IPOs Are Dwindling, So Is the Number of Public Companies

More and more promising companies are opting to stay private longer. After all, why bother with the hassle of shareholders and financial disclosures, when there’s enough VC funding to go around? The proof is in the data--recent years have seen not only a precipitous decline in the number of companies that hold an initial public offering, there’s been a dramatic decline in the overall number of publicly listed companies in the U.S., too.

65% decline in the number of U.S. IPOs from a 2014...

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