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Ball Corp. to sell assets for about $3.42 billion

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Ball Corporation and Rexam have entered into an agreement with Ardagh Group to sell select metal beverage can assets, support locations and functions in Europe, Brazil and the U.S.

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The price is approximately $3.42 billion subject to customary adjustment) in order to satisfy certain regulatory requirements in connection with its proposed acquisition of Rexam.

Completion of the sale of the Divestment Business is subject to a number of conditions, including receipt of certain regulatory approvals and completion of Ball's acquisition of Rexam which requires approval of the requisite majorities of Rexam Ordinary Shareholders at the Court Meeting and General Meeting.

The sale of certain European assets within the Divestment Business is subject to completion of mandatory employee consultation processes.

Pursuant to the Equity and Asset Purchase Agreement, Ball will sell seven Rexam metal beverage can manufacturing plants and one Rexam end plant in the U.S.; eight Ball beverage can manufacturing plants, two Ball end plants and two Rexam beverage can manufacturing plants in Europe; and two Ball beverage can manufacturing plants in Brazil.

Ball will sell certain innovation and support functions in Bonn, Germany, Chester, U.K., Zurich, Switzerland, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Chicago and Elk Grove, Illinois, in the U.S. Such divested assets had 2015 revenues of approximately $3 billion and EBITDA of approximately $375 million.

Subject to final global regulatory approvals and approval of the requisite majorities of Rexam Ordinary Shareholders at the Court Meeting and General Meeting, Ball expects to close on its proposed offer for Rexam by the end of June 2016. A further detailed timeline will be released.


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