Invitation Homes, a Dallas-based residential REIT backed by The Blackstone Group, has set its proposed IPO terms to 77 million shares being offered at between $18 and $21 per share. That means it would raise $1.5 billion at an initial market cap of around $5.89 billion, were it to price in the middle of its range. The company plans to trade on the NYSE under ticker symbol INVH, with Deutsche Bank serving as left-lead underwriter. Expect the actual pricing to occur late next week.
• Why it's a big deal: This is expected to be the first mega-IPO of 2017 (with all apologies to AppyDynamics, which is scheduled to price this Wednesday night), setting the stage for Snap in March. It's also a moment of truth for Blackstone's post-crisis bet on the U.S. housing market ― having scooped up nearly 50,000 single-family properties beginning in 2012. The big question is how investors will react, given some sentiments that we're either at or past the rebound peak.