What are the advantages of the stock exchange

Initial public offering (IPO): advantages vs. disadvantages

What speaks for and against an IPO?

In my infographic "Going public (IPO) of a company" I have already explained to you in 10 steps how companies and why companies get started on the stock exchange. With the following Infographic "Initial public offering (IPO): advantages vs. disadvantages " I'll show you that going public (IPO) has not only advantages but also disadvantages for companies. Have fun getting information!


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The advantages of an initial public offering (IPO) at a glance

1. IPO advantage

Companies receive cash, financial flexibility and independence from lenders for the transfer of their shares.

2. IPO advantage

Venture capitalists from the early stages of the company can sell their shares.

3. IPO advantage

The stock exchange enables easier access to equity.

4. IPO advantage

The independent preservation of the company can be guaranteed through a partial sale.

5. IPO advantage

An objective measure of value for the assessment of the company and a high level of attractiveness as an employer are achieved.

6. IPO advantage

A higher level of awareness at home and abroad is achieved.

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The disadvantages of an initial public offering (IPO) at a glance

1. IPO disadvantage

The cost of setting up a stock corporation (AG) is at least € 4,000. In addition, the bank earns a lot from the issue.

2. IPO disadvantage

Decisions have to be approved by the shareholders. This restricts the executive board's room for maneuver.

3. IPO disadvantage

A stock corporation (AG) is subject to considerable accounting and bookkeeping obligations (see: "What is a balance sheet?"). The AG is therefore committed to the highest level of transparency.

4. IPO disadvantage

Major shareholders can block the board of directors by purchasing large shares.

5. IPO disadvantage

The stock exchange listing makes a hostile takeover easier for a buyer.

6. IPO disadvantage

Minimum holding obligations for existing shareholders: Shares can often only be sold after a holding period of 6 to 12 months.

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