forced initial public offering

Definition

The first issue of stock shares by a company that has met the requirements set by the SEC whereby it must make a public offering. A company may be forced to make an IPO because it has a minimum number of 500 shareholders and assets exceeding $10 million. If forced to make an IPO, the company must report financial conditions and be subject to third-party oversight. Directors usually have the option to issue an IPO or restructure company ownership.
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