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Why Do Companies Go Public? An Empirical Analysis

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  • Pagano, Marco
  • Panetta, Fabio
  • Zingales, Luigi

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This paper empirically analyses the determinants of an initial public offering (IPO) and the consequences of this decision on a company's investment and financial policy. We compare both the ex-ante and the ex-post characteristics of IPOs with those of a large sample of privately held companies of similar size. We find that: (i) the likelihood of an IPO is positively related to the market-to-book ratio prevailing in the relevant industrial sector and to a company's size; (ii) IPOs are followed by an abnormal reduction in profitability; (iii) the new equity capital raised upon listing is not used to finance subsequent investment and growth, but to reduce leverage; (iv) going public reduces the cost of bank credit; and (v) it is often associated with equity sales by controlling shareholders, and is followed by a higher turnover of control than for other companies.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 1332.

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Keywords: Going Public; Initial Public Offering; Stock Market;

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