Packaging M&A Update

1Q 2020


  • The S&P Global Container & Packaging Index dropped 22% in Q1 2020, primarily due to the impact from COVID-19
  • The first quarter of 2020 saw the fewest number of deals closed in the first three months since 2011
  • Total capital invested in Q1 2020 went down 71% from Q4 2019 but was up 13% compared to Q1 2019
  • Private equity firms invested more capital for the first time since 2014 in Q1 2020, accounting for 72% of the total
  • The leveraged buyout of DS Smith Plastics by Liqui-Box in a $585 million deal represented the largest transaction in Q1
  • Valuations (stated as multiples of EBITDA and revenue) for M&A transactions trended downwards in Q1

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