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German shipping group Hapag-Lloyd in US$500m IPO

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German container shipping company Hapag-Lloyd said on Monday it plans to raise US$500 million (447 million euros) in new funds by going public by the end of this year.

[FRANKFURT] German container shipping company Hapag-Lloyd said on Monday it plans to raise US$500 million (447 million euros) in new funds by going public by the end of this year.

Hapag-Lloyd "intends to list its shares on the regulated markets" of the Frankfurt and Hamburg stock exchanges, it said in a statement.

The initial public offering (IPO) was expected to raise "total gross proceeds in the equivalent euro amount of US$500 million," with US$400 million stemming from the sale of new shares to retail and institutional investors.

In addition, core shareholders Kuehne Maritime and Compania Sud Americana de Vapores would each buy US$50 million in new shares.

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"Hapag-Lloyd intends to use the expected US$500 million IPO proceeds for further investments in ships and containers to further strengthen its capital structure, long-term growth and profitability," it said.

Hapag-Lloyd already eyed a stock market listing after it acquired the container shipping activities of CSAV in mid-2014 to create the world's number four in the sector, with revenues of nearly nine billion euros.

A former division of tourism giant TUI - which still holds a 14 per cent stake in the company - Hapag-Lloyd has planned an IPO several times in the past, but postponed it.

AFP

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