MYOB to file for $3bn Australian IPO in weeks

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MYOB to file for $3bn Australian IPO in weeks
MYOB CEO Tim Reed

Biggest ASX deal for the year.

Bankers running the expected $3 billion initial public offering of Australian software firm MYOB, owned by Bain Capital, plan to file a prospectus for the sale by end-March, according to sources.

Domestic advisor Reunion Capital Partners and Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and UBS plan to run a bookbuild after lodging the prospectus with regulators, the sources said.

The people are working on the deal, expected to be one of Australia's biggest IPOs this year, but asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter.

Lodging a prospectus would confirm US private equity giant Bain's faith in the Australian share market for its first major asset ownership sale in the country. Bain had kept its options open for cutting its MYOB investment, including the possibility of a trade sale.

Bain, which paid $1.2 billion for MYOB in 2011, plans to keep a significant portion of the tech firm, one of people said. While likely to be a marquee deal for Australia this year, the listing is likely to be far smaller than last year's biggest IPO, the $5.7 billion sale of health insurer Medibank Private.

Australia in 2014 had its biggest-ever year for new listings, with $15 billion raised in IPOs, as company owners, including private equity firms, focused on a buoyant share market for offloading assets.

But IPO activity has been subdued so far in 2015, echoing investors' caution amid unfavorable macroeconomic factors like slowing Chinese growth, sliding commodity prices and an imminent US rate hike. The Australian benchmark index has fallen 3.5 percent since March 3.

MYOB was not immediately available for comment. A Bain spokesperson was also not immediately available for comment.

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