Merger & Acquisition

CCL Industries to Acquire Checkpoint Systems

Thorofare-based Checkpoint Systems, Inc., a global supplier of merchandise availability solutions for the retail industry, today announced that it has entered into a agreement to be acquired by an affiliate of CCL Industries Inc., a specialty label and packaging solutions company for global corporations, small business and consumers, for $443 million.

Checkpoint’s board of directors has unanimously approved the merger agreement and recommends that its shareholders vote to approve the merger agreement. Checkpoint expects to hold a special meeting of its shareholders to consider and act upon the proposed merger as promptly as practicable. Details regarding the record date for, and the date, time and place of, the special meeting will be announced when finalized.

“This transaction represents a highly attractive premium for Checkpoint’s shareholders,” said Checkpoint Systems President and Chief Executive Officer, George Babich. “CCL is a recognized global leader in labeling and packaging. Checkpoint, as a division of CCL upon closing, will be able to invest in and grow Checkpoint’s industry leading hardware, software and consumables to create a unique offering, the future of inventory management for brand owners and leading retailers worldwide,” said Mr. Babich.

In connection with this transaction, Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC is serving as financial advisor and Latham & Watkins LLP and Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP are serving as legal counsel to Checkpoint.

Checkpoint will file with the Securities and Exchange Commission a report on Form 8-K regarding the transaction, which will include the merger agreement.

This announcement is neither a solicitation of proxies, an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell any securities, and it is not a substitute for any proxy statement or other proxy materials that may be filed or furnished with the SEC with respect to the proposed merger.

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