St. Paul, Minn. — September 4, 2018 – Merrill Corporation (Merrill) www.merrillcorp.com, a global leader in in SaaS solutions for M&A, communications and secure business collaboration today announced it has closed a definitive agreement to sell its Marketing and Communication Solutions (“MCS”) division to Toppan Vintage, Inc. (“Toppan Vintage”) www.toppanvintage.com, whose parent is Toppan Leefung Pte. Ltd., www.toppanleefung.com. Toppan Vintage is a leading international financial printing, communications and technology company. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Merrill’s employees within the company’s Marketing and Communication Solutions division will transition to a subsidiary of Toppan Vintage. The two companies will work closely over the coming months to ensure a seamless transition. The newly created subsidiary entity will rebrand as Toppan Merrill and become part of Toppan Printing Co., Ltd., creating the leading printing group in the world. Headquarters of the combined company will be in Tokyo, with approximately US$14 billion in annual sales.
“This strategic transaction represents the conclusion of Merrill Corporation’s divestiture strategy, which began about four years ago, as we made the long-term decision to put our forward focus on domination within the M&A technology market,” said Rusty Wiley, chief executive officer of Merrill. “With this final step, we are fully focused on our core business – providing leading due diligence technology. We are grateful for the dedication and service of Merrill’s Marketing and Communication Solutions employees and are confident they will continue to thrive with Toppan Vintage.”
“The addition of MCS to our already bolstered business provides us with significant opportunity to continue to accelerate growth within our offerings while bringing additional value to our clients,” said Yeo Chee Tong, CEO of Toppan Leefung Pte. Ltd. “This acquisition solidifies our competitive positioning in financial services and advances our goal of regulated market expansion especially as it relates to MCS health insurance and election services business. Our acquisitions of Merrill’s core business units will allow us to be a dominant force in our industry while contributing to our efforts to continue to innovate technology, processes, products and services. Our clients will now have access to the most comprehensive choice of solutions in the industry for their global communications needs.”
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Merrill Corporation provides SaaS solutions for M&A, communications and secure business collaboration. Clients trust Merrill’s innovative applications, excellent customer service and deep subject expertise to successfully navigate the secure sharing of their most sensitive content. Clients turn to Merrill when their need to manage complex content intersects with the need to collaborate securely around the globe.
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