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.

 

Author: Charlie Kottler 


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.

Interest holder addresses

What's new?

You can now keep a record of interest holder addresses.

What's important or valuable about this change?

Gain a single source of truth with all interest holder information centralized in Carta. Admins can now input a physical address when adding a new interest holder or editing an existing one and this address can be viewed in the interest holder ledger and in the interest details.

What do I need to do?

When issuing interests to new holders, Admins can now bulk upload addresses in the interest holder spreadsheet. You will see different columns for different address fields. Upon issuing, the address will be saved on the new interest holder.

When adding a new interest holder or editing an existing one, Admins can record the address in the new Address section. Inputting the Country/Region will make the other address fields appear.

How do I learn more or get help?

For more information on managing interest holders, visit our support site.

Exercising options and warrants

What's new?

We’ve simplified Carta’s UI to help Admins exercise multiple options or warrants in one streamlined workflow.

What's important or valuable about this change?

When interest holders elect to exercise their outstanding options and warrants, you can now enter the exercises all together in Carta to reflect the transactions on the cap table. You can also issue new interests to the holders and keep a record of the transaction in the interest history.

What do I need to do?

In the interests ledger, navigate to the interests you want to exercise in the left sidebar. 

Select one, multiple or all interests.

Navigate to the Action button and select Exercise.

The new UI will walk you through exercising the interests, including:

  • Reviewing the destination interest type that this interest will settle into once it is exercised
  • Specifying the details of the interest being exercised, including the number of units to exercise and the price per unit
  • Specifying the new interest details, including the invested capital amount, issue price, and any applicable custom fields
  • Reviewing everything and confirming the exercise

After you confirm, the interests resulting from the exercise will be issued, affected interests will be updated, and cap table reports will reflect the exercises. You can also view the transaction in the interest history.

How do I learn more or get help?

For more information, visit our support site.

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.

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.

Issuer Transaction Dashboard (Capital Markets)

What's new?

Issuers running a secondary transaction, such as a tender offer, through Carta Liquidity on the CartaX ATS can now access on demand real-time seller participation data during a live transaction via the Issuer Transaction Dashboard (“Dashboard”). 

How does it work?

Issuers can access their brokerage account online and click on their live transaction, where they will see their Dashboard. The “Participation overview” tab includes three key sections:

  • Participation breakdown: The pie chart provides a summary of the transaction’s subscription rate by Relationship type. Issuers can quickly see how close the transaction is to being fully subscribed. Relationship type is determined during the transaction’s setup period.
  • Participant engagement: The bar chart details the number of sellers who (a) have been invited to the transaction, (b) viewed the transaction, and (c) decided to participate by tendering shares.
  • Relationship summary: The table summarizes the participation level across all Relationship types. Details include the participation rate, shares tendered, and the notional value of tendered shares.

The table and charts on this page will update in real-time during the live transaction. 

The “Transaction overview” tab of the Dashboard will be accessible at the close of the offering period and provides a summary of the transaction, including a breakdown of deposits made into the Issuer’s brokerage account. Issuers will be able to access and download their Trade Confirmation and Transaction Summary reports here as well.  

 

Save time and gain real-time transaction and participation data on demand with the Issuer Transaction Dashboard

The Issuer Transaction Dashboard will: 

  • Give you real-time transaction and participation data on demand during a live transaction;
  • Provide you with full oversight and enhance your foresight over the transaction’s results related to filling a buy order; and 
  • Make it easier for you to provide your team with updates on a transaction and Relationship type level, preserving the confidentiality of individual seller activity.

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. 

 

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.

Introducing the ability to adjust vesting end dates

What's new?

You can now adjust the time-based vesting end dates in custom vesting plan templates.

What's important or valuable about this change?

When creating a new custom vesting plan template, you have the flexibility to customize whether vesting occurs on the same day of the month as the start date (no adjustment), on the first day of the month, or on the last day of the month. 

With this new capability, you can customize time-based vesting schedules to set up more vesting clauses and align vesting dates so interests vest on the same day.

What do I need to do?

When creating a new custom vesting plan template, you can find the end date adjustment option in the Time-based vesting section. You can choose between no adjustment, last day of month, or first day of month.

How do I learn more or get help?

For more information on managing vesting templates, please visit our support site.

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