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F1 IPO Anyone?

This could be interesting, as reported in Bloomberg:

By Joyce Koh and Elffie Chew
April 10 (Bloomberg) -- CVC Capital Partners Ltd. may seek more than $2 billion from an initial public offering of the Formula One auto-racing series, according to four people with knowledge of the matter.
The private equity firm may sell a stake of about 20 percent in Formula One, one person said, asking not to be identified as the information is private. CVC wants to conduct the sale in Singapore as early as June, though its plans aren’t final, the people said.
Drawing on Formula One’s growing popularity in Asia, a Singapore listing would also be a boon for the city’s stock exchange, which is vying with Hong Kong’s bourse to attract companies from across the world. At $2 billion, the IPO would be Singapore’s fourth largest ever, and the biggest since Hutchison Port Holdings Trust raised $5.5 billion in March 2011, data compiled by Bloomberg show.
CVC, which already hired Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to advise it on the Formula One IPO, is expected to retain other investment banks to help manage the offering in the coming weeks, the people said. CVC’s London-based spokesman couldn’t be reached for comment outside of normal business hours.
The IPO may value the sport at more than $10 billion, a person with knowledge of the matter said last month. Formula One Chief Executive Officer Bernie Ecclestone has no plans to sell his 5.3 percent stake in the offering and will remain in his position under CVC’s plans, he said last month.
 

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