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Mark R. Hahn

Mark Hahn is a Managing Director and Founder of Graphic Arts Advisors, a boutique strategic financial advisory and consulting firm focused exclusively on the printing, packaging and related industries. He assists company owners and management, as well as their lenders, investors and shareholders in the following areas: mergers & acquisitions, sale of business, strategic and financial advisory, capital structure & funding, financial analysis, interim & turnaround C-level management and business valuations. Mark is the author of The Target Report and is regularly published and quoted in printing industry trade and management journals. Mark can be reached at 973-588-7399 or mark@graphicartsadvisors.com.

Recent Commentary & Analysis from Mark R. Hahn

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Flexible Packaging is Hot – November 2017 M&A Activity

Published December 11, 2017

TC Transcontinental executes long term strategy in flexible packaging, Graphic Packaging acquires again; Kingery Printing acquires United Graphics; and more…


Transactional Print – Fertile Ground for Consolidation – October 2017 M&A Activity

Published November 9, 2017

OSG Billing Services, now owned by PE firm Aquiline Capital, adds first bolt-on with acquisition of Microdynamics, label printer Brook & Whittle acquired in secondary buyout, Vomela buys another commercial printer; and more…


Print Supply Chain Consolidation – September 2017 M&A Activity

Published October 9, 2017

Barry-Wehmiller consolidates ancillary print equipment sector in a robust deal environment for all things print; makers of equipment, manufacturers of materials and distributors of supplies are in demand; a look-back at the past year; and more


Williams Lea Tag is on the Move – August 2017 M&A Activity

Published September 11, 2017

Williams Lea Tag is carved out from DHL; Mittera buys Earthcolor; Stevens Group grows with CL Graphics acquisition; Oliver begins platform build-out; and more…


Transformation and Rebirth – July 2017 M&A Activity

Published August 9, 2017

July 2017 – Mergers, Acquisitions & Restructuring in the Printing, Packaging & Related Industries. LSC Communications rebuilds diversified publication services; Quark transforms; DG3 acquires UK printer Leycol; Multi-Color goes all-in with deal for Constantia Labels; and more…


Family-Owned Newspapers Roll It Up – June 2017 M&A Activity

Published July 11, 2017

Hearst, Gatehouse, Lee, Ogden, Phillips and Adams stir up the local newspaper business; Sandy Alexander acquires Designers’ Press; tuck-ins abound and more in the June 2017 – Mergers, Acquisitions & Restructuring in the Printing, Packaging & Related Industries.


Small Printers are Big Business – May 2017 M&A Activity

Published June 12, 2017

Global franchise system owner of Mail Boxes Etc. acquires US-based printing franchise system PostNet, Standard buys Epic, ICV Partners moves upstream with LeadingResponse, and more.


Legacy Printing Companies Fade Into History – April 2017 M&A Activity

Published May 9, 2017

Sheridan Group is sold, Intelligencer joins with Pemcor, Kennedy Group and Resilience Capital form Lux and buy National Label, ProAmpac and Resource Label acquire, summary of equipment manufacturing deals, and more.


View into the Future of Printing Process Control - March 2017 M&A Activity

Published April 10, 2017

Danaher adds Advanced Vision Technology to Pantone and X-Rite platform, Ripon acquires Maquoketa, Vomela goes commercial, private equity backs outsourcing packaging to China, and more


Transformation of a Legacy Print Business – February 2017 M&A Activity

Published March 8, 2017

Deluxe goes mobile as strategic plan unfolds, VC fund invests in photo book printer (and brilliant marketer of print services) Chatbooks, the market for retail display and point-of-purchase printers heats up as Orora continues acquisition spree, and more…


WestRock Affirms Commitment to Paper – January 2017 M&A Activity

Published February 13, 2017

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They’re Back… (Buyers of Commercial Printers) – December 2016 M&A Activity

Published January 10, 2017

Australian packaging company Orora stakes out US position in retail display, acquiring The Register Group, ICV Partners buys out SG360° ESOP, Cimpress acquires National Pen, Moore DM buys PS/PS Digital and more.


“Just One Word: Plastics” – November 2016 M&A Activity

Published December 7, 2016

Multi Packaging Solutions in holiday mood, buys gift card printer, OneTouchPoint has the right touch for acquisitions, Novolex bags another one, Fort Dearborn on a roll and more.


Moving Pieces Around on the PE Chessboard – October 2016 M&A Activity

Published November 9, 2016

Billionaire Pritzker brothers capture ProAmpac, buy Vitex next day, Capital Partners win Outlook Group in secondary buyout, IBS Direct merges with Maestro Media Print Solutions and more.


Managed Print Services Take Center Stage – September 2016 M&A Activity

Published October 11, 2016

HP commits to paper-based future, private equity invests in managed print services, ink manufacturers consolidate, Hibbert acquires RedShark, Deluxe promotes promotional products, and more.


Private Equity LOVES Labels – August 2016 M&A Activity

Published September 13, 2016

Massive global private equity funds move aggressively into the label and related printing segments, marketing services provider Firespring acquires Jacob North and does good, Supremex rolls up US envelope production, the newspaper chess game goes on and more.


How Do You Print a Golf Ball? – July 2016 M&A Activity

Published August 9, 2016

Hi-tech inkjet company Xaar makes inroads into US industrial printing market with acquisition of pad printing company, 4over acquires another trade printer, Nationwide Argosy divests last operating company, newspapers consolidate, corrugated segment is active and more.


Dotcom Survivor Retains Print – June 2016 M&A Activity

Published July 14, 2016

Dot-com era company, Internet Brands, with backing from KKR, invests in Fodor’s travel guides and commits to maintain print editions, Transcontinental builds flexible packaging division with third US acquisition, Weyerhaeuser completes next step of exit from paper business, ALJ Regional bolts Color Optics onto portfolio company Phoenix Color and more.


Sticky Discipline for the Label Business – May 2016 M&A Activity

Published June 13, 2016

CCL Industries’ establishes international niche positions acquiring label printers at a steady pace, Oliver Printing transitions to carton printing and forms platform company for Pfingsten, M&A activity resumes in commercial printing segment, Dex Media files “Chapter 33”, and more.


A Puzzling Future for Specialty Magazines – April 2016 M&A Activity

Published May 11, 2016

April 2016 – Mergers, Acquisitions & Restructuring in the Printing, Packaging & Related Industries


Justice Department Saves Newspapers (really?)

Published April 12, 2016

March 2016 – Mergers, Acquisitions & Restructuring in the Printing, Packaging & Related Industries


Cold Front Moves In – February 2016 M&A Activity

Published March 10, 2016

February 2016 – Mergers, Acquisitions & Restructuring in the Printing, Packaging & Related Industries.


POP! Retail Display Proves Attractive – January 2016 M&A Activity

Published February 9, 2016

January 2016 – Mergers, Acquisitions & Restructuring in the Printing, Packaging & Related Industries


Gestalting the Printing Industry - 2016 Mergers and Acquisitions Forecast

Published January 13, 2016

December 2015 – Mergers, Acquisitions & Restructuring in the Printing, Packaging & Related Industries


Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin’ - November 2015 M&A Activity

Published December 10, 2015

Saugatuck Capital bolts Plymouth Printing onto Pharmaceutic Litho & Label, Rondo-Pak adds Contemporary Graphics to US pharma printing platform, Firespring evolves into MSP, Circle Graphics corrals grand format printer Imagic, the Mittera Group continues traditional printing rollup.


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