Key Takeaways. A rights issue is one way for a cash-strapped company to raise capital often to pay down debt. Shareholders can buy new shares at a discount for a certain period. With a rights issue, because more shares are issued to the market, the stock price is diluted and will likely go down.
In a rights issue existing shareholders are given the opportunity to buy a set number of new shares in the company they own. These new shares are often available at a discount to the existing share price, to encourage investors to take part.
When companies issue additional shares, it increases the number of common stock being traded in the stock market. For existing investors, too many shares being issued can lead to share dilution. Share dilution occurs because the additional shares reduce the value of the existing shares for investors.
The simplest way to create a TERP estimate is to add the current market value of all shares existing before the rights issue to the total funds raised from the rights issue sales. This number is then divided by the total number of shares in existence after the rights issue is complete.
Conclusion. The issue of right shares is in the benefit of the existing shareholder and provides them with an advantage of applying for the shares at a discounted price and retaining their voting rights. A company can raise a significant amount of the share capital by resorting to the issue of rights shares.
Why are rights issues bad?
The market may interpret a rights issue as a warning sign that a company could be struggling. This might even cause investors to sell their shares, which would bring the price down. With an increased supply of shares available following a rights issue, this could be very bad news for a company’s market value.
Yes, applicants can apply for any number of additional shares but the allotment of the same will depend on shares available for apportionment and will also be in proportion to your holding, irrespective of additional shares applied by applicants.
Selling RE on the stock exchange is permitted until a few days before the issue closing date. “Shareholders not keen to subscribe to their rights can sell it easily to those who want to buy at the traded price on the stock exchange,” says Kkunal Parar, Senior Research Associate, Choice Broking.
The shareholders not willing to subscribe to their rights issue can sell their rights in the open market through the rights entitlement trading platform of the stock exchange or via off-market transaction. This is known as the renunciation of rights shares.
When a company issues additional shares of stock, it can reduce the value of existing investors’ shares and their proportional ownership of the company. This common problem is called dilution.
What are the advantages of right issue?
Advantages of Right Issue
Right issue of shares is an opportunity for current shareholders to increase their stake in a company at a reduced cost. It is cheaper than a public share issue. The company saves a significant amount of money, such as underwriting fees, advertisement cost and so on.
Rights are offered to only those shareholders whose names exist on the register of shareholders of the company on the record date. That is the cut-off date for issue of rights shares. 2 days prior to that will be the Ex-Rights date.
Once the IPO is complete, investors can make secondary offerings to the public on the secondary market or the stock market. As mentioned above, securities sold in a secondary offering are held by investors and sold to one or more other investors through a stock exchange.
The rights issue is good for shareholders as it provides an opportunity for the shareholders to increase the stake in a company at a reduced price compared to the current market price.
Is rights issue mandatory or voluntary?
Stock splits, acquisitions and company name changes are examples of mandatory corporate actions; tender offers, optional dividends and rights issues are examples of voluntary corporate actions.