By Ari Levy
Groupon Inc., the top online-coupon provider, filed to raise $750 million in an initial public offering, riding a wave of Web-company share sales and giving investors a chance to bet on the surging daily-deal market.
The IPO will be handled by Morgan Stanley (MS), Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) and Credit Suisse Group AG (CSGN), according to the filing. Chicago-based Groupon, founded in 2008, will trade under the ticker GRPN.
Groupon has drawn increasing interest from Wall Street since December, when it opted to weigh an IPO instead of accepting a $6 billion takeover bid from Google Inc. As early as March, Groupon was in talks with bankers about an IPO that would value the company at as much as $25 billion, people familiar with the matter said at the time. Groupon is benefiting from demand for daily coupons, which provide discounts at local businesses like restaurants and nail salons.