Seibu prices IPO at low end of range

Price is set at 1,600 yen a share, valuing the company at 547.4b yen

[TOKYO] Seibu Holdings, operator of Japan's biggest hotel chain, priced a 44.5 billion yen (S$547.8 million) initial public offering at the bottom of its planned range after two IPOs flopped last month.

The price was set at 1,600 yen a share, according to a filing yesterday. The deal values the company at 547.4 billion yen, about 33 times projected profit for the year ended March.

Seibu, which had disagreements with its biggest shareholder Cerberus Capital Management, sold the shares at 30 per cent less than an indicative price announced last month.

Takashi Goto, president of the hotel and rail operator, has pushed to proceed with the IPO, while Cerberus said that it wanted to wait for a higher...

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