LAKE BARRINGTON, Ill., Dec. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- CTI Industries Corporation (CTIB) ("CTI" or "the Company"), a manufacturer and global marketer of novelty balloons, vacuum and flexible packaging and storage products, printed and laminated films, party goods, Candy Blossoms, and home container products, today announced its intention to divest its operating and economic interest in Clever Container LLC ("Clever"), a direct-to-consumer home organization and container products company in which CTI has a 28.5% ownership interest. This planned divestiture is expected to occur during 2019.
"Over the last 18 months, CTI's management team has undertaken a series of initiatives that have placed us on a path for improved performance in 2018 and beyond," said Jeffrey S. Hyland, President and recently appointed CEO of CTI. "As we drive towards sustainable growth and operational excellence, we continue to examine all facets of CTI's business model. Although Clever has grown its revenue base over the last five years and sells quality and affordable products, its hoped-for sales synergies with CTI were never fully realized and it is not strategically significant to our current business and growth plans. As such, we believe that it is the appropriate time to divest, thus simplifying our corporate structure and allowing us to focus our resources on CTI's core assets and areas of expertise."
For the year ended December 31, 2017, Clever accounted for less than 10% of CTI's total sales and generated a modest operating loss.
Clever has announced that as of December 16, 2018, it will cease its direct selling operations and change its go-to market strategy by utilizing an online sales platform. CTI has consolidated the results of Clever as a Variable Interest Entity (VIE) since 2013 and intends to reduce these elements with the goal of fully exiting its equity investment by the end of 2019. This reduction will occur in connection with Clever's new online sales platform, which CTI will monitor to ensure maximum recovery on its investment and receivables.
CTI Industries Corporation is one of the leading manufacturers and marketers of foil and latex balloons, develops, produces and markets vacuum sealing systems for household use, and produces laminated and printed films for commercial uses. CTI also distributes products for home organization and storage, Candy Blossoms and other gift items, and, in Mexico, party goods. CTI markets its products throughout the United States and in a number of other countries.
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