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Underwriter fees in U.S. IPO, 2014-2017, by deal size

In 2017, the underwriting fees of companies undergoing initial public offering (IPO) process, where the deal was valued between 500 million and 1 billion U.S. dollars, amounted to 5.4 percent of gross proceeds from the offering. This means that companies making an IPO or that size paid their underwriters a fee of 5.4 percent of the total IPO. These underwriters are usually large financial corporations, such as investment banks.

What is an IPO?

An IPO represents the decision of a private company to seek public funding. This opens the company to increased regulation, but the largest IPOs worldwide generate billions of dollars in investment. This money comes from newly issued stock, the sale of which becomes open to the public at the time of the IPO, the initial offering of that stock to the public.

IPOs in the United States

There are a large number of IPOs in the United States each year. In many cases, the IPO is a chance for the company to have a positive return and an increase in capital with which it can grow its operations. But a portion of IPO deals shows negative first day returns.

Average underwriter fee in IPO in the United States from 2014 to 2016, by deal size

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Release date

November 2017


United States

Survey time period

2014 to 2017

Supplementary notes

IPO stands for initial public offering. IPO is the process when the shares of a private company are sold to the public investors for the first time.

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