FORTUNE — Hilton Worldwide was the last mega-buyout to be announced before the 2008 credit crunch and ensuing financial crisis. This morning it announced plans to return to the public markets.
Hilton has filed registration documents for a $1.25 billion IPO, with Deutsche Bank
, Goldman Sachs
, BoA Merrill Lynch
and Morgan Stanley
listed as lead underwriters. It did not publicly disclose either a ticker symbol or on which exchange it plans to trade.
The hotel giant was taken private by The Blackstone Group
in the summer of 2007 for $26 billion, at a share price that represented a 40% premium to where Hilton had been trading the day before its deal announcement. Since then it has weathered a variety of challenges — some of its own making (lots of buyout-related debt) and some external (tourism declines, real estate meltdown, etc.).
But a cursory glance at its IPO docs suggest a strong rebound. Hilton reports $9.4 billion in revenue for the year ending June 30, 2012, compared to $8.1 billion for calendar year 2010. Net income has increased steadily over each of the past three years, while debt has declined. For example, the company reports $14.28 billion in long-term debt as of June 30, 2013, compared to $15.7 billion on June 30, 2012. Adjusted EBITDA over that same period increased from $887 million to $1.04 billion.
The entire registration document is available here.
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