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IMA Group acquires OYSTAR Group from ODEWALD

IMA Group acquires OYSTAR Group from ODEWALD

16 December 2014

IMA Group acquires OYSTAR Group from ODEWALD

I.M.A. Industria Macchine Automatiche S.p.A. has acquired the operating business of OYSTAR Group from private equity firm ODEWALD. The operating companies of OYSTAR Group – Benhil, Erca, Gasti, Hamba and Hassia – will be transferred into the newly founded holding company IMA Dairy and Food GmbH. Under the umbrella of IMA Group, they will continue to act independently and continue their growth. There are no material consequences for the group’s customers, employees and production locations following from the change in ownership. The closing of the transaction, which is expected in the first quarter of 2015, is subject to approval of the cartel authorities.

IMA Group will hold 80 percent of the shares in IMA Dairy and Food GmbH, while ODEWALD will continue to support the companies with a minority participation of 20 percent. For the 20 percent of the shares remaining with ODEWALD, put and call options have been agreed upon, planned to be exercised in the years 2017 and 2018. With more than 850 employees, the companies now acquired by IMA expect consolidated revenues of approx. EUR 185 million and an EBITDA of approx. EUR 15 million in fiscal year 2015.

Alberto Vacchi, Chairman and CEO of IMA Group, said: "With this acquisition, the IMA Group is taking another important step towards the future. The product range of the companies being acquired is complementary to our presence in the food industry and positions us, worldwide, among the most important group leaders in food packaging. The combination of Italian and German excellence, internationally recognized as the leading edge in this field of technology, opens up new and interesting prospects for the IMA Group. Italian creativity and design, in a framework of production flexibility, combined with solid German technical expertise, undoubtedly result in creating a unique and successful mix for our key markets, generating a model for combining already competitive industrial expertise in different parts of the Europe."

Markus Ehl, CEO of OYSTAR Group, said: "Our strategy has been and will be to focus and build on our strengths. ODEWALD’s support over the past years in growing our business has been outstanding. We are looking forward to continue our successful growth path under the umbrella of IMA Group."

Torsten Krumm, Partner at Odewald, said: "Over the past years, OYSTAR Group’s development has been excellent and the company has significantly expanded its position as global technology leader in the market for packaging solutions for the dairy and food industry. We are proud to have contributed to this development and put an excellently positioned company in good hands. We will continue to support the companies’ development in our role as minority shareholder."

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