Smurfit Kappa Group agrees to acquire Verzuolo paper mill, a containerboard business in Northern Italy, for a cash consideration of €360 million. The Verzuolo mill owned by the Burgo Group, is situated close to the port of Savona in the northwest of Italy. The PM9 machine was newly constructed in 2002 and converted into a 600,000 tonne capacity recycled containerboard machine in 2019.
Verzuolo paper mill is highly complementary to Smurfit Kappa Group’s existing business and is strategically positioned to serve both the Southern European region and other markets ensuring we continue to provide the best service to the corrugated customers. The acquisition will deliver significant synergistic benefits including technical and production optimisation, and increased containerboard integration within the Group.
The cash consideration will be funded from the Group’s existing resources. It is expected that the acquisition will complete during the fourth quarter, subject to customary closing conditions including regulatory approval.
Smurfit Kappa Group CEO, Tony Smurfit, commented: ‘We welcome the highly experienced Verzuolo team to the Smurfit Kappa Group as we continue to strengthen the world’s leading paper-based packaging group. Consistent with our multi-stakeholder approach, we believe that this acquisition represents another positive step for the Group, our customers and all shareholders. Smurfit Kappa Group has a proven ability to identify, acquire, integrate and optimise complementary businesses. This acquisition also reflects the inherent agility of our approach to deploying capital rapidly and effectively.’
Smurfit Kappa Europe CEO, Saverio Mayer, concluded: ‘Smurfit Kappa Europe is delighted to announce our agreement to acquire Verzuolo mill. It is a business that we had identified and have admired for some time. The acquisition demonstrates our commitment to this important market for the Group and provides additional security of supply for our customer base. It strengthens the Group’s unique integrated operating model and is highly complementary to the significant investments we are making in our corrugated facilities.