Escrow watch: Nearly 300 million shares are bursting onto the ASX in the coming weeks
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Want to know when shares are coming out of escrow? We’ve been keeping tabs, so you don’t have to.
Every two weeks, Stockhead takes a look at the small cap companies that are releasing shares formerly locked away in escrow.
Escrow refers to shares that are held by early investors or directors restrained from selling for a year or two. The release of escrowed shares can have a big impact on stock price, because a sudden influx of stock onto the market can depress the shares you own.
Aeeris (ASX:AER) has 127,500 shares coming out of escrow on February 25. They were originally issued for heart-warming reasons: to employees on February 25 2016 “as a reward for their dedication and hard work and to also incentivise them for future performance”. Onya, Aeeris.
Pivotal Systems (ASX:PVS) has about 7 per cent, or just over eight million shares, coming out of escrow, but we don’t know when — the company says they will be released the day after its full-year results, but it won’t say when that will be. Hmm.
Digital Wine Ventures (ASX:DW8) has the highest proportion of shares coming out of escrow with about 20 per cent of its issued capital, or 141 million, coming out of escrow on February 28.
February 28 alone will see 151 million shares being released from escrow — PINCHme.com (ASX:PIN), Rafaella Resources (ASX:RFR), Credible Labs (ASX:CRD) and engage:BDR (ASX:EN1) are also coming out of escrow with shares that day.
Here’s a list of ASX stocks that have signalled escrow releases in the next fortnight:
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|ASX code||Company||Date released||Escrowed shares||% of all shares|
|DW8||Digital Wine Ventures||28-Feb||141,103,436||20%|
|HGM||High Grade Metals||27-Feb||40,000,000||9%|