Off-Platform Payment Settlement (Capital Markets)

What's new?

Carta Liquidity now offers more optionality when paying transaction proceeds following a tender offer or other private secondary transaction. Issuers can now elect to have proceeds for one or more sellers be paid outside of the Carta Liquidity platform via a third-party (including the Issuer). Below are several use cases that Carta now supports:

  • Proceeds paid through an Issuer’s payroll;
  • Proceeds paid to a seller’s trust account for distribution to beneficiaries; or 
  • Use of a third-party paying agent to distribute proceeds.

How does it work?

During the setup phase of a transaction, an Issuer can elect to have the transaction proceeds for one or more sellers paid off-platform. The Issuer will inform Carta which participants should receive their proceeds off-platform, and the transaction’s Offer to Purchase (OTP) will describe the method by which participants will receive their net sale proceeds. 

At settlement, Carta will deposit proceeds for participants not selected for off-platform payment into their Carta brokerage accounts. For a company repurchase (share buyback), no further action is taken by Carta for the balance of the proceeds as the Issuer will be responsible for the distribution through payroll or otherwise. In the case of a third-party tender offer, Carta will send the balance of the proceeds to the Issuer to handle the distribution to the remaining sellers.

At the close of the transaction, the total amount of money distributed by Carta or a third-party will be recorded in the Transaction Summary Report for the Issuer and the Trade Confirmation for each seller.

(a) Issuer Transaction Summary Report

(b) Trade Confirmation

(c) Statement Cycle Report

Distribute tender offer sale proceeds off-platform through payroll or other means for more payment flexibility

The off-platform payment settlement feature will:

  • Increase an Issuer’s flexibility in determining how transaction proceeds will be paid to sellers for secondary transactions; 
  • Reduce tax withholding and reporting complexity when Issuers choose to leverage their payroll system to distribute proceeds and withhold taxes; and
  • Make it easier for employee sellers that receive proceeds through payroll to contribute those additional funds to their 401k’s or other automated savings plans.

Reach out to Carta to get the process started

Do you want to run a tender offer or other private secondary transaction with a fully-integrated cap table experience? Reach out to Carta Liquidity’s Corporate Coverage team at company_coverage@cartacapitalmarkets.com to figure out the best path towards liquidity. 

Note: 
1. Brokerage accounts and other brokerage services are offered through Carta Capital Markets, LLC. Carta Capital Markets, LLC is a member of FINRA/SIPC.

Wire Instructions Update

What’s New

We have made UI improvements to our Wire Instructions for online wire exercises. The new UI better highlights the amount, timeline, and considerations for completing the transfer. The updates include:

  • User and exercise specific details such as grant, company, option holder, date, and amount.
  • Clearer instructions for the bank on how to handle intermediary fees with specific SWIFT payment instructions. 
  • Approval and reminder emails now show the last day for Carta to receive funds, so the exercise can be complete.

Who this affects

All international users who are exercising options via online wire. 

How it works

The updated Wire Instructions will be available in the same places as before (Tasks view, PDF, Exercise Progress view). You can see the new templates here:

Tasks view


PDF

Exercise Progress view

Email communication

Both Approval and Reminder emails show the date for Carta to receive funds.

Timing

  • Available on all online wire exercises starting 11/30/2022

Additional Resources

Support Article: Exercising Via Online Wire

Land top talent by giving candidates optionality during negotiations

What’s new

Flexible Offer Letters are now available to all Carta Total Compensation customers. 

 

Who this affects

All Carta Total Compensation customers.

 

Let candidates choose a compensation breakdown that’s best for them.

Flexible Offer Letters adds optionality to our Better Offer Letter. Now, you can:

  • Offer up to three different compensation packages to a candidate, setting each with different amounts of  cash, equity, and variable compensation
  • Empower candidates to visualize their future at your company, with first year comparisons and projected compensation charts 
  • Do it all in an integrated, complete platform with CTC’s acceptance flow and Carta’s complete platform 

 

How it works

Start using Flexible Offer Letters today. 

 

Offer Letter Creation Form

When creating an offer letter, you can add up to three  packages in the Compensation section.

Candidate Experience

The candidate will be able to select which package is represented in the First year compensation summary.

The candidate will be able to compare each package against each other in the Compensation Projection chart, too.

For companies using Carta’s acceptance flow, candidates will be prompted to confirm which compensation package they would like to accept in a modal prior to agreeing to the offer.

Companies that are not using Carta’s acceptance flow in the offer letter can correspond with candidates offline to determine the offer letter package the candidate would like to accept.

 

Have additional questions?

Check out our Support Center or reach out to your Customer Success Manager.



Capital Activity Tool

What's new?

Capital calls and distributions have historically been completed via communications directly with your fund admin outside of Carta’s Platform. This system led to potential delays due to a lack of transparency and tracking capabilities. 

Carta has now launched the new and improved Capital Activity Tool. This combines capital calls and distributions on Carta’s platform, enabling your fund admin to complete your requests easily from within while maintaining transparency and communications with you and your stakeholders.

What’s important or valuable about this change? 

Carta has reworked our capital call and distribution processes to streamline your capital to get it to where it needs to go as quickly as possible. 

 The new capital activity tool does the following:

  • Combines capital calls and distributions under one tab for your fund admin team 
  • Handles complex net events where LPs are being called and distributed value at the same time
  • Allows for distributions to use the same in-app GP approval flow that cap calls use
  • Allows for distributions to use the same pro rata math to auto-populate figures that cap calls have
  • Adds itemization support (bucketing) so journals and cap call notices can detail how much of a cap call is for expenses, fees, and more
  • Calls outside commitment are now supported 
  • Cap calls can use dynamic fields for notice building (previously distributions only)
  • The support section is now customizable on notices
  • Progress (LPs paid) figures are now accurate 
  • Tracks partial amounts from LPs

With this new infrastructure, Carta will start adding features at a high velocity. Stay tuned for improvements to in-kind support, notice customization, scheduled LP reminders, sub-close interest, and more.


What do I need to do?

Ready to use the new tool? We have launched with several test customers and are currently collecting results.


How do I learn more or get help?

Please refer to these screenshots for a sneak peek. 

You can now select from a menu of options in the Capital Activity Tool, including:

  • Capital Calls
  • Subsequent Close Call
  • Distribution
  • Custom Event 


Add a due date and the contribution event easily.


You can now select from a variety of buckets for your capital activity and decide how to allocate across investors. 



Granular data entry allows you to make sure you call and distribute the correct amount for each stakeholder. 



Track all of your capital activity in one easy location. 

Quarterly Salary + Total Cash Benchmark Refresh

What’s new?

Benchmarks version 2022-11-10

What changes can I expect from these benchmarks?

We have updated salary benchmarks for all job areas and specializations. We have also updated total cash compensation benchmarks for sales roles. Salary benchmark changes in this release reflect a slowing market for talent among startups. Most job areas saw little no change versus our last release, with increases/decreases of less than 1%. We saw most of the volatility in this release within engineering specializations, which have smaller sample sizes than the broader job area. Most notably, Mobile, QA, and Web Engineering all saw large increases across peer groups and levels, bringing pay for the various engineering specializations into closer alignment.

What were the largest areas of movement from these benchmarks?

IT, Sales, and Administration roles saw the largest increases ranging from 2%-5%, though the increases to IT and Administration roles are largely due to sample size changes. Support roles saw the largest decrease (4%). All other job areas changed by less than 1%.

Increases:

  • IT
  • Sales
  • Administration

Decreases:

  • Support

How do I update my plan to use the new benchmarks version?

You can update your compensation plan to use the latest benchmark versions either by:

  1. Visiting the Plan page and clicking on the "Update available" link in the Active Plan window.

  1. Navigating to the Bands page and clicking on the "Update" bubble in the top left.

You will have the opportunity to preview the new plan with the updated benchmarks version and assess their impact on your scorecard before accepting the new plan.

What’s next?

Carta Total Compensation is working on updates and improvements to our equity benchmarks in order to reflect the current labor market.

Tax Withholding Estimates during Order Entry (Capital Markets)

What's new?

Sellers participating in a private market secondary transaction, such as a tender offer, on the CartaX ATS can now view their estimated tax withholdings* during the Order Entry phase. Equipped with estimated tax information, sellers who are US-based employees will be able to make a more informed decision when determining sell preferences and better anticipate their net proceeds.

How does it work?

Issuers sponsoring a tender offer or another structured transaction will provide Carta with their employees’ city, state, and/or federal jurisdictional tax rates. Carta will use the applicable tax rates to calculate their individual estimated tax withholding. 

As sellers select which of their eligible stock holdings to sell during the Order Entry period, the Proceeds Calculator on the right hand side of the screen will automatically update and calculate what their estimated net proceeds may be after fees and taxes*. 

Sellers can then click on “View tax details” (hyperlink within the red box above) to view a breakdown of the estimated tax withholdings by security type and tax jurisdiction.

Enable your employees to understand their estimated tax obligations earlier in a tender offer when placing their sell orders.

The Tax Withholding Estimates during Order Entry will: 

  • Enable sellers to see how their security elections during the Order Entry period may impact their estimated tax withholdings, and ultimately, expected net proceeds; and
  • Save Issuers time by helping to reduce the amount of questions received from sellers about their potential tax withholding obligations. 

 Reach out to Carta to get the process started

Do you want to run a tender offer or other private secondary transaction with a fully-integrated cap table experience? Reach out to Carta Liquidity’s Corporate Coverage team at company_coverage@cartacapitalmarkets.com to figure out the best path towards liquidity. 


*Note - The estimated tax withholdings is for illustrative purposes only. The withholding amount shown is only an estimate. The actual amount withheld from a seller’s proceeds may differ significantly from the amount shown. Tax withholding is not a final calculation of taxes due. A seller may have a greater or lesser tax obligation than the amount withheld by the Issuer, and the seller is responsible for determining whether and when any additional tax payments are required. 

Disclaimer: Carta, through its wholly owned broker-dealer subsidiary, Carta Capital Markets, LLC, offers a streamlined experience for executing pre-negotiated stock transfers, tender offers, and other secondary liquidity transactions. Carta Capital Markets, LLC is a member of FINRA/SIPC.

Tagging portfolio companies within firm investment view

What’s new? 

We’ve improved our investment tagging feature so you can easily categorize, filter, and view your investments by industry, geography, and more.

Investment tagging allows you to enter any custom KPI attached to your portfolio companies so you can personalize the information on the Investments tab of your fund dashboard. Plus, you can now easily view the performance of your investments based on KPI. 


How it works 

Category refers to the classification, like industry, while tag refers to the type of classification, like fintech.  

To apply a new tag, edit an existing tag, or create a new category, navigate to your Overview tab, then click Investments. Select “+” next to the investment you’d like to personalize.

To add a new category or a new tag (not already in the dropdown), click Manage All Tags & Categories.

To add a new category, select the dropdown next to Categories and click + Add New. Enter the category, and select Add new tag category. To remove a category, select the category from the drop down, and then click Delete category. 



To add a new tag within a category, enter the tag in the box labeled tag name and click Add tag. To remove a tag, select the trash can symbol next to the tag.


To edit a tag for an existing category, select the dropdown next to the tag, then select the new tag you’d like to apply to that investment.  



To add an additional tag or category to your investment (the tag and category must already exist in the dropdown), select + Add Another Tag. To delete an additional tag or category, select - to the right of the tag.  



Once your new category or tags are entered, click Submit. You will now see a more detailed view of your investments. To filter by category, select Filter, enter the filtering condition, and select Apply Filters. 

Who this effects

Anyone utilizing Carta’s fund administration, LP Portal, Portfolio Insights and free firm portfolio can access this feature. 



Optional Sections in Carta Closings


What’s new?

With Optional Sections, a new feature of Carta Closings, fund managers now have the ability to further customize their LPs subscription experience.

Create an even faster closings experience for your investors. 

Our Optional Sections feature allows you to hide sections of Carta’s Standard Investor Questionnaire, such as Qualified Purchaser (QP) or Qualified Client (QC), that may not be relevant to your fund or SPV. You can also disable, make optional, or require LPs to provide their wire instructions for future distributions as part of their subscription.

How does it work? 

1. On the Closings tab, select Closings Details.  Then, scroll down to Customize Sections

2. From here, you can make your selections to hide, require, or make optional the  wiring instructions, qualified purchaser, and qualified client sections. Then click Save

How do I learn more?

To learn more about this feature, please reach out to your account manager. 

Have additional questions about Carta Closings? Check out our fund manager resource and LP support article, or request a demo.

Updated Scorecard for Total Cash Compensation

What’s new?

Carta has updated the Scorecard to feature total cash compensation targets and compa-ratios for all employees within the sales job area. These targets will leverage the total cash benchmarks in combination with the parameters defined in your Plan. These changes will be reflected in both the company and employee scorecard.

How do I enable total cash compensation targets on the Employee Scorecard?

In order to access the new total cash functionality on the Employee Scorecard the employee must be within the Sales job area, total cash targets will be displayed for these employees regardless if they have been assigned variable compensation. For more information about assigning variable compensation checkout the following support article.

How do I access total cash compensation on the Scorecard?

Carta added the following columns to the Scorecard:

  1. Total Cash
  2. Total Cash Target
  3. Total Cash Ratio

These columns are hidden by default but can be enabled by:

  1. Navigating to the Scorecard and selecting the column dropdown.
  2. Select the “Total Cash” options that you’d like to include from the dropdown.

What’s next?

Carta Total Compensation is working to refresh our salary benchmarks in order to reflect the current labor market.

Custom Questions in Carta Closings

What’s new?

We understand the questions fund managers need answered by their LPs can vary depending on the entity. With Custom Questions, a new feature of Carta Closings, fund managers and fund attorneys now have the ability to customize their LPs subscription experience, ensuring no question goes unanswered.

If Carta’s standard Investor Questionnaire doesn’t cover everything you or your attorney needs answered by LPs while closing your fund or SPV, Custom Questions gives you the ability to easily add additional questions to our questionnaire. 

How does it work? 

1. On the Closings tab, select Closings Documents, then click Edit Appendix. 

2. You’ll be directed to a Get Started screen with two options: 

Option 1: Enter questions from scratch

If you have not previously added questions to another entity, you’ll start here. For each question added, you can designate whether the question be answered by all LPs, just individuals, or just entities.

Option 2: Copy Questions from another fund / SPV

If you have previously added questions to another entity, there’s no need to enter these questions again. Click Start copying and select which questions you’d like to copy to your current fund or SPV. 

3. Enter your question and then select how the answer should be provided by your LP (short text input, yes or no, etc.)  There’s no limit to how many questions you can add, or what you want to ask of your LPs.

4. Once your questions are entered you can  preview how they will appear in Carta’s investor questionnaire. After a final review, click Submit.

How do I learn more?

To learn more about this feature, please reach out to your account manager.

Have additional questions about Carta Closings? Check out our fund manager resource and LP support article, or request a demo.



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