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PrimaryBid triumphs in retail campaign

Hedge funds have profited handsomely from the boom in equity capital markets, but retail buyers haven’t been completely excluded.

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All investors matter.

That was the title of an open letter, posted back in April by app-based retail platform PrimaryBid to the boards and managements of UK companies, then pouring out emergency capital raisings in a desperate effort to re-enforce their balance sheets at the height of the first Covid panic.

Retail investors were being excluded from these, even though they accounted for 20% of secondary turnover in the FTSE All-share index, with anywhere from 60% to 74% of that being buy orders.

Those equity raises typically priced at discounts to already beaten down share prices.

But as soon as they were completed – in some cases, as soon as they were announced – and balance sheet safety secured, share prices could soar by 20% or 30%.



Boards are very focused on protecting existing shareholders.