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Equity finance

Introduction

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This unit looks at equity finance – the range of equity instruments and markets available to a company. First, we look at private equity and the role of venture capital companies that provide such finance. We look at the mechanics of an initial public offering (IPO) and at recent cases of companies ‘listing’ on a stock exchange for the first time. We go on to explore certain important strategic issues for a business when considering equity finance:

  • When should a company list? What factors affect the timing of an equity issue?

  • Why should a company list on more than one stock exchange? This is known as ‘cross-listing’.

  • Why might a company choose to buy back its shares and why might it de-list from an exchange?

Throughout this unit you will find extensive references to literature and websites. These should be explored to deepen and broaden your understanding of the issues raised.

This material is from our archive and is an adapted extract from Issues in international finance and investment (B853) which is no longer taught by The Open University. If you want to study formally with us, you may wish to explore other courses we offer in this subject area [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

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