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Argentina’s Globant Said to Plan IPO for First Quarter 2014

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Dec. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Globant SA, a Buenos Aires-based technology-services provider whose clients include Google Inc., plans to hold its initial public offering early next year, a person with knowledge of the matter said.

The company will sell shares on the New York Stock Exchange in the first quarter of 2014 after it reports year-end results, according to the person, who asked not be identified because the terms are private. Globant said in an Aug. 27 registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it planned to raise $86.3 million in the IPO.

Globant would be the first Argentine company to go public since the March 2011 IPO of McDonald’s Corp. restaurant operator Arcos Dorados Holdings Inc. It benefits from having most of its revenue outside Argentina, which helps shield it from currency controls and the specter of government intervention, according to Alejandro Bianchi, the head of investment at Buenos Aires brokerage Invertironline.com.

“It has an optimal business model with income outside the country in dollars, which it only has to repatriate to pay local costs in pesos,” Bianchi said. “This is why it’s able to go to international markets, while probably a pure Argentine company couldn’t.”

Globant press officials didn’t respond to a telephone message seeking comment on the timing of the IPO.

Proceeds from the offering will be used to pay debt and finance capital expenditures, strategic acquisitions and working capital, according to the registration statement. Underwriters include units of JPMorgan Chase & Co., Citigroup Inc. and Credit Suisse Group AG.

Globant’s revenue increased to $37.4 million in the second quarter from $29.4 million in the same period last year, with 82 percent coming from North America and only 5 percent from Argentina. It posted income of $5.6 million in the April to June period compared with losses of $6.4 million a year earlier.

To contact the reporter on this story: Camila Russo in Buenos Aires at crusso15@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Brendan Walsh at bwalsh8@bloomberg.net

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