FRANKFURT/AMSTERDAM, March 23 VolkerWessels, the
largest Dutch construction company, is preparing a stock market
listing which may value the family-owned business at more than 2
billion euros ($2.15 billion) including debt, people close to
the matter said.
The company's main shareholders are expected to offer a
stake of 20 to 49 percent of the company in the initial public
offering, depending on investor demand, the people said.
VolkerWessels has already held analyst presentations and is
working with Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, ING
and ABN Amro as global coordinators on the
deal, while Kempen is acting as IPO advisor, the sources said.
The target date for an IPO would be May or June.
"We are exploring an IPO and when it is appropriate, we will
make further announcements", Chairman Jan de Ruiter said at the
company's annual news conference last week.
The banks declined to comment or were not immediately
available for comment.
The company was founded in 1854, when Adriaan Volker started
business as an independent building contractor in the town of
Sliedrecht. The company merged with peer Kondor Wessels in 1997
and rebranded as VolkerWessels five years later.
VolkerWessels posted earnings before interest, tax,
depreciation and amortization of 254 million euros on a turnover
of 5.5 billion euros last year.
Peers such as Oranjewoud, Vinci, ACS
, Strabag and Porr trade at 6 to 9
times their expected annual core earnings.
The Dutch building industry is benefiting from a surging
property market after years of deep recession following the 2008
financial crisis. Turnover in the sector as a whole rose a solid
6.3 percent in 2016, but remains 8 percent below pre-crisis
A construction boom, mainly in housing and utilities
projects, has led to a shortage of workers, although there are
100,000 fewer people employed in the sector than in 2008,
according to Statistics Netherlands.
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(Reporting by Arno Schuetze and Anthony Deutsch; Editing by