Illinois Tool Works sells packaging unit for $3.2B

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Posted: Feb 06, 2014 5:11 PM

GLENVIEW, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Tool Works Inc. is selling its packaging division to The Carlysle Group for $3.2 billion and plans to use the money to buy back shares.

Carlysle says the packaging division has 88 manufacturing sites on six continents. Carlysle said in the announcement on Thursday that it will run the packaging group as a standalone company.

ITW says it will use the money from the sale to buy back 50 million of its shares, which will offset the profit impact of losing the division.

Illinois Tool Works had announced a year ago that it was reviewing options for the business, which had 2012 revenue of $2.4 billion, compared to $14.79 billion for the whole company. ITW didn't break out the division's 2013 revenue in its earnings report last week.

ITW shares slipped 3 cents to $78.09 in after-hours trading. They had risen 53 cents to close at $78.12 in regular trading before the announcement of the deal.