There are pros and cons to investing in a company with enough market activity to qualify for shelf offerings.
If a company qualifies for shelf registration, it will be experienced with stock and bond offerings and likely has plans for future growth.
However, some investors may be wary of jumping on board unless the intended projects to be financed through the offering are extremely well defined and have an excellent chance of success.
Since markets are extremely sensitive and fickle, it is difficult to predict what yet unknown factors could potentially spell trouble.
Despite the potential risk, a company electing to make a shelf registration is probably a good bet for investment because it must qualify to make these offerings and most likely has had previous success with new projects.