Placeholder docs for Metro Bank (updated)

We’re getting worried. Seven hours (at pixel) had elapsed on Monday since share trading in Metro, the dog-lover’s bank, kicked off in London. And still there’s been no sign of a published prospectus.

We just hope that something has not gone wrong. Because right now, institutional holders who bought shares in the pre-float placing (and got to see the draft documentation) will be dealing while in receipt of inside information if they try to take advantage of the 10 per cent Day One Pop and sell.

So, in an effort to level the investor playing field and un-falsify the market, here are the two key docs that anyone trading this stock needs to read. Read more

Welcoming The People’s Operator, a £100m+ MVNO

No — we don’t yet have the prospectus for The People’s Operator, a mobile firm that has announced plans to list on Aim with a reported market value of more than £100m. But we do have its most recent accounts, which make it possible to back engineer what the prospectus might say. Read more

Welcoming Matomy, with eager anticipation… (updated)

Sorry, at pixel the doc was still not available for the leading digital performance-based marketing company, Matomy Media, which is joining the London market. We’ll update this post if and when we can. The Matomy Media prospectus has arrived (Wednesday, belatedly), so we can replace the placeholder image with the real doc…

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A warm welcome to Fundsmith Emerging Equities Trust

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Terry Smith has achieved the rare feat of publishing a flotation prospectus before dealings actually commenced. Read more

A belated welcome to Allied Minds

This IP specialist, sitting on the end of an $XXbn R&D pipeline from American universities and the US military, quietly floated in London last week. As a private entity, Allied Minds has been funded to date by Neil Woodford, the star manager who is now setting up his own firm. But the conditional public market price has so far stuck at the initial float price — 190p.

Maybe giving more information to a wider pool of investors will help… Read more

A belated hello to Zibao Metals Recycling

This wannabe penny dreadful — ‘reselling’ copper and aluminium into the Peoples’ Republic of China — escaped our notice last week.

That’s fixed now. Read more

A belated welcome to Zoopla

We were all experts on this one before the prospectus even went to the printers. But here, for the record, is the Zoopla doc…

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A belated welcome to MySale

A particularly challenged new addition to the London market, this one. A Philip Green-backed ‘flash’ sale specialist, MySale had its opening price quoted in pound sterling rather than pence. Amidst the confusion, the price tanked.

That was last week. Now we finally have the actual numbers. Click to view. Read more

Welcoming the AA (updated)

This is the first in a new occasional series.

It’s become the norm for companies listing in the UK via an institutional placing (rather than a full public offer) to delay publication of their prospectus until after conditional dealings in the stock start.

Why? To control the news, clearly. Media treatment is restricted to the narrow confines of the offer price announcement; by the time the prospectus comes out the press spotlight has invariably moved on… Read more