Wellard IPO raises $334 million

Brad ThompsonThe West Australian
Fremantle-based Wellard wants to raise $333.6 million to $403 million.
Camera IconFremantle-based Wellard wants to raise $333.6 million to $403 million. Credit: The West Australian

UPDATE 1pm: Livestock exporter Wellard's stock will be priced at $1.39 for its initial public offering ahead of a listing on the Australian Securities Exchange.

Advisers to Fremantle-based Wellard were today putting the final touches on one of WA’s biggest floats.

The IPO raised $333.6 million with 240 million shares issued. Wellard Ltd will begin trading on the ASX on December 10.

Mauro Balzarini will control about 36 per cent of the listed entity with a total value of $556 million.

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The book build came in at the bottom end of the $1.39 to $1.68 price range.

It is understood the book build, conducted by advisers UBS and Deutsche Bank, was oversubscribed with strong interest from Australian Asian and European institutions.

A big chunk of the money raised will flow to privately-owned shell company Wellard Group Holdings where it will be used to pay out convertible notes held by Standard Chartered Private Equity.

SCPE converted $US25 million of its WGH notes into scrip in Wellard Ltd.

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