Jarden to buy school products maker Jostens for $1.5 billion

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(Reuters) - Jarden Corp JAH.N, owner of Sunbeam kitchen appliances and Coleman outdoor gear, said it would buy Jostens Inc, a maker of class rings and yearbooks, in a deal worth $1.5 billion.

Jostens is owned by Visant Holding Corp, which is managed by investment firm KKR & Co LP (KKR.N: Quote), aPriori Capital Partners and others.

Visant also owns school awards maker Neff Motivation Inc and Phoenix Color Corp, which makes books and plastic covers. Jostens, founded by Otto Josten in 1897, also makes championship rings, caps and graduation gowns, and varsity jackets.

Jarden expects to first grow Jostens organically, taking advantage of its existing capabilities, Martin E. Franklin, Jarden's founder and chairman, said in an interview.

"There is a procurement platform in Jarden that is second to none and can help Jostens get better products, higher quality and better pricing, that we think we will drive top-line."

Longer term, the company will consider further acquisitions in education, a mature industry Jarden expects to further consolidate.

The company generates annual revenue of about $740 million.

This is Jarden's second large acquisition this year. It said in July it would buy disposable tableware maker Waddington Group for $1.35 billion.

Franklin has built the company through acquisitions, making it one of the largest diversified consumer products makers in the United States, selling everything from firewood to condoms.   Continued...

Martin Franklin, Executive Chairman of Jarden Corp, speaks at the Reuters Consumer and Retail Summit in New York June 27, 2011. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid