Ernst & Young surveyed fast-growth companies on their long-term ownership plans. No one strategy dominated. Interestingly, companies that aimed to go public were generally less profitable than others.

"Which of the following best describes the long-term ownership plans for the business?"

GO PUBLIC 19%

REMAIN FAMILY-OWNED 18 AND -MANAGED

NO DEFINITE PLANS 14

BECOME MANAGEMENT- OR 14 EMPLOYEE-OWNED

SELL OR BE ACQUIRED 13

REMAIN FAMILY-OWNED BUT 6 PROFESSIONALLY MANAGED

OTHER (ALREADY PUBLIC, 16 CONFIDENTIAL, ETC.)

DATA: THE EWING MARION KAUFFMAN FOUNDATION/ERNST & YOUNG

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