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Mexico IPO drought ends as Alpek seeks $851 million

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Alpek, Mexico’s largest privately owned petrochemical company, is planning the nation’s biggest ever initial public offering, ending a nine-month lull in new listings.

Alfa, the conglomerate that also owns auto-parts and processed-foods companies, is selling a stake in Alpek after Mexico’s benchmark index rallied to a record high this month and Brazil and Colombia snapped IPO droughts.

Alfa plans to raise as much as $851 million from the sale of 17.9 percent of Alpek, which makes polyester fiber used in clothing and expandable polystyrene for packing material.

Source: Bloomberg