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Frontier Airlines announced its initial public offering Thursday.

The Denver-based budget airline raised $570 million in an initial public offering, according to a Thursday announcement from its parent company Frontier Group Holdings Inc. The announcement signals a rebounding travel industry spurred by the COVID-19 vaccine, and more flight bookings industry-wide.

Frontier Airlines will trade publically under the ticker ULCC. (iStock).

Frontier announced the pricing of its IPO, of 30 million shares of common stock, at $19.00 per share. The proposed offering was led by Citigroup, Barclays, Deutsche Bank Securities, Morgan Stanley and Evercore. The company starts trading on Thursday under the stock ticker ULCC.

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Underwriters have a 30-day option to purchase an additional 4.5 million shares of common stock from a selling shareholder, Frontier said. The airline anticipates net proceeds of $266 million and will not receive any proceeds from the sale of the 15 million shares by the selling stockholders.

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Frontier last filed for an IPO in 2017, but later withdrew. It reported $225 million in losses for 2020 on $1.25 billion in revenue, compared with a net income of $251 million on $2.5 billion in sales in 2019, according to its regulatory filing.

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The airline’s IPO comes as more budget airlines focus on recovering from devastating revenue losses in 2020.  Minneapolis-based low-cost air carrier Sun Country Airlines on earlier this month also launched an IPO to raise around $200 million, according to regulatory filings.

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