ING Canada Inc. (TSX – IIC.LV) today announced the completion of its initial public offering of 34,880,000 common shares for gross proceeds of CDN$ 907 million.
ING Canada has also granted the underwriting syndicate an option to purchase up to 5,232,000 common shares within the next 30 days from the closing at the original issue price of CDN$ 26.00 to cover over-allotments, if any, and for market stabilization purposes. If the option is exercised in full, the gross proceeds of the IPO will amount to CDN$ 1,04 billion.
After the completion of the IPO, ING Groep N.V. will hold 72.9% of the 128,500,000 issued and outstanding common shares of ING Canada, which will reduce to 70.0% if and when the underwriters exercise in full the over-allotment option.
ING Canada is the largest provider of property and casualty insurance in Canada based on direct premiums written in 2003. ING Canada's principal insurance products are automobile, property and liability insurance, which it provides primarily to individuals and small to medium sized businesses through its insurance subsidiaries across Canada.
Merrill Lynch Canada Inc. and CIBC World Markets Inc. were the co-lead managers of the underwriting syndicate, which also included BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc., RBC Dominion Securities Inc., Scotia Capital Inc., TD Securities Inc., UBS Securities Canada Inc., National Bank Financial Inc. and HSBC Securities Canada Inc. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of the Common Shares in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.The Common Shares have not been, and will not be, registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities Act”) and may not be offered or sold in the United States except pursuant to an exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act.
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