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Alien makes tags and readers used in industries from pharmaceuticals to retail. If approved, its IPO would seek to sell $120 million of common stock.

Laurie Sullivan

April 13, 2006

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A manufacturer of radio frequency identification (RFID) equipment has filed for an initial public offering with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for approximately $120 million of common stock.

Alien Technology Corp., Morgan Hill, Calif., said Thursday it intends to use the proceeds to fund equipment purchases and tenant improvements for its manufacturing facility, and the remainder for general corporate improvements. Alien filed a preliminary offering document with the SEC, seeking a Nasdaq listing under the symbol "RFID." Bear Stearns & Co. Inc., Cowen & Co., Robert W. Baird & Co. and Advanced Equities Inc. are listed as underwriters managing the deal. Alien makes tags and readers that support several industries from pharmaceutical to retail, such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. For examples, pharmacies and retail stores integrate RFID technology into their supply chain processes to track inventory from suppliers to distribution centers and into stores. In a separate RFID-related development, Rollin Ford, Wal-Mart's new executive vice president and chief information officer, who previously served as the company's executive vice president of logistics and supply chain, "strongly" endorses Ford told attendees he will build on the "success" of his predecessor, Linda Dillman, who was named executive vice president of risk management and benefits administration at Wal-Mart, the company said.

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