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Goldman Sachs/Koch Industries: Aquisition of Flint Group from CVC Capital Partners

GERMANY/USA Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division has partnered with Koch Equity Development LLC, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc., to acquire shares representing 100% of Flint Group’s share capital from funds advised by private equity firm CVC Capital Partners. Koch has agreed to invest with Goldman Sachs in a newly formed entity that will acquire Flint Group.

Flint Group is a global supplier of inks and other print consumables such as flexographic printing plates, blankets, image transfer products and chemicals for press rooms, to the packaging and the print media industries. The company has a global footprint and is the number one or number two supplier in most of the market segments it serves. Flint Group operates 137 sites in 40 countries and employs some 6,600 people.

Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division and Koch Equity Development will support the strategy developed by the Flint Group’s management team as it pursues a targeted business mix evolution towards the more attractive and higher growth printed packaging market while maintaining Flint Group’s strong position in the resilient print media business. This sale remains subject to customary closing conditions and should be completed by the second half of 2014.

Andreas Keller

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