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Going private

When publicly owned stock in a firm is replaced with complete equity ownership by a private group. The firm is delisted on stock exchanges and can no longer be purchased in the open markets.
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Going Private

A process in which the senior management of a publicly-traded company or a small group of investors buys all of the company's shares outstanding. Going private gives the management or investor group complete control of the company and allows it to operate without recourse to shareholders. Going private is often highly leveraged. When the management purchases the company, one usually refers to the act as a management buyout.
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going private

The process by which a publicly held company has its outstanding shares purchased by an individual or by a small group of individuals in order to obtain complete ownership and control. The group wishing to take the firm private may feel that the market is undervaluing the shares. In addition, the purchaser(s) may not wish to meet the various requirements imposed on a publicly held company. Also called management buyout.
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While it is anticipated that many of the factors determined to be antecedents of the decision to go private prior to 2008 continued to spur PTP transactions, their effects might be more or less influential post the credit crisis and recession.
In theory, public firms should go private if the marginal benefits of doing so exceed the marginal cost.
Recently, Mehran and Peristiani (2010) examine the characteristics of firms going private at initial public offering (IPO) and over their public life, and argue that firms with falling institutional ownership and low turnover rate are less likely to benefit from the stock market and are more likely to go private. We expect that the diminishing benefit of remaining public may likewise influence the decision to go private.
The predictions follow comments by Michael Beloff, president of Trinity College, Oxford, who said Oxford University could go private in the next 15 to 20 years to avoid government interference on admissions.
In order to go private, Tesla would likely need a considerable source of funding, leading investors to wonder where exactly, or even if, Musk had actually secured it.
Last year an official report found surgery was being deliberately delayed so patients would go private or die before they reached the top of waiting lists.
Dark companies can still trade in the over-the-counter "Pink Sheets" market, and companies don't necessarily go dark and then go private. In fact, a 2004 study by Christian Leuz, "Why Do Firms Go Dark?
Dentists say they have been forced to go private, because the new contracts set payment targets linked to how many patients are treated, which could affect the quality of treatment.
The alternative is to go private and pay per visit, after an expensive assessment or go with Denplan.
Last month the Chronicle reported how David Surtees and Associates in Whitley Bay rejected the new Government contract to go private, claiming it would not provide enough cash for quality care.
Two Stockton MPs who attacked a dental practice which has switched to go private have received stinging criticism.
* More companies will go private. Even private companies will be hurt by their public company customers' reluctance to engage.