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IPO

(Initial Public Offering) The first time a company offers shares of stock to the public. While not a computer term per se, many founders, employees and insiders of computer companies have found this acronym more exciting than any tech term they ever heard.
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Q2 2015 also saw the first MENA outbound IPOs since the listing of Gulf Marine Services on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) in Q1 2014.
According to PwC, the average first day gain of the 75 IPOs that priced during the second quarter was 17 percent, above the 10 percent first day gain for IPOs priced in the first quarter of this year.
The number of IPO focused funds in Mena could be on the rise with more IPOs set to enter Mena markets in the next two years, which could bring in greater investment and IPO opportunities.
Activity was spread broadly across sectors in first half 2014, with IPOs in the healthcare, power and utilities, retail, construction, oil and gas, telecommunications, leisure and tourism and industrial manufacturing sectors.
Investors increasingly doubted the future potential and growth of IPO firms,'' said Takashi Nishibori, chief editor at Tokyo IPO.
Lower offering prices are having an impact on funds procured through IPOs.
The SARS outbreak in Asia and uncertainty over the Iraq war hindered IPO activity in the first half of last year.
Robert Walker, CFO of Agilent Technologies, the big equipment maker spun off from HewlettPackard, noted that the prime motivation for the IPO was to allow the Agilent people to concentrate on their own businesses and objectives and not get lost in the far larger agenda of HP.
It's very encouraging when you see an IPO come through the first day with low trading volumes,'' he said.
There are ways get past the IPO velvet rope, however, from buying a mutual fund geared to new issues, to opening an account with an online discount broker who gets a piece of the new-issue action.
Furthermore, six months after the IPO, the stock prices had appreciated, on average, nearly 40%.
Establishing a reasonable value for the company is the critical first step, but the investment bankers must also consider the market's receptiveness toward IPOs in general and their new issue in particular.