Intertape Polymer Group Inc. (IPG) recently announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by an affiliate of Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. Under the terms of the agreement, Clearlake will acquire the outstanding shares of IPG in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $2.6 billion, including net debt. Upon completion of the transaction, IPG will become a privately held company.

“We believe this transaction is a great next step in the evolution of our business as Clearlake has strong industry knowledge in the protective packaging and e-commerce ecosystems,” said Greg Yull, president and CEO of IPG. “Clearlake provides us the operational and financial resources to accelerate our acquisition strategy, as well as organic growth opportunities such as investing in product innovation, sustainability, and market expansion. We have built a scaled business serving a diverse set of growing end markets, and have seen particularly strong growth in our large e-commerce segment. Clearlake’s investment reflects its confidence in our people, processes, and strategy, and this transaction will advance our vision of becoming a global leader in packaging and protective solutions. We believe this all-cash transaction represents an attractive return and provides certainty for our shareholder base.”

“IPG has succeeded over the decades through hard work, innovation, and a commitment to all of our stakeholders,” said James Pantelidis, chair of the IPG board. “Our Board determined that this transaction is in the best interests of both the Company and shareholders after carefully evaluating its alternatives, as it will deliver immediate liquidity and maximize value to our shareholders while providing the Company with additional flexibility to operate as a private company. This transaction also represents another major milestone for IPG and affirms the tremendous value and market leadership that the entire team at the Company has worked to build over the years.”

“We have a long-standing respect and admiration for Greg and his team as they have built on IPG ’s position as a key packaging and protective solutions provider to a diverse set of attractive and growing end-markets,” said José E. Feliciano, co-founder and managing partner, and Arta Tabaee, managing director, of Clearlake. “We believe IPG’s customer-centric and sustainability-oriented approach and capabilities position the Company well to capitalize on growth within its target end markets, and the addition of IPG to our portfolio highlights our thesis that long-term consumer trends favor providers focused on sustainability and innovation. We look forward to partnering with the IPG team to leverage our O.P.S.® value creation framework and continue driving growth for this exciting platform, both organically and through acquisitions.”

The transaction, which will be effected pursuant to a court-approved plan of arrangement, is expected to close in the third quarter of 2022. The transaction is not subject to a financing condition but is subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of shareholder, regulatory, and court approvals.

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