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PensionBee targets £55m capital raise as IPO plans confirmed

PensionBee targets £55m capital raise as IPO plans confirmed

PensionBee is aiming to raise £55m through issuing new shares, as the pension provider has confirmed its intention to list on the London Stock Exchange.

The group, which first made its intentions public on March 23, today (March 30) published its registration document for an IPO on the LSE.

The £1.5bn AUA company is applying for admission in the high growth segment of the main market on the exchange.

The final offer price has yet to be determined following a book-building process, with admission expected for sometime in April 2021.

The offer will comprise new shares to raise gross proceeds from institutional investors of approximately £55m and existing shares to be sold to a small minority of shareholders for £5m.

None of the founders, directors or members of senior management of PensionBee are selling their shares.

"Becoming a publicly traded company has long been part of our strategy to be the best universal online pension provider and I am delighted to confirm PensionBee's intention to float,” said PensionBee CEO Romi Savova. 

“There is a significant growth opportunity for PensionBee, as a result of the acceleration of the shift to digital, the frequency of individuals moving jobs and the increased duration of working life.”

News of the pension provider’s IPO intentions first broke in November 2020, following a period of strong performance which had accelerated management’s plans. 

Founded in 2014, the pension consolidator was one of the first platforms to join the Association of British Insurers, following Hargreaves Lansdown and Vanguard.

At the time the ABI stated it was looking to reflect the “changing nature of the long-term savings market” and pension consolidators have since been recognised as a potential threat to the traditional advice market

Jon Yarker is a freelance reporter for FTAdviser