Direct public offering


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Direct public offering

The process by which a company markets and sells its shares directly to investors rather than through an underwriter.

Direct Public Offering

An offering of stock in a company to its employees, customers, suppliers, and other stakeholders. A direct public offering differs from a normal issue of stock, in which underwriters sell the issue to whomever will buy it. A DPO is usually less expensive to the company making the offering (as it does not have to pay underwriters), but it raises less capital.
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Since the mid-1990s, there has been an increase in the use of direct public offerings (DPOs), which eschew the investment bank/IPO model and offer shares via the Internet directly to the person on the street.
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said last week it will begin developing Web sites for companies that want to raise capital through direct public offerings.