FRANKFURT Oct 6 German lighting designer Hess
aims to start trading on the Frankfurt stock exchange on Oct.
19, the group's IPO prospectus showed.
Shares will be priced in the range of 20-23 euros ($26-30),
with the offering to include 2.3 million ordinary shares from a
capital increase as well as 345,000 shares from the holdings of
Hess Grundstuecksverwaltungs GmbH & Co KG.
The subscription period will run from Oct. 8 to Oct. 17.
If all the shares are sold, the company stake held by Chief
Executive Christoph Hess and his father Juergen will fall to
33.3 percent from 71.4 percent.
Family-owned Hess plans to focus on the global market for
light-emitting diodes (LED), which is forecast to grow to 57
billion euros by 2020 from 5 billion euros in 2011, according to
a McKinsey study cited by Hess.
On Tuesday, shares in Talanx, Germany's
third-biggest insurer, inched higher on their Frankfurt stock
market debut, vindicating the company's decision to go ahead
with the share sale after dithering last month over the state of
Europe's fragile IPO market.
($1 = 0.7657 euros)
(Reporting by Alexander Huebner; Editing by Catherine Evans)