Now part of Montagu’s portfolio, the Kodak Flexographic Packaging Division (FPD) operates as a standalone company known as Miraclon. Kodak’s flexographic leadership team has transitioned as part of the deal and will continue to directly manage this business.
Proceeds at close were approximately R4.4 billion ($320 million), which included the gross purchase price of R4.7 billion ($340 million) less agreed indebtedness, other items, and delayed proceeds related to a deferred close entity. The net proceeds from the transaction will be used by Kodak to reduce outstanding term debt. The company expects to refinance the remaining outstanding term debt.
Over the past five years, the FPD has grown and thrived within Kodak and become a significant player in the package printing industry. ‘Closing this sale was a priority for Kodak, and I’m proud we were able to execute on this plan and leverage a homegrown asset,’ said Jim Continenza, executive chairman of Kodak. ‘This is one of many steps we are taking to increase our financial stability and focus on generating cash for our shareholders.’
Kodak remains committed to the print industry and delivering products and services that meet the evolving needs of printers. Following this transaction, Kodak will continue to focus on the demonstrated growth areas of SONORA environmental plates, enterprise inkjet, workflow software and brand licencing. The company is well positioned for the future by leveraging these growth engines and continuing to maximise value in commercial printing, film and advanced materials.
UBS Investment Bank acted as exclusive financial advisor and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP acted as legal advisor to Kodak for the transaction. Ernst & Young acted as financial advisor, Bain & Co. acted as commercial advisor and Linklaters LLP acted as legal advisor to Montagu for the transaction. (Africa Print News)