Expressiveness considerations of this sort should not matter in investment markets; expressiveness there gets expensive. And yet we have ethical investment funds for investors who care about that sort of thing. And, yet we have this one.
Moa Beer has been carving out a little niche in getting free publicity by being outrageously blokeishly offensive. When Wellington proposed putting up a Wellywood sign (tacky in the extreme), Moa promised a beer bounty to anybody who knocked it over. They sponsored the Great Easter Bunny Hunt. Gay rights groups haven't been pleased with some of their marketing campaigns. And they've been a bit cute around ASA guidelines regarding swearing in ads. And the Pakistani cricket team isn't pleased either.
Moa's now heading for IPO. Here's their prospectus. If you're running an investments course, this is one to keep on file. They've advertising for Beretta shotguns inside the prospectus, among other things. The Herald has some highlights:
The prospectus seems designed for those who get expressive benefits from their investment decisions. So, then: will expressive bias against them in the IPO from those who are angered by their strategy be outweighed by expressive bias in their favour?
I'm not considering investing. The University sends a hefty chunk of my pay cheque over to the NZ University Superfund for my retirement; I don't try picking stocks. But if you were a value investor, would you expect that expressive investors would unduly bid up the price, and so you'd be inclined to stay away, or would you expect that IPO-avoidance by ethical types would make this a nice play? I'd lean towards the former.*
I expect that Moa will wind up doing well. Their beer is pretty decent and they're pretty shameless. That's not a bad niche. A small brand can afford to have half the world hate it so long as it gets a few people who love it.
Update: The most obvious model of what's going on is that they're trying to select for investors who like the current marketing strategy so the shareholders won't get mad when they do outrageous things in future. It'll be interesting to see what happens at IPO.
Update 13 November: Their IPO was oversubscribed. Good for them!
* Not investment advice; I've only skimmed the prospectus; form your own judgments, etc.