(Free Press Release) Harris James Associates, a market leader in Financial Services aims to dispel the fear that Initial Public Offerings (IPO‘s) are riskier than normal investments. For potential investors to understand more about IPO‘s, here is a guide that could hopefully eliminate the jargon.
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Most companies attempt to raise capital for expansion by a method called Initial Public Offering (IPO). Investing in those IPOs can bring you great profits in just a short time; they are great tools to create wealth. On the other hand, they can also wipe out your investments just as quickly. That‘s why IPOs are high-risk, high-return avenues of investment. When investing in an IPO, there are things the investor should always consider to make them less risky.
Why do Companies launch IPOs?
In the development trajectory of any firm, there will come a time when it will need huge investment to get to the next level. And whenever a company gets to that point, it has to consider two options, one of which is to raise debt through bonds where it can get the investment money (but they will have to pay that debt, plus interest, eventually). The other alternative is to go for an IPO where they will share the company‘s profits in the future. Understanding this is very crucial when investing in IPOs after all, you will then become a part of the company‘s losses and profits.
Understanding the Company Performance
First, you must check the company‘s value in absolute terms and its value as per the IPO issue rates. The absolute company value can be determined by the difference between its asset value and debt. Usually, the asset value should be higher than the debt to indicate that the company is healthy in terms of finance. Also, the IPO value should be less than its absolute value so you can have decent listing gains.
Besides the company‘s value, its yearly performance is also a good indicator. Other new companies may not have a big absolute value but they have good growth numbers in the past, and show great potential for a favorable growth in the future. As such, you can still opt to invest with a long term view and its value is bound to increase.
As a warning, though, you should check if there‘s any legal problem the company is currently facing. If there are many legal concerns, it is very risky to enter the IPO. You would be better off avoiding it until the issues are cleared off and you can enter the share in secondary market.
Lastly, you have to check the market position of the company. A big player or a market leader is somehow safer to bet on compared to someone at the bottom of the chain. That doesn‘t mean unknown companies will not make profit or expand, but higher risk is generally associated with them. If your goal is to cut down risks, it would be best to avoid such companies.
Aside from these, you can also have IPO prospectus, economic situation, current news, etc which could affect the stock listing and potential gains on your part. It is always good to look at these on a case to case basis than just follow a general rule.
Therefore, if you‘re looking to reduce risk in IPOs, you should choose items to consider when investing. These are only simple guidelines that can protect your money. IPOs are risky investments but if you get it right, the rewards will outweigh that risk!