An initial public offering is a transformational event for an organization. The preparation for “being public” is just as important as the preparation for “going public.” A company will need to meet additional requirements and continuing obligations as a public company that may require new skill sets, additional resources and changes to the business. Thinking through these requirements in advance and developing an appropriate plan is the key to a successful entry into life as a public company and will reduce unexpected post-IPO issues.
A company usually begins to think about going public when the funding required to meet the demands of its business begins to exceed the company’s ability to raise additional capital through other channels at attractive terms. But simply needing capital does not always mean that going public is the right, or even possible, answer. There are a number of questions that a company should ask itself before deciding to go public.
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