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GoPro announces plans to sell millions in stock

Stock sell-off, a term which our readers may have come across before, refers to the selling of securities by a company, whether stocks or bonds or other commodities. According to Investopedia.com, sell-offs can occur for a variety of reasons, such as after a less than satisfactory earnings report or when oil prices significantly increase. A sell-off can be a smart way for companies to deal with uncertainties in the stock market, depending on how they are handled.

Recently, GoPro—the company famous for designing and manufacturing high-definition personal cameras—announced that it would be selling off $100 million worth of stock in order to free up capital to expand its business. The company went public in June, and it is not uncommon for companies to sell stock after a successful initial public offering, particularly when there is still a need to raise capital to launch the company to greater success. 

In addition to the $100 million sell-off, existing shareholders are going to sell off $700 million. In total, the sell-off could increase the company’s capital by over 40 percent. That money will reportedly be going toward investment in human capital, technology, as well as infrastructure and potential acquisitions.

There are a variety of ways companies can utilize sell-offs to better position themselves in the marketplace. Regardless of the approach used, it is critical that the sell-off is situated in the context of a long-term plan for the company’s success. Companies considering a sell-off should, naturally, work with an experienced legal team to ensure the success of their efforts.

Source: San Jose Mercury News, “GoPro plans $100 million cash boost with stock sale,” Heather Somerville, Nov. 10, 2014.

Wealthfront, “Strategies For Selling Stock Post-IPO,” Accessed Nov. 11, 2014. 

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