Alternative Capital Markets

Alternative Capital Markets - Thank you Cameron I feel...

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Thank you Cameron. I feel almost at home, having qualified as an engineer here when it was Caulfield Tech. Forty-something years ago … ! That should leave time for some questions, which I look forward to. Slide 12 So … the territory I’m going to cover: Why have a Small-cap exchange? Capital market segments Market Functions NSX/BSX Government and the Law Micro-cap: theSMEboard Private Equity What I’ll be talking about is some things that fill the gap in the capital market infrastructure that the Australian Stock Exchange, the ASX, leaves alone: a market for the securities offered by companies that have less than the 500 shareholders ASX requires. The jargon calls them Small-caps and SMEs. We sometimes even hear talk of Micro-caps. You probably can guess what I mean by Small-cap, but let me just reiterate: the capitalization of a company is the number you get when you multiply the company’s share price by its number of shares on the share register (including those that it still holds). So a company with 10 million shares that are worth a dollar has a capitalization of $10 million. There’s no hard and fast rule about what’s Small-cap – but anything less than $10 million just about qualifies. The main thing to know is that Small-caps are companies that are just beginning to deal with the capital market. And that can either be because they’re raising capital or because their shareholders expect to manage their investments on what the Corporations Act calls a fair, orderly and transparent market. Or because ASIC has tapped them on the shoulder because there’s a government Policy Document that says that any company with more than 100 share trades -or more than $500,000 worth of share trades in any given year, must be listed on a public stock exchange – or run its own Low Volume Financial Market. Government has always been keen to support emerging businesses, especially those that are commercializing Australia’s intellectual effort, its researchers. On the other hand, the government has been keen to regulate the crooks out of the market by imposing extremely strict rules about who can offer shares to the public – and how they can offer them. 1//home/vdimitrov/14770/c7d23d2de4b8c79f98b50f7fca71be21cb8414cb .docx
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Now investor protection is all very well, but it can make it expensive for a company to raise capital. Costs that a Small-cap company simply can’t afford. So the government has relaxed some of the Corporations Act rules to promote investment in Small cap companies. Though not so much that the crooks go unscathed I guess what's brought governments to this position has been the urge to see economic development. Which means helping to create businesses that are worth investing in. Businesses that will create employment and wealth. That’s also meant supporting knowledge-based companies via things like the technology precinct program, the business incubator program, business networking, and the Cooperative Research Centres program. Things that I used
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