Wednesday, September 6, 2017
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE:SEE) announced today that it has completed the sale of its Diversey Care division and the food hygiene and cleaning business within its Food Care division to Bain Capital Private Equity for approximately $3.2 billion.
“We will use the proceeds of the sale to repay debt, maintain our net leverage ratio in the range of 3.5 to 4.0 times, repurchase shares and invest in our core business and targeted M&A activity,” said Jerome A. Peribere, Sealed Air President and Chief Executive Officer. “Sealed Air is well positioned for profitable growth and strong cash flow. We will be driven by a proven business model, enhanced strategic focus and improved ability to optimize capital allocation and invest in new disruptive technologies.”
Peribere added, “Sealed Air will continue to be a leading knowledge-based business focused on food, product and medical packaging solutions that deliver waste reduction, product security, improved efficiency of our customers’ operations and make a positive impact by conserving resources."
About Sealed Air
Sealed Air Corporation is a knowledge-based company focused on packaging solutions that help our customers achieve their sustainability goals in the face of today’s biggest social and environmental challenges. Our portfolio of widely recognized brands, including Cryovac® brand food packaging solutions and Bubble Wrap® brand cushioning, enable a safer and less wasteful food supply chain and protect valuable goods shipped around the world. Sealed Air generated $4.2 billion in sales in 2016 and has approximately 14,000 employees who serve customers in 117 countries. To learn more, visit www.sealedair.com.
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