Let's stick together
A stapled security is an investment with two parts that can't be
separated from each other. A common example would be a listed
property trust investment stapled to shares in the company that
manages the property trust.
What are stapled
Stapled securities are created when two or more securities are contractually bound
together so that they cannot be bought or sold separately.
The two parts are usually a share in one company and a unit in a
trust related to that company. For example, a property trust may have its units stapled
to the shares of the company that manages the trust's properties.
The trust is the legal owner of the property assets. The related
company manages the fund and development opportunities, and charges
the trust a fee.
Pros and cons
Stapling gives the management company an incentive to work for
the benefit of the unit holders, rather than just their own
shareholders. Some stapled securities may provide minor tax
One of the disadvantages of stapling is that you cannot buy one
without the other.
Sometimes stapling may change the security you have. For
example, you may move further away from being a creditor of the company and closer
towards being a shareholder. (Bear in mind that shareholders
generally get paid last, if at all, when a company is wound
Stapled securities are a bit more complicated and no two are the
same. If they are not listed they can be difficult to sell.
Ask for financial advice if you're unsure
whether stapled securities are right for you.
Last updated: 18 Jul 2014
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