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Albertsons to Postpone IPO; Targets Pre-Thanksgiving Offering

Albertsons to Postpone IPO; Targets Pre-Thanksgiving Offering


BOISE, ID
Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Albertsons is looking to postpone its initial public offering, citing unfavorable market conditions just a day after Wal-Mart’s disappointing fiscal 2016 outlook made waves on Wall Street. Sources say that the company fully intends to initiate its offering before the Thanksgiving holiday. 

In its most recent filing, Albertsons said that it expected to raise $1.82 billion through its proposed IPO, approximately $23 to $26 per share. A person familiar with the matter said that there was no definite timetable set for a re-evaluated pricing, though it’s unlikely there would be an announcement in the short term, according to Reuters.

Do note, however, that this is not a complete withdrawal of Albertsons’ public offering. Analysts indicate that the grocery retailer intends to go back to the drawing board and re-evaluate the deal, pricing its shares around $20.

The delayed public offering also comes at a time when institutional investors had reportedly resisted the deal, instead favoring a price point hovering closer to $17

As of June 20, 2015, the company operates 2,205 stores across 33 states under 18 banners. Albertsons operates 30 distribution centers and 21 manufacturing facilities. 

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Earnings from the IPO would be used to pay down debt, which, as we previously reported, were approximately $12 billion.

Once Albertsons kicks off its IPO, the company will begin trading under the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol ABS.

Stay tuned to DeliMarket News as we continue our coverage of Albertsons’ IPO.

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