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LeasePlan shelves IPO plans ‘due to market conditions’

LeasePlan has cancelled plans for an initial public offering “due to market conditions”.

CEO Tex Gunning said last week that LeasePlan was in an excellent position with its Car-as-a-Service a and CarNext.com businesses

Last week saw the leasing firm announce its intention to launch an IPO and listing on Euronext Amsterdam and Euronext Brussels but there have been reports since then of a number of firms shelving their own IPO plans following a disappointing debut from luxury carmaker Aston Martin.

Currently, LeasePlan is a private, limited-liability company named LP Group NV. Prior to settlement of the IPO, it would have been converted into a public company with limited liability with a legal name of LeasePlan NV.

The IPO would consist entirely of existing shares held by the company’s current sole shareholder, Lincoln Financing Holdings Pte Ltd, acting through its Dutch branch. This is controlled by a consortium of investors.

Speaking at the time of last week’s announcement, Tex Gunning, CEO of LeasePlan, said: “LeasePlan is in an excellent position across our two markets. In Car-as-a-Service, we have more cars on the road than ever before, an enviable 30 year track record of unbroken profitability, and a strong, resilient and cash generative business model. CarNext.com, our pan-European B2C and B2B digital marketplace, is disrupting the used car market and is growing exponentially having already expanded its presence from 5 to 18 countries in under 12 months.”

Last week’s announcement came a year after the leasing giant said it was reviewing an IPO as part of a range of strategic options.

The move would see it follow in the footsteps of ALD, which floated in June 2017, raising €1.2bn, and comes some three years after Volkswagen and fleet management firm Fleet Investments have completed the divestment of their 100% shareholding in LeasePlan to the consortium of long-term investors for €3.7bn.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.