On Monday June 21, 2021 LegalZoom – the online legal-services company set terms for its NASDAQ initial public offering (IPO).
- Detailed instructions how to participate in LegalZoom.com (pre-IPO, offering price) see below👇
What is an IPO and how it works
IPO is a process of offering shares of a private corporation to the public in a new stock issuance. Why go public? The primary benefit of going public is easier access to capital.
To go public, a company must have a track record of growth and other favorable results and hire an investment bank (JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, and Barclays in LegalZoom case) to come in and underwrite the IPO. The underwriters also performed due diligence and verified financial information and business model.
Once the paperwork done, the company sells the stock to institutional investors. When the initial block of shares has been sold, the company with underwriters' help sets an initial price and date for the stock to begin trading on a stock exchange.
Company Profile and Financial Indicators before LegalZoom IPO
LegalZoom.com (LZ), an online platform that provides legal protection to US companies, is launching its IPO on June 29.
LegalZoom mostly targets small companies that do not have enough staff to ensure legal compliance. Yet, small businesses do require legal support, which LegalZoom is able to provide; this includes company and trademark registration, tax advise, and other legal aspects.
Around 50% of LegalZoom's earnings come from subscriptions. As of late 2020, the company had over a million of active subscriptions, which made it one of the largest small business service providers in the US.
In 2020, LegalZoom went up by 15.20%, the earnings amounting to $470.60M. The company has been in the market for over 20 years and raised $811M in investments since its inception. At the IPO, LegalZoom's value may amount to $5B.
Market Cap $4949.81mil
Revenues $499.47 mil (last 12 months)
Net Income $-4.8 mil (last 12 months)
How to Buy LegalZoom Stocks Before the IPO (Offering Price)
In the past, IPOs as highly profitable investments were available only to the privileged customers of the leading brokerage firms and it was challenging for retail investors to gain access. You couldn't buy shares paying the price set by the company and you had to wait until the shares actually start trading on the public stock market at whatever stock price supply and demand allows.
Technologies and marketplaces changed the rules of the game, now regular investors can get pre-IPO shares. To participate in LegalZoom IPO you need to use an IPO investing app like Freedom Finance (NASDAQ: FRHC), TD Ameritrade or Fidelity. They give its customers access to IPOs and secondary offerings through their existing brokerage account. Also you can buy LegalZoom shares when the company goes public via a commission-free trading app like eToro.
🚨 Detailed Instructions How to Participate in the LegalZoom IPO before public trading:
Below we share the instruction how to participate in the approaching LegalZoom IPO using Freedom Finance (Freedom24 platform). This marketplace is chosen as an example because LegalZoom is already listed there.
* Freedom Finance services are NOT available to US citizens and residents.
- Apply for a Freedom Finance account — you need to prepare your identity document and a document confirming the address of residence (utility bill). The verification process is very fast, it will take 2 minutes to create your account.
- Deposit your account — to participate in an IPO, your account must have available funds in the amount you send IPO application for.
- 💡 Tip: It's recommended to deposit your account in advance. Often the exact IPO date is undefined until the last day. You may have a short notice for participation and account deposits also takes time for processing. Also, sometimes Freedom sends last-minute IPO offer when you have 2 hours to participate.
- Submit a request to participate in the IPO — when applications are open select LegalZoom and click Participate in the IPO > input the amount you want to invest > Send your application. Note: Before the book closing, a request can be withdrawn. At the time of the book closing, 1 day before the start of the exchange trading, the specified amount will be blocked on the account.
- Wait for allocation — The actual number of stocks purchased during an IPO depends on supply and demand. The higher underwriter reserves the right to partial execution of collective applications. So if the demand is high you may get less than you applied for. Of course, you will only pay for the shares purchased. The rest of the funds will be returned to your account.
- Start of trading — With the beginning of the public trading on the stock exchange, the purchased shares will appear on the account and a lock-up period will start — a 93-day period of prohibition on sale. You can’t sell stocks, but you can track their current value and growth indicators in your personal member area and a trading terminal.
- Closing your trade — At the end of the 93 days lock-up period, you will be able to manage your stocks at your discretion — leave in the portfolio or sell and withdraw money or transfer the stocks to another depository/ broker in your name. This can be done in your account by clicking the ‘Sell’ button next to the name of the security. In this case, a commission of 0.5% of the amount of the sale transaction is charged.
Is investing in IPOs profitable?
Not always. The average return at the end of the lock-up period is 72%, past IPOs data.
When is the LegalZoom IPO date?
LegalZoom's IPO date is June 28, 2021.
What is LegalZoom IPO price range?
LegalZoom IPO price range is $24.00 - $27.00 per share.
How to Invest in LegalZoom after the IPO date (opening price)?
After the IPO you can buy LegalZoom stocks via Freedom24 or eToro on the first trading day.
In what currency LegalZoom IPO and post-IPO shares will be traded?
The LegalZoom IPO and stock trading currency will be USD.
If you have funds in another currency the cheapest way to convert your currency is to use the mid-market rate (that’s the one you’ll find on Google) which can be done via a fintech service like Wise. Banks may add hidden markups to their exchange rates - charging you more without your knowledge. And if they have a fee, they charge you twice. Wise never hides fees in the exchange rate.
What is the LegalZoom (stock symbol)
The stock ticker for LegalZoom will be LZ
LegalZoom Registration Statement on Form S-1
LegalZoom Registration Statement on Form S-1
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