Bioplan and Arcade Marketing Plan Strategic Combination

Jul 21, 2014, 15:26 ET from Visant Corporation

NEW YORK, July 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Ileos, owned by funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. ("Oaktree"), and Visant Corporation, controlled by affiliates of KKR and DLJ Merchant Banking, today jointly announced their entry into a memorandum of understanding detailing their intention to combine their subsidiaries, Bioplan and Arcade Marketing, resulting in the formation of a new strategic venture, under which Oaktree would retain a 75% ownership interest and KKR/DLJMBP would retain a 25% ownership interest.

The proposed combination is based on the complementary aspects of these two businesses in providing sampling solutions for the beauty, fragrance and personal care segments. The new venture's global sales and manufacturing platform will be uniquely positioned to service its customers with an enhanced products and services portfolio.

Global player in packaging, Ileos (owned by Oaktree since 2011) pursues its external growth strategy looking for product and geographic complements to its businesses.

The proposed combination with Arcade Marketing will allow its subsidiary, Bioplan, to enrich its product portfolio with patented solutions notably using micro encapsulation and other proprietary flat sample technologies.

Arcade Marketing, with similar strategic ambitions, looks forward to completing the proposed combination, which will also complement its offerings by benefiting from Bioplan's production capabilities, including vials and sachets.

With the objective to enhance service to its customers, the combined entity will be able to provide exceptional product and service offerings globally relying on a pooling of research, development and manufacturing capabilities fostering continued innovation in sampling solutions.

The new venture is expected to generate turnover of approximately $450 million on a combined basis. 

The parties anticipate entering into a definitive transaction agreement once the works' council consultation process in France is completed. The transaction will be subject to normal and customary closing conditions and regulatory review and is expected to close by the beginning of the fourth quarter of 2014.

About Ileos / Bioplan
Owned by funds managed by Oaktree Capital since 2011, Ileos is a major global player in the field of packaging for cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, wine and spirits. The group strategy relies on innovation, differentiating technical know-hows and an utmost focus on customer service.
For more information on Ileos, please visit the company's web site at

Bioplan, subsidiary of Ileos specializes in unit-dose sampling and promotional turnkey solutions, providing vials, sprays, sachets, tubes and thermoform units for care, perfume and makeup. In addition to manufacturing, Bioplan has know-how formulation and filling within its own factories.  Bioplan continues its international growth which has accelerated since the acquisition in 2012 of Le Papillon, American sampling, filling and promotional perfume and cosmetics and in 2013 of Aphena Health & Beauty, makeup samples and thermoformed dose solutions.  Bioplan has sale and manufacturing presence in France, Poland, Brazil and the United States with approximately 1400 employees globally.  For more information on Bioplan, please visit the company's web site at

About Visant / Arcade Marketing
Visant Corporation is a leading marketing and publishing services enterprise servicing the school affinity, direct marketing, fragrance and cosmetics sampling and packaging and educational and trade publishing segments. Visant is controlled by affiliates of KKR and DLJ Merchant Banking.
For more information on Visant, please visit the company's web site at

Arcade Marketing is a global provider of sampling solutions for the fragrance, cosmetics and skincare segments. Founded over 100 years ago in the United States, Arcade Marketing has developed a unique portfolio of brands (including ScentStrip®, LiquaTouch®, ShadeSeal®, BeautiPod®) providing sensory sampling solutions and holds a pre-eminent technological portfolio of patents and proprietary know-how.  Arcade Marketing currently has a sales and manufacturing presence in the United States, Europe, South America and China, with approximately 600 employees globally. 
For more information on Arcade, please visit the company's web site at

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