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US Grocer Albertsons Expects IPO To Raise Up To $1.3bn

US grocery retailer Albertsons Cos Inc has said that its initial public offering would target to raise up to $1.32 billion.

The company said certain selling stockholders are offering 65.8 million shares at an indicative price range of $18 to $20 per share. The grocery retailer will not receive any proceeds from the IPO.

The upper end of the range would value the company at $11.61 billion, based on outstanding shares including certain convertible preferred stocks.

The IPO's underwriters have an option of buying an additional 9.9 million shares. Including this, the offering could fetch as much as $1.51 billion.

Albertsons, which operates namesake stores as well as US supermarket chain Safeway and grocer Von, filed paperwork for an IPO in March, years after poor market conditions derailed its earlier attempt at going public.

Panic Buying And Stockpiling

Grocers, including Albertsons' 20 well-known banners, have benefited from panic buying and stockpiling amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as consumers rushed to supermarkets days before long lockdowns.

Albertsons is backed by Cerberus Capital Management LP, a buyout firm controlled by billionaire Stephen Feinberg. The listing would pave the road for Cerberus to exit the company.

Albertsons said on Thursday it would list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "ACI".

BofA Securities, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan and Citigroup are the lead underwriters for the offering.

News by Reuters, edited by ESM. Click subscribe to sign up to ESM: European Supermarket Magazine.

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