NEW YORK, NY — June 19, 2018
Investment funds managed by Morgan Stanley Capital Partners (MSCP), the Private Equity team within Morgan Stanley Investment Management, announced today that they have completed an investment in Comar Holding Company, LLC (“Comar” or the “Company”). MSCP partnered with the current management team, led by Michael Ruggieri, who will remain CEO and continue to drive organic and acquisition growth. Comar extends MSCP’s long and successful track record of partnering with founder/family-managed companies and marks the 8th platform investment in MSCP’s North Haven Capital Partners Fund VI and its second packaging investment following the backing of Kevin Keneally in acquiring Fisher / PPC in 2017.
Comar, headquartered in Voorhees, New Jersey, is a leading rigid plastics packaging manufacturer of bottles, containers, liquid dosing devices and closures predominantly for the healthcare and wellness industry. The Company services customers through eight manufacturing facilities across the U.S. and Puerto Rico ensuring coast-to-coast coverage.
Eric Kanter, Managing Director of MSCP, said, “We are excited to invest in Comar, which is a premier engineered packaging and dosing solutions provider in the U.S. Graham Partners, the prior sponsor, has invested in a world-class management team who has targeted highly attractive end markets and best in class capabilities. We look forward to supporting the talented management team during the coming years of organic and acquisition-fueled growth as the Company executes its strategy to develop increasing exposure to medical/drug delivery products.”
Mark Bye, Managing Director and Operating Partner of Morgan Stanley Capital Partners, added, “We are delighted to partner with Michael Ruggieri and the Comar team. MSCP’s investment in Comar is the culmination of a multi-year review of the rigid packaging sector and we believe the Company is primed for outsized growth.”
Michael Ruggieri, Chief Executive Officer of Comar, said, “We are excited to partner with Morgan Stanley Capital Partners and enter a new phase of growth. We are proud of the accomplishments of the entire Comar team and expect this new partnership to help us continue to deliver the highest quality products to our customers.”
Guggenheim Securities acted as financial advisor to MSCP, and Jones Day served as legal counsel.
Comar, headquartered in Voorhees, NJ, has eight strategic manufacturing and distribution locations and employs a host of rigid plastic packaging technologies including injection molding, injection blow molding, injection stretch blow molding, and extrusion blow molding which are complemented by a full suite of value added service offerings.
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