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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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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.

 

The Box is in Demand - October 2015 Mergers, Acquisitions & Restructuring in the Printing, Packaging & Related Industries

Published November 9, 2015

The Box is in – paperboard, corrugated, decorated, foil-stamped, bar-coded, laminated, textured, embossed, pearlized, diecut, folded, glued, large and small. Folks in the business of printing love the box. Unlike the box’s troubled cousin, commercial printing, the box is reordered on a regular basis and is far less subject to disruption by online internet-based technologies.

 

Turmoil in the Garden of Meredith - September 2015 M&A Activity

Published October 8, 2015

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

 

Newspaper Publishers Enter the Eye of the Storm - August 2015 M&A Activity

Published September 10, 2015

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

 

EFI Walks the Digital Fashion Runway - July 2015 M&A Activity

Published August 10, 2015

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

 

Cloak and Dagger Inks Fight Counterfeiters – June 2015 M&A Activity

Published July 14, 2015

Analysis of June 2015 Mergers, Acquisitions & Restructuring in the Printing, Packaging & Related Industries

 

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

Published June 12, 2015

De-evolution for eBooks Platform? – May 2015 M&A Activity, includes commercial printing, packaging, newspapers, and equipment.

 

Catching the Falling Knife versus Personal Branding – April 2015 M&A Activity

Published May 12, 2015

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

 

Vistaprint Hits a Double with Global Acquisition Strategy – March 2015 M&A Activity

Published April 13, 2015

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

 

Who Says Books Aren’t Pretty? – February 2015 M&A Activity

Published March 13, 2015

Books were ascendant in the printing deal space as RR Donnelley swooped down and snatched Courier Corporation right out of the arms of Courier’s suitor of choice, Quad/Graphics. Almost two and half times larger than Quad, RRD was not about to let this opportunity escape as it did last year when Quad acquired Brown Printing in a sweetheart of a deal.

 

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