UPDATE 1-Thurgauer Kantonalbank rises on Swiss market debut

Mon Apr 7, 2014 4:46am EDT

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ZURICH, April 7 (Reuters) - Shares in Thurgauer Kantonalbank rose more than 7 percent above their offer price on the first day of trading in Zurich on Monday, valuing the listed share capital at about 170 million Swiss francs ($190 million).

The 140-year-old Swiss regional bank offered 2.175 million new participation certificates without voting rights at 74 Swiss francs each, at the upper end of its indicated price range of between 64 and 74 francs.

By 0820 GMT, the certificates were trading up 7.1 percent at 79.80 francs, giving the bank a valuation of 173.6 million francs.

Thurgauer is the first in a trickle of companies planning to launch an initial public offering (IPO) in Switzerland this year. Online travel firm Bravofly Rumbo Group expects to make its market debut on April 15 and engineering components firm SFS is planning a listing for the second quarter.

Thurgauer Chief Executive Peter Hinder said he was particularly pleased with the strong demand from investors in the local region, which he saw as a sign of trust in the bank.

Thurgauer said it will receive 160 million francs of gross proceeds from the offer, which will go to the canton of Thurgau. The canton will control the bank after the IPO.

If the overallotment option of 325,000 shares is fully exercised it will raise 185 million francs, the bank said.

($1 = 0.8935 Swiss Francs) (Reporting by Caroline Copley; Editing by David Holmes)

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