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Initial public offerings

Initial public offerings and structured investments

The Westpac Online Investing IPO and Investment Centre provides information and access to a range of offers, including upcoming initial public offerings (IPOs). The following outlines the range of methods companies can use to raise capital.

Issue equity

An IPO is when a company issues and/or sells shares to the public for the first time, usually as part of the process of listing on an exchange.

These shares give the shareholder equity – part ownership – in the company. The shareholder can sell the shares on the market at the market price, which will fluctuate with the profitability of the company and other factors.

Rights issue

Under a rights issue, the company offers existing shareholders the right to subscribe to newly issued shares. Each shareholder’s rights allocation will be in proportion to their existing shareholding.

Share purchase plan

Under a share purchase plan, the company invites existing shareholders to purchase newly issued shares that are usually at a discount to the current share price. The offer gives existing shareholders the right to buy the additional shares, but they are not obliged to do so.

Issue debt

Interest rate securities

A company can issue debt and use the funds to underpin the operations of the business. This type of debt is also referred to as an interest rate security. It pays a fixed or floating rate of return in the form of interest or dividends.

The company that issues the debt is known as the issuer. In return for receiving your money, the issuer will usually pay you a specified rate of interest (a coupon) over the life of the interest rate security and repay the initial investment amount at maturity.

For more information about interest rate securities, read Westpac’s educational brochure, ‘Predictable’.

Structured investments

The Westpac Online Investing IPO and Investment Centre also provides information on, and access to, a range of offers relating to structured investments issued by financial institutions.

Structured investments allow you to invest in conventional asset classes, whilst providing packaged additional features such as leverage and or capital protection. Structured investments are issued by financial institutions to provide investors with an alternative way to achieve unique risk return profiles.

An example of a structured investment is a self-funding instalment warrant, which allows you to buy shares on a part-payment basis. A portion is paid upfront (the funding cost plus a capital contribution), with the final payment delayed to a later date. The final payment is the loan amount extended to the buyer of the instalment.

Key features of Westpac Online Investing

  • Gain access to IPOs.
  • Gain access to company debt capital raisings.
  • Gain access to structured investments.
  • Use our quick and simple application for offers through our online IPO and Investment Centre.
Things you should know

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