Retail investors to miss out on IPOs

The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) should reserve at least 25 per cent of every initial public offering (IPO) to retail investors, OnMarket BookBuilds believes.

Responding to the ASX's proposal to reduce the minimum number of investors a company must have to list to (100 for large companies and 200 for small companies), the firm said the rules could result in retail investors and self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) being locked out from participating in IPOs.

The capital raising platform provider firm's chief executive, Ben Bucknell, said the ASX should reserve 25 to 40 per cent of every IPO, as more than 572,000 SMSFs account for $600 million in assets.

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"Unless a percentage is reserved for ordinary Australians, they will continue to miss out on the opportunity to bid in most IPOs," Bucknell said.

"But listing rules that give SMSFs certainty that they will be treated fairly in allocations will make a new $600 billion pool of capital available to companies raising capital.

"This could lower the cost of raising capital and have national benefits for the Australian economy, jobs and growth."

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I signed this petition. I can't believe that the ASX is trying to shut out retail investors. Well done to OnMarket for going into bat for retail and SMSF investors.

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