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Sonoco Completes Acquisition of Corenso Holdings America

HARTSVILLE, S.C. (News release) -- Sonoco announced it completed the acquisition of Corenso Holdings America, Inc. from a company owned by investment funds advised by Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC, and management for $110 million in cash.

Corenso Holdings America (CHA) is a leading U.S. manufacturer of uncoated recycled paperboard (URB) and high-performance cores used in the paper, packaging films, tape, and specialty industries. CHA produced net sales of approximately $75 million in 2018 and operates a 108,000-ton per year uncoated recycled paperboard mill in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., as well as two core converting facilities in Wisconsin Rapids and Richmond, Va., which combined employ approximately 175 associates.

According to Rob Tiede, Sonoco President and Chief Executive Officer, "We are extremely pleased to welcome Corenso Holdings America associates to Sonoco. This transaction creates a long-term opportunity for Sonoco as CHA operates a best-in-class uncoated recycled paperboard mill that is capable of producing a wide variety of coreboard grades, in addition to providing attractive core converting assets and long-term partnerships with customers."

The acquisition of Corenso Holdings America is expected to be modestly accretive to Sonoco's earnings in 2019 and there are no expected planned changes in operating leadership and customer relationships. Sonoco funded the transaction using available cash and short-term borrowings. CHA's financial results will be reported within Sonoco's Paper/Industrial Converted Products segment.


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