Thailand’s Central Retail confirms IPO plans
Central Group subsidiary Central Retail Corporation, aims to raise up to THB81.1 billion (US$2.7 billion) in an initial public offering (IPO), which will be Thailand’s largest yet.
Central Retail’s IPO price will range between THB40 to 48 per share. The company will sell up to 22.1 per cent of its stock or 1.69 billion shares with an overallotment option of 169 million shares. Investors can subscribe from February 6.
Central Retail’s planned offering would be Thailand’s largest on record ahead of the BTS Rail Mass Transit Growth Fund, which raised US$2.1 billion in 2013.
Funds raised will be used to expand its domestic and international businesses and to pay off debt, according to a spokesperson.
As part of its listing plans, Central Group will delist its retail subsidiary Robinson PCL and offer a share swap to Robinson’s existing shareholders with no cash alternatives. The share swap will start in late January.
Central Retail achieved sales of $3.46 billion in the six months to June. Some 43 per cent of that came via its food business, 34 per cent from fashion and the remainder from hardware.