November 12, 2012

ING plans $100M IPO of Windsor unit

HBJ File photo
HBJ File photo

Dutch bank ING Groep NV will hold an initial public offering of stock to spin off its U.S.-based retirement, investment and insurance business based in Windsor, The Associated Press reports.

ING expects the sale to raise about $100 million by selling shares of ING U.S. Inc., it said in a public filing. The shares are expected to trade on a U.S. exchange. The filing was preliminary, so the size of the offering may change and many details were not yet available.

ING U.S. will use the proceeds of the stock offering to strengthen its balance sheet, so that it can survive as a standalone company.

The Dutch bank has been shedding businesses to meet the conditions of a $13.5 billion bailout that it received during the global financial crisis. European policymakers had demanded that ING sell its insurance business, a mortgage division and its U.S. retail bank by 2013. ING is still negotiating the exact terms and penalties it faces in exchange for accepting that aid from the Dutch government.

The company sold its U.S. online retail bank, ING Direct, to Capital One Financial Corp. for $9 billion in February. The deal made Capital One the sixth-biggest U.S. bank in terms of domestic deposits.

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