Hyflux recently announced plans to offer a 6% cumulative, non-convertible, non-voting, perpetual preference shares to raise funds. The purpose of this fund raising exercise is not known (or I’ve not read closely enough in the prospectus here). Regardless, let’s see if this is worth looking into. First of all, let’s take a look at the terms of the offer.

Preference shares is a type of hybrid between bond and equity (in fact, closer to bond than equity). The holder of this instrument will be entitled to dividend at 6% pa, payable semi-annually on 25th April and 25th October every year. Since this preference share is also perpetual, which means that unlike a bond, there is no maturity period for which the issuer will redeem back the bond. However, there is an option for the issuer to redeem back the preference shares on or after 25th April 2018. Take note …