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Avery Dennison finds buyer for office-goods unit after 3M backs out

January 30, 2013|By Ricardo Lopez
  • Avery Dennison has agreed to sell two units to Canada's CCL Industries Inc. for $500 million. Above, a file photo of an Avery plant in China.
Avery Dennison has agreed to sell two units to Canada's CCL Industries… (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles…)

Avery Dennison Corp. will sell two of its businesses for $500 million in cash to CCL Industries Inc., a Canadian maker of specialty packaging, the Pasadena-based company announced Wednesday.

The sale comes three months after Minnesota-based 3M abandoned its plans to purchase Avery Dennison's office and consumer products unit. The U.S. Department of Justice had opposed that deal because of antitrust concerns. 

Now Toronto-based CCL has agreed to acquire that unit, which had sales of $730 million in 2012. The division's products include Hi-Liters and Marks-A-Lot markers as well as binders. CCL also agreed to acquire Avery's designed and engineered solutions division, which makes pressure-sensitive labels for packaging and posted 2012 sales of $180 million.

"CCL is one of our largest customers, and we have a long-standing relationship with them," said Avery Dennison chief executive Dean A. Scarborough. "We are pleased that they will become the steward of the Avery brand for office products."

The transaction, expected to close this year if approved by regulators, would be CCL's largest acquisition.

"This acquisition has the potential to transform our company at many levels," said Geoffrey Martin, chief executive of CCL.

After news of the sale, Avery Dennison shares rose nearly 7% to $38.70.

The company on Wednesday also reported fourth-quarter earnings of 54 cents a share excluding certain items .


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