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Key Findings

Key trends affecting investment in the North American packaging industry:
•Redesigning the packaging process
•Convenience packaging
•Sustainability in packaging Key research findings
•The North American packaging industry was flat in terms of its financial performance during the study period. Except for return on equity, which has shown improvement over the years, all other profitability and cost metrics remained more or less the same.
•The packaging industry is capital intensive as it requires sophisticated machinery for printing and converting raw material to packaging boxes to deliver quality products with greater efficiency.
•During the study period, between 2010 and 2014, the volume of merger and acquisition (M&A) deals increased by x %. The M&As in this industry are based on strategic objectives.
•Within the industry, the deal value of the paper packaging sector showed a marked decline between 2013 and 2014 while the metals and glass containers sectors showed tremendous increases in deal values.

Key Terms Used in the Study

Transactions
•Growth capital/private equity (PE) is a 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) is a private placement transaction that involves an investment in an incubation or start-up, early-, mid-, late-, or developing-stage company. Packaging Industry: Packaging is the technology of encompassing or guarding products for distribution, storage, sale, and use. Packaging also refers to the process of the planning, assessment, and production of packages. Sectors Metal and Glass Containers: This encompasses the manufacturers of metal, glass, or plastic containers and includes corks and caps. Paper Packaging: This refers to the manufacturers of paper and cardboard containers and packaging.

Study Objectives

Analyze the investment trends in the North American packaging industry
Identify the key PE, VC, and M&A trends in the industry, based on deals across sectors and the nature of buyers
Analyze investment characteristics of deals
Identify, compare, and assess current and potential investment activity
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

Table Of Contents

Investment Analysis of the North American 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 34
Conclusion 42
Appendix 44
The Frost and Sullivan Story 50

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