Fiscal 2017 Highlights: Revenues decreased by $12.3 million, or 0.6%. Operating earnings increased by $89.2 million, from $212.8 million to $302.0 million. Adjusted operating earnings, which exclude restructuring and other costs (gains) and impairment of assets, increased by $9.9 million, from $283.4 million to $293.3 million, or 3.5%. Net earnings increased by $65.2 million, from $146.3 million to $211.5 million. Adjusted net earnings, which exclude restructuring and other costs (gains) and impairment of assets, net of related taxes, increased by $5.9 million, from $196.3 million to $202.2 million, or 3.0%. Maintained a solid financial position, with a net indebtedness ratio of 0.3x. Click Read More below for additional information.
Supremex Inc. (“Supremex” or the “Company”) (TSX: SXP), a leading North American manufacturer and marketer of envelopes and a growing provider of paper-based packaging solutions, announced today the acquisition of the shares of Impression Paragraph Inc. (“Paragraph”), an integrated provider of paper-based packaging, print and point of sale products for a broad range of commercial markets. The transaction was concluded for a total consideration of approximately $26.6 million, on a cash-free and debt-free basis, subject to customary adjustments, financed through the Company’s existing credit facility.
Founded more than 35 years ago, Paragraph operates two facilities located in Ville-Saint-Laurent and Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec. Its offering consists primarily of folding carton packaging and point-of-sale displays for the cosmetic, pharmaceutical, food, confectionary and retail sectors. It also provides an array of commercial, digital and wide-format printing. For the 12-month period ended October 31, 2022, Paragraph generated sales of approximately $38.6 million.
“We are excited with this acquisition and the critical mass it brings to our folding carton operations,” said Stewart Emerson, President and CEO of Supremex. “Paragraph is a well-managed company with sound assets, available capacity, a solid reputation and excellent brand awareness in the Quebec marketplace. Its proven know-how, unique capabilities and strong customer relationships can be leveraged to further expand our reach in the value-added packaging space and will yield important synergies. We are thrilled to welcome Paragraph’s management and 175 employees to the Supremex team,” concluded Mr. Emerson.
Paragraph boasts an exceptional track record for quality, having won several prestigious distinctions while also ranking among Canadian Business’ 500 Fastest Growing Companies in Canada.