First Data to Raise Up to $3.2B in IPO

Reuters

Credit card processor First Data said it plans to raise up to $3.2 billion from its initial public offering and will use the proceeds to cut down debt.

The company was taken private in 2007 by KKR & Co LP for about $29 billion in one of the biggest leveraged buyouts before the financial crisis.

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Atlanta-based First Data expects its IPO to price between $18 and $20 per class A share, valuing the company at about $17.58 billion at the upper end of the range.

The company plans to use proceeds from the IPO to reduce its $21.03 billion debt pile.

Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, BofA Merrill Lynch and KKR are the offering's joint bookrunning managers.

(Reporting by Richa Naidu and Amrutha Gayathri in Bengaluru; Editing by Savio D'Souza and Shounak Dasgupta)