greater value for shareholders on a stand-alone basis.” He said.

The company also announced plans to accelerate its investment programme to improve market position and strengthen future growth.

O'Mahony also noted that the Board believes that it is in the best interests of all stakeholders for the Group to pursue its future as an independent company, headquartered in Ireland, operating as the European and Pan-American leader in paper-based packaging.

“We strongly advise shareholders to take no action.” He added.

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