Independence Arrives For Bausch + Lomb Through IPO Priced Lower Than Forecast
Bausch + Lomb’s Independence Launched With IPO Priced Lower Than Forecast
Bausch Health shopped Bausch + Lomb IPO at share price between $21 and $24. In trading of nearly 14.4m shares on New York exchange, Bausch + Lomb’s share price stayed above opening $18.50 and reached $20.07 before closing at $20, up 11.11%.
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Bausch Health closed Bausch + Lomb IPO offering 10% of shares instead of 20% planned. Bausch + Lomb’s $889m Q1 revenue up 1% while other Bausch Health divisions slumped.
“We are positioned to move forward with either the Bausch + Lomb or Solta IPO quickly when market conditions are right for each of them,” CEO Joseph Papa says at J.P. Morgan conference, but the firm’s “next step” in the process of separating the two businesses was filing with the SEC an IPO registration for Bausch + Lomb.
Paying down Bausch Health’s debt, incurred during previous management’s expansion-by-acquisition strategy when the firm operated as Valeant, has been a box to check from the start of preparing to separate Bausch + Lomb, says CEO Joseph Papa.