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Merger & Acquisitions

This section of WhatTheyThink focuses on Mergers and Acquisitions in the printing, publishing, packaging, and related industries. It features commentary & analysis on recent M&A activity, resources on buying and selling, succession planning, and corporate finance.


If You Can’t Beat ’Em, Join ’Em – July 2018 M&A Activity

LSC Communications jettisons major European printing asset, acquires digital content logistics firm MAZ, label segment is very active, and more…

Volaris Group Makes First Foray into Print Automation Software (Premium Content)

The recent acquisition of print automation software provider Aleyant by Canada’s Volaris Group raised some eyebrows in the industry. Who is the Volaris Group? What strategy are they pursuing relative to the printing industry? And what does this acquisition mean for Aleyant? These were questions Senior Editor Cary Sherburne investigated.

What Did Not Happen – June 2018 M&A Activity

Edwards Brothers Malloy shuts down as others consolidate book printing, transactional activity at five-year low, other major closures announced…

Corrugated Gets Glam—May 2018 M&A Activity

DS Smith builds out US platform in corrugated, Traxium acquires two, LSC buys and sells, Deluxe automates soft skill, and more.

Getting Flexible in Your Middle Years – April 2018 M&A Activity

Transcontinental TC closes transformative transactions, ProAmpac buys, commercial printers actively acquire; Herbie finally retires, and more.

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Kodak Announces Plans to Sell Its Flexographic Packaging Division

Graphic Systems Services Acquires Independent Press

New Direction Partners Facilitates Unique Reverse Tuck-In for Badger Press/Photographics, Inc.

Oval Partners Makes Strategic Investment in RS Business Machines

CNG’s Lindenmeyr Munroe Division Acquires Texas-Based Olmsted-Kirk Paper Company, Moving Into Southwestern U.S.

Gallus and Heidelberg Strengthen Integration, Premiere Smartfire at Labelexpo Americas 2018

Ennis completes Merger with Wright Business Graphics

Volaris Group Expands Position in Communications & Media Vertical with Acquisition of Aleyant

Minuteman Press in Longwood, Florida, Expands Through Strategic Acquisition of Metrovista

Mac Papers Acquires Atlanta-Area Wilkerson Packaging Co.

Graphic Label Solutions (GLS) Joins the Sun Solutions Family

Catalyst Paper Completes Sale of U.S. Operations

Walstead Announces a Definitive Agreement with LSC Communications to Acquire LSC’s European Printing Business

Esko Acquires BLUE Software

Ennis Executes Agreement to Merge Wright Business Graphics, Inc. of Portland, Oregon, into a Wholly Owned Entity of Ennis

Fortis Solutions Group Acquires Lewis Label Products Corporation

Xaar Announces Joint Investment in 3D Printing

Oval Partners Makes Strategic Investment in Marimon Business Systems

PrintingNews.com, Printing News, Inkjet’s Age and Wide-Format & Signage Acquired by Kelley Holmes, Group Publisher

Graphic Arts Advisors Announces Acquisition of Ambit Creative Group by the Fenway Group

Domtar Invests in Prisma Renewable Composites, LLC

Modern Litho Announces the Acquisition of Kansas City-Based James Printing

WinterBell Converting Becomes a Division of Case Paper

Pitney Bowes Completes Sale of Document Messaging Technologies Business to Platinum Equity

Hilco Global Partners with The Branford Group and North East Printing Machinery in a Multi-Million Dollar Acquisition of Edwards Brothers Malloy Printing Assets

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M&A Videos

    Video preview: Print Business Valuation 101

    Print Business Valuation 101

    Published: March 1, 2018

    At last week’s NPOA Owners Conference, Paul Reilly, Partner at New Direction Partners, gave an overview of the dominant business valuation methods. Here, Mr. Reilly summarizes what print business owners need to know about business valuation—whether they are planning to sell their business or not.


    Video preview: Mark Hahn on a Notable M&A Transaction

    Mark Hahn on a Notable M&A Transaction

    Published: November 19, 2015

    Mark Hahn, Managing Director at Graphic Arts Advisors talks about a notable M&A transaction in the printing and publishing industry in 2015.


    Video preview: Strategies to Increase Valuation in a Commercial Printing Company

    Strategies to Increase Valuation in a Commercial Printing Company

    Published: July 16, 2015

    Mark Hahn Managing Director at Graphic Arts Advisors talks about strategies to increase valuation in a commercial printing company that is looking to sell.


Jennifer Matt

WhatTheyThink has partnered with financial advisory and consulting firm Graphic Arts Advisors to provide the go-to merger and acquisitions resource for the printing industry.

Jennifer Matt

Mark R. Hahn,
Managing Director of Graphic Arts Advisors, a boutique financial advisory and consulting firm serving the printing, packaging, and related industries. Mark is contributing editor to WhatTheyThink covering merger and acquisitions topics.

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