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Ski-Doo maker BRP’s shares dip in first trading day

A ski patroller rides a Ski-Doo through a cloud of snow blown by snowmaking equipment at Glen Eden Conservation area in Milton, Sunday, January 20 , 2008.

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Snowmobile-maker BRP Inc.'s shares fell slightly on their first day of trading after the closing of the company's initial public offering.

The stock closed off 25 cents, or just under 1 per cent, at $25 a share.

On an if-and-when-issued basis, the shares are actually up from their initial offering price of $21.50; they started trading last Thursday after the $21.50 per-share price was set.

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Valcourt, Que.-based BRP said on Wednesday that its IPO of 12.2 million subordinate voting shares at $21.50 has closed, with gross proceeds to the company of about $262.3-million.

The proceeds exceeded the initial $250-million target, when the IPO was unveiled, indicating strong demand.

An over-allotment option to buy up to an additional 1.83 million shares has also been granted, at a price of $21.50, for added gross proceeds of $39.34-million, the company said.

Besides snowmobiles, BRP's other products include personal watercraft, Can-Am all-terrain vehicles, the Spyder three-wheeled motorcycle and Evinrude outboard motors.

BRP – formerly known as Bombardier Recreational Products – was spun off from parent Bombardier Inc. in 2003. Its three investors are private-equity group Bain Capital Partners Inc., members of the Beaudoin and Bombardier families and the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec de depot.

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Bertrand has been covering Quebec business and finance since 2000. Before joining The Globe and Mail in 2000, he was the Toronto-based national business correspondent for Southam News. He has a B.A. from McGill University and a Bachelor of Applied Arts from Ryerson. More

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