The long-expected stock-market flotation of Funding Circle is finally getting underway. Here's how our friends at P2P Finance news report the news.
FUNDING Circle is readying to hire advisers to prepare for a £1bn-plus float later this year.
The peer-to-peer business lender has reportedly told investment banks that it will hold a beauty parade before the end of the first quarter of 2018, which a London stock market flotation possible as soon as late autumn.
Sky News, which first reported the story, also cited sources that said Funding Circle is likely to comfortably exceed the $1bn (£738m) valuation it hit when it raised £82m of new funding in January, with some existing investors believing the company could be worth as much as £2bn.
But there's a but... What happens if the flotation price is overinflated? We'll be blogging on this subject shortly.
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