Moove Sets Stage For IPO, Boosting Cosan’S Prospects

(MENAFN- The Rio Times) Moove, a lesser-known yet vital part of Cosan (CSAN3), took a bold step by filing for an IPO in the United States.

This subsidiary specializes in automotive and industrial lubricants. The application, lodged with the Securities and Exchange Commission, awaits market conditions and the regulatory review.

This strategic move aligns with expectations and was communicated to Brazil's Securities and Exchange Commission CVM .

While specifics on share numbers and price ranges remain under wraps, Bloomberg forecasts the offering could garner around R$13 billion ($2.4 billion).

This figure relies on a tenfold multiple of the company's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization.

Analysts see this IPO as a catalyst for unlocking value at Cosan, which owns 70% of Moove.

They noted a potential undervaluation of 30% in Cosan's stock, suggesting a possible uplift from Moove's market entry.

Cosan's broader strategy also includes potential public offerings for other subsidiaries, such as Compass, their gas division.

In 2020, adverse market conditions halted plans for a Compass IPO, initially valued at about R$4 billion ($733 million).

Recent dialogues hint at a valuation north of R$30 billion ($5.5 billion) for Compass, engaging discussions with possible strategic partners.

Last year, Cosan signaled openness to future IPOs starting in 2024, emphasizing the firm's strong financial standing and minimal debt, alongside growth opportunities in the burgeoning gas sector.

This unfolding narrative underscores a pivotal moment for Cosan, enhancing its visibility and financial fortitude on the global stage.

The progress with Moove's IPO could notably reduce the perceived undervaluation of Cosan's assets, offering a substantial financial upswing for the conglomerate.


The Rio Times

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