Effective Dates for Post-Termination Exercise Period (PTEP)

Post-termination exercise period (PTEP) refers to the amount of time an option holder has after termination to exercise their options. It is now possible to change the PTEP to give employees more or less time to exercise. This can happen on a one-off basis, or across many grants at once. 

What is new with this release?

It is now possible to enter an effective date for the post-termination exercise period in Carta. This is needed to track changes over time and to have more accurate financial reporting.

Modifying the PTEP 

The PTEP can be modified for a specific grant by selecting ‘Modify post-termination period’.

The original grant and the current PTEP values are visible on the left side of the ‘Modify port-termination exercise period screen’. 

Select ‘Add Modification’, then enter an effective date for this change, select a modification reason, select the new modification details, then select ‘Save this modification’.

It is also possible to update the PTEP across multiple grants at once. 

More information is available in this support article

Note: Changing the post-termination exercise periods can have tax and accounting consequences and may need board approval, so consult your legal administrators before making any changes.


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!

ISO 100K Dashboard

Get the transparency you need to manage ISO/NSO splits with the new ISO 100K dashboard in Carta.

Who this affects

All Carta customers can now access the dashboard under Compliance > ISO 100K.

What's new

The 100K rule for ISOs has been a historically opaque concept in Carta - customers and their legal counsel have often found it difficult to understand how the application of the rule results in the specific bifurcation of ISO vs NSO shares in a particular option grant.

The new ISO 100K dashboard brings a new level of transparency to the way in which ISO options are bifurcated according to Carta's automatic application of the 100K rules. For specific transactions and amendments that fall outside the purview of Carta's automatic bifurcation estimates, customers and their legal counsel can request access to the dashboard's grant editor feature, which allows legal administrators to change the ISO/NSO split estimated by Carta.

Last thing to mention: we worked closely with Orrick (one of Carta's law firm partners) to make sure we were solving this problem in a way that allowed our law firm partners to better support our customers. You can read more about that here on Carta's blog.

Timing

Available now to all Carta customers.

Preview and and manage compensation plans

With the new Plans page, you can now craft and manage your compensation plan to meet the needs of a changing workforce. With Plans you can:

  1. Review your active plan or create a new plan.
  2. Edit and preview draft plans.
  3. View your plan history.

Before making modifications to your plan, preview will allow you to see how a change in peer group, band ranges, or location strategy could impact your employees' compensation targets. 


Availability

  • If you are interested in learning more about Carta Total Comp, please reach out to your Carta Customer Success Manager or sign up here.
  • You must be a Carta cap table customer to sign up for Carta Total Comp.

Reconcile Stakeholder Updates

Announcing a new feature to manage Stakeholder Updates

Carta cap table admins can now see the updates that stakeholders make in their portfolio. Admins can easily review and approve these changes made by stakeholders to update the information in the company Stakeholders ledger. 

Why is this important? 

The most up to date information on a stakeholder can reside in an HRIS system, Payroll system, with an employee or in Carta. 

Now, stakeholder updates brings each of these sources of information together, better enabling administrators to decide what information to store and use in Carta through the reconciliation tool. 

What’s new?

When stakeholders update their address, contact email, or other info in their Carta portfolio, the new ‘From portfolio’ tab under ‘Stakeholder updates’ will surface these changes and allow the admin to quickly choose which updates to reflect in the company stakeholder ledger. 

Navigate to stakeholder updates from the Stakeholder tab in the navigation

Quickly identify discrepancies across systems and choose which information to store on the ledger

Details

For more detail on making Stakeholder Updates, please find more information here.

If you are interested in setting up an HR or Payroll integration, learn more here

Who this is available to

All Carta cap table customers

Make better compensation decisions faster

Carta Total Comp 

Carta cap table customers can now access our benchmarking and planning platform to streamline their compensation processes and compensate with confidence. 

What’s new?

Workflow tools built on top of the world’s largest equity data set and powerful HR integrations to help you make better compensation decisions faster. Carta Total Comp customers are now able to access the following compensation benchmarking and planning features:

  • Automated Leveling - Map each of your employees into an area, track and level using Carta’s universal leveling framework.
  • Scorecard - Summarizes employee salary and equity information from your HRIS and cap table to give a holistic overview of your organization’s total compensation.
  • Bands - Automatically generate equity and salary bands for any role by filtering for job area, track and location.  
  • HRIS Integration -  Integrate instantly with any of the most common HRIS systems.
  • Coming Soon - Plan -  Easily build, manage and apply your compensation strategy across your employee base.
  • Coming Soon - Calibrate - Calculate the cash and equity burn impact of modifications to your compensation plan.

Get a pulse on your org through your company Scorecard tab



Benchmark any role in the Bands tab

Availability

  • If you are interested in learning more about Carta Total Comp, please reach out to your Carta Customer Success Manager or sign up here.
  • You must be a Carta cap table customer to sign up for Carta Total Comp. 

Additional Resources 

  • Carta Total Comp announcement from our Chief Product Officer, Heidi Johnson. Link to Blog Post.

Carta’s public company reporting experience has been updated


What’s changing?

The public reporting experience has been enhanced and is now more consistent with Carta’s private markets reporting. Public company administrators can now more easily run reports in Carta. 

Improvements include:

  • Reports are now organized into folders by category
  • Reports are searchable
  • Certain reports that were previously run in areas outside of the reporting tab are now organized into the reporting experience (example: RSU settlement report)

A Virtual Tour is available via the Start Virtual Tour link at the top left corner of the reporting experience. For a limited time, the legacy reporting page can be visited via the Take me Back button at the top of the page.


Who this affects

Public company administrators


Timing

This feature will be available on 4/19/2021.

Run a Single Report to Aggregate Security-Level Details by Stakeholder

What's changing?

Companies can now quickly get the information they need and reduce room for error through our new report builder template. This ‘stakeholder ledger’ enables admins to pull information on stakeholders, cap table, and vesting information in a single report.

Users no longer need to combine multiple reports or run offline calculations to view vested/unvested, forfeited, excised, cost center, employee ID, and relationship in one place.

To create a Stakeholder Aggregate report on Report Builder

Click ‘Create a custom report’ on the Capitalization > Reporting page, and select ‘Stakeholder ledger’.



This will open up the Report Builder interface. From here, you can select any of the available columns. Note that not all columns are available, as some cannot be aggregated at the stakeholder level.


What’s next?

During Q2 we will be adding additional columns, starting with fully diluted ownership. We will also be adding additional filtering options, starting with specific equity plans and share classes.




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



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