Direct Line ends private equity talks ahead of float

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The Telegraph reported over the bank holiday weekend that discussions with firms such as Blackstone Group, Bain Capital and KKR had come to a conclusion with a decision having been taken to pursue an initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange.

The article noted that bidders had been putting together deals ranging from £3bn to £4bn but that banking sources now said a prospectus for Direct Line could be published in late September.

Direct Line recently reported an operating profit for

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