As Deadline Passes, SEC Fails To Authorize Google IPO

by , Aug 17, 2004, 12:00 AM
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As of late Tuesday, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had not authorized Google to go forward with its initial public offering (IPO).

"We have not declared the registration statement effective," SEC spokesman John Heine said after the passing of Google's requested deadline of 4 PM (ET).

The company notified investors on Monday that the SEC and state regulators began an investigation of the company's unregistered issuance of 28 million shares to employees and consultants.

SEC approval is necessary before Google can price its 24.6 million shares for sale to the public. Google set a suggested price of between $108 and $135 per share several weeks ago; its IPO is expected to raise between $2.7 and $3.3 billion.

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