CINCINNATI, OHIO (News release) -- Multi-Color Corporation announced that the anticipated acquisition of the Company by an affiliate of Platinum Equity, a leading private equity firm, is now complete. At closing, Multi-Color Corporation merged with a subsidiary of WS Packaging, another label solutions leader within Platinum Equity's portfolio of companies.
The combined company, which will be known as Multi-Color Corporation and headquartered in Cincinnati, is a $2.2 billion USD per annum revenue business with 86 plants in 26 countries and over 10,000 global employees. WS Packaging is now a Multi-Color Corporation business unit and will continue to serve customers with its own management team, sales force, plants and Green Bay, Wisconsin-based support services.
Nigel Vinecombe, Executive Chairman of Multi-Color Corporation's Board of Directors since January 2016, and President and CEO of the Company from June 2010 to January 2016, has been named CEO for the combined company, bringing more than 35 years of label industry experience to the role.
Mr. Vinecombe stated, "I am excited for this opportunity to open new areas of growth for our company that will allow us to even better serve our customers with a comprehensive suite of label solutions across all regions, technologies and run lengths. This is a testament to all Multi-Color Corporation has achieved in our mission to deliver the world's best premium label solutions - and we are confident this is only the beginning of what we will accomplish together with WS Packaging."
Mr. Vinecombe succeeds Mike Henry, who is transitioning into an advisory role with the Company.
"As we take these next steps, I want to thank Mike for his leadership and the contributions he's made to Multi-Color's growth and success," said Mr. Vinecombe.
Louis Samson, Partner, Platinum Equity, said, "Bringing these companies together creates one of the most extensive manufacturing and production footprints in the industry and a business with unrivaled technology and expertise. We will work with the management team to ensure a seamless transition and will continue pursuing new avenues for growth."
As of July 1, 2019 Multi-Color Corporation is a privately held company, and shares of Multi-Color Corporation common stock will cease trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market after the close of market today.
Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC served as financial advisor to Multi-Color Corporation and Sidley Austin LLP and Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL provided legal counsel to Multi-Color Corporation. William Blair & Company has also provided a fairness opinion to the Multi-Color Corporation Board of Directors.
Latham & Watkins LLP served as legal counsel to Platinum Equity.
About the New Multi-Color Corporation
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A. based Multi-Color Corporation, established in 1916, is a leader in global label solutions supporting a number of the world's most prominent brands including leading producers of home and personal care, wine and spirits, food and beverage, healthcare and specialty consumer products. Multi-Color Corporation serves national and international brand owners in North, Central and South America, Europe, Africa, China, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand with a comprehensive range of the latest label technologies in Pressure Sensitive, In-Mold, Shrink Sleeve, Wraps, Cut and Stack, Heat Transfer, Durables and Aluminum Foils. Multi-Color Corporation employs approximately 10,000 employees across 86 plants in 26 countries.
For additional information on Multi-Color Corporation, please visit http://www.mcclabel.com. For additional information on the WS Packaging business unit, please visit https://www.wspackaging.com.