International Paper announces agreement to acquire DS Smith

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International Paper and DS Smith announced that they have reached agreement on the terms of a recommended all-share combination, creating a truly global leader in sustainable packaging solutions. The terms of the combination value each DS Smith share at 415 pence per share and will result in IP issuing 0.1285 shares for each DS Smith share, resulting in pro forma ownership of 66.3 percent for IP shareholders and 33.7 percent for DS Smith shareholders, implying a transaction value of approximately $9.9 billion. The combination is expected to close by the fourth quarter of 2024.

«Combining with DS Smith is a logical next step in IP’s strategy to drive profitable growth by strengthening our global packaging business» says Mark S. SuttonChairman and CEO of IP. «DS Smith is a leader in packaging solutions with an extensive reach across Europe, which complements IP’s capabilities and will accelerate growth through innovation and sustainability. We are confident this combination will drive significant value for our employees, customers, and shareholders».

«Bringing together the capabilities and expertise of both companies will create a winning position in renewable packaging across Europe, while also enhancing IP’s North American business» adds CEO-Elect of IPAndrew K. Silvernail. «I firmly believe this strategic combination offers a unique and highly compelling opportunity to create tremendous shareholder value. I am also committed to working with the teams to deliver the expected synergies, along with the ongoing profit improvement initiatives across the IP portfolio».

«The combination with IP is an attractive opportunity to create a truly international sustainable packaging solutions leader that is well positioned in attractive and growing markets across Europe and North America. It combines two focused and complementary businesses» says Miles RobertsCEO of DS Smith. «DS Smith has grown significantly through a dedication to customers, focus on innovation, quality of packaging and high levels of service. In a dynamic sustainable packaging landscape, the combination will enhance our global proposition to customers, create opportunities for colleagues and drive value for shareholders who can remain fully invested in such an exciting business. I am proud of all that DS Smith has achieved to date and am sure that the business will continue to flourish as part of a combined group with IP due to the capability and continued commitment of our colleagues».