FTC Requests Public Comments on Ardagh Group S.A.’s Application for Approval to Sell Six Plants and Related Assets to Glass Container Acquisition LLC

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The Federal Trade Commission is currently accepting public comments on an application by Ardagh Group S.A. to sell six manufacturing plants and related assets to Glass Container Acquisition LLC (GCA), an affiliate of KPS Capital Partners L.P. (KPS), as required under an FTC’s order settling charges that Ardagh’s proposed acquisition of Saint-Gobain Containers, Inc. would be anticompetitive.

According to the FTC’s administrative complaint, issued in July 2013, Ardagh’s proposed $1.7 billion acquisition of Saint-Gobain would likely substantially reduce competition in U.S. markets for glass containers for beer and spirits, resulting in higher prices for those customers.

This month, Ardagh settled the complaint, agreeing to sell six of the manufacturing plants and related assets it acquired through its 2012 acquisition of Anchor Glass Container Corporation, along with Anchor’s former corporate headquarters in Tampa, Fla. The six plants are located in: Elmira, N.Y.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Warner Robins, Ga.; Henryetta, Okla.; Lawrenceburg, Ind.; and Shakopee, Minn.

In its application, Ardagh has requested Commission approval to divest the assets and business to GCA. According to the application, the sale to GCA would be consistent with the terms and purposes of the FTC’s order, as the company has the ability to operate as an independent, viable, and effective competitor with capacity roughly equal to one of the parties in each of the relevant markets.

The Commission will decide whether to approve the proposed divestiture after expiration of a 30-day public comment period. Public comments may be submitted until May 28, 2014. Written comments should be sent to: FTC Office of the Secretary, 600 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20580. Comments can also be submitted electronically. Copies of the application can be found on the FTC’s website and as a link to this press release. (Docket No. D-9356; the staff contact is Roberta Baruch, Bureau of Competition, 202-326-2261)

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