Ontario Teachers’ Said to Plan Sale or IPO of Alliance Laundry

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is exploring a sale or initial public offering of Alliance Laundry, a commercial laundry-equipment maker, people with knowledge of the matter said.

Canada’s third-largest pension plan expects to seek about $250 million in a U.S. IPO, and values the business at about $2 billion, one of the people said, asking not to be identified discussing private information. Ontario Teachers’ is working with banks including Morgan Stanley and Bank of America Corp. on the IPO, the people said.

Deborah Allan, a spokeswoman for Ontario Teachers’, declined to comment, as did representatives for Bank of America and Morgan Stanley.

Based in Ripon, Wisconsin, Alliance Laundry says it’s the world’s largest designer and manufacturer of commercial laundry equipment with brands including Speed Queen and UniMac. Ontario Teachers’ bought the company from Bain Capital Partners in 2005 for $450 million.

Alliance expanded its reach across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia through the 2014 acquisition of Gullegem, Belgium-based Primus Laundry Equipment Group. Alliance reported revenue of $726 million in 2014, up 32 percent from the previous year, company filings show. It had net income of $29 million for the year.

Ontario Teachers’ also owns a 30 percent stake in coin-operated laundry machine provider CSC ServiceWorks Inc.

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