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HCA Holdings Plans $4.6 Billion Public Offering

Hospital operator HCA Holdings plans to go forward with an initial public offering as soon as possible, CNBC has learned.

The price of the deal is seen at about $4.6 billion, though that figure could change depending on market conditions and other factors, according to people familiar with the matter. It would be the largest sponsor-led IPO in history.

A roadshow—a presentation by an issuer of securities to potential buyers—will come in late February, according to those people.

If that happens, a deal could price in the second week of March.