IPO for Healthscope?

Company's owners reportedly interested in float or trade sale.

The owners of private hospital operator Healthscope could return the company to public markets by a float or a trade sale as early as 2014, according to The Australian Financial Review.

TPG and The Carlyle Group, who bought Healthscope in 2010 for $2.7 billion, are reportedly considering appointing advisers to explore the merits of either a float or a trade sale.

The AFR reported that several potential Asian suitors have expressed interest in participating in a deal.

Healthscope's 2013 financial year earnings give it a valuation in the neighbourhood of $4 billion, the newspaper added. Its shares have jumped 60 per cent in the past year.