Going Public and Raising Capital 101

A private or public company can raise capital in a variety of ways. Traditional sources of capital for companies include loans from financial institutions such as a bank, or from friends and family as well as receivable financing. Companies can also raise capital in going public transactions by selling their securities prior to filing an SEC registration. Going public is a milestone for any company and there are both advantages and disadvantages that attach to public company status.  Companies going public do so because of the general perception that their new status will make it easier to raise capital.A private or public company can raise capital in a variety of ways. Traditional sources of capital for companies include loans from financial institutions such as a bank, or from friends and family as well as receivable financing. Companies can also raise capital in going public transactions by selling their securities prior to filing a Form S-1 SEC registration or Regulation A+ Offering Circular. Going public is a milestone for any company and there are both advantages and disadvantages that attach to public company status.  Companies going public do so because of the general perception that their new status will make it easier to raise capital.

If a private or public company is offering and selling securities, even if to only one person, the offer and sale of the securities must either be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) or must qualify for an exemption from the registration statements requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”).

Advantages of Public Company Status

There are numerous advantages of public company status including:

♦ Going Public using Form S-1 or Regulation A potentially increases the opportunities to raise capital because it can provide an exit strategy for investors if structured properly;

♦ Public companies can increase liquidity for the private company’s stock, which may allow the owners and employees who receive stock through an employee benefits program to sell their stock more easily;

♦ Public companies are able to acquire other businesses with their securities;

♦ Public companies can attract and compensate management and other employees with their stock and stock-options; and

♦ Being public can create brand awareness, publicity and prestige for the private company.

Raising Capital by Selling Stock

Before deciding to go public using Regulation A or a Direct Public Offering, private companies should consider:

♦ Increased liabilities resulting from public disclosures and obligations arising from public company status;

♦ Private companies may lose some flexibility in managing company matters because public company shareholders must approve certain corporate actions; and

♦ Information about the company, such as financial statements and disclosures about material contracts, customers and suppliers, will become publicly available to competitors.

♦ The cost of a going public and time needed to become publicly traded;

Typical going public costs include:

♦ Legal

♦ Auditor

♦ Transfer Agent

♦ EDGAR Filer; and

♦ DTC Fees

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