A Dual-Listed Company (DLC) is a corporate structure where a single company is listed on multiple stock exchanges. This allows the company to have a presence in multiple markets, and can potentially increase the company’s visibility and access to investors. A DLC typically involves two separate legal entities, one listed on each exchange, with a single board of directors and management team overseeing both entities. The two entities are linked through a number of mechanisms, such as cross-shareholdings, complex legal agreements, and are considered to be a single economic entity. There are several benefits to this structure, including increased liquidity and flexibility in capital raising, as well as a potentially broader investor base. However, there are also drawbacks, including the added complexity and cost of managing two separate legal entities.

A DLC is different from a cross-listed company, which is a company that is listed on one stock exchange and has its shares traded on another exchange through a cross-listing arrangement. In a DLC, the company is listed on both exchanges under the same name, and shares of the company are issued and traded on both exchanges simultaneously.

DLCs are often created when two companies from different countries merge or when a company expands into a new market. For example, a company that is listed on the London Stock Exchange might decide to list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange as well in order to access a larger pool of investors.

Benefits of Dual-Listed Companies

There are several potential benefits of being a DLC, including:

  1. Increased liquidity: By listing on two different exchanges, a DLC creates more opportunities for investors to buy and sell the company’s shares, which can lead to higher trading volumes and a more liquid market.
  2. Increased transparency and accountability: By meeting the disclosure and reporting requirements of two different regulatory bodies, a DLC may be able to enhance its credibility and attract more investors.
  3. Access to a larger pool of investors: By listing on two different exchanges, a DLC can access a wider range of investors and potentially secure better terms for its securities.
  4. Potential for increased valuation: A DLC may be able to command a higher valuation due to the increased liquidity and transparency of its shares.

Drawbacks of Dual-Listed Companies

There are several potential drawbacks of being a DLC, including:

  1. Complexity and cost: Managing two separate listings can be complex and may require additional resources and expertise. The company may also incur additional costs associated with maintaining two listings, such as fees to the exchanges, legal and financial advisory fees, and the cost of preparing and filing additional reports.
  2. Regulatory compliance: A DLC must comply with the regulations of both exchanges on which it is listed, which can be time-consuming and costly. This may involve preparing and filing additional reports, complying with different corporate governance requirements, and managing different sets of analysts and investors.
  3. Risk of dual-class share structure: Some DLCs may have a dual-class share structure, which means that different classes of shares have different voting rights. This can lead to concerns about corporate governance and the ability of minority shareholders to influence the company’s decision-making processes.
  4. Risk of conflicting regulations: There may be instances where the regulations of the two exchanges conflict with one another, which can create additional complexities for the company.
  5. Potential impact on share price: The listing of a company’s shares on two different exchanges may not always lead to an increase in the share price. In some cases, the share price may be impacted by factors such as market conditions, investor sentiment, and the company’s financial performance.

Examples of Dual-Listed Companies

  1. Royal Dutch Shell
  2. Carnival Corporation & plc
  3. Rio Tinto
  4. Unilever
  5. Mondi Group

Mark is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) in Canada, and has worked in the accounting field for over 25 years with a variety of companies including small to large privately held and public companies. Mark now runs his own accounting firm and is dedicated to helping individuals and small business owners. Mark enjoys coaching and mentoring small business owners on how to best handle their business finances.