Private equity firm Blackstone Group L.P. (NYSE: BX) was the sole owner of SeaWorld and will maintain a stake of about 72% after the IPO. Of the shares on offer, 10 million are being offered by SeaWorld and 16 million by Blackstone.
The IPO will raise $702 million, far above the $100 million expected when the IPO was first announced in December. SeaWorld will receive net proceeds of approximately $245.4 million, and it intends to use the funds to redeem $140 million in senior notes. Another $47 million will be paid out to Blackstone to terminate a 2009 advisory agreement, and the rest will be applied to other debt.
Shares opened at $30.56 and are trading at about $30.70 in the first half hour of this morning’s session, up 13.7% above the offering price.
The company’s full filing is available here.
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