(Free Press Release) Harris James Associates, New York is one of the market leader in Financial Services. The following serves as a guide to Initial Public Offering (IPOs) made to eliminate the fear (and simplify the jargon) that IPO‘s are more risky than ordinary investments.
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Making a private company public is done through an Initial Public Offering (IPO). This phase is definitely one of the most crucial moments in a company‘s timeline. The company issues a certain number of share certificates at a fixed price. Each share can be bought or sold on the stock market where the company is listed, and each stockholder in turn becomes part owner of the company.
It‘s a particularly complex process with a maze of compliance and regulatory requirements. But the financial benefits are just as great. A well-subscribed and successful IPO can turn a small company into an international corporate heavyweight at once.
The greatest advantage of a public offering is undeniably the massive capital infusion to fund the ongoing operations and planned expansion of the company. It can reduce the company‘s debt and significantly improves its liquidity position. Also, there‘s a big uptick in brand recognition and trust in the company‘s services and products.
First, a prospectus for the IPO and a registration statement are filed with the SEC. It details everything an investor would like to know about the company and its plans in the future. This is where the underwriters come into the picture.
Underwriters not only assist with the filing requirements but also alter the company‘s structure, meaning, they help in the transition of the company into a private enterprise into a public one (with stockholders and a Board). However, their primary job is to aid in deciding on the specifics of the IPO like the number of shares, the pricing and the market.
When the public offering pass, the company has specific new responsibilities that include making public the quarterly financial results, filing statements with the SEC for anything major the affects the company and its operations, and the AGM. At a stockholders‘ meeting, essential concerns are discussed and voted upon, including the composition of top-level management and the Board. This is why after an IPO, most companies hire new managers: to deal with certain issues of public companies.
The success of an IPO primarily depends on the growth potential of the company and the sector where it belongs, and if the business has fine basics and revenue model. However, many IPO‘s failed despite of having all that. Maybe, it is because they did not select the right price or the right market, or simply pick the wrong time to go public.
Take Canada for example, where an IPO won‘t be able to get to the price or size that an offering in the US markets can fetch. The market in Canada has a lower risk threshold. And in Europe, there are more concerns that need to be addressed, such as the condition of the economy in each member‘s state of the EU that affect every market in Europe.
Back when dotcoms were still in trend, practically anyone with a website could file for an IPO, and watch the millions pile up as the markets steadily rise. But now, what investors want is a safe company with long term growth prospects and lots of assets to its name. For any business that can pass through this long road to IPO success, there‘s a great prize on the other end.