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What: Shares of glass bottle manufacturer Owens-Illinois Inc (NYSE:OI) jumped as much as 11% today after announcing the acquisition of Vitro's food and beverage business.
So what: Owens-Illinois is buying Vitro's leading glass container maker assets, including five plants in Mexico and one in Bolivia for $2.15 billion in cash. The acquisition is expected to add $945 million in revenue and adjusted EBITDA of $278 million plus $30 million in cost synergies annually. Financing for the transaction will be provided by Deutsche Bank and Owens-Illinois expects to lower leverage by paying off debt from acquired free cash flow in coming years.
Now what: This is a good strategic move into Latin America and paying just 7.7 times adjusted EBITDA is a decent price in today's market. I think this will prove to be a strong acquisition and this should help push shares of Owens-Illinois should continue to higher long-term.