Fruit producer Dole targets $2.1 billion valuation in IPO

Dole Plc said on Monday it planned to raise as much as $598 million in an initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange, aiming a valuation of more than $2.1 billion for the fruit and vegetable grower…

The company, formed earlier this year by the merger of Total Produce PLC and Dole Food Company Inc, said it was looking to offer 26 million shares priced between $20 and $23 per share.

Dole filed paperwork earlier this month with regulators to return to the U.S. stock market as part of a deal that saw the 98-year-old billionaire owner David Murdock finally give up the reins of the company.

Murdock, who built what was originally a Hawaiian pineapple growing business into one of the world’s biggest fresh food producers and distributors, stepped…

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