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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.


Imagine Losing Money for Ten Years in a Row And Staying in Business

It’s a famous example of a large public company that defied gravity - Trans World Airlines (also known as TWA for those of us old enough to remember the brand) famously posted ten consecutive money-losing years and continued to operate, essentially living off capital generated from its once successful legacy enterprise. No small company could ever lose money and survive for an extended period measured in decades!

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

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…

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

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.

Big Wall Street Deals Get Done Faster Than Small Business M&A: Here’s Why

How is it possible that corporate giants AT&T and Time Warner reach an agreement on the terms of a merger in only two months while many small business owners languish over deals for six months, nine months, or even years?

Cimpress Acquires National Pen: The Inside Scoop (Premium Content)

Today, Cimpress, the parent company of Vistaprint and multiple other Internet printing brands, announced it is acquiring National Pen, a leader in custom writing instruments. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with Cimpress CEO Robert Keane to get the inside scoop.

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Goss Acquires Graphic Automation Controls, Inc.

Ripon Printers Acquires Maquoketa Web Printing

Idealliance Seeks Label Converter Acquisition

AVT enters into an agreement to be acquired by Danaher’s Product Identification Platform

Sun Chemical Acquires RJA Dispersions Business

X-Rite Acquires ColorCert Software Assets

Avery Dennison Completes Hanita Coatings Acquisition

DATA Communications Management Announces Strategic Acquisitions

Orora announces increased earnings and further acquisitions

ALTANA Acquires Landa Metallography Technology

Express Image Acquires Sourceone Graphics

Deluxe Corporation Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire RDM Corporation of Canada

Superior Packaging & Finishing Merges with Graphic Arts Finishers

Avery Dennison to Acquire Yongle Tape Company Ltd.

Ennis Acquires Independent Printing Company In Stock Purchase Transaction

Baldwin creates global UV curing powerhouse by acquiring Air Motion Systems

Colordynamics Acquires Superior Graphics

Boathouse Capital Exits Colortree Group Investment with Recent Recapitalization

CNG's Lindenmeyr Munroe Division Acquires KFI Technology, Wide-Format Printing Sales & Distribution Leader

Ricoh Acquires Avanti Computer Systems Limited

Nekoosa, A Wingate Partners Portfolio Company, Acquires ClingZ, Continuing Its Product Portfolio Growth

Stora Enso divests Finnish packaging machine producer Formeca

Deluxe Corporation Announces Acquisition of First Manhattan Consulting Group and Provides Updated Financial Outlook

KBA North America Named Exclusive Distributor for Iberica AG S.A.

Bell and Howell Acquires Sensible Technologies

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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.

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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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