New stakeholder address management features for Carta admins

Company administrators can now use the stakeholder address history feature to track multiple, effectively-dated addresses per stakeholder as they move from location to location. Additionally, we've also improved the experience around managing and viewing addresses in Carta for stakeholders based outside of the United States.

Who this affects:

Company administrators responsible for managing stakeholder information in Carta

What’s new:

  • Multiple, effectively-dated addresses per stakeholder. Companies can now reflect a timeline or history of addresses for a stakeholder as they move from location to location
  • Extra structure for non-US addresses. For stakeholders based outside of the US, companies can now track and view stakeholder address information at the country, country region (i.e. state/province/county/etc.), and city level
  • Integration with Carta's tax system. When an option exercise occurs, Carta will estimate tax withholding amounts using multiple tax jurisdictions if the stakeholder lived in more than one location during the vesting period

Track stakeholder address history as they move from location to location:

Old form for adding a non-US stakeholder address:

New form for adding a non-US stakeholder address:


Timing:

All companies will have access to these new features by Wednesday, February 3rd

Resources:

Tax mobility feature available to Carta admins

For company administrators using the new "Tax rules" page in Carta, they can now choose to enable the tax mobility feature for their company. If tax mobility is turned on, Carta will use a stakeholder's address history when estimating taxes for withholding purposes.

Who this affects:

Company administrators with access to the "Tax rules" page in Carta

What’s new:

  • Enable tax mobility for more accurate tax withholding estimates. Companies can turn the tax mobility feature on under Compliance > Tax rules. If tax mobility is enabled, Carta will look at a stakeholder's full address history when estimating applicable taxes for a withholding event (e.g. NSO option exercise, RSU settlement).

If you don't already have access to the "Tax rules" page in Carta, reach out to your account manager to request access.

Navigate to Compliance > Tax rules to find the tax mobility feature:

Timing:

All companies with access to the "Tax rules" page will have access to the tax mobility feature by Wednesday, February 3rd

Resources:

Carta HRIS Integrations now available to Carta admins

Carta integrations to HRIS (Human Resources Information System) Providers are now available to all users with HR Administrator or above Carta access. The HRIS Integrations we have today are one-way data synchs from either BambooHR, Namely, or Workday into Carta.

Who this affects:

HR Admins, Company Editors, and Legal Admins for all companies

What’s New:

Carta HRIS integrations are now available to users with HR Administrator, Company Editor, and Legal Administrator access. Carta HRIS integrations can:

  • Flag Terminated Employees. Employee terminations made in the HRIS appear as pending termination events in Carta
  • Flag Existing Stakeholder Updates. Employee profile updates made in the HRIS will appear as pending stakeholder profile updates in Carta

Carta HRIS integrations functionality can be enabled via the Company > Settings > Integrations page. The data pulled by the HRIS integrations is then shown in the Stakeholders > Stakeholder Updates page where, you can find:

1. Pending HRIS employee profile updates for stakeholder profiles that already exist in Carta



2. Pending terminations for employees who were terminated in the HRIS but not in Carta



Learn more about setting up each HRIS integration here:

Lastly, for Enterprise companies, Carta also supports flat file integrations with HRIS Providers that support automatic report uploads via SFTP. Contact your Carta Account Manager if you want access to the flat file integrations feature.

International exercising - submit and settle your exercise with Carta

Non-US optionholders at US private companies will now be able to initiate and pay for option exercises through Carta.

Who this affects:

  • 🌐 Non-US optionholders at US private companies that have enabled this feature

Supported platforms:


What's new: 

  • Submit exercises on Carta - When enabled by your company, option exercises can be initiated within Carta.
  • Submit payment to Carta - After admin approval, pay for your exercise with a wire transfer to Carta. Once Carta receives the full cost of the exercise, funds are transferred to the issuing company.

  • Exercise and payment status - Track exercise and payment status within Carta. Be notified of any issues with your payment.
  • Immediate certificate generation - After receiving the funds for your exercise, a stock certificate is immediately generated for company officers to sign.

Timing:

  • All US private companies will be fully transitioned to support Non-US exercising by March 2021.

Resources:

 

 

Option exercise settings for exercises initiated and settled on Carta

Managing option exercising is now easier than ever. 

All exercises are now settled through Carta—US optionholders pay via ACH, Non-US optionholders pay via a wire transfer. Carta conveniently manages payment reconciliation and payment issues such as insufficient funds or overpayments. US private companies can centrally adjust exercising via the Transaction Settings page. 

Who this affects:

  • 🇺🇸  US private companies 

What's new:

  • 💸 All exercises are settled with Carta - No matter where your optionholders are located, Carta will receive all funding for on-platform exercises. US holders pay for their exercise via ACH and non-US holders pay for their exercise via a wire transfer to Carta. Company admins will no longer need to mark exercises as paid. 
  • ✉️Communication with optionholders - Carta communicates directly with optionholders to resolve payment issues, letting them know of an outstanding balance for an exercise or facilitating a refund for overpayment. 
  •  Auto-cancel unpaid exercises - If a wire exercise is unfunded or underfunded for 30 days after admin approval, the exercise will automatically be canceled. 
  • ⚙️ Clear transaction settings - Control option grant exercisability easily in one central location

Timing:

  • To be rolled out to all customers by the end of February 2021

Action required: 

  • Visit Company > Settings > Transaction Settings to opt in
  • Once your company has access to this feature, you must opt in within 30 days otherwise online exercising will be disabled
  • If you do not yet have access, reach out to your Customer Support Manager to get immediate access

Resources: 

Exercise flow improvements

Optionholders at private companies will now see an improved exercising experience where they can clearly see fair market value (FMV), exercise spread, and option income. 


Who this affects:

  • Optionholders exercising option grants from private companies


What's new: 

  • Current fair market value (FMV) - Optionholders can see the current fair market value the issuing company has on file, which determines the tax implications of their exercise.

  • Exercise spread on option grant - Optionholders can see the per-grant spread when selecting a grant to exercise. This shows the difference between exercise price and fair market value.

  • Overall gain/loss - When selecting the quantity of shares to exercise, optionholders can see the overall gain/loss for their exercise. This is useful for understanding tax implications of an exercise.
  • Tax implications - Optionholders will be able to see tax implications more clearly. If the exercise is taxable and the issuing company has provided tax rates for the jurisdiction of the holder, the holder will see a table of the relevant taxes for their exercise. 





Carta now supports performance conditions for grants with custom vesting schedules

Performance conditions can now be set at the tranche level for vesting schedules that have been customized for an individual grant. Administrators can create custom schedules for individual participants and attach vesting tranches to performance conditions. 

With this enhancement, performance awards can now be attached to grants without vesting templates. This compliments our existing performance award functionality that allows for performance awards to be attached to vesting template tranches.


To create a custom performance vesting schedule, first select Custom vesting in the vesting schedule column when drafting an award:



This selection will bring up a vesting schedule creator. If the vesting schedule is unique to this particular grant, click Custom one time schedule. 

Note: if the vesting schedule for the grant is not unique, we recommend clicking Create schedule as template. Creating a template will allow multiple grants to use the same vesting pattern.



After clicking Custom one-time schedule, enter the vest dates and quantities. If a performance condition applies to one or more of the tranches, select it in the Performance Condition column.

Following the creation of the custom performance vesting schedule and the drafting of the grant, the grant’s vesting schedule and payout will be governed by the performance condition. From this step, the performance condition’s achievement and payout function in the same way as grants with standard and custom performance vesting templates:


Performance Awards in Custom Reporting

You will now be able to see data related to performance awards in our custom reporting suite. 


These fields include:

Performance Condition - The name of the performance condition
Condition type - Whether the condition is event based, market-based, or non-market based
Vesting condition details - Any notes regarding this performance condition
Minimum payout - Lowest payout percentage, relative to the original grant amount
Maximum payout - Highest payout percentage, relative to the original grant amount
Vests post-termination - Whether the performance condition could be recognized during a PTEP period to allow vesting
Performance condition recognition status - Whether the condition was recognized or unrecognized
Recognition date - Date the condition is recognized
Actual payout percentage - The payout percentage, relative to original grant amount



You'll see these fields in these reports and are able to add them as optional fields in other custom reports:


Equity Awards outstandingEquity Plan Granted reportOptions outstanding report Securities Ledger 

Improved Equity Plan Balance Report

We're excited to release a new Equity Plan Balance Report for our Private Market customers. This report allows you to see your plan balance across all equity plans and better reflects the effects of plan pour overs and transactional events on securities.

You'll notice some improvements:

  1. All equity plans will be included - you no longer need to select a equity plan while exporting the report
  2. Pour over calculations are more accurate - overdrawn balances are reflected on plans clearly
  3. RSAs are now tracked under "Equity Grants" - we'll be consistently tracking RSAs its an equity award in future reports


You can find this reports under top menu at Capitalization > Reports.



We'll be retiring the older version of the equity plan balance report as part of this release.


Information Clarity in the Equity Awards Ledger

What’s coming: The "Quantity" column shown in the "Options" tab of the Equity awards ledger will be re-labeled to "Original quantity" to more accurately reflect the information in this column.

We're highlighting this small change because it comes in anticipation of some improvements to Carta's transactional workflows that will reinforce the dynamic nature of option grants and their quantities.

Who this affects: All companies

What’s better: Information clarity

Timing: Live for all customers December 7th

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