JOHANNESBURG South Africa's Mondi (MNDJ.J) has signed an agreement to acquire Beepack from a private investor for 41 million euros (37 million pounds) as part of plans to expand its packaging business, the paper group said on Monday.
Mondi, which is also listed in London (MNDI.L), expects to complete the transaction in the fourth quarter, with CEO David Hathorn saying that the Russian business will support the development of Mondi's Corrugated Packaging operations in central and eastern Europe.
"It enables us to enter a market with strong growth potential while expanding our geographic reach to better serve our customers," Hathorn said.
Beepack generated revenue of 2.78 billion roubles ($45 million) in the year to Dec. 31, 2015, with adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation of 462 million roubles, Mondi said in a statement.
The Russian company's Lebedyan plant about 400 km south of Moscow makes a range of corrugated packaging trays and boxes for food and agricultural products, including beverages, fruit and vegetables, poultry and dairy produce.
Mondi, which has operations in more than 30 countries, makes and sells consumer packaging and paper products as part of its Europe and International division's Packaging Paper business.
In February Hathorn told Reuters that Mondi could borrow to fund acquisitions after spending 94 million euros buying consumer packaging businesses last year.
(Reporting by Nqobile Dludla; Editing by David Goodman)