September 22, 2018

Groupon Files For IPO

“Groupon, the social buying site decided to go public and filed with the SEC on 2nd June 2011, to raise about $3 billion in an initial public offering. The company grew at an unprecedented pace after its launch two years ago, with sales increasing by about 2,241% between 2009 and 2010. Social Internet companies have been going public with many opting for IPO’s with Facebook raising $1.5 billion, the online music service Pandora planning to raise as much as $141.6 million, while the gaming company Zygna planning to file for an offering.

Groupon Files For IPO

Launched in November 2008, Groupon offers daily deals on the best stuff to do, see, eat, and buy in about 43 countries. The company has its presence in US, North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and around the world. It started out of a website called The Point, launched in November 2007 which allowed users to start a campaign asking people to donate or do something as a group.

Groupon turned down a $6 billion buyout offer from Google last year. With this $3 billion IPO, Groupon is likely to surpass the value of Google which had a valuation of $23 billion at its market debut. Despite skyrocketing sales, Groupon is yet to start earning as they incurred losses to the tune of $413 million in 2010. The company claiming a subscriber base of about 83.1 million had first-quarter revenue of $644.7 million, still lost money last quarter with losses amounting to $113.891. The company added it sold 28.1 million Groupons in the first quarter and had 56,781 merchants in its marketplace.

The daily-deal market leader, Groupon, faces mounting competition from LivingSocial, Google and Facebook. LivingSocial, one of its rivals is planning to raise as much as $400 in funds. Groupon plans to trade under the ticker symbol GRPN and investment banks Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse have been tapped to be the IPO’s bookrunners.

The current trend of investing in new technology stocks has got investors all excited about such investments. Doubts are being raised whether this bubble will burst as many of these companies are finding it difficult to earn profits. Groupon’s chief executive, Andrew D. Mason has cautioned investors to be realistic about their profit expectations in a letter to prospective shareholders.”

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SEC Filing – Corporate SEC Filing Requirements

In 1934 the Securities and Exchange Commission which is also called the SEC was given birth. This commission requires companies i. E public companies in America to file a number of financial reports required under the Corporate SEC filing Requirements.

Sec Filing

This was allowed by the Securities Exchange Act, sections 4 with the aim of regulating the securities industry, enforcing federal securities laws and also protecting investors/business entrepreneurs. Laws such as the Securities Act of 1933, the Investment company act of 1940 are just a few that were enforced under the Securities Exchange Commission.

Another important rule apart from filing these reports with SEC public companies there is also a requirement to ensure that these reports and information supporting it are available to the public. This information can be used by investors to make their decisions on whether or not to invest in a company or not.

There are quite a number of Securities Exchange Filing Types and these include S-1, F-1, 4, POS AM, 20-F. Information in this report includes proposal on the sale of securities, quarterly reports, transfer of ownership, annual reports and management.

You can find more information about the Securities and Exchange Commission and the laws that governs it online and even in your public library. If you are a growing business and you want to implement sound environmental policies in the aim of increasing your competitiveness, then adhering to these SEC laws are important.

No longer are companies that directly impacts upon the environment such as heavy manufacturing are concerned about the environmental laws. There are many investors and even stakeholders who are concerned about the Corporate Sustainability of the company. Companies in the private and public sector together with many government agencies are now considering their impact on the environment and improving their corporate sustainability.

As with the law companies must now engage and enforce the rules relating to employment, governance and safety, they must also develop policies on how best to tackle their social responsibility to the environment rather than only their legal and economic responsibility. A company sees this as a tool to move their business forward as stakeholders then to support these companies more.

When America got its last President – Barrack Obama, he signed an executive order called the Federal Leadership in Environmental, Economic and Energy Performance. This now made it a requirement that all federal agencies to monitor their GHG emissions within the limits set by the year 2020.

He also developed a plan that encompasses a number of objectives to help in improving the sustainability of companies. Therefore areas such as increasing water efficiency and energy efficiency, decreasing fleet petroleum consumption and support for a sustainable community were part of this executive order. There were other limits set to help reduce the fleet of gasoline used by thirty percent and increasing the water efficiency. This resulted in each agency to assign a sustainability officer to be responsible for its compliance and they can channel these reports to the President especially if they are not complied with.

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