confirms floatation has today confirmed its intention to float on the London Stock Exchange.

There have been persistent market rumours that the firm will realise its floatation ambitions in 2007.

These were reinforced when, earlier this month, chief executive Simon Nixon bought silent Duncan Cameron’s 48% stake in the business for £162m in cash and 5% shares.

Credit Suisse is acting as sole sponsor, sole global coordinator and bookrunner while Lehman Brothers International and UBS are acting as co-lead managers.

Simon Nixon, chief executive of, says: “We are delighted to make this announcement today.

“Over the past seven years, has focused on building its internet business by putting consumers first and a public listing will help us to continue raising the profile of the company as a consumer champion.

“We believe the strength of our brand and market position, combined with our consumer focus and record of innovation, mean we are well positioned to capitalise on the positive trends we see in our chosen markets.”

Gerald Corbett, chairman of, says: “ is an exciting and dynamic business.

“I have been impressed with the strong management team led by Simon Nixon, and by the significant growth the business has achieved up to now.

“I believe that the group has a bright future as a public company.

“I am committed to achieving the standards of corporate governance expected of an industry leading company.”