Public Cash Exercising Redesign

Users: Option holders of public companies
Platform: Web (iOS and Android coming soon)


With an objective to unify the cash exercising experience between private and public companies, we've enhanced the Public "Cash" Exercising flow on Web to make the steps more seamless, intuitive and easy to follow. Implementing these changes to the exercising workflow allows users to review all the important details relating to their option grant exercise in a step-by-step manner, eliminating confusion about tax withholdings and allows them to better understand the stages of their exercise.

While our previous Cash Exercising workflow for public companies got us some great mileage, our processes and their caveats have evolved, which called for a cleaner, simpler and an overall better user experience. Below are some of the highlights that the new Cash Exercising workflow will introduce:

  1. Step-by-step procedure: Intuitive and easy to follow, allowing the user to fully understand the process
  2. Improved tax estimation/information: Targeted tax withholdings information provided to user with respect to the option grant type being exercised
  3. Cleaner UI: Revamped headings, body text, call to action, helpful support links and more!

Fund performance metrics on Carta

We know how important Carta is in helping fund managers manage and track the performance of their funds. This month we've add a host of new features to help fund managers get and understand the metrics they need about their funds. 

Here's whats new:

1. New fund performance page

  • New table view with an option to 'switch to chart view'
  • Added metrics definitions and explainer tool tips
  • Period selector to allow you to easily select ‘end of’ last year, quarter, or month.
  • Traceback for very metric so you can to view the underlying source data
  • New API using Carta General Ledger for all contributions and distributions data.

Example of new Fund Performance page:

Example of traceback of TVPI metric as of 12/31/2020:


2. New Excel export:

We've added a new export on the page that includes all the metrics and details about the underlying data.


3. Support for parallel entities:

We've also added support for parallel entities (or fund families). You will be able to see all the above features at a consolidated level.


Where to find: Log in to Carta > Select a fund within your investment firm > Select the Fund performance tab

Timing: Rolled out to funds using our Fund Administration services on April 16, 2021.

Audience: General Partners, CFOs, Investment teams, Limited Partners.

Vesting & Exercise Status Bars

Users viewing the "Vesting schedule" tab in the security details modal will now see a new column in the "Progress" section labeled "Status" under which progress bars appear next to each vesting tranche that indicate the vesting and/or exercise status for each vesting tranche.

Who this affects

All users in all companies with securities that have vesting schedules

What's new

For security holders and administrators viewing individual security details, click on the "Vesting schedule" tab to see the new status bars (see red boxes below):

Depending on the status of a security's vesting and exercise status, you'll see the following colors:

  • Gray: unvested tranche
  • Light blue: vested tranche
  • Dark blue: exercised tranche

Previously, if there was an exercise for part of a vesting tranche, you'd either see the row colored in gray if the tranche was unvested, or you'd see the row colored in blue if the tranche was vested - this was confusing since neither of these results were technically accurate.

Now, if a vested tranche is partially exercised, you'll see the dark blue exercise color overlaid on the light blue vested color (show below). If an unvested tranche is partially exercised in the case of an early exercisable option grant, you'll see the dark blue exercise color overlaid on the gray unvested color.

Timing

Live now!

Exercise History - Shareholders can now centrally view their complete exercise history

Users can now access their exercise history across their entire portfolio in one spot. This makes it easy to review their activities over a defined time frame - like a tax year! 

Who this affects:

  • Shareholders who have exercised a private company option grant

What's new:

  • Find all exercise details in one location - Within Exercise History you can see a report of all your exercises across your entire portfolio. This makes it easier to get an at-a-glance view of your exercises activity.
     
  • Filter for specific companies or date range - Narrow your report by company or date range to customize your report.

  • Customize your report - Choose which fields are relevant for a given report.

  • Export your report - Download and view your report in a portable CSV format.

Timing:

  • Released March 2021
  • Support for all public company exercises coming Q2 2021

Where to find Exercise History

  • When viewing your portfolio, select the Account drop down menu to find Exercise History



Certificates of exercised option grants are now generated and issued after funds are confirmed

For private companies, Carta will now generate the resulting certificate after the option exercise funds are sent to the company and have succeeded (may take 1-2 business days).

Who this affects:


Private companies: Admins and shareholders

What was the problem:

Previously, resulting certificates were generated after Carta confirmed the funds from stakeholder, but before the funds were sent to the Company. This created reconciliation issues for the company as they could not verify if funds were sent to the company before issuing the certificate.

What’s new: 


We have now updated the flow to generate the certificate after funds are sent to the company, which may take 1-2 business days for the company to receive the funds.


This will help Company admins to reconcile exercise funds received during the exercise workflow.

Pre-filling Subscription Documents for Existing LPs

If you are an LP, you’ve felt the pain of filling out subscription documents. You go through the same long investor questionnaire with the same questions for every fund investment you make. With Carta subscription documents, now you don’t have to. 

What’s New 

Limited Partners who have already completed a subscription document on Carta can now re-use their information for future investments. They can add their subscription information in just a few clicks.


How it works

1. Limited Partners select the portfolio for the entity they are investing through

2. The form is pre-filled with information from their previous subscription. Any questions that are specific to this investment are highlighted for the Limited Partner to answer.

3. Limited partners review and confirm their information is correct.


Check out our Q1 product webinar recap blog post to see how simple the closings process will be.


Timing: Rolled out to Limited Partners on February 24, 2021

Audience: Limited Partners, General Partners

Biometrics Login on Mobile

To provide safe and easy access to our mobile users, we are introducing biometrics login on the Carta iOS and Android apps.

This update will make it easy for users to log in to the Carta app through the use of Touch ID or Face ID on supported iOS devices, and Facial or Fingerprint recognition on supported Android devices.


Note: Only biometrics login for a single account is supported at this time.

Fund Administration Experience on Mobile

Carta Fund Administration clients can now access both company investments and fund overview information on the Carta iOS and Android apps. This will help investors get information on the go.

Who this affects

Fund administration clients 

What’s new

Fund administration clients can now view both company investments and an overview of their fund entities on Carta.  

  • General partners can view and search through the company investments
  • The new fund overview page provides a summary into the fund investments and also the top five investments, which can be filtered based on Gross IRR, Cost, Value, Gain/Loss, and Multiple.


Tax Documents on Mobile

At Carta, we want to make complex things simple and easy to understand. To that end, we’re excited to release Tax Documents on Mobile.

This update will allow Carta users to access Tax Forms 3921 and 1099-B from the dedicated Tax Documents section within their Account.

To access Tax Documents, users can navigate to their account and select Tax Documents under portfolio information. If a user has multiple portfolios, they can choose a desired portfolio to view the documents.

Users will now be able to view, download and share tax documents from the mobile app.

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:

  • This feature is being made available to US private companies gradually throughout 2021.

Resources:

 

 

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