The great start of the current year should bode well for other firms looking to the IPO market to exit some investments. At least eight portfolio companies have registered or are expected to file their plans to go public with the Securities and Exchange Commission so far this year.
None have the scale of either HCA Holdings Inc. or Kinder Morgan, but two are expected to submit plans seeking to raise around $1 billion each. One of these is Allison Transmission Inc., which is backed by Carlyle Group and Onex Corp. Indianapolis-based Allison Transmission is looking to go public in the third quarter. The maker of automatic transmissions for school buses and other vehicles hired Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citi, Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan & Co. to serve as underwriters.
The other portfolio that could seek $1 billion through an IPO is DLJ South American Partners LP’s Arcos Dorados SA, which owns and operates McDonald’s fast food chain restaurants in Argentina.
The following chart lists some of the portfolio companies considering an IPO: