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Private Equity and Entrepreneurship Glossary

Qualified IPO

A public offering of securities valued at or above a total amount specified in a financing agreement. This amount is usually specified to be sufficiently large to guarantee that the IPO shares will trade in a major exchange (NASDAQ or New York Stock Exchange). Usually upon a qualified IPO preferred stock is forced to convert to common stock.

Quartile

One fourth of the data points in a data set. Often, private equity investors are measured by the results of their investments during a particular period of time.
Institutional investors often prefer to invest in private equity funds that demonstrate consistent results over time, placing in the upper quartile of the investment results for all funds.