How To Launch IPO? Complete Process 

Do you want to Raise Money For your business? 

Then you can raise money from Initial Public Offer (IPO).

Initial Public Offer is the best way to raise money if you want to grow your venture.

IPO is basically an offer in which company go Public from private means In Private limited company only some people have  ownership of the company but in public offer any one can buy the ownership of Company.


So in Today’s blog we will discuss the The process and requirements to launch an Initial Public Offer.

What is IPO

IPO stands for Initial Public Offering. IPO is a process in which a Private company sells her share to the public for the first time. After Becoming Public limited company the share of a company can trade on Different Stock Exchanges. Thus Initial Public Offer is the process to become Public Company from Private Company.

Advantages Of IPO

  1. The number benefit of launching  IPO is that you can raise a lot of money for Company.
  2. IPO gives your company more Public Exposure. When your Company listed on Stock Exchanges this will reach a lot of people. So it will give your company more publicity.
  3. IPO also reduce the cost of Capital because in Publically raised money you don’t have to pay the interest to anyone. 
  4. Initial Public Offer also provide an opportunity to existing Stakeholders to take an exist.
  5. After Becoming a public limited company it becomes easy to  do mergers and acquire other companies.

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Disadvantage Of IPO

  1. It will take a lot of time to issue Initial Public Offer. It will take 6 months to 1 year for launching an IPO.
  2. After Becoming Public limited company you have to additional regulatory and disclosure.
  3. It will pressurize your company to gain more profits.
  4. IPO Involves a cost you have to pay underwriter fees & audit fees etc. So it also very costly.
  5. In IPO, share will be given to the public. So there is also a risk of losing potential control.

Cost Of  IPO

IPO is a costly process. If you want to launch Your IPO you have to bear a lot of expenses. Firstly have to pay underwriters fees. Underwriters fees depends on the size of the Company and risk profile of the company. It also depends on the total value of the IPO. Underwriters fees will be somewhere between 2.5% and 5% of IPO Value. After paying underwriters fees you also have to pay An Audit fee. There is also  a fee of of listing on Stock Exchanges. This fees will 50000 or more than 50000. It is depend on the paid up capital of the company. There is also a yearly fees of listing.

Requirement of IPO

There are two ways to prove your eligibility for IPO. If you can not eligible through first requirement then you can select alternative

Eligibility Criteria- Norm I 

  1. Net Worth of Company should be 3 Crore in previous full 3 year.
  2. The Company must have tangible asset of 3 crore in the previous three years in which not more than 50% in monetary asset
  3. At Least 15 crore average profit before tax for previous 3 years out of 5 years
  4. When companies want to launch its  IPO for first time then the size of IPO is not more than 5 times of It pre worth valuation.
  5. In A Case of Change the Company, then minimum 50% of the revenue should be come for preceding one year from the activity denoted by New Game

Eligibility Criteria- Norm II

  The companies who want to raise a large capital or failed to lay down any step of above, then SEBI provide another alternative. Another route is book building route in which 75% of Net offer alloted to the company is mandatory allotted to  Qualified Institutional Buyers (QIBs)

How To Launch IPO

So here is the complete process to launch An IPO

1. Hire an Investment Bank

 Any company who want to launch an IPO have to go to the Investment banker.

It also could be a lead manager, underwriter or merchant banker. There can be more than 1 investment banker.

This investment bankers will collect all the required information of Company. They will analyze the state of company and know What amount company need and all the relevant information.

Thus after collecting the relevant details an agreement will be signed by the company and underwrites in which they mention all the details like how much amount will be raised and how much they charge for the whole process etc.

In Some cases underwriters make a promise to subscribe at least fixed percentage of unsubscribed Shares on some term and condition basis.

It is depend on the underwriters whether they promise or not. Let’s understand this by an example A Company want to issue 10000 share to the public and an agreement is signed between underwriter and company that underwriters will provide a guarantee to subscribe  least 50% share i.e 5000 .

If public didn’t subscribe to the 5000 share underwriters will buy the remaining shares. 

Underwriters will also make a draft prospectus.

A prospectus is a document issued by a company when they want to launch an IPO. In Prospectus all the details related to IPO will be mentioned. 


 2. Filled The Regulatory With the SEBI

When Draft prospects is ready and finalised with Company. Copywriters filled the SEBI the regulatory with the SEBI.

They will send this draft prospects to the SEBI for Review. SEBI stands for Security Exchange Board of India who will regulate the Indian Markets and all the works related to Stock Markets.

The Draft Prospect must be sent to the SEBI  at least a 30 day prior. The Draft prospect is only made when Company want to raise more than 50 lakh Rupees if they don’t want to raise more than 50 lakh they don’t need to prepare draft prospectus.

When Draft Prospectus is submitted to the SEBI, Then SEBI will check all the details and give Suggestion to change within 30 days.

If all the details Are good The SEBI Will upload it to website for public Review. If all the things are not good then SEBI Will  give their suggestion and Then company again need to file Draft prospects with the correction commented by SEBI. 

 IPO Prospectus Example Image

3. Listing Application To Stock Exchanges 

When a draft prospect is submitted to the SEBI meanwhile company can apply toc Stock Exchanges to list their Socks.

There are 24 stock exchanges are available in India, But NSE (National Stock Exchange of India ) and BSE (Bombay Stock Exchange of India are most popular Stock Exchanges in India.

There are also eligibility criteria for  Listing Company on NSE.

For List your Company on NSE the minimum paid up capital of the company must be 10 crore and the capitalisation of the Applicant’s equity shall not be less than 25 crore. 

 4. Road Show- Promotion Of IPO

When a draft prospectus is submitted to the SEBI, meanwhile companies are eligible to do the Promotion of their IPO. Companies do marketing and advertising of the IPO with the help of marketing agencies. It is Called the road Show. All these marketing agencies are also regulated by SEBI.

 5. Price of Share 

Deciding the price of share is an important factor of IPO process. There are two ways to Price the share 

 I Fixed Price Offer

In Fixed Price Offer companies offer a fixed price of share like 1000 share at par rate of 10.

If companies want to issue their price at a fixed price, then the price should be mentioned in the draft prospectus as well as in the final prospectus. 

 II Book Building Offer

When company didn’t want to offer they price at a fixed price they can offer a band of minimum and maximum bid price.

In these case Red Herring Prospectus is submitted  in place of Draft Prospectus.

In these cases the final prospectus is submitted to SEBI After allocation of shares.

 6. IPO Launching

On the Date mentioned in the prospectus. IPO will be live for Public to  To Apply for shares. IPO is available for applying with a time period of 3-6 days. 

How To Launch IPO? Complete Process
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