Quad/Graphics and AND LSC Communication Abandon Merger After Antitrust Division’s Suite to Block
Decision to Terminate Deal Preserves Competition in Magazine, Catalog, and Book Printing Markets
WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice announced today that Quad/Graphics Inc. and LSC Communications Inc. have abandoned their planned merger.
The Department filed suit on June 20, 2019, to block the merger, alleging the transaction would combine the only two significant providers of magazine, catalog, and book printing services, denying publishers and retailers throughout the country the benefits of competition that has spurred lower prices, improved quality, and greater printing output. The case was scheduled for trial in the U.S. District Court in Chicago on Nov. 14, 2019.
The magazine, catalog, and book printing services offered by Quad and LSC include the printing, finishing, and distribution of publications to newsstands, retail facilities, or the postal service for delivery to consumers’ homes. Quad and LSC are by far the most significant integrated printers in the United States and are relied upon by many of the largest publishers and retailers to ensure that high-quality products are printed and distributed on time.
Quad/Graphics Inc. is a Wisconsin corporation headquartered in Sussex, Wisconsin. It offers a variety of printing services, including magazine, catalog, and book printing services, to publishers across the country. In 2018, Quad’s revenues were approximately $4.2 billion.
LSC Communications Inc. is a Delaware corporation headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. In 2016, it was spun off from printing firm R.R. Donnelley. LSC offers a similar set of magazine, catalog, and book printing services as Quad. In 2018, LSC’s revenues were approximately $3.8 billion.