Paper and Packaging Manufacturer Saves €4 million per annumTHE SMURFIT KAPPA GROUP - Dublin, Ireland
The Smurfit Kappa Group, a leading global provider of paper-based packaging solutions, has selected Demica's platform for three different transactions involving nine European countries and two banks. Demica’s innovative technology power both a major trade receivables purchase programme and an invoice discounting programme.
The acquisition by a US private equity firm had fundamentally changed the financial structure of the group and the new board immediately looked to minimise interest costs and pay down senior debt. Demica facilitated a €260 million trade receivables purchase programme in the form of a 7-year Medium Term Note receivables financing transaction. This enabled Smurfit Kappa to save €4 million a year in interest costs.
To deliver this result, Demica analysed the €800 million global receivables book in order to assess the financial, operational, legal and tax issues that would define the structure of the transaction and then finalised the financial structure of the sale of receivables deal. Based on the stringent invoice eligibility criteria for an AAA rated transaction and the legal considerations in certain jurisdictions, the transaction ultimately included invoices that represented 32.5% of the global trade receivables book. Receivables financing allowed the group to repay a major tranche of senior debt, transforming the risk profile of the post-LBO balance sheet.
In phase 2, Smurfit Kappa achieved the flexibility to include additional receivables in their invoice discounting programme and gained tighter control over their internal credit management function. Demica then facilitated a parallel securitisation programme of €175 million.