Expera is among the leading specialty paper producers in North America with four paper mills, of which two have integrated pulp production, in the state of Wisconsin.
The acquired operations had net sales of $721 million and a comparable EBITDA of $71 million in 2017.
Near term annual synergy benefits of approximately $10 million are estimated to be achieved by year end 2019. One-time costs related to the achievement of synergies are estimated at $8 million. In addition, recently finalized investment offers additional earnings potential of approximately $11 million annually when fully commissioned.
The transaction also enables dynamic synergies relating to product development and best practice sharing.
Hans Sohlström, president and CEO of Ahlstrom-Munksjö, comments: “This acquisition is a major step in the execution of our strategy. It will further strengthen our position in fiber-based materials and enable us to offer more value to our customers, particularly in North America, but also around the world. We have complementary capabilities and can create further value through joint product development and sharing of best practices. Finally, I would like to welcome Expera’s personnel to Ahlstrom-Munksjö. “
The acquisition was announced on July 23, 2018. Customary regulatory approvals have been received for the transaction.
Expera will be consolidated as part of Ahlstrom-Munksjö from October 10, 2018, onwards with more detailed information on the impact of the acquisition to its consolidated accounts in the fourth quarter report. The acquired operations form Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s fifth business area and financial reporting segment, named North America Specialty Solutions
Russ Wanke, the former president and CEO of Expera, has been appointed executive vice president, North America Specialty Solutions and a member of Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s Executive Management Team.