By Corrie Driebusch and Telis Demos
Albertsons Companies Inc. has delayed its initial public offering, according to people familiar with the plan.
The company is continuing to evaluate market conditions, and the deal could still be launched in the next day or so, the people said.
The supermarket operator had planned to sell about 65 million shares between $23 and $26 a share Wednesday after the market closed.
On Wednesday, shares of food retailers tumbled after Wal-Mart Stores Inc. /zigman2/quotes/207374728/composite WMT -0.42% issued gloomy earnings guidance. Wal-Mart’s stock fell 10%, and the guidance dampened market sentiment for grocery retailers broadly. Grocer Kroger Co. saw its share price shed 3%, one of the biggest single-day drops in two years. Albertsons delayed its IPO in part because of Wal-Mart’s woes, a person familiar with the offering said.
Also late Wednesday, First Data Corp. priced its IPO below expectations at $16 a share, according to people familiar with the offering. The deal raised $2.56 billion by selling 160 million shares, they said. The payment-processing company had planned to sell 160 million shares between $18 and $20.
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