Platinum founder Tom Gores

Platinum founder Tom Gores

An affiliate of Beverly Hills-based private equity firm Platinum Equity has agreed to purchase Multi-Color Corp. in a transaction valued at $2.5 billion, including the assumption of $1.5 billion in debt. The transaction is expected to be completed by September and is subject to shareholder approval, regulatory clearances and other closing conditions. Upon the transaction’s completion, Batavia, Ohio-based Multi-Color, a maker of premium labels, will become a privately held business in Platinum Equity’s portfolio of companies. The transaction will be financed through a combination of committed equity financing provided by Platinum Equity Capital Partners IV and debt financing committed to by Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank.

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