Macfarlane Group buys PackMann in Germany

Macfarlane Group, the Glasgow-based packaging, design and distribution firm, has announced the acquisition of PackMann Gesellschaft für Verpackungen und Dienstleistungen mbH (PackMann), a protective packaging distribution business based in Eppelheim near Heidelberg, Germany.

“The acquisition is in line with Macfarlane’s strategy of building its protective packaging business in Northern Europe through a combination of organic and acquisitive growth and is immediately earnings enhancing,” said Macfarlane.

“Macfarlane has acquired 100% of PackMann for a maximum cash consideration of €8.625 million (including an earn-out of €1.75 million based on agreed profit growth targets over two years) and a recovery for closing adjustments estimated to be €0.6 million, including €0.6 million of net bank debt.

“The consideration will be financed through the group’s existing £30 million bank facility.

“For the year ended 31 December 2021, PackMann generated sales of €12.8 million, EBITDA of €0.9 million and pre-tax profits of €0.8 million.”

Macfarlane employs over 900 people at 36 sites.

PackMann has been established for nearly 28 years and supplies customers across Germany and neighbouring countries.  

The business has 112 employees, including its founder and director Frank Westermann and director Volker Thorn, both of whom will remain with the company following its acquisition.

Macfarlane CEO Peter Atkinson said: PackMann is Macfarlane’s first acquisition outside the UK in recent years and I am delighted that we have secured this excellent business with its strong history of profitability and an experienced management team.

“This transaction strengthens our ‘Follow the Customer’ strategy, giving us a solid platform from which to accelerate the growth of our protective packaging business in Northern Europe.”