SK enableda major South Korean battery maker, has sought advice from private equity giants Carlyle and BlackRock as it hopes to raise around $3 billion in pre-listing funds, state media reported on Thursday.

Kim Jun, general manager of SK Innovation, the parent company of SK On, said he expects the initial public offering to take place only after 2025.

The funding was first reported by Maeil Business Newspaper, citing the investment banking industry. The newspaper said Carlyle Group and SK On had negotiated detailed terms.

SK On, Carlyle Group and BlackRock were not immediately available for comment.

While SK Innovation aimed for its loss-making battery unit to break even by the fourth quarter of this year, the company said in April that SK On’s turnaround could take longer.

Kim blamed soaring commodity prices and the prolonged global shortage of chips.

Spun off from SK Innovation last year, SK On, which counts Ford, Hyundai and Volkswagen among its customers, manufactures batteries in South Korea, the United States, China, Hungary and Turkey.

  • Reuters, with additional editing by George Russell


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