UPDATE 1-Britain kicks off Royal Mail sale with $5.3 bln price tag
LONDON, Sept 27 (Reuters) - The British government said on Friday it expected the Royal Mail postal service to be valued at as much as 3.3 billion pounds ($5.3 billion) when it makes its London stock market debut next month.
Kicking of the sale of the near 500-year-old state-owned company, the government said it would dispose of a majority stake in Royal Mail, offering shares at between 260 pence and 330p each.
The offer, which closes on Oct. 8, will see the government selling between 40.1 percent and 52.2 percent of Royal Mail. On top of this, it has agreed to give away 10 percent of the company's shares to staff in the largest share giveaway of any major UK privatisation.
Members of the public will also be able to buy shares in Royal Mail, provided they spend a minimum of 750 pounds. The government estimated around 70 percent of the shares would go to institutional investors.
The government said based on its plan to pay a full-year 2014 dividend payout totalling 200 million pounds, the offer price range gave Royal Mail an implied dividend yield of between 6.1 percent and 7.7 percent.
Goldman Sachs and UBS are running the sale of Royal Mail, which is expected to make its stock market debut on Oct 11.