IPOing 101 - How to apply for IPO shares?
I received enough emails from 'new comers' asking how to apply for IPO shares and how to sell them that it may be timely to write a post on this. For seasoned IPO old birds, please bear with this even though it creates new 'competition' for the limited public shares. hahaha. This post only covers applying for the "public tranche" of the IPO shares.
Step 1: Open a CDP account with SGX. Without a CDP account, you will not be able to apply for the IPO shares as you need to key in your CDP account number the first time you apply for the shares. For your convenience, you may want to open a CDP account with any brokerage firms.
Step 2: Ensure you have an account with our local banks here and the ATM card.
Whenever a company wants to go for listing, it has to choose an underwriter or placement agent. Which placement agent do you always see on the IPO prospectus? It is none other than DBS Bank. You may wonder why DBS bank is always the "first port of call'? The reason is simple. DBS (together with POSB) owns the widest network of ATM machines in Singapore.
If you ask around, almost everyone here has either a DBS or POSB account or both! This is why if you have a DBS or POSB account, you can probably apply for all the IPOs via their ATMs. This will include applying via their internet banking platform as well. (I will apply for the IPOs via DBS's internet banking if they are available). If there are sufficient time to launch the IPO, the underwriters may then expand this offer to other banking networks such as UOB or OCBC.
Step 3: Apply for the shares at the IPO tranche via ATM or Internet Banking before the closing date and time. Usually before 12pm on a chosen date. The IPO fee is currently $2 per transaction and you will need to have sufficient cash to debit for all the shares you applied.
Step 4: Check the results to see if your application is successful. If you are successful, the shares will be credited to your CDP account. You may start checking for the results from 6pm onwards the next evening after the IPO closed. (You can learn how to read a balloting table here)
Step 5: You may then sell the allocated IPO shares through the "normal cash accounts" of any brokerage firms that you have linked the CDP account with either on-line or with a broker. Some of local brokers are listed below:
- DBS Vickers Securities
- OCBC Securities
- UOB Kay Hian
- Maybank Kim Eng
- Lim and Tan
- Phillips Securities
You will not be able to sell the shares through Saxo, IG or Standard Chartered as these accounts are not linked to CDP.
Two very old articles which may interest you.