Exclusive: CDW owners plan IPO after $7.3 billion buyout - sources

Thu Mar 7, 2013 8:01pm EST
 
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By Olivia Oran and Soyoung Kim

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Technology products retailer CDW, which was taken private by Madison Dearborn Partners LLC and Providence Equity Partners for $7.3 billion in 2007, has hired banks for an initial public offering later this year, people familiar with the matter said.

CDW, which sells products from companies including Apple Inc, Hewlett-Packard Co and International Business Machines Corp, online and through its catalog, has hired JPMorgan Chase & Co, Barclays PLC and Goldman Sachs Group to lead the offering, the people said on Thursday.

The proposed IPO could raise about $750 million, one of the people said, asking not to be named because the plan is not public.

CDW did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Goldman, Barclays, JPMorgan, Providence and Madison Dearborn declined comment.

Large companies that were taken over by private equity firms during the 2005-2007 buyout heyday are starting to tap the public markets as U.S. stock markets rally to record highs.

Founded in 1984, CDW is one of the country's largest computer resellers, selling products such as notebooks, tablets and printers to businesses and government organizations.

The Vernon Hills, Illinois-based company had net sales of roughly $10.1 billion in 2012 and 6,800 employees across the United States and Canada.

Several private equity-backed IPOs have performed well so far this year.   Continued...

 
Providence Equity Partners CEO and founder Jonathan Nelson speaks at the panel discussion "Global Opportunities in Private Equity" at The Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California May 2, 2011. REUTERS/Fred Prouser