1Q15 Highlights * Record-high adjusted EBITDA of R$932 million (+91% vs. 1Q14) and adjusted EBITDA margin of 43.4% (+8.4 p.p. vs. 1Q14) * Increase of 84% in pulp sales volume compared to 1Q14, due to the Maranhão Unit operating at full capacity * Operations at the Imperatriz Unit contributed to an 11% reduction in cash cost from 1Q14 * Selling, general and administrative expenses (SG&A) as a ratio of net revenue of 8.5%, down from 10.9% in 1Q14 * Net loss of R$762 million due to the effects of exchange variation on the mark-to-market adjustments of the portion of debt in foreign currency, with cash effects limited to debt maturities or amortizations. * Solid financial liquidity: cash balance of R$3.9 billion
Berry Plastics Group, Inc. (NYSE: BERY) completed the previously announced acquisition of AEP Industries Inc. (AEP).
Berry issued 6.5 million common shares and paid $297 million as merger consideration in exchange for all of the outstanding shares of AEP common stock and outstanding AEP equity awards. Additionally, Berry paid $164 million to retire outstanding AEP debt. Berry financed the cash consideration of the acquisition with a new $500 million 7-year term loan. Including the new shares issued, Berry’s outstanding common stock has increased to approximately 129 million shares, resulting in a market capitalization of approximately $6.5 billion.
“We are extremely excited to complete the acquisition of AEP and to welcome the AEP team to the Berry Plastics organization,” said Jon Rich, Chairman and CEO of Berry Plastics. “The acquisition of AEP has given us the opportunity to expand the breadth of product offerings and production capacity within our Engineered Materials Division, enabling us to better serve our customers. Moreover, we anticipate opportunity for significant value creation for our shareholders, as we realize synergies in both our operations and in our materials procurement.”