8common seeks IPO on ASX; hopes to raise US$3.3M


14 million new shares at an offer price of A$0.25 are open till August 8. 8common is expecting the shares to be quoted on ASX on August 20


Sydney and Singapore based software developer, 8common Limited (8common), is hoping to raise A$3.5 million (US$3.3 million) through an IPO listing on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX).

8common, the developer and distributor of software solution Expense8 (travel and expense management) and Realtors8 (real estate content management) will issue 14 million new shares at an offer price of A$0.25.

The offer closes on August 8, 2014, and 8common expects its shares to be quoted on ASX on August 20, 2014. The minimum application under the offer is for 8,000 shares (requiring an investment by an applicant of A$2,000 application monies) and then in multiples of 1,000 shares (A$250).

Nic Lim, CEO, 8common

Nic Lim, CEO, 8common

Speaking on the IPO that opened today, Nic Lim, CEO, 8common, said, “There are clear opportunities for growth from both our existing markets and Asia Pacific. For Expense8, there is a clear trend towards discarding excel spreadsheets and manual processes to adopting software to manage and streamline the travel booking and end-to-end processing of employee generated expenses. The Realtors8 solution will provide the tools to support real estate agents who now adopt online real estate classifieds as their primary means of marketing.”

8common had registered its prospectus on Thursday last week, followed by a replacement prospectus yesterday. Investors can submit their application online or follow the procedure mentioned in the prospectus.

With dual headquarters in Sydney (Australia) and Singapore, offices in Vancouver (Canada) and a dedicated outsourced team in Manila (Philippines), 8common delivers its solutions on both Software as a Service (SaaS) and customer hosted platforms. Its solutions, as per the company, are used in seven countries, and its customers range from Australian listed companies and government agencies to real estate professionals in North America.

However, 8common is expecting the growth to come from Asia Pacific with Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong as the initial focus.

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8common’s Board of Directors is led by Independent Chairman Grant McCarthy, Non-independent Director Larry Gan and Independent Director Adrian Bunter. They serve alongside Founder and Chief Executive Officer Nic Lim and Chief Financial Officer Zoran Grujic.


Expense8: Helps manage employee expense claims
Expense8 manages corporate credit card expenses, e-invoices and employee reimbursement expenses through a web and mobile interface. Through the automation of data imports, exports, end user emails, and complex tax calculations, it offers an easy solution for processing of corporate expense claims. The travel component allows user to plan, book and reconcile travel expenses using an integrated solution. Combining pre-trip approval, an online booking tool and an expense management solution, Travel.Expense8 maximises efficiency and saves your employees’ time by reducing the effort needed to organise corporate travel bookings.

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Realtors8: Makes website creation easy for realtors
Realtors8 provides real estate agents and brokers with a web-based content management system (CMS) that allows for the creation of unique websites and to list property portfolios. An easy site creation process ensures that sites are generated and properties are quickly listed for viewing, in a manner that saves both time and effort.

Disclaimer: Nic Lim, CEO of 8common and Partner in 8capita, is one of the investors in Optimatic Pte Ltd, the parent company of e27

Dhaleta Surender Kumar

Surender Dhaleta is the Editor of e27. Hailing from Shimla, India -- the backdrop of much of Rudyard Kipling's 'Plain Tales from the Hills', this 'poet at heart' journalist brings over 16 years of writing; and 13 years of journalism experience to Asia's tech industry. Prior to e27, Surender, or Suren – as he is better known in the region – has edited Pitch, the leading marketing magazine in India, from the exchange4media stable, for four years. He has also been part of the Editorial Team of afaqs!, the world's second largest online platform for media, marketing and advertising. He is also former Founder of himvani.com, an online thinktank – a site founded way back in 2005, when internet was just taking roots in India – to influence government policies through collective governance for the state of Himachal Pradesh. The site, since his exit in 2009, has moved on to become one of the leading news websites for the state. Mysticism intrigues him. He enjoys reading folklore and mythologies – a passion that reflects in his poems and lyrical short-stories.

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  • Confused

    why go for IPO just to raise such small amount ? why not VCs ?

  • Mohan Belani

    I reached out to Nic to get his thoughts on this and this is what he had to say:

    It may have taken longer to raise the capital from VC’s. For the right reasons, it is also more efficient to tap capital from the markets as a listed entity for future funding needs. Given the financials of the company with a established products, customers, revenue and historical profitability, it is also easier for public investors to understand the company and its potential. This gives rise to the option of tapping public funds as opposed to only private/vc funds.

    Final point to note is that the origins of 8common is more a private equity deal as opposed to a VC deal as we acquire companies and manage them unlike VC’s who don’t get operationally involved.

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