Sunday, 23 September 2018

Biffa to complete restructured IPO today

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UK waste management group Biffa has restructured and relaunched its London Stock Exchange IPO.

The revived deal comes with a fixed price of 180p and primary target proceeds of £212m versus an original range of 220p–270p and proceeds of £275m–£285m.

Bookbuilding will run for just one day. The revived deal, which closed with insufficient demand on Wednesday, was covered on indications at launch this morning and formally covered with confirmed orders by 10am.

The book will close end of day today and trading begins on Monday.

Secondary selling from Bain Capital, Angelo Gordon and Avenue Capital Group was under consideration in the original structured but has now been ditched. In a significant u-turn, the shareholders will now invest around £49m alongside management into Biffa through a concurrent share issue of 27.4m new shares at the same 180p per share as the IPO.

As a result of the repricing, Biffa’s market capitalisation will be £450m, compared to an original target of £550m–£675m.

A secondary greenshoe will bump the free-float to 50% from 47% on the base deal, close to where it had been expected in the original deal.

A banker involved said that the IPO price represents estimated 2017 EV/Ebitda of 5.6, dividend yield of 3.1% and a P/E of 10.2.

Waste management peers such as Veolia Environnement and Suez are trading around 6.5 and 6.8 respectively on EV/Ebitda, while other services comps such as G4S and Rentokil were trading around 9 and Bunzl at around 15.

Citigroup and JP Morgan are joint global coordinators, and joint bookrunners with HSBC. Peel Hunt is lead manager. Rothschild is advising.


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