English Premier League champions Manchester United have put immediate plans for a $1 billion flotation in Singapore on hold due to market volatility but still plan a listing before the end of the year, a source close to the IPO said.
"They are not ready to go because of the way the markets are looking. Whilst they've got the approval for listing they certainly don't have the intention to go immediately and they're biding their time," the source said, adding that a launch was off the table for at least a week.
"Quarter four is still possible," the source said.
United had originally targeted a mid-October float.
The club received permission from the Singapore Exchange earlier in September for the IPO which will have a two-tier structure including non-voting preference shares. Equity fundraising worldwide has pretty much ground to a halt as stock markets, which slumped in early August, have yo-yoed on euro zone debt worries. Although equity capital market activity in Asia has shown signs of picking up sooner than either Europe and the US.