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Monday, 19 September 2011

Singapore Stock Exchange gives permission for a planned $1 billion float. #mufc

Business digest: Red Devils look to raise £635m by flogging 25 per cent of parent company shares.

The club wants to raise $1bn (£635m) to pay off some of its debts by selling about 25% of the parent company's shares.
United want to complete the process, which is known as an initial public offering (IPO), by the end of the year.
They will spend the next few weeks speaking to investors ahead of a road show to market the offer.
But analysts said the club might decide that it was not a good time to list.
"Volatile markets and weakening sentiment would be a major drawback for anyone who wants to list," said Vishnu Varathan from Capital Economic in Singapore.
"It's not the most ideal time to list, it's not a bull market. Tapping new sources of funds could be a challenge and pricing could come under pressure."
Manchester United is currently profitable, having reported a record annual operating profit of £110.9m for the year to the end of June 2011.
Headline pre-tax profit came in at £29.7m, compared with a loss the previous year.
The club is reported to be considering creating different classes of shares, some of which have lower voting rights but carry higher dividends.
The idea of that would be to maintain control of the club by the Glazer family, which bought Manchester United in 2005.

Meanwhile I have been having a ball at the United games, the Chesea game was pretty crazy with all the missed chances and drama.  I am gutted about the number of injuries being picked up too.  Another injury to defender Chris Smalling. A groin injury I believe.  Also injured was Javier Hernandez, after a collision with Ashley Cole. The young mexican striker was limping badly with what looked like a strained or sprained ankle.  I sincereley hope its not a ligament injury or anything major as he is in great form.

Tomorrow is the Leeds away fixture and I'm ready as I'll ever be.  Barring any mis-haps at the match I will report back soon! 
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