CD&R, CVC-backed chemicals company Univar considers IPO

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Private equity-backed US chemicals distribution company Univar is potentially looking at an IPO, Reuters has reported.

A listing could value the company at around $6bn, the report said.

US private equity firm Clayton Dubilier & Rice acquired a 42.5 per cent stake in the company in 2010 from European firm CVC, in a deal that valued Univar at $4.2bn.

CVC took the company private for €1.5bn in 2007, and retained a 42.5 per cent stake following the deal. Other backers include Goldman Sachs and Parcom Ventures.

Univar has EBITDA of over $600m in 2013, the report said, with revenues of $9.9bn in the year ending June 2013.

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