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Steps and Timeline for an Initial Public Offering

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The president of a manufacturing company is considering taking the company public. As CFO, you have been asked to outline the action steps needed to go public and a timeline to implement a public offering.

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In the question given you have been asked to outline the action steps needed to go public and a timeline to implement public offering. First let me start by saying that the decision to go public by any private company is a very big and important one. It is one that takes a lot of work and effort and a number of stakeholders are required to be a part of it - to include members of the company's board of management and other employees from within the firm; and from outside the firm, there are the lawyers, underwriters, auditors, ...

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This solution first provides you with information as to what an initial public offering is and/or what it entails; reasons why companies may decide to go public; and the advantages and disadvantages of going public. In addition, this answer explains the factors that a company must consider before it decides to go public and a timeline with the steps to follow whenever that company finally decides to go. This solution is 2,225 words.

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What are the necessary steps required to take a Manufacturing Company public? Also, outline a timeline to implement a public offering.

I know that Initial Public Offering or (IPO) is the first sale of a corporation's common shares to investors on a public stock exchange. The main purpose of an IPO is to raise capital for the corporation. Taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Initial_public_offering

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