Birkenstock eyes pricing IPO at prime of vary -sources By Reuters


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A Birkenstock footwear retailer is pictured in Berlin, Germany, January 21, 2021. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/File Photograph


By Anirban Sen

NEW YORK (Reuters) -Birkenstock Holding has secured sufficient commitments from traders to cost its U.S. preliminary public providing (IPO) on the prime of its indicated vary and attain a $10 billion valuation, in keeping with folks aware of the matter.

The German premium footwear firm will make a closing determination on pricing its IPO on the prime of its $44-to-$49-per-share vary on Tuesday, forward of its shares debuting in New York on Wednesday, the sources stated.

Birkenstock would find yourself elevating $1.58 billion on the top quality.

The sources cautioned the deliberations are fluid and requested anonymity as a result of the matter is confidential. Birkenstock declined to remark.

Birkenstock is the fourth main firm to launch a U.S. IPO within the final 4 weeks following these of chip maker Arm Holdings (NASDAQ:), grocery ship app Instacart (NASDAQ:) and advertising automation platform Klaviyo (NYSE:).

They priced their IPOs on the prime or above their indicated vary and noticed their shares rally on the debut, solely to surrender many of the good points within the following days. Whereas shares of Arm and Klaviyo nonetheless commerce above their IPO value, Instacart’s inventory is now value lower than its IPO worth.

This helps clarify why Birkenstock isn’t inclined to boost its IPO value vary regardless of the sturdy preliminary investor demand.

It’s already searching for a valuation that’s frothier than some greater shoe manufacturers. It could be value about 27 instances trailing 12-month earnings earlier than curiosity, taxes, depreciation and amortization on the prime of its vary, when Nike (NYSE:) trades at 21 instances.

To go away much less to likelihood, Birkenstock launched the roadshow for its IPO final week with some traders lined up. Financiere Agache has indicated an curiosity in shopping for $325 million value of shares whereas Sturdy Capital Companions and Norges Financial institution Funding Administration have proven curiosity in $300 million value of shares, Birkenstock disclosed in a submitting.

Development fairness investor Baron Funds positioned an order for $500 million value of shares after the roadshow kicked off, the sources stated. Between the cornerstone traders and Baron, roughly $1.13 billion value of inventory is anticipated to be accounted for, the sources stated.

Birkenstock was based in 1774 within the German village of Langen-Bergheim by Johannes Birkenstock and his youthful brother Johann Adam Birkenstock, who had been each shoemakers. The Birkenstock household ran the enterprise for six generations after its founding.

The model has been searching for to place as a modern merchandise worn by fashions and celebrities. Barbie, performed by Margot Robbie, wore a pink pair of Birkenstocks within the closing scene of the film launched this summer time.

L Catterton, the non-public fairness group backed by French billionaire Bernard Arnault and luxurious items empire Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy, acquired a majority stake in Birkenstock in 2021.

After the IPO, L Catterton will maintain an 82.8% stake in Birkenstock and management a majority of the mixed voting energy of its excellent shares.