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!

Support Partially Realized Investments

This past week we released added granularity to the Investments, Overview and Firm Overview Tracking bars for investments. The in-app tracking bars will now show
  • Total investment count
  • Fully realized investment count
  • Partially realized investment count
  • Unrealized investment count


Timing: Rolled out to funds using our Fund Administration services on May 21, 2021.

Audience: General Partners, CFOs, Investment teams.

Partners' capital status included in exports

This past week we've added partners' capital status to the partners export. We know keeping tracking this is important for funds and can be a pain to do manually. Our Partners' exports on Carta now included the following information: 
  • Called capital
  • Uncalled capital
  • Percent of capital called
  • Prepaid balance
  • Outstanding balance

These updates apply to both the fund level and 'All Partners' export. We've added the following columns to the partners export.

Where to find: Log in to Carta > Select a fund within your investment firm > Navigate to the Partners tab > Select 'Export partners'


Timing: Rolled out to funds using our Fund Administration services on April 30, 2021.

Audience: General Partners, CFOs, Investment teams.

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.

Deal Documents on Carta

Fund managers are flooded with troves of documents for every investment their fund's make. These documents house vital terms that need to be quickly referenced during deal negotiations and potential exits to answer questions like- Who has blocking rights? Keeping these documents organized and easily accessible is also key to running a stress free audit that institutional LPs can have confidence in. 

What’s New 

For our early access group, funds using the Carta General Ledger can now see their deal documents directly on their realtime SOI. For each portfolio company, easily access documents by asset including both new investments and the supporting documentation for subsequent valuation updates. 

How it works

1. Work with the Carta team to capture all deal documents

2. Click through any asset on the realtime SOI

3. See all associated deal documents and valuation support

4. View or download the actual documents to verify any needed terms. 

5. Have your Carta Fund Administrator grant your auditor access to the Carta General Ledger so they can access any documentation/support the same way.


Stay tuned as we roll this out to a bigger audience and introduce more tools to make keeping track of deal terms across a portfolio even easier. Reach out to your account manager if you would like to be considered for early access. 


Timing: Rolled out to Carta Fund Administration early access clients April 2021

Audience: CFO'sFund Managers, AuditorsGeneral Partners


Private Options International Exercise- Supporting 3rd party money transfer payments

Non-US optionholders at US private companies will now be able to send exercise payments to Carta from 3rd party money transfer providers such as Wise(formerly known as TransferWise), Revolut, Xoom, Remitly etc.

We are giving optionholders the flexibility to either send payments through 3rd party money transfer providers or through wires initiated from banking financial institution.

Who this affects:

Non-US optionholders at US companies, when international exercise via wire feature is enabled by their company

What was the problem:

When we launched the ability for optionholders to wire exercise funds to support in-app money movement, optionholders were hit with bank fees, including intermediary fees, which led to holders underfunding or overfunding their exercises.

Sometimes, optionholders had to walk to a bank to wire the exercise funds as some of the banking financial institutions did not support online wire transfer.

What’s new: 

Optionholders can use the same payment instructions provided after an exercise is approved and send funds via 3rd party money transfer providers. 

Ensure that under "Recipient gets"  in 3rd party money transfer providers you input exact USD funds required for exercise payments. If amount required for exercise does not match with received funds, exercise will be underfunded and we will require remaining funds to complete the exercise.

Once Carta receives exact funds, we initiate outgoing payment to the company. After payment to the Company is succeeded, we generate Certificate.

This feature is an additional payment option that Carta is providing for our customers


Timing:

LIVE for companies that have exercising and settled via Carta feature turned on.

If you would like to have this feature added, contact Carta support!

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



Stakeholders from public companies can now more easily view their share and cost basis information

Who this affects:

Public company stakeholders

What's new:

Public company stakeholder portfolios now feature share lot details and transaction details tabs, capturing information about shares that are held and shares that have been sold.

Share lot details tab:

The Share lot details tab shows the stakeholder’s share lots. Stakeholders can view their acquisition date and cost basis for all share lots, as well as the source of the shares. For share lots linked to ISO awards or employee stock purchase plans, this view shows a qualifying date capturing the earliest date that the share lot can be sold in a qualifying disposition. The FMV at acquisition is also captured in the table to facilitate tax analysis.


Transaction details:

The second tab features transaction details for any sold lots. Stakeholders can view their sold share lots and their related cost basis and acquisition dates. This view also shows the disposition type if the share lot is linked to an ISO exercise or ESPP purchase. The view captures the proceeds for each liquidated share lot.



Automated partner matching for Schedule K-1 uploads

Sending K-1s to the right Limited Partners can be a manual, error-prone process. The new K-1 uploader helps ensure that every tax document goes to the right LP. When you upload your K-1s into Carta, our system will automatically match or suggest matches for LPs based upon name and tax ID.

Who this affects 

LP Portal customers, Fund Admin customers

What’s new

We have released a new tool for LP Portal customers to easily upload Schedule K-1 tax documents. This is the same tool used by Carta’s internal fund administrators.

The tool scans each K-1 to look for partner names and tax IDs, and compares them to the names and tax IDs we have on file.

If a K-1 matches with exactly one partner, the tool will automatically assign it to that partner.

If the tool is unable to definitively assign a document to a partner, it will suggest potential matches for user review.

To access the K-1 uploader, visit the Partners tab. Under Documents, select Upload documents and choose Schedule K-1.


Timing: This feature was released March 3, 2021

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