I Want to Sell

This is the BrewDog UK Share Trading website of Neil Fletcher, known as ‘Share Trader’ on the BrewDog Investors Forum.

Due to family illness, we are not currently trading shares for other investors, so are unable to buy shares to resell.
This page will be updated should the situation change.
However, below is some information if you are hoping to sell.

It was announced on the BrewDog Investors Forum that an official Trading Day will be held in March 2022.
To find out more, click here.

Please do not email me to ask about the details, as I know no more than you can read there.
Also, I cannot sort out your problems with access to ComputerShare, Asset Match, or the BrewDog Forum, and I cannot provide you with help, or advise on how to follow the processes.
If you need help, your first contact should be with the Customer Services sections of those companies.

We do not advise that people should sell at all, unless they have fully considered their options.

If you don’t have access to your ComputerShare Account, or maybe don’t even know what ComputerShare is, you are wasting your time reading any more on this page.
No one can buy your shares from you until you can access your account at ComputerShare. Paper share certificates are not usually acceptable, and you will be required to download digital certificates from within your account.

If you hold your shares at share.com (formerly TheShareCentre) you will need to contact them if you wish to sell your shares.

Check our other page for more information on ComputerShare:

If you a have a problem with accessing ComputerShare, and don’t know what to do, email equitypunks@brewdog.com and they may be able to assist you.
There is also help on Computershare’s own page:
This is not something I can help you with.

Before you sell a private equity like BrewDog UK plc shares, you need to be aware of several important facts.

Important Information to potential sellers:
BrewDog is currently working very hard towards a potential Stock Market Listing.
If you sell before this happens, in our opinion, you are highly likely to get a price considerably less than you will after a listing.

Firstly, you have bought a private equity, and selling it before the company lists on a stock exchange is not a simple process, and you are likely to receive considerably less than the company’s recent share issue, and possibly less than you bought the shares for.
The vast majority of private equity companies go out of business, do not pay out at all, or you make a loss on your initial investment.
Very few are as successful as BrewDog.
It is only because BrewDog has done so well that early investors are now making profits by selling before a listing.

Secondly you need to know if you will have any Tax liabilities.
In the UK this is Capital Gains Tax.
In the tax year ending 05/04/2022 each individual investor has a Capital Gains Tax Allowance of £12,300. As long as your profits from all asset sales are below this level you may not have a liability.
If you are not subject to Tax in the UK you must still check out your local tax situation.
You will need to speak to an accountant or tax advisor if you are unsure about your tax status.

Generally, you should only sell a Private Equity if you fit the following criteria:
1) You are an early investor taking out profits
2) You are selling to re-balance your investment portfolio
3) You really need the cash now, and have no alternative but to sell
4) You believe that the value will go down

We are all very lucky that we can trade our shares at all, let alone at a profit!
This is not normal for private equity investments generally.

But, if you do have to sell there are a couple of options.
1) A trading day is held once a year as long as there is no current Share issue taking place. The third ever took place on 31/01/2019. The shares were first sold by BrewDog in 2009/10, so Trading Days are not that frequent. You will typically pay 3% commission to the broker, and possible other costs. Non-UK residents and citizens may pay double this in fees, possibly much more.
An official Trading Day was expected to be held in May 2020, but has been postponed indefinitely because of the current viral pandemic.
If they do hold another one, it will only be announced on the BrewDog Investors Forum so you need to make a habit of checking there regularly.
2) You can sell privately.
The process is quite straightforward for sales up to £1,000.00 as Stamp Duty is not involved. Above this level, it gets a bit more complicated as the seller has to effectively collect the buyers Stamp Duty payment, and pay it to HMRC to stamp the form.
(There are currently temporary digital procedures in place because of Covid-19 and you should check out HMRC’s website to make sure you know what you are doing!)
ComputerShare cannot transfer shares traded with a value over £1,000 without the Stamp Duty having been paid. There are some exceptions to this, but you must be absolutely sure you know what you are doing.
The slightest error in details on the ComputerShare Stock Transfer Form will cause it to be rejected.
I have posted a guide on how to sell on the BrewDog Equity Punks Forum.
If you are registered and logged in to the Forum, you can see it here:

BrewDog Forum: How to Sell Shares Privately

Do you need our help to sell your shares?

We are not planning to run another sale for some time, because of time commitments, so are not in the market to buy shares.
This page will be updated should the situation change.

We have helped many other earlier investors sell their shares, but it is not something we can do for everyone. It takes us a considerable about of time, and our aim has always been to help our fellow investors whilst covering our time, costs and risks.
Unfortunately there is insufficient trading in this one single private equity to make enough money to turn it into a business. It is fun though, and has been very rewarding in other ways.

We hold regular general sales.
See our Home Page to see if we currently have one on!
We can never guarantee to be able to sell your shares, but we will try our best if we agree to take your shares on.
We cannot buy from you until AFTER we have sold shares from our own holding,

If you have at least 500 shares for sale, and your requirement to sell is very urgent, we may be able to assist you outwith our general sales.
We occasionally receive requests from buyers who have the ability to buy in large quantities, but expect prices much lower than the Trading Day prices.
If you wish your shares to be considered for such a sale, you can email me at neil@brewdogshares.com
You will need to have access to your ComputerShare account with your legal registered address up to date. You must be able to download a current valid digital share certificate to send to us, tell us how many shares you wish to sell, and the lowest price you are willing to sell for.*

*Sometimes you will have to be much cheaper than you expect, if you are really desperate to sell.
If you are expecting a ‘good’ price, then you are not as desperate as you think you are.
For example, if you are trying to sell shares in a company in hospitality when there is a global pandemic and most of the places that sell the product are closed, ask yourself how much you would be willing to pay, then take a few quid off

We would always recommend to investors that they hold on to their shares for as long as possible, and are fully aware of their responsibilities.
We believe that your shares are worth more than the price at which we can buy them from you.

Any information you provide to us will be treated in the strictest confidence, and we respectfully request that any information we supply to you is treated likewise.
No data is stored on this website. We will never pass your details to anyone else, other than to the bodies who require it to complete any share trade between us.

We do not trade in BrewDog USA or BrewDog Australia shares.
These companies are still very young, and we expect it will be several years before buying and selling their shares second hand will be viable for anyone who isn’t prepared to take a significant loss. This is typical of the vast majority of Private Equities. They are long term investments, and cashing out early nearly always leads to a loss.
USA share trading legislation is also very different to the UK, and you can transfer shares from your KoreConX account very easily, if you can find a buyer.
So hopefully, our services should not be required at all!
We don’t know anything yet about trading the Australian shares, which have only just been released for sale.

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