SpringerNature, the publisher of science magazine Nature, has brought forward a listing which may value it at more than 7 billion euros ($8.6 billion) including debt, to reduce the risk from volatile stock markets, people close to the matter said.
The company, which also publishes Scientific American, is planning to announce its initial public offering (IPO) in May, with a Frankfurt listing slated to take place four weeks later, they said, adding that originally plans had been for a July listing.
The SpringerNature joint venture is 53-percent owned by German publisher Holtzbrinck, with buyout group BC Partners holding the rest.
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It [SpringerNature] generated €1.64bn in revenue in 2017, 2.5 per cent more than a year earlier.
“The intended IPO will help us to accelerate our journey going forward,” said Daniel Ropers, chief executive. Springer Nature did not give details on the timing of the IPO, but in Germany the first day of trading is normally around four weeks after publication of the intention to float, which would mean the company should list in the first half of May.