Feb 7, 2017

Mauser sold, as another IPO bites the dust

Dutch industrial packaging company Mauser Group had been expected to go public in the U.S. this week, but instead has agreed to be acquired by Atlanta rival BWAY Corp. for $2.3 billion.

Secondary sale: This is really a deal between private equity firms, as Mauser was owned by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, and BWAY is backed by Stone Canyon Industries.

Even money: The IPO had been expected to give Mauser around a $1 billion fully-diluted market cap, if it priced in the middle of its anticipated range. But Mauser also carries over $1.3 billion in debt, so the all-cash sale is really coming at a market price.

Déjà Vu: Mauer's last-minute pull from the public markets is reminiscent of what we recently saw with AppDynamics, which agreed to be acquired by Cisco Systems just one day before its expected pricing.

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