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Onex Corp. chairman and CEO Gerald Schwartz speaks at the company's annual general meeting in Toronto on Thursday, May 10, 2012.

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Onex Corp. will acquire SGS International Inc, which provides packaging graphics services, for $813-million, the private equity firm said on Tuesday.

The deal calls for Onex Partners III to make a $260-million equity investment in SGS. That includes $65-million from Onex, a limited partner in the $4.7-billion private equity fund.

The SGS senior management team will also make an equity investment, the companies said.

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"We are excited about our partnership with Onex given its long-term track record and experience with industry-leading businesses," SGS chief executive officer Hank Baughman said in a statement.

Based in Louisville, Ky., SGS provides packaging graphics services to branded consumer products companies, retailers and the printers that service them. It employs more than 2,400 and has 37 production facilities across 14 countries. For the 12 months ended June 30, SGS generated about $390-million in revenue.

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