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Princeton's WordNet

  1. initial public offering, IPO, initial offeringnoun

    a corporation's first offer to sell stock to the public


  1. IPO

    An initial public offering (IPO) or stock launch is a public offering in which shares of a company are sold to institutional investors and usually also to retail (individual) investors. An IPO is typically underwritten by one or more investment banks, who also arrange for the shares to be listed on one or more stock exchanges. Through this process, colloquially known as floating, or going public, a privately held company is transformed into a public company. Initial public offerings can be used to raise new equity capital for companies, to monetize the investments of private shareholders such as company founders or private equity investors, and to enable easy trading of existing holdings or future capital raising by becoming publicly traded. After the IPO, shares are traded freely in the open market at what is known as the free float. Stock exchanges stipulate a minimum free float both in absolute terms (the total value as determined by the share price multiplied by the number of shares sold to the public) and as a proportion of the total share capital (i.e., the number of shares sold to the public divided by the total shares outstanding). Although IPO offers many benefits, there are also significant costs involved, chiefly those associated with the process such as banking and legal fees, and the ongoing requirement to disclose important and sometimes sensitive information. Details of the proposed offering are disclosed to potential purchasers in the form of a lengthy document known as a prospectus. Most companies undertake an IPO with the assistance of an investment banking firm acting in the capacity of an underwriter. Underwriters provide several services, including help with correctly assessing the value of shares (share price) and establishing a public market for shares (initial sale). Alternative methods such as the Dutch auction have also been explored and applied for several IPOs.


  1. ipo

    An IPO, or Initial Public Offering, is the process by which a private company can go public by selling its stocks to the general public. The company may raise capital from public investors for the first time by issuing new shares or existing shareholders may sell their shares. This usually occurs on a securities exchange, such as the New York Stock Exchange or the Nasdaq, potentially paving the way for additional fundraising in the future and liquidity for existing shareholders.

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  1. PIO

  2. poi

  3. POI

  4. P.O.I.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ipo in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ipo in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of ipo in a Sentence

  1. Koby Simana:

    There is a strong pipeline of Israeli companies that want to go to IPO on various stock markets, mainly in the United States.

  2. Sumeet Singh:

    This spending should normalise over the next few years and it will be back in the black, competition permitting, in our view, looking at where domestic and international peers are trading Kuaishou still offers decent upside from the IPO price.

  3. United Internet:

    The company plans to conclude its acquisition of home.pl in the second half of the year and begin examining the possibility of an IPO for its Business Applications.

  4. Mehmet Gocmen:

    To sell a minority stake in our distribution and retail businesses is on our agenda. It will help reduce our debt and also help the IPO, we are planning to do the IPO at the end of 2017 or the beginning of 2018. We don't want to delay it further. It is not yet clear how much of a stake we will float.

  5. Louis Lau:

    In light of all the IPO market reform initiatives, we are quite positive for 2016 for both China and Hong Kong.

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