Marex open to US listing in latest blow to London stock market

Marex open to US listing in latest blow to London stock market

Commodity dealer Marex is contemplating itemizing in New York because it seems to revive its plans for an preliminary public providing, within the newest signal that the London inventory market is shedding its lustre.

The London-headquartered group cancelled an inventory within the UK capital in 2021 with a focused valuation of between $650mn and $800mn, however is now assessing each cities for a share sale that might happen early subsequent yr if market situations are applicable.

Chief govt Ian Lowitt mentioned in an interview that the possible continuation of robust earnings subsequent yr meant that Marex’s non-public fairness house owners had been starting to revive exit plans and that these might embrace an inventory.

“What we’re seeing in 2023 creates optionality for shareholders. The enterprise would possibly come up for IPO,” he mentioned. “It’s one thing that persons are serious about given the efficiency of the agency.”

Market individuals count on the valuation of the dealer, which has been managed since 2010 by JRJ Group, a personal fairness agency arrange by two former Lehman Brothers funding bankers, to be $1.6bn to $1.7bn, though advisers have but to be formally appointed.

In response to follow-up questions, Marex mentioned that it noticed the opportunity of an inventory happening in both London or New York.

The corporate, which places on trades and derivatives hedges for large commodity producers and shoppers, pulled its itemizing plans two years in the past due to weak market situations; on the time a throng of newly listed firms, together with meals supply group Deliveroo, underperformed.

The choice by Marex to place New York within the working because the itemizing venue additional stokes debate over the competitiveness of the London market that has been ignited by a number of firms — together with CHR, the world’s largest constructing supplies group — ditching or reconsidering the UK capital.

On Wednesday, Vacation Inn proprietor InterContinental Motels Group warned that the UK inventory market was “not a really enticing place” for listed firms.

The revival of Marex’s itemizing plans got here after it delivered file annual earnings in 2022, rising pre-tax revenue by greater than half to $121.7mn on revenues of $702mn, because the monetary providers group benefited from buoyant commodity markets and better rates of interest.

The dealer has aggressively expanded its monetary merchandise and geographies by way of a number of acquisitions lately. These have helped it develop its US enterprise to the identical measurement as that in Europe and in addition to broaden within the Center East and the remainder of Asia.

Lowitt mentioned he anticipated earnings to maintain rising subsequent yr since these figures would come with ED&F Man Capital Markets and chosen companies from OTCex, which it accomplished acquisitions of early this yr.

“We’ve laid the foundations for a terrific 2023 and past,” he mentioned.

Nonetheless, 2022 was not all plain crusing for Marex, which is considered one of eight firms buying and selling within the ring of the London Metallic Trade, because it needed to cope with market dysfunction throughout the nickel buying and selling disaster in March final yr.

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