12 Apr '11, 12pm

Financial Trends: The IPO Myth

Financial Trends: The IPO Myth

This is due to the prestige associated with creating and continuing to lead an independent publicly traded company as well as the perception that for cleantech companies, the public equity markets will value them at a substantial premium compared to the natural strategic buyers for these businesses. These strategic buyers include traditional industrial companies and multi-industry conglomerates such as GE, Siemens and ABB. As a result, leading private companies in the cleantech sector and their respective shareholders often fail to consider a sale of the business as a likely or preferred exit alternative. However, looking at data from 2005 to 2010, of the nearly $600 billion in announced global transaction volume for cleantech companies, approximately $60 billion or only 10 percent was from IPO exits vs. M&A sales. The data suggests that not only is a merger or acquisition...

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