Ingram Micro's long-awaited initial public share offering finally went ahead last Friday and the company raised approximately $405 million by the close of share trading in its first day.
Ingram is remaining tight-lipped about what it plans to spend the cash injection on, as it is bound by US legislation which prevents such discussions until 25 days after the flotation. But a representative of Ingram Micro UK said: 'We are legally bound to say nothing about the future, but the flotation went ahead very successfully on Friday.'
Shares opened at about $19 in the morning and rose to $23.50, before closing at $20.50 at the end of business on Friday. A New York-based industry watcher said the Ingram stock 'is trading at just about its fair value considering the company's size and the following it has in the investor market'.
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