* Plans to raise 90 mln stg in IPO and list shares in May
* Proceeds will be used to reduce debt
* 2013-14 revenue 326.9 mln stg, up 9 pct
* 2013-14 underlying earnings 80.4 mln stg, up 9.2 pct
LONDON, April 22 British greeting cards retailer
Card Factory plans to list its shares on London's stock market
in May, joining a spate of store groups seeking flotations as
the outlook for consumer spending improves.
The over 700 stores firm, majority owned by private equity
group Charterhouse Capital Partners, said on Tuesday
it expected to raise 90 million pounds ($151 million) from an
offer of new and existing shares to institutional investors.
Card Factory, which focuses on the value and mid-market
segments of Britain's 3 billion pounds-a-year greeting cards
market, said at least 25 percent of its issued share capital
would be freely tradable post flotation.
The firm said it sold over 285 million single cards in the
year to Jan. 31 2014.
In that year, revenue grew 9.0 percent to 326.9 million
pounds, while underlying earnings before interest, tax,
depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) rose 9.2 percent to 80.4
million pounds at a margin of 24.6 percent.
Card Factory, which has opened about 50 stores a year for
the past 10 years, expects that rate to continue and has a
target of 1,200 stores in Britain and Ireland.
The firm said Geoff Cooper, the former chief executive of
Travis Perkins and current chairman of Dunelm,
would chair the business.
It intends to use all of the net proceeds from the share
offer to reduce net debt, expected to be about 160 million
pounds on admission.
UK retailers, including discount retailer Poundland
, newsagent McColl's, petshop Pets at Home
and online fashion retailer Boohoo.com, have
already listed in 2014.
Fat Face and B&M are among other store groups expected to
come to market this year.
($1 = 0.5951 British Pounds)
(Reporting by James Davey; Editing by Mark Potter)