Hockey equipment maker Bauer files C$75 mln IPO

* Bauer is one of Canada’s oldest hockey equipment makers

* RBC, CIBC to lead underwriters on the deal

TORONTO, March 3 (Reuters) – Bauer Performance Sports, a
maker of hockey equipment in Canada for more than 80 years,
said on Thursday it filed a final prospectus to raise at least
C$75 million ($75 million) in an initial public stock
offering.

Bauer said in a statement it would sell 10 million common
shares at a prices of C$7.50 per share and net proceeds will be
used to acquire a 100 percent stake in Kohlberg Sports Group
Inc for an unspecified amount.

The terms of the IPO were not disclosed, but sources said
in January Bauer would list a 20 percent stake on the Toronto
Stock Exchange, valuing the company at some C$375 million.

Bauer is the world’s largest global supplier of hockey
equipment, with a 45 percent market share globally in terms of
sales in fiscal 2010.

The company was founded in Kitchener, Ontario, in 1927 and
developed the first skate with a blade attached to a boot, an
innovation credited with changing the game of ice hockey.

The offering is being made through a syndicate of
underwriters led by RBC Capital Markets and CIBC, and includes
BMO Capital Markets, Scotia Capital Inc, TD Securities Inc, and
Macquarie Capital Markets Canada.

($1=0.97 Canadian dollar)

(Reporting by Pav Jordan; Editing by Richard Chang)