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CCL Industries Announces First Bolt on Acquisition for Avery North America
Toronto – February 27, 2015 – CCL Industries Inc. (“CCL”), a world leader in specialty label and packaging solutions for global corporations, small businesses and consumers, announced today that it has acquired pc/nametag Inc. and Meetings Direct, LLC, privately owned companies with common shareholders, based near Madison, Wisconsin, supplying name badges and meeting registration supplies to professional meeting planners and distributors of promotional material in North America. 2014 sales were $36 million, with an adjusted EBITDA of approximately $6.3 million for the combined entities. The purchase price of approximately $37 million includes the acquisition of an associated office, light manufacturing and distribution facility occupied by the entities. The new business will continue to trade as pc/nametag® and Meetings Direct® and report within CCL’s Avery Segment.

Geoffrey T. Martin, President & CEO of CCL Industries commented, “Nick Topitzes, the founder and principal shareholder of pc/nametag® and Meetings Direct®, built a great business creating and developing many of the products used by the meeting planner industry. Their portfolio of customized and stock printed name badges and holders, badge ribbons, lanyards and wristbands combined with template software solutions make them a leader in this market. We are very pleased Nick chose us as a legacy home for the business that he founded and welcome both him and his management team who will report to Jim Sellors, President of Avery North America.”

Forward-looking Statements

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Except as otherwise indicated, forward-looking statements do not take into account the effect that transactions or non-recurring or other special items announced or occurring after the statements are made may have on CCL’s business. Such statements do not, unless otherwise specified by the Company, reflect the impact of dispositions, sales of assets, monetizations, mergers, acquisitions, other business combinations or transactions, asset write-downs or other charges announced or occurring after forward-looking statements are made. The financial impact of these transactions and non-recurring and other special items can be complex and depends on the facts particular to each of them and therefore cannot be described in a meaningful way in advance of knowing specific facts. The forward-looking statements are provided as of the date of this press release and the Company does not assume any obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements to reflect new events or circumstances, except as required by law.

The financial information presented herein has been prepared on the basis of IFRS for financial statements and is expressed in Canadian dollars unless otherwise stated.

With headquarters in Toronto, Canada, CCL Industries now employs approximately 10,200 people and operates 102 production facilities in 29 countries on five continents with corporate offices in Toronto, Canada, and Framingham, Massachusetts. CCL Label is the world’s largest converter of pressure sensitive and extruded film materials for a wide range of decorative, instructional and functional applications for large global customers in the consumer packaging, healthcare, automotive and consumer durables markets. Extruded & laminated plastic tubes, folded instructional leaflets, precision printed & die cut metal components with LED displays and other complementary products and services are sold in parallel to specific end-use markets. Avery is the world’s largest supplier of labels, specialty converted media and software solutions to enable short run digital printing in businesses and homes alongside complementary office products sold through distributors and mass market retailers. CCL Container is a leading producer of impact extruded aluminum aerosol cans and bottles for consumer packaged goods customers in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

For more information, contact:

Sean Washchuk
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
416-756-8526

For more details on CCL, visit www.cclind.com
For more details on pc/nametag visit www.pcnametag.com