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Array Technologies shares jump 40% in Nasdaq debut

Shares of Array Technologies surged 40% in their Nasdaq debut on Thursday, valuing the solar power equipment maker at as much as $4 billion, while underscoring investor appetite for new issues in a red-hot market for initial public offerings.

Adds IPO details, underwriters

Oct 15 (Reuters) - Shares of Array Technologies ARRY.O surged 40% in their Nasdaq debut on Thursday, valuing the solar power equipment maker at as much as $4 billion, while underscoring investor appetite for new issues in a red-hot market for initial public offerings.

The company's shares opened at $29.50 after its upsized IPO was priced at $22 per share, above the upper end of its target range.

The company, which is backed by asset manager Oaktree Capital, raised about $1.05 billion in its IPO after selling 47.5 million shares. Its IPO had earlier aimed to sell 45 million shares at a price range of between $19 and $21 per share.

Array's IPO comes at a time when global energy consumption is shifting away from fossil fuels to sustainable sources such as solar and wind.

It is also in line with the recent trend of strong investor appetite for new listings, with 2020 on track to be the best year for IPOs since the dotcom boom of 1999 and 2000.

Array, founded in 1989, produces steel supports, electric motors and controllers, gear boxes and other solar energy equipment. As of June end, the company had $749.2 million in debt.

Oaktree Capital bought an undisclosed stake in Array in 2016.

Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Guggenheim Securities and Morgan Stanley are among the lead underwriters of the offering.

(Reporting by Niket Nishant in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D'Silva)

((Niket.Nishant@thomsonreuters.com;))

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