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Investment Analysis of the North American Packaging Industry

Investment Analysis of the North American Packaging Industry

Key trends affecting investment in the North American packaging industry:

Redesigning the packaging process

Convenience packaging

Sustainability in packaging Key research findings

The North American packaging industry was flat in terms of its financial performance during the study period. Except for return on equity, which has shown improvement over the years, all other profitability and cost metrics remained more or less the same.

The packaging industry is capital intensive as it requires sophisticated machinery for printing and converting raw material to packaging boxes to deliver quality products with greater efficiency.

During the study period, between 2010 and 2014, the volume of merger and acquisition (M&A) deals increased by 􂀀%. The M&As in this industry are based on strategic objectives.

Within the industry, the deal value of the paper packaging sector showed a marked decline between 2013 and 2014 while the metals and glass containers sectors showed tremendous increases in deal values.

About this report

This investment analysis of the North American packaging industry gives a snapshot of the financial and transactional performance of the industry. An in-depth financial analysis is performed on select companies that are then ranked based on their financial performance for the year 2013. Transaction analyses are also provided for mergers and acquisitions in the industry between 2010 and 2014. Deals are analyzed based on buyer type, target type, and average deal value. Active buyers, targets, and sellers are also highlighted in the study.


  • Executive Summary
    • Key Findings
  • Key Terms Used in the Study
  • Introduction
    • Study Objectives
    • Research Objectives
    • Research Methodology
  • Key Trends
    • Market Drivers
    • Market Restraints
    • Trends in Packaging
  • Financial Analysis
    • Financial Analysis-An Introduction
    • Profitability Metrics
      • Table Packaging Industry: Profitability Metrics, North America, 2009-2013
    • Activity Metrics
      • Table Packaging Industry: Activity Metrics, North America, 2009-2013
    • Solvency Metrics
      • Table Packaging Industry: Solvency Metrics, North America, 2009-2013
    • Liquidity Metrics
      • Table Packaging Industry: Liquidity Metrics, North America, 2009-2013
    • Capital Expenditure
      • Table Packaging Industry: Capex Margin vs. EBITDA Margin, North America, 2009-2013
    • Methodology for Identifying Top Performers
    • Top Performers-Financial Management versus Risk Management
  • Transaction Analysis
    • M&A Deals Trends by Volume
      • Table Packaging Industry: Volume of M&A Deals, North America, 2010-2014
    • M&A Deals Trends by Deal Value
      • Table Packaging Industry: Value of M&A Deals, North America, 2010-2014
    • M&A Trends by Quarterly Analysis of Deal Volume
      • Table Packaging Industry: Percentage of Deal Volume by Quarter, North America, 2010-2014
    • Key Buyers Deal Volume
      • Table Packaging Industry: Deal Volume by Type of Key Buyer, North America, 2010-2014
    • Key Buyers Deal Value Percentage
      • Table Packaging Industry: Deal Value Percentage by Type of Buyer, North America, 2010-2014
  • Transaction Details
    • Top 10 M&A Deals by Value-2012
      • Table Packaging Industry: Top 10 M&A Deals by Value, North America, 2012
    • Top 10 M&A Deals by Value-2013
      • Table Packaging Industry: Top 10 M&A Deals by Value, North America, 2013
    • Top 10 M&A Deals by Value-2014
      • Table Packaging Industry: Top 10 M&A Deals by Value, North America, 2014
    • Top 10 M&A Buyers by Deal Volume
      • Table Packaging Industry: Top 10 M&A Buyers by Deal Volume, North America, 2010-2014
    • Top 10 M&A Buyers by Deal Value
      • Table Packaging Industry: Top 10 M&A Buyers by Deal Value, North America, 2010-2014
    • M&A Valuation Statistics
      • Table Packaging Industry: M&A Valuation Statistics, North America, 2010-2014
    • Top 10 Financial Investor Deals
      • Table Packaging Industry: Top 10 Financial Investor Deals, North America, 2010-2014
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix
    • Glossary

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