Initial Public Offering


  • The process by where a privately held corporation becomes a publicly traded corporation by giving the general public the option to buy stock for the first time. An initial public offering (IPO) is often used to raise expansion capital, but an IPO can also be used to increase exposure in the corporation, attract or retain better management and employees, facilitate acquisitions or to enable cheaper access to capital. Also known as a "public offering."

public offering


Related Terms and Acronyms

  • Angel Investors Definition,
    • Private individuals with capital to invest in business enterprises.
  • Common Stock (CS) Acronym,
    • A security that allocates partial ownership in a corporation, but at a lower standing than preferred stocks.
  • Equity Definition,
    • Ownership in an asset.
    • The value of a property minus outstanding mortgage debt and other liens.
  • Incorporated Business Definition,
    • A company that exists as a corporation.
  • Preferred Stock Definition,
    • A type of security that signifies part ownership in a corporation and is given preferential treatment over common stocks.
  • Private Equity Definition,
    • Equity not traded on a stock exchange.
  • Privately Held Company Definition,
    • A company that is not listed on a stock exchange.
  • Publicly Traded Company Definition,
    • A company that is sold on a stock exchange.
  • Security Definition,
    • Property designated as collateral.
    • A document stating ownership of a stock or bond.
    • A tradable financial implement that represents ownership, the rights to ownership or debt.
  • Seed Funding Definition,
    • Money used to start a business.
  • Startup Company Definition,
    • A recently founded company that works on new products and services.
  • Stock Definition,
    • A share of the ownership of a company.
  • Venture Capital (VC) Acronym,
    • Financial capital given to startup companies.
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