I have been reading and following your blog. I have just started my investment journey and hopes to attain financial freedom within 5 years.
Recently, I have been given an investment offer which I would like to share with you and seek your help by listening to your opinions. I shall not share with you where and who offered me the opportunity as I want to prevent any accidental bias.
I received an offer to join a club opened by a company (it is a reputable company, which is why I do not want to share with you the name of the company now as I believe you would have heard of the company before.) in Singapore. In order to join this club, you have to commit a 5-figure sum for a few years.
One of the businesses of the company is to help other company IPO.
Basically, in point form, I shall name the company I am talking about as IPO Services Ltd.
1) Herbal Tea Ptd Ltd wants to IPO on SGX, so they approached IPO Services Ltd for help.
2) IPO Services Ltd will check through Herbal Tea Pte Ltd's finances and other legal requirements that SGX requires in order for a company to be listed on SGX.
3) Herbal Tea Pte Ltd passed all the financial and legal requirements. Next, Herbal Tea Pte Ltd needs enough public interest before they can be listed. (If not they won't be a PUBLIC listed company.)
4) This is where members of the club comes in. IPO Services Ltd will show members this company and interested members will form the bulk of the "interested public" and be issued shares at pre-IPO prices. (For eg. $0.50)
5) With everything in place, SGX approves and Herbal Tea Pte Ltd is listed on SGX. The IPO price is $1. So members of the club can
- Sell off their shares to the "enthusiastic public" and make a 100% profit.
- Hold onto their shares if they believe in Herbal Tea. (Bearing in mind that the shares was initially purchased at pre-IPO price)
If I were able to list a company at $1 a share, why should I sell to you at 50c a share? I might do it to incentivise employees and insiders but members of an IPO club to show that there is interest from the public? I don't think so.
Also, in order to join this club, you have to commit a 5 figure sum for a few years? For me to part with so much money for such a long time, an investment has to be a highly transparent and tangible. This does not sound like one.
There is no free lunch. This has to be a highly rewarding scheme for the owners of the IPO club. How are they rewarded?
This is not an investment opportunity to me. It is, at best, an invitation to speculate.
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NOTE: The first step in converting from private to public is to undertake a process called due diligence. Due diligence is the analysis and valuing of a company and it is usually performed by a professional accountancy firm. It will involve a comprehensive look into almost every area of the business. This due diligence is the foundation upon which all information disclosed to the public is based. A value is then assigned to the company and an appropriate number of shares are issued. At this stage,the investing public is offered an opportunity to buy the shares. This is called the Initial Public Offering (IPO). (Source: Taking your venture public in SG.)