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.

New search bar in the Document Library

What's new?

You can now search for documents in the Document Library.

What's important or valuable about this change?

The new search bar allows you to quickly search the library for documents you’ve uploaded, such as acceptance agreements and K-1s. This is especially useful if you have a large volume of documents saved in the library. 

What do I need to do?

The search bar has been automatically added to your Document Library:

You can also search for documents when adding them to an interest or interest type: 

How do I learn more or get help?

For more information on document management, please visit our support site.

Securely store and share documents in Data Rooms

We’ve introduced a few updates to Data Rooms to provide you with a secure and streamlined way to upload and share documents from within Carta.

Centralize document storage and sharing workflows in Carta

With the new sharing capability, you can:

  • Centralize your document storage and sharing in Carta
  • Streamline the investor due diligence experience during fundraising by inviting them to view documents in a dedicated fundraising Data Room
  • Provide external parties secure access to documents during annual audits or provide quarterly updates to interest holders

Get started

Admins can manage Data Rooms by navigating to the Documents tab. 

Click “Create data room.”

Name your Data Room. Additional settings that will allow you to watermark PDF files and require NDAs are coming soon.

Upload documents into the Data Room and organize them in folders.

You can share data rooms by clicking the Manage data rooms button and then Manage sharing.

Share Data Rooms  with others using their email address. You can also see who you’ve already shared the Data Room with.

People you share Data Rooms with will receive an email from Carta inviting them to log-in to their Carta account or create an account to view the Data Room.

 For more information on Data Rooms, please visit our support site.

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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