Amcor buys Latin America PET

Alcoa is one of the largest PET container producer in Latin America, behind Amcor, with sales of A$200 million (US$130 million) and nine production facilities located across Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Uruguay and Chile. The purchase price represents a trailing EBITDA multiple of around 4.8 times.

The business, which is in carbonated soft drink (CSD) and bottled water containers, has strong relationships with Amcor’s key global customers, including both Coca-Cola and Pepsi-Cola. Production volume is around 1.7 billion units, split 75 per cent preforms and 25 per cent blown-bottles.

Amcor currently has 13 PET container plants throughout Latin America and with the addition of the nine Alcoa operations there is scope for plant rationalisation to improve both operating efficiencies and customer service. In five locations where PET assets are co-located with Alcoa closure facilities, it is planned to relocate those assets and PET employees to existing Amcor PET operations in the relevant country.

Synergy benefits from plant closures and improved operating efficiencies are expected to be in excess of A$8 million per annum (US$5 million) after three years.

Amcor says its existing operations in Latin America have consistently delivered above expectations and over the past five years has achieved compound PBITA growth more than 20 per cent. The strong local management team have achieved this substantial growth, despite country specific issues at various periods that have impacted on the business.

Amcor’s managing director, Russell Jones, says: “The acquisition of Alcoa’s PET operation in Latin America will strengthen Amcor’s number one position in the region and is consistent with the strategy of growing the PET business globally.

“Latin America is one of the fastest growing regions in the world for PET containers and the young population in many of the countries ensures this high growth rate should continue.

“The price of $115 million (US$75 million) represents a trailing 12 month EBITDA multiple of 4.8 times and with synergies expected to be around $8 million (US$5 million), the acquisition will deliver returns on funds invested in excess of 15% by the end of year three.

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