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.

Dilution Report (Public Markets)

What’s new? 

Public company administrators can now run a Dilution Report to help them calculate their company’s diluted earnings per share (EPS). The Dilution Report will contain the simple and weighted average of common stock outstanding (WASO), the number of incremental shares, the average trading price for common shares, and supporting information for all calculations. This feature will simplify diluted EPS calculations and help public companies meet their diluted EPS reporting requirement for their quarterly income statements.  

How does it work?

To calculate diluted EPS, an Issuer will need the WASO and shares outstanding (new common shares issued at conversion - repurchased shares) for the reporting period in question. The Issuer will calculate its own net income, preferred dividends, and after-tax cost of interest. 

Note: * denotes fields not provided by Carta

After logging into their Carta accounts, public company administrators can navigate to the Financial Reporting section of their profile to generate a new Dilution Report for a desired reporting period. Dilution reports are only available for periods that begin on or after an Issuer’s IPO date.


After the report is generated, the administrator can download an Excel file which includes calculated values for simple and weighted average of common shares outstanding, the number of incremental shares, the average trading price for common shares, and supporting information. The file also includes an “Errors” tab to flag any data issues that should be resolved to produce an accurate report.

Simplify diluted earnings per share calculations to meet quarterly reporting requirements for public companies

With the Dilution Report, public company administrators can:

  • Save time and reduce the work required to calculate WASO and shares outstanding to meet public company reporting requirements;
  • Customize the diluted EPS reporting period as needed;
  • Use Carta’s calculations to verify their own calculations as a sanity check; and
  • Understand if there are any data discrepancies that need to be addressed. 


Start using the Dilution Report now!

Do you need additional help in using the Dilution Report? Reach out to Carta’s Financial Reporting team at 718@carta.com

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.

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.

Communication Center (Public Markets)

What's new?

Public company administrators can now utilize the brand new Communication Center to send secure communications to stakeholders in the company’s equity plan managed on Carta. This feature allows public companies to create and send timely communications to equity plan members in bulk. Recipients can be selected by relationship type and other filters to further customize the message’s distribution list. In addition, the Communication Center dashboard allows company administrators to view sent and drafted messages, and see which stakeholders have viewed a communication. 

Examples of communications include, but are not limited to: instructions on how stakeholders can manage their equity at Carta, employee stock purchase plan (ESPP) offerings, upcoming trading windows, and updated disclosures.

How does this work?

Permissioned company administrators may access the Communication Center. Before sending any messages, company administrators should check that the company’s Stakeholder Ledger is up-to-date to ensure messages are sent to the correct individuals. At minimum, an individual’s Relationship, Contact Email, and Officer Code (if applicable) should be updated.

Once these steps are completed, company administrators can proceed to the Communication Center dashboard (found under the Employee tab of the main navigation toolbar).

Here, company administrators with Company Editor or Legal Administrator roles can compose, review, and send secure messages with or without PDF attachments. They can also filter for previously sent and drafted messages. 

When choosing who to send a communication to, the Company Editor or Legal Administrator may send bulk messages by Relationship Type (e.g., Employee, Ex-Employee, Advisor), and then also filter recipient lists by Officer Code, the employee stock purchasing plan (ESPP) an individual is a member of, or the security type(s) held by each stakeholder. 

Company administrators will have the opportunity to review the communication, save it as a draft, and reconfirm the recipients before sending the message. After sending the message, stakeholders will receive an email notification that they received the secure message. They must log in to their Carta accounts to view the message, and messages on the Carta platform may not be forwarded to an external email account.

Company administrators who can view the Communication Center dashboard can monitor which stakeholders have viewed the communication.  

Send secure messages and archive them safely in a centralized location with Carta’s Communication Center. 

The Communication Center allows public company administrators to: 

  • Craft and send secure communications with or without PDF attachments in bulk to stakeholders within their public equity plans; 
  • Easily create recipient lists by relationship type and other optional filters, removing the need to maintain multiple distribution lists manually;
  • Quickly filter recipient lists of sent communications by who has or has not viewed the communication; and
  • Review and archive communications to remain compliant with recordkeeping and reporting laws; 

Start using the Communication Center now!

Need help with the Communication Center? Refer to this support article for detailed instructions on how to manage, view, and send out your next secure message. 

SEC Rule 144 Affiliate Workflow Updates (Public Markets)

What’s new? 

Carta improved how public company administrators can manage and designate equity plan stakeholders as Rule 144 Affiliates. Designating stakeholders as Affiliates ensures that their trade orders get reviewed before execution through a separate SEC Rule 144 due diligence workflow and that those trades are properly captured for Form 144 inclusion. Company administrators can also now easily access and review a filtered list of Rule 144 Affiliates from their Company Summary page. 

The management of Rule 144 Affiliate status has been separated from the Officer Code workflow to simplify this process and to ensure trading blackout periods for stakeholders with certain Officer Code(s) will not be impacted by one’s Rule 144 Affiliate status.

How does it work?

Company administrators can update Rule 144 Affiliate status by clicking on “Manage Employees” on the Company Summary page. 

From there, administrators can click on each stakeholder’s record and view their current Rule 144 Affiliate status. Administrators can also track the Effective Date of when a stakeholder was first marked as an Affiliate without leveraging Officer Codes.

To designate an individual as a Rule 144 Affiliate, administrators can check the box within the Update Stakeholder flow:

For enhanced security, Carta put controls in place to prevent stakeholders from inadvertently being removed as an Affiliate. Please contact Carta Support to help remove a stakeholder’s Rule 144 Affiliate status.

Easily manage, review, and designate public equity plan stakeholders as Rule 144 Affiliates to ensure trading compliance via an improved workflow.

With the improved Rule 144 Affiliate workflow, company administrators can:

  • Easily manage, review, and designate equity plan stakeholders as Rule 144 Affiliates;
  • Be assured that Affiliate trades go through the proper reviews and are included on Form 144; and
  • Set blackout trading periods for certain Officer Code(s) without an impact to a stakeholder’s Rule 144 Affiliate status.

Start using the improved Rule 144 Affiliate status workflow now!

Do you want to update Rule 144 Affiliate status for individual stakeholders or in bulk? Refer to this support article for more information. 


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.

Total Cash Compensation Benchmarks for Sales

What’s new?

Carta will now provide total cash compensation benchmarks for the Sales job area. Total cash compensation is defined as base salary plus target variable compensation. 25th, 50th, and 75th percentile data are accessible on the Bands page. In developing total cash compensation benchmarks we made minor adjustments to base salary benchmarks for the Sales job area. No other benchmarks have changed in this update.

How do I see total cash compensation benchmarks for the Sales job area?

You can view Total Cash Compensation benchmarks for the Sales job area by:

  1. Visiting the Bands page and selecting “Sales” under Area. 
  2. Select “Total Cash” for compensation type.
  3. This will allow you to view total cash compensation bands for levels 1 - 11 for the Sales job area.  

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?

We will be updating the company and employee scorecards to reflect the addition of total cash compensation benchmarks

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