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Quad to Acquire Courier Corporation as Part of Strategy to Transform Book Platform

Monday, January 19, 2015

Press release from the issuing company

Transaction to Maximize Value for Courier and Quad/Graphics Shareholders While Creating Opportunities for Customers and Employees

SUSSEX, WI and NORTH CHELMSFORD, MA – Quad/Graphics, Inc. and Courier Corporation jointly announced a definitive agreement by which Quad/Graphics will acquire Courier, a leading innovator in book manufacturing, publishing and content management. The acquisition accelerates Quad/Graphics' three-year strategy to transform its book platform, which the Company announced earlier this week. 

Under terms of the agreement, Quad/Graphics will acquire Courier in a transaction valued at approximately $260 million, including approximately $25 million in net debt and capital leases as of December 31, 2014. Quad/Graphics will pay Courier shareholders the equivalent of a total purchase price of $20.50 per share, consisting of cash and shares of Quad/Graphics Class A common stock. Each Courier shareholder will have the right to elect to receive cash or Quad/Graphics common stock, subject to proration in the event that shareholders elect to receive more than 54% cash or more than 46% stock. Quad/Graphics will pay an aggregate amount consisting of approximately $129 million in cash and approximately 4.8 million shares.

The transaction has been approved by both companies' boards of directors and is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approval and approval by Courier's shareholders. Quad/Graphics expects the acquisition to close by mid-year, be accretive to earnings in 2016, and that the purchase price multiple will be less than five times Adjusted EBITDA after taking into account anticipated synergies. Upon closing of the transaction, James F. Conway III will join Quad/Graphics as President of the Book Division.

"We are excited about the opportunities ahead with Courier as part of our Company, and the value it creates for both our companies' clients and shareholders," said Joel Quadracci, Quad/Graphics Chairman, President & CEO. "Courier has a legacy of superior quality and exceptional customer service, and is a well-known innovator in every aspect of book production, from content management to printing, binding, distribution and integration with electronic media."

Courier was an early adopter of the digital print technology that is rapidly changing the dynamics of the book industry, Quadracci explained. "Using digital technology, Courier pioneered the development of customization solutions that now bring class-specific versions of academic textbooks to millions of students each year. The company has continually reinvested in its platform, and with our previously announced investment in 20-plus digital presses and integrated systems, together we will accelerate a broad industry transition to a print-on-demand, zero-inventory model."  

Said James F. Conway III, Courier’s Chairman, President and CEO: "After a careful and thorough evaluation process, the Courier board has determined that the transaction with Quad/Graphics maximizes value for our shareholders. The board strongly believes that this transaction achieves that result, providing a substantial premium for our shareholders."

Conway continued: "I am delighted to bring Courier together with another company that shares our values, offers complementary capabilities and opens up a world of additional opportunities. We are confident that the combination of our two companies will create the most opportunities for customers and employees well into the future. Like Courier, Quad/Graphics represents the very best in technology and service for the 21st-century marketplace. The addition of Courier's four-color offset presses, digital inkjet presses, end-to-end process management and integrated software solutions further enhances Quad/Graphics' efforts to transform the book industry to the benefit of publishers and readers everywhere."

"We look forward to welcoming Courier's clients and employees to Quad and redefining the book supply chain for the benefit of publishers everywhere," Quadracci said.

 

Discussion

By Les Csonge on Jan 20, 2015

Very good forward thinking move on the online/ebook front too, strenthening their small shareholding in www.yudu.com/what-we-do/industries/education with the www.courier.com/company/courier_new_media facilities.

 

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