Outlook Group Will Sell to Vista Group Holdings

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Vista Group Holdings LLC agreed to acquire Outlook Group Corp. and take the print company private in a cash transaction based on $13.50 per share, the companies said Monday.

Outlook Group, Neenah, WI, is a printing, packaging and direct marketing company serving clients in markets such as contract packaging, collateral information management and distribution, DM components and services, packaging components and materials and specialty print-related services. Outlook Group cross-sells services to provide a single-source solution for clients.

Vista Group is a holding company formed for this acquisition. Investors include Calvin W. Aurand; Milestone Partners, which acquires manufacturing, distribution and service companies with valuations of up to $100 million; and affiliates of John Hancock Life Insurance Co.

Aurand is the retired chairman/CEO of Banta Corp., the seventh-largest commercial printer in North America.

"The transaction will provide liquidity for our shareholders at an attractive price and create additional opportunities for Outlook Group to pursue its growth strategies as a privately held company," said Joseph J. Baksha, Outlook Group president/CEO. "We intend to continue operating at our current locations and serving our customers with our dedicated associates."

The deal's closing depends on Outlook Group shareholder approval, Vista financing and other customary conditions. It is expected to be completed this summer.

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