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Telecom Italia's Olivetti Buys 7.5M Shares in SECO IPO

MILAN (Reuters) - Italy’s SECO said on Monday Telecom Italia unit Olivetti bought 7.5 million shares in its initial public offering (IPO), equal to 7% of the high-tech company’s final capital, which could lead to an industrial partnership.

Tuscany-based SECO, which develops embedded microcomputers and ‘internet of things’ solutions, is selling up to 37.8 million shares, in an offer which will run until April 30.

SECO is expected to start trading on the Milan Stock Exchange on May 5, the IPO bookrunners said in a term sheet to investors.

SECO had set the price range for its IPO in Milan at between 3.30-4.15 euros per share, aiming for a market capitalisation of up to 445 million euros ($538.36 million).

“SECO has decided to allocate the order in order to start a dialogue with Olivetti, with the aim of building an industrial partnership,” SECO said in a statement.

The collaboration will be focused on the development of hardware and software technologies and proprietary internet of things solutions, the company added.

Once well-known typewriter and computer company, Olivetti is now 100% controlled by telecoms group Telecom Italia and focuses on big data, internet of things solutions and retail payment instruments.

($1 = 0.8266 euros)

Reporting by Giulia Segreti and Elisa Anzolin, editing by Louise Heavens

Source: Reuters


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