(Bloomberg) -- Australian chemical distribution firm Redox Pty Ltd. has priced it initial public offering at A$2.55 ($1.69) per share for an offer size of A$402 million, setting up the country’s largest listing this year.

The IPO was priced just above the lower end of its range, according to a person familiar with the matter. The closed bookbuild means the company will be valued at 13.75 times its expected earnings in the 2024 financial year, giving it a market capitalization of A$1.3 billion, the person said, adding that the transaction had received strong interest from domestic and international institutional investors. 

The transaction is expected to be underwritten prior to a management roadshow that’s set to kick off on Wednesday, the person said. A small proportion of the deal will be made available for other institutions and retail via a rump bookbuild on Friday, they said, and a prospectus expected to be lodged early next week. 

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The offering’s success may inform the magnitude of IPO activity Down Under for the remainder of the year. Choppy markets have so far dissuaded anything but small listings even as a number of high profile companies including Virgin Australia Airlines Pty Ltd. — have been weighing their own offerings. 

The country has only seen 11 firms begin trading this year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Just $61 million worth of IPOs have priced this year to date, compared to $524 million in the same period in 2022.

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