Groupon cutting back size of IPO: sources

NEW YORK Wed Oct 19, 2011 7:24pm EDT

An online coupon sent via email from Groupon is pictured on a laptop screen November 29, 2010 in Los Angeles. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

An online coupon sent via email from Groupon is pictured on a laptop screen November 29, 2010 in Los Angeles.

Credit: Reuters/Fred Prouser

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The world's largest daily deals company Groupon Inc is planning a smaller initial public offering, three people familiar with the situation said on Wednesday.

Groupon in June filed to raise up to $750 million in its IPO, making it one of the most closely-watched offerings in recent years.

One source familiar with the situation said it is now planning to raise less than $750 million, but not significantly less. A second source familiar with the situation said it is now planning to raise about $500 million.

About 5 percent of the company will be sold in the IPO, a third source familiar with the offering said. The offering will value Chicago-based Groupon at between $10 billion to just over $12 billion, depending on how much the company raises, the source added.

The sources declined to be identified because they're not authorized to speak publicly about Groupon's financing plans. Groupon declined to comment.

Groupon's latest IPO filing said that existing shareholders are no longer planning to sell stock in the offering.

Groupon is shrinking its IPO because equity markets have fallen and become a lot more volatile since June.

The company has also been criticized for its accounting, faces questions about the long-term viability of its business model and has lost two chief operating officers this year.

Groupon is expected to launch its IPO roadshow early next week, sources told Reuters on Tuesday.

(Reporting by Clare Baldwin and Alistair Barr, editing by Bernard Orr and Bob Burgdorfer)

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MarketForce wrote:
Groupon Sucks. “Half off aardvark massage. Today only. Click here and give us your credit card number.” Oh Goodie.

It’s like spam…. that you have to go out of your way to fetch. Not only that, the model is so easily replicated and the branding so premature…. you’d have to be a sucker to buy into this Lycos piece of junk. Groupon is the friendster of the online coupon world.

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