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An initial public offering, or IPO, is when a company first offers the sale of its stock to the public. Doing an IPO is often called “going public”. In 2010, 76% of all U.S. IPOs were by companies incorporated in Delaware. This says a lot about the Delaware Division of Corporations and the strength of the Delaware legal system for corporations.
Read below about the success of two Delaware companies who recently went public:
LinkedIn: This company founded in 2002 and formed here in Delaware reports more than 100 million registered users, in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.
LinkedIn, a social media site formed in Delaware, said it sold its IPO shares for $45. This price rose as much as 171 percent the first day and closed at $94.25. LinkedIn, similar to Facebook but for business purposes, is a site which allows users to share a photo of themselves along with a profile page to share additional professional details. LinkedIn is used for professional networking rather than social networking.
Pandora, another Delaware company has also recently gone public. From a sale price of $16/share, the stock went to a high of $26 and ended the day at $17.42. The first day’s return was in the average range for IPO’s. Pandora is an online radio company formed in 2000 in Delaware that allows users to choose the type of music that is played on their own customizable station.
Both Pandora and LinkedIn made less than 10 percent of their company’s stock available for IPO. Experts say the launch day for both companies was a success.
If you’re planning to take your company public then Delaware is, hands down, the State where you want to form your company. The type of company you’ll need to go public is the Delaware General Corporation.
For more information on why companies form in Delaware: https://www.delawareinc.com/blog/video-the-advantages-of-incorporating-in-delaware/
To visit LinkedIn’s website: http://www.linkedin.com/
To visit Pandora’s website: http://www.pandora.com/
THE AUTHOR OF THIS BLOG ARTICLE IS NOT A LAWYER AND HARVARD BUSINESS SERVICES, INC. IS NOT A LAW FIRM. THE ARTICLE ABOVE IS NOT INTENDED AS LEGAL ADVICE AND SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN AS LEGAL ADVICE. THIS SHORT ARTICLE IS STRICTLY TO MENTION SOME ASPECTS OF DELAWARE’S CORPORATION LAWS AND/OR LAWS RELATING TO OTHER FORMS OF ENTITIES WHICH YOU MAY NOT BE FAMILIAR WITH. WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU CONSULT WITH A LAWYER BEFORE FORMULATING A STRATEGY WHICH WILL BE SUITABLE FOR YOUR SPECIFIC CASE.