Initial Public Offering (IPO) defined: An initial public offering (IPO) is the first offering of a firms’ stock (shares) on the stock market, at the time it ‘goes public.’ Because a stock market usually values the stock on the expectations of the firm’s future growth and income, IPO’s are typically an opportunity for the founders and other early investors to make high profits by cashing their stockholdings.
Above is a definition for “Initial Public Offering (IPO)” from PrivCo’s Private Company Knowledge Bank, the definitive online and e-book guide to private companies and private company deals.
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