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Waste management firm Biffa cuts flotation share price to 180p

PUBLISHED: 09:23 17 October 2016 | UPDATED: 09:23 17 October 2016

Library file photo dated 12/04/2006 of a fork lift truck gathering plastics from a recycling bay at Biffa recycling plant in Beaumont Leys in Leicestershire. Waste disposal group Biffa today banked an 11.1% rise in annual pre-tax profits after modest growth at its landfill and recycling division. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday June 12, 2007. Pre-tax profits increased to £72.8 million, slightly ahead of analysts' expectations of £71.7 million, for the year to March 30 after a rise in gate fees at its landfill sites offset a reduction in volumes. See PA story CITY Biffa. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Library file photo dated 12/04/2006 of a fork lift truck gathering plastics from a recycling bay at Biffa recycling plant in Beaumont Leys in Leicestershire. Waste disposal group Biffa today banked an 11.1% rise in annual pre-tax profits after modest growth at its landfill and recycling division. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday June 12, 2007. Pre-tax profits increased to £72.8 million, slightly ahead of analysts' expectations of £71.7 million, for the year to March 30 after a rise in gate fees at its landfill sites offset a reduction in volumes. See PA story CITY Biffa. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Waste management firm Biffa has slashed the price of its stock market flotation, but will press ahead with the listing following fears that it could be binned.

The company said on Monday that it will pull the trigger on an initial public offering (IPO) which will see it raise £262m.

However, the offer price has been cut from the 220p-270p per share range to 180p after investors got the jitters about a volatile listings market.

The float values Biffa at £450m.

Chief executive Ian Wakelin said: “A return to the London Stock Exchange is a significant milestone for Biffa and a testament to the hard work of all our staff. This listing is an endorsement of Biffa’s business model, strategy, track record and prospects.”

Biffa - founded more than 100 years ago - is the second largest waste management group in the UK, serving 2.4 million households and employing more than 7,000 staff.

It believes the UK waste market will continue to grow rapidly - by around 5% a year - forecasting it will be worth £18.5bn by 2020, driven by the country’s rising population and household growth.

Biffa wants to tap into the market further and snap up smaller players, having already made 20 acquisitions worth £53.4m since December 2013.

Mr Wakelin added: “The company is well-placed to exploit structural changes in the UK waste market, leveraging its diversified and integrated operations right across the country. Biffa will continue its disciplined approach to capital allocation and to capturing further operational efficiencies by optimising its systems and processes.

“We welcome our new shareholders and look forward with confidence to the next stage in the development of Biffa as a public company.”

Unconditional dealings in the company’s shares will begin on October 20.

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