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Going public

When a private company first offers shares to the public market and investors. See: IPO.

Going Public

The act or process of a company selling stock in itself when it moves from private ownership to public trade. More generally, it refers to the actual first sale of stock to the public. Small companies looking for a new source of financing often go public, but large companies who wish to be publicly traded can do so as well. Investing in a company that is going public is generally risky because one does not know how much demand will exist for the stock after its initial offering. This risk comes from the uncertainty of the stock's resale value. See also: Publicly-traded company.

going public

The process by which a privately held company sells a portion of its ownership to the general public through a stock offering. Owners generally take their firms public because they need additional large sums of equity funding that they are unable or unwilling to contribute themselves.
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There is little prior research on presidents going public on behalf of Supreme Court nominees.
Obviously, if your company does not meet the criteria to list shares for trading on NASDAQ, NYSE or AMEX, or if the offering will result in too few public shares--or, in other words, not enough public float--it's probably too early to consider going public.
If we cannot improve our fund-raising abilities by going public, we will not be able to survive future competition,'' the official said.
Davis is convinced that going public will allow him to remain in the driver's seat and get the money he needs to go head-to-head with bigger rivals the likes of Siemens.
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If a company in such an industry is thinking about going public but isn't prepared to do so, it may miss the boat.
Cohen explained that these companies are going public because they are starved for capital, and are using the proceeds to reduce indebtedness or to make acquisitions.