Drawbacks of IPOs

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It is true that IPO raises huge capital for the issuing company. But, in order to launch an Initial Public Offering (IPO), it is also necessary to make certain investments. Setting up an IPO does not always lead to an improvement in the economic performance of the company. A continuing expenditure has to be incurred after the setting up of an IPO by the parent company. A lot of expenses have to be incurred in the form of legal fees, printing costs and accounting fees, which are connected to the registering of an IPO. Such expenses might cost hundreds of US dollars. Apart from such enormous costs, there are other factors as well that should be taken into consideration by the company while introducing an IPO.

Such factors include the rules and regulations involved to set up public offerings and this entire process on the other hand involve a number of complexities which sometime require the services of experts in relevant fields. Some companies hire experts to do the needful to ensure a hassle-free execution of the task. After the IPO is introduced, the expenses become a routine in every activity involved. Besides, the CEO of the company would have to spend a lot of time in handling the SEC regulations or sometimes he hires experts to do the same. All these aspects, if not handled with efficiency, prove to be some major drawbacks related to the launch of IPOs.

The launch of IPO also brings about shareholders of the company. Shareholders have ownership in the company. The primary owners of the company or the people holding maximum authority in the company cannot take decisions all by themselves once an IPO has been launched and shareholders have been formed. The shareholders have an active participation in every decision that is being taken even if they do not hold 50 percent share of the company. They have their individual demands to be met as they own a certain percentage of stakes in the company. The SEC regulations require notifications from the shareholders of the company, meetings, and also approvals from them while making important business decisions.

A major risk with shareholders is that, they can sell off their stocks any time they want, in case they see the price band of the stakes of that company is going down. This will lead to a further drop of the value of shares in the market which in turn will decrease the overall value of the company.