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Biffa returns to London market with 180 pence per share IPO
October 17, 2016 / 6:52 AM / a year ago

Biffa returns to London market with 180 pence per share IPO

Oct 17 (Reuters) - Biffa Plc said it had priced its London initial public offering (IPO) at 180 pence per share, giving the waste management firm a market capitalisation of 450 million pounds ($559 million).

Biffa’s listing comes after a string of abandoned IPO plans, with companies blaming volatile markets.

TI Fluid Systems (IPO-TIFU.L), British energy supplier First Utility, gym operator Pure Gym and German real estate company OfficeFirst have cancelled or postponed IPO plans in recent weeks.

Although stock markets are riding high - normally a good sign for new issues - investors are wary of turbulence amid a faltering global economy and following Britain’s shock vote to leave the European Union in June.

Biffa, which was forced into an emergency financial restructuring after the 2008-9 financial crash, said it would receive 262 million pounds in IPO proceeds by issuing about 118 million new shares, which represented 47.2 percent of its share capital.

The company also said it would sell 27.8 million additional shares to certain existing shareholders.

Biffa, the second largest waste management services provider by revenue in the UK, said it would use the proceeds to repay debt and also expenses related to a government claim.

The company said unconditional trading of its shares on the London Stock Exchange would begin on Oct. 20.

Biffa was expected to be valued at more than 1 billion pounds, sources had told Sky News in September.

Bookbuilding for Biffa’s London IPO closed on Wednesday. There has been no announcement so far on the level of interest, which some bankers said suggested it might also be cancelled.

A source familiar with the matter, however, told Reuters on Thursday that Biffa, its advisers and shareholders were still determined to get the IPO done.

Biffa collects, processes and disposes waste and recyclables for over 95 percent of UK postal codes, servicing 2.4 million households. ($1 = 0.8042 pounds) (Reporting by Noor Zainab Hussain in Bengaluru; Editing by Sunil Nair)

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