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GFL Environmental files for IPO said to raise about US$1.5 billion

Jul. 22, 2019

GFL Environmental Inc., North America’s fourth-biggest waste hauler, filed for an initial public offering that would be the largest in Canada in about five years.

The sale would aim to raise about US$1.5 billion and value the company at about US$15 billion, said a person familiar with the matter. Marketing will start in September, and the listing will be on the Toronto Stock Exchange and a yet-to-be-decided U.S. exchange, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public. All proceeds will go to the company’s treasury and be used to fund future growth, the person said.

GFL has facilities across Canada and in 23 U.S. states, serving 4 million homes. The company, which has more than 9,500 employees and 135,000 business customers, provides services including solid-waste hauling, soil remediation and liquid-waste management.

A US$1.5 billion IPO would be the biggest in Canada since PrairieSky Royalty Ltd.’s US$1.53 billion offering in 2014, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The transaction also would be by far the largest announced in Canada this year, topping Mercer Park Brand Acquisition’s US$402.5 million offering announced in April, according to Bloomberg data.

The number of shares to be offered and the price range haven’t been determined, Vaughan, Ontario-based GFL said in a statement Friday.

The deal would come at a time of strength for waste-haulers’ stocks. Waste Management Inc., America’s largest trash firm, has risen more than threefold since the end of 2011, including 31 per cent advance this year. Republic Services Inc. has gained by more than two-and-a-half times since the end of 2011, including a 21 per cent gain this year.

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