Clessidra-backed Anima prepares for €1.5bn Milan IPO

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milan_lrgItalian asset management firm Anima Holding is reportedly set to start gauging investor interest for an IPO as soon as next week.

Anima, which is backed by Italian private equity firm Clessidra, could be valued at around €1.5bn, said Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter.

The company plans to float a stake of around 55 per cent, said the sources. Anima posted revenues of €220m last year, up 30 per cent from 2012.

Clessidra currently holds a 37 per cent stake in Anima, which is also backed by Banca Popolare di Milano and Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, which own 35 per cent and nearly 23 per cent, respectively.

Last month it was reported that Anima was l0oking to offer a stake of 40 per cent on Milan’s stock exchange in April.

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