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February 2002
Wine Companies and the Public Markets
When Does It Make Sense to Think About Going Public?
by Bob Hambrecht
Only a handful of wineries have ever tapped the US public markets through an IPO. In almost every case, they have proven to be very sound investments, particularly those with strong brands. We, at W.R. Hambrecht + Co. believe that there are a number of other potential IPO candidates within the wine industry and that there are very sound reasons for a winery to consider going public. When reduced to its essence, three reasons emerge for taking a wine business (or any business for that matter) pub...
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