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Key Trends Affecting Investment in the European Packaging Industry

•Technology as a key differentiator
•Packaging and consumer preferences
•Recycling and reuse

Key Research Findings

•The European packaging industry’s financial performance has been volatile during the 2010–2014 study period. Return on equity and other profitability and cost metrics were volatile, while liquidity and solvency ratios have remained consistent.
•Participants from the United Kingdom accounted for x % of the total deals in the region, followed by France with x %.
•European packaging companies have a higher cash conversion cycle than their North American counterparts, indicating greater scope for improvement in supply chain integration.
•An analysis of deal value by country reveals that the United Kingdom accounted for about x % of the region’s total deal value, followed by Germany with x % and Spain with x %.

Key Terms Used in the Study

Transactions
•Growth Capital/Private Equity (PE): Private placement transaction in which an investment is made in a mature or middle-market company with the purpose of aiding its growth.
•Venture Capital (VC): Private placement transaction that involves an investment in an incubation or start-up, early-, mid-, late-, or developing-stage company.
•M&As: An aspect of corporate strategy, corporate finance, and management by which corporations legally unify ownership of assets formerly subject to separate controls. Packaging: The technology of enclosing or protecting products for distribution, storage, sale, and use. Packaging also refers to the process of design, evaluation, and production of packages. Sectors Metal and Glass Containers: Manufacturers of metal, glass, or plastic containers (includes corks and caps). Paper Packaging: Manufacturers of paper and cardboard containers and packaging.

Study Objectives

To analyze the investment trends in the European packaging industry
To identify the key PE, VC, and M&A trends in the industry, based on deals across sectors and the nature of buyers
To analyze investment characteristics of deals
To identify, compare, and assess current and potential investment activity
To arrive at strategic conclusions based on key trends

Who will Benefit?

•Packaging companies
•PE investors
•VC investors
•Fund managers
•Retail investors
•Sovereign wealth funds
•Hedge funds

Sources

•Frost & Sullivan in-house research
•Established business and financial databases such as Capital IQ
•Company annual reports
•Published news
•Press releases

Market Drivers

Recycling and efficient use of resources to remain core focus of the industry
Rebound of the European economy would create more demand for packaging industry
Increased investment in new digital technologies to improve operations and supply chain management
M&As to capture market share and technology in high-growth markets
Process improvement and product strategies to suit consumer preferences, such as convenience, storability, and sustainability, would be the key to success
Diversification into other industries would help cope with volatile business environment

Restraints

Higher prices of raw materials, such as paper and other packaging products, and rising global energy prices
Strict environmental regulations and growing emphasis on sustainability that may increase costs and impact profitability
Overcapacity and pressure to maintain competitive prices despite increasing raw material prices
Growing emphasis on recycling and reuse
Cost of innovation may be too high if it does not yield the desired results.

Table Of Contents

Investment Analysis of the European Packaging Industry : Financial Performance Expected to Remain Flat for 2015
Executive Summary 3
Key Terms Used in the Study 5
Introduction 7
Key Trends 12
Financial Analysis 18
Transaction Analysis 28
Transaction Details 35
Conclusions 43
Appendix 45
The Frost and Sullivan Story 52

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