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Monday, August 1, 2011

ArborGen withdraws planned IPO, citing market conditions

Tree-seeding company ArborGen Inc. on Monday withdrew plans for an initial public offering, citing market conditions.

Many companies have filed plans to go public in recent months to take advantage of a wave of stock flotations, though some still found demand lacking.

The company, which grows commercial forestry seedlings for customers in the pulp and paper and wood-products industries, in April had filed for an IPO of about 5.1 million shares priced at $16 to $18 apiece. In October, it had registered to raise up to an estimated $75 million in its debut.

ArborGen planned to use its IPO to help pay down debt and fund its expansion. The company said it might undertake a later private offering.

In filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company has said its biotechnology expertise--which helps grow more consistent higher-yielding trees faster, according to the company--would revolutionize standards for the forestry industry and associated biopower providers.

ArborGen has never been profitable. In the nine months ended Dec. 31, its loss widened as revenue jumped 16% but expenses also rose.

Based in Summerville, South Carolina, ArborGen (proposed ARBR) scheduled an $87 million IPO with a market capitalization of $476 million at a price-range mid-point of $17 for Tuesday May 10, 2011.

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