So what: International Paper raised its bid for Temple-Inland by about 5%, ending a battle for control that lasted more than three months. According to CEO John Faraci, the deal should grow International Paper's share of the corrugated-packaging market from 27% to about 37%.
Now what: While Temple-Inland is pretty much all popped out, International Paper is worth looking into. In addition to the sizable market share gain, the deal is also expected to yield synergies of roughly $300 million per year within the first two years of closing. More importantly, given how positively International Paper's own stock is reacting today, the price for Temple-Inland seems more than reasonable.
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