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Multi-Color Corp to buy Collotype International

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Press release from the issuing company

SHARONVILLE, Ohio, Jan. 21 2008 - Multi-Color Corporation today announced it has signed a binding agreement to acquire Collotype International Holdings Pty. Ltd. ("Collotype") for approximately US$175 million plus an additional $10 million upon achieving certain financial targets. This follows the announcement of a Letter of Intent between the parties dated November 5, 2007.

Collotype, with over US$130 million in annual sales, is the world's leading pressure sensitive wine and spirits label manufacturer and a growing provider of labels in the fast-moving consumer goods marketplace in Australia. Collotype is based in Australia, and has operations in Australia, South Africa and the United States. Collotype is known for its innovation and high quality in the wine and spirits market. Collotype produces labels for eight of the top fifteen global wine brands and its major customers include Diageo, Pernod Ricard, Constellation, Foster's, Gallo, The Wine Group, Bronco, Trinchero, Distell and KWV.

Collotype shareholders and management team will receive almost 30% of their total proceeds in Multi-Color stock. The acquisition is expected to close on or about January 31, 2008 and be accretive to earnings immediately upon completion.

Multi-Color President and CEO Frank Gerace said, "This acquisition is the first large step towards achieving our long range strategy of being a premier global resource of innovative label solutions to consumer product and food and beverage companies worldwide. We look forward to Nigel Vinecombe and the Collotype team becoming a vital component of Multi-Color's continued success."

Collotype's commanding presence in the global wine and spirits market compliments Multi-Color's leadership in the consumer products market and significantly expands its customer base.

Upon completion of the transaction, Nigel Vinecombe will become President of Multi-Color's International Business Unit. Don Kneir will continue as President of Multi-Color's North American Business Unit.

Commenting on the deal, Collotype Group Managing Director Nigel Vinecombe added, "Collotype and Multi-Color are natural partners - both businesses are recognized for leadership in quality, innovation, technology and services to our customers. The Collotype management team is excited about contributing to the growth of the combined group."

Simultaneous to the closing of the transaction, Multi-Color will execute a five-year $200 million credit facility with an option to increase the facility up to an additional $50 million subject to terms of the loan documents. The facility is with Bank of America (Agent) and a syndicate of seven other lenders. This facility gives Multi-Color the capacity to make further acquisitions and capital investments.

Deloitte & Touche Corporate Finance LLC and Jones Day advised Multi-Color on the transaction.

 

 

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