- This is not the same as a publicly owned enterprise or a government-owned corporation.
A public company
, publicly traded company
, publicly held company
, or public limited company
(in the United Kingdom) is a limited liability company that offers its securities (stock/shares, bonds/loans, etc.) for sale to the general public, typically through a stock exchange, or through market makers operating in over the counter markets. Public companies, including public limited companies, must be listed on a stock exchange depending on their size and local legislation.