Ball Increases Ownership in Brazilian Joint Venture; Pedro Henrique Mariani Joins Ball as Advisory Director
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Press release date: September 9, 2010
BROOMFIELD, Colo., Sept. 9 - Ball Corporation (NYSE:BLL) announced today that the company has acquired an additional 10.1 percent economic interest in its Brazilian beverage packaging joint venture, Latapack-Ball Embalagens, Ltda.
The transaction increases Ball's overall ownership in the joint venture to approximately 60 percent. Latapack-Ball's results will be consolidated and reported in Ball Corporation's metal beverage packaging, Americas and Asia, segment beginning with the third quarter of 2010. Ball expects to report a gain in the third quarter on its previous ownership interest in Latapack-Ball.
Latapack-Ball operates metal beverage packaging manufacturing plants in Tres Rios, Jacarei and Salvador, Brazil, and is expected to have 2010 sales of approximately $360 million.
"Ball's roots in Brazil reach back more than 15 years, and the Brazilian market has become an increasingly important region for our products and our company," said R. David Hoover, Ball's chairman and chief executive officer. "The business is experiencing significant growth and we expect it to contribute to our future success, though the impact on Ball's earnings per share this year will be limited, as we already report 50 percent of the net income of the joint venture."
Ball also announced that Pedro Henrique Mariani has joined the company as an advisory director. Mariani, 57, is one of the executive officers and president of the board of directors of BancoBBM, one of Brazil's leading financial institutions.
"Pedro Henrique has worked with Ball for many years as a partner in our growing Brazilian joint venture, and his extensive knowledge and experience has been an important part of its success," Hoover said. "As an advisory director, Pedro Henrique will provide valuable advice and counsel to Ball and its board of directors."
Mariani was president of ANBID (Brazilian Association of Investment Banks) between 1996 and 2000 and a member of the Brazilian Financial System Council between 1988 and 1996. Currently he is a member of the boards of directors of Odebrecht S.A. and of FEBRABAN (Brazilian Federation of Banks).
Ball Corporation is a supplier of high-quality packaging for beverage, food and household products customers, and of aerospace and other technologies and services, primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ more than 14,000 people worldwide and reported 2009 sales of more than $7.3 billion including discontinued operations. For the latest Ball news and for other company information, please visit http://www.ball.com/.
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