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Finding Exciting Plastics
& Packaging

In Fragmented End Markets


 Private Equity Investing

In Plastics & Packaging Companies



Chris Cerimele

Managing Partner

Balmoral Advisors


Thursday, July 11, 2019

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

New York City










Preliminary Speaker List

Steve Alexander, Association of Plastic Recyclers

Jim Berklas, Westfall Technik Inc.

Matthew T. Bowersox, Jefferies LLC

Roberto Buaron, First Atlantic Capital

Jeffrey J. Cernohous, Interfacial Solutions LLC

Gary Denning, Balmoral Advisors LLC

John Diggins, Platinum Equity

Tom D’Ovidio, ShoreView Industries
Scott A. Finegan, Pfingsten Partners LLC
Brian Flynn, William Blair & Co.

Joshua D. Goldman, One Rock Capital Partners LLC
Ron Gonen, Closed Loop Partners

Nicholas Mockett, Moorgate Capital

Michael D. Stovsky, Benesch LLP
Damon Thome, Mason Wells

Jamie Tinsley, Amaray

(more speakers coming soon)

Faculty | Schedule | Registration | Location | Sponsorship | Audio Package |

For plastics and packaging companies, 2018 was a banner year for private equity investing. And already 2019 is off to a roaring start!


According to Plastics News, 2018 was the biggest year in the past five. Private equity firms were involved in 46% of all transactions, well above the 37% averaged in the five years before that. And 2019 took a giant step with the $4.4 billion Berry Global-RPC deal.


PE firms like the industries’ strong cash flows, low capital expenditures, recession-resistant end markets, and most of all, its fragmentation. With the largest companies accounting for less than 6% of overall revenues in 2018, and with customers increasingly seeking diversified solutions from plastics and packaging suppliers, PE firms see golden opportunities to consolidate.


But buy-and-build plays aren’t as simple as they once were. New technologies, sustainability concerns, and government regulations mean plastics and packaging companies often face higher costs, more competitive pressures, and lower margins.


You’ll gain valuable insights as our 20+ panelists assess the outlook for plastics and packaging companies when you attend The Capital Roundtable’s all-day conference on Private Equity Investing in Plastics & Packaging Companies on Thursday, July 11, in New York City.



Here Are Three Key Reasons Why You Should Join Us


  1. Learn which plastics and packaging subsectors and end markets have the best prospects for growth

  2. Hear which sectors may be hurt by increased regulation and scrutiny around sustainability

  3. Understand how sustainable goals and e-commerce are spurring growth and innovation


When choosing where to invest, PE firms are looking carefully at --



  •  End markets that offer companies a chance for above-average growth, such as –

    •  Healthcare, which has above-GDP growth and has complicated packaging requirements. Packaging companies serving healthcare end markets can achieve valuations one to two “turns” higher than other packaging companies. For example -- Genstar Capital has invested in Tekni-Plex which makes a wide range of medical packaging, tubing, and compounds.

    • Food & Beverage, which is particularly dependent on plastic packaging to insure that products are kept safe and fresh. Atlas Holdings recently acquired California-based Saxco International, which makes rigid packaging for the wine, spirits, craft beer, and food markets.

    • Automotive, where plastics are being used in innovative ways to help make cars safer and more fuel efficient, like MPE Partners-backed Plastic Components – a manufacturer of highly engineered and high precision injection molded components for mission-critical applications in the small engine and automotive end markets.
  • Recycling & Sustainability--

    •  Companies want to invest in sustainable solutions, e.g.,

      • Light-weight packaging that uses less plastic.

      • Reverse waste logistics that recycle disposed packaging.

      • Biodegradable plastics, e.g., coffee cups and snack bags made of materials that can be composted or recycled.

    • Companies also want to understand how they may face new regulations or business initiatives aimed at decreasing single-use plastic, such as the recent decision by Nestlé, Unilever, and PepsiCo to phase in by 2025 packaging made from recyclable, compostable, and biodegradable materials with more recycled content.
  • Technology innovation --
    • The continued growth of ecommerce has created demand for protective packaging and inside-the-box systems that can handle complex channels of distribution.
    • Companies are looking to better track recycling with improved data collection and analytics. Blockchain may offer the answer, with initiatives like one from Plastic Bank that runs on plastic collectors’ mobile phones, issuing digital tokens as plastic products are traded in.
    • Mobile technology may also help in eliminating waste from plastic and packaging. U.K. beauty company Lush has an app that uses AI and product recognition to eliminate the need for packaging. Customers simply point their phones at Lush products to access information about ingredients.


Click Here to Register to Hear Our 20+ Speakers Address Key Points Such As --

  • How LPs, customers, and regulators are looking at sustainability in this sector

  • The prospects for plastics and packaging subsectors in an economic slowdown

  • How consolidation is changing the exit market

  • Various government policies to price externalities and estimate the true cost of plastic

  • The best opportunities in packaging, including flexible, food & beverage, and healthcare

  • Opportunities in high-quality food packaging

  • The best opportunities in plastics, including film

  • Opportunities in thermoforming and industrial plastics

  • The outlook for injection molding

  • Fragmentation in the “green” packaging market

  • Trends in pricing of plastic resin and plastic materials

  • Where historically high valuations are headed

  • Lenders’ willingness to finance plastics and packaging deals

  • What PE firms look for when building platform companies in packaging

  • The impact of taxes, tariffs, and higher interest rates


Register Now to Join Chris Cerimele

And More Than 20 Industry Experts


Chris Cerimele founded Balmoral Advisors in early 2015. He is an experienced investment banker with approximately 25 years in investment banking, finance, and accounting. Chris has advised on more than $20 billion of middle-market chemical and industrial transactions. Representative M&A transactions have included

  • the sale of Axial Corp.’s Solucor PVC additives business to Galata Chemicals
  • the sale of Royal Adhesives to Arsenal Capital Partners
  • the sale of Haverhill Chemicals to ALTIVIA Petrochemicals
  • and the sale of SiVance to Milliken.

Representative corporate finance transactions have included securing growth equity for Melior Innovations, P2 Science, and debt refinancing for East West Copolymer.


Prior to starting Balmoral Advisors, Chris led the chemicals investment banking practices of mid-market investment banks Houlihan Lokey and Lincoln International. He was also a senior member of the chemicals team at Grace Matthews. Earlier in his career, Chris worked for Credit Suisse and KPMG. In 2010, he received a 40 Under 40 Recognition Award from The M&A Advisor. Chris holds a B.S. in accounting from the University of Southern California and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.



 Recent Middle-Market Plastics and Packaging Deals


  • Wellspring Capital Partners acquired from Wind Point Partners a maker of

high-performance transit packaging films named Paragon Films

  • Charter Oak Private Equity purchased Quebec-based Licaplast Industries Emballages Inc., a flexible packaging firm serving the food and beverage markets in the U.S. and Canada.

  • Graham Partners agreed to buy James L. Villa Inc., a Florida-based company that makes custom thermoformed and injection molded packaging for fresh food products in supermarkets, as an add-on to its EasyPak platform.

  • Platinum Equity-backed WS Packaging agreed to take labelling company Multi-Color Corp. private in a deal valued at $2.5 billion, or 8.3x EBITDA.

  • PPC Flexible Packaging, backed by Morgan Stanley Capital Partners, acquired Pewaukee, Wisconsin-based HFM Packaging, which provides high-speed die-cut labeling capabilities, re-sealable pouching technology, and engineering assistance using turnkey packaging solutions.

  • Olympus Partners bought packaging company D.S. Smith’s plastics division for $585 million.

  • One Rock Capital Partners agreed to acquire the plastics distribution business of Nexeo Solutions Inc.

  • Sterling Group acquired Mentor, Ohio-based Polychem Corp., a family-owned maker of polyester and polypropylene strapping in the North American securement packaging industry. The company also operates a PET recycling facility which processes post-consumer PET.

  • Rhone Capital agreed to sell Ranpak Corp., a Concord Township, Ohio-based maker of paper-based box packaging, to special purpose acquisition corporation named One Madison Corp. for about $950 million.

  • One Equity Partners acquired Alltub Group, which makes aluminum and laminate specialty packaging for the cosmetics, pharmaceutical, and other end markets, from Aurora Resurgence.


This Capital Roundtable conference is the ideal place to expand your network and open up pathways to future deals. The day’s agenda includes ample time to let you --

  • Meet fellow attendees and featured speakers
  • Enhance your personal database with valuable new connections
  • Share both ideas and business cards
  • Meet potential investment partners and clients

Keep in mind this conference is certain to fill up quickly, so you’ll want to register as soon as possible to assure yourself a seat. To avoid disappointment, please contact Chris Agar today to confirm your attendance at 212-832-7300 ext. 0 or


 Who Should Attend


Designed to Meet the Needs of GPs, LPs, & Managers of Buyout, Growth Equity, Mezzanine, BDC, and Lending Funds, as Well as Independent Sponsors, Operating Partners, Portfolio Company Managers, and the Bankers, Lawyers, Accountants, & Other Advisors Who Support Them.




We look forward to having you join us on Thursday, July 11, 2019.


Conference Organizers


This conference is being produced by The Capital Roundtable, America’s leading conference organization focusing on “need-to-know” information for professionals in the middle-market private equity community.  For more information about The Capital Roundtable’s 30 annual conferences and other events and programs, please visit




 Speaking & Business Development Opportunities


We offer excellent speaking, marketing, and business development opportunities to reach the middle‑market private equity community. For more details, please contact Kellie Green or Claire Notton at 212-832-7300 or by email at or




Have a Question?


Please contact Chris Agar at or 212-832-7300 ext. 0.




Who We Are


This Capital Roundtable conference in midtown, New York City, is all-business, all-targeted, all-designed to be a completely focused day of practical information and revealing insights. You’ll gain valuable insights from --

  • Three informative panel discussions
  • Two revealing keynote presentations
  • Real-world perspectives from PE investors
  • Industry outlooks from noted sector experts
  • War stories and lessons learned from experienced hands

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Chaired By

  • Chris Cerimele, Managing Partner, Balmoral Advisors


Hosted By

  • Burt Alimansky, Chairman & CEO, The Capital Roundtable



  • Steve Alexander, President, Association of Plastic Recyclers
  • Jim Berklas, V.P. & Head--M&A & General Counsel, Westfall Technik Inc.
  • Matthew T. Bowersox, Managing Director, Jefferies LLC
  • Roberto Buaron, Chairman & CEO, First Atlantic Capital
  • Jeffrey J. Cernohous, CEO & Chairman, Interfacial Solutions LLC
  • Gary Denning, Senior Advisor, Balmoral Advisors LLC
  • John Diggins, Partner,  Platinum Equity
  • Tom D’Ovidio, Partner ShoreView Industries
  • Scott A. Finegan, Managing Director, Pfingsten Partners LLC
  • Brian Flynn, Vice President, William Blair & Co.
  • Joshua D. Goldman, Principal, One Rock Capital Partners LLC
  • Ron Gonen, Chief Executive Officer, Closed Loop Partners
  • Nicholas Mockett, Head--Packaging M&A, Moorgate Capital
  • Michael D. Stovsky, Partner & Chair--Innovations, Info. Tech. & Intell. Property, Benesch LLP
  • Damon Thome, Vice President, Mason Wells
  • Jamie Tinsley, Chief Executive Officer, Amaray

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Networking & Registration & Breakfast


Welcoming Remarks & Audience Self-Introductions


Conference Chairman’s Introduction --


  • Chris Cerimele, Balmoral Advisors


First Panel --

Sustainable Plastics & Packaging Investing -- How to Future-Proof Your Portfolio



Networking & Coffee


Morning Conversation --
From Plastic Bag Bans to 100% Recyclable Packaging --

How Government & Big Business & LPs are Driving Sustainability Rules & Regulations



Morning Keynote --
Building Successful Packaging Companies

  • Roberto Buaron, First Atlantic Capital
12:30-01:30 Networking & Luncheon


Second Panel -- 

Which End Markets Have Outsized Growth Prospects?
A Sector-by -Sector Outlook – Healthcare? Food? Transportation?


Networking & Dessert



Afternoon Conversation --

Technologies That Are Disrupting Packaging --
Smart Packaging, 3D Printing, & Blockchain


Third Panel --

Online Shopping is Easy, But Delivery is Hard -- New Demands from E-Commerce on Plastics & Packaging



Networking & Adjournment



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Space at this conference is limited, so register as soon as possible to assure yourself a seat. To avoid disappointment, please contact Chris Agar today to confirm your attendance at 212-832-7300 ext. 0 or


Please note that The Capital Roundtable limits the number of registrants from a single firm to three.


  • Best Rate -- Early Registration -- Save $300 off the standard fee of $1495 when you register by Friday, May 24. Just $1195.


  • Incentive Registration -- save $200 off the standard fee!
    Register by Friday, June 14, and the fee for the conference is $1295.


  • Conference Rate -- $1,495 increasing to $1,595 day of conference, space permitting.


  • Group Rate -- $1095 each until Friday, June 14, when you register two or more people to attend from the same company. This rate increases to $1295 each after Friday, June 14.


Register Now


You can pay by credit card (using the links above) or by check. Mail your check and business card to: New York Business Roundtable Inc., 747 Third Avenue, Suite 200, New York, NY 10017.

Have a special question? Please contact Chris Agar at or 212-832-7300 ext. 0.


From time to time, for reasons beyond Capital Roundtable's control, program schedules and speakers become subject to change.  We make every effort to announce substantive changes by email to registrants at least 48 hours in advance.

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Midtown, NYC

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Audio Package

Can't attend but want to hear the program? You can buy the audio package along with the handouts. Purchase the audio package online now.

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We offer excellent marketing and business development opportunities to reach the middle‑market private equity community. For more details, please contact Claire Notton at 212-832-7300 ext.117, or by email at


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