Automated Refresh Vesting Schedules

What's new?

We are excited to introduce automated refresh vesting schedules! Now, all private companies have a template ready for refresh vesting, a schedule that mimics Carta's equity strategy of boxcar grants

How does it work?

On the vesting schedule templates page (Securities > Templates > Vesting Schedules), you can edit the Refresh Vesting to select when grants under this schedule should start vesting. See detailed instructions to manage vesting templates here.

You will have options from 1 to 4 years after the issue date.

You are all set! 

Now, you can start adding, modifying or applying the Refresh Vesting when issuing new securities, and we will automatically calculate and input the vesting start date for you, based on the criteria selected on the template.

Where can I learn more?

Visit this support article or contact us via the In-App Help Center.

Share Class Conversions (Beta)

What's new?

Share Class Conversions are now self-serve on Carta.

What’s important about this change?

Skip contacting Support for share class conversions. With our new self-service tool, your law firm will be able to complete this for you in minutes.

Select individual shares, or convert entire share classes when needed. Once the shares classes are converted, Carta handles canceling the existing certificates, issuing new stock certificates, and guiding signatories and security holders through the process of executing signatures. 

What do I need to do?

This feature is currently in beta with law firms and we are releasing it to more users on a rolling basis. By April 2023, all company legal admins will have access to in-app share class conversions too.

If you need to perform a share class conversion, reach out to your outside counsel. If you don’t have a law firm, contact Carta Support using the In-App Help Center.

How do I learn more or get help?

Visit this support article to learn more about the step-by-step process. 

RSU Settlement for Private Companies

What's new?

Carta now helps private company administrators coordinate the settlement of Restricted Stock Units (RSUs). The end-to-end offering allows an Issuer to:

  • configure and schedule a RSU Settlement;
  • provide RSU holders with an election period to identify how they want to pay the tax withholding obligation associated with the upcoming settlement;
  • collect any cash payments from RSU holders; and
  • automatically update the cap table at settlement.

During the election period, RSU holders are invited to access a workflow to view their vested RSUs along with the tax withholding amounts due at settlement. They have the flexibility to meet their tax obligation by electing to net-settle, pay the full amount in cash, or use a combination of surrendered shares and cash. 

This offering helps facilitate the RSU settlement process from setup to share delivery for private Issuers that award RSUs under their equity compensation plans.

How does it work?

Issuers

Private company administrators can go through a four-step process to configure an upcoming RSU Settlement with Carta Liquidity. Issuers can:

  • set the parameters of the settlement (e.g., FMV, election timing, settlement date); 
  • view and confirm the RSUs that will be included based on the vesting end date (i.e., record date); and 
  • view and confirm tax withholding amounts associated with the settlement. 

Issuers can set rates to use when calculating tax withholdings owed based on each RSU holder’s tax jurisdiction(s). Carta Liquidity’s integration with Carta’s equity management platform and tax engine eliminates the need for the administrator to pull and sort cap table information manually or calculate tax withholdings for each RSU holder. Alternatively, Issuer’s can provide tax withholding amounts calculated by their HRIS provider for use in the settlement.


RSU holders

When the administrators invite RSU holders to submit their elections, RSU holders will be able to view which of their RSUs will be settled and the tax withholding amount due per security. In addition, individuals will identify how they would like to satisfy the tax withholding amount owed through a self-service election workflow. 


The three tax withholding payment options include:  

  • Share withholding (i.e., net settlement) - The entire tax withholding amount is paid by surrendering a portion of shares from the vested RSUs released for settlement. The net amount of shares after withholding will be delivered to a RSU holder at settlement. This is the default option.
  • Cash payment - The entire tax withholding amount is paid by a RSU holder in cash (only USD is accepted). RSU holders are required to fund their brokerage account in order to make this election.
  • Share and cash payment - Each RSU holder identifies the mix of cash and shares that will be used to pay the taxes due at settlement, providing them more flexibility. RSU holders are required to fund their brokerage account in order to make this election.

For any cash elections, RSU holders are instructed to transfer the necessary cash to their Carta Liquidity brokerage account*. RSU holders are able to modify their election until the end of the election period. 

At settlement, Carta Liquidity’s integration with Carta’s equity management platform automatically updates an Issuer’s cap table to reflect the shares of stock delivered to RSU holders, and any cash payments received to cover applicable tax obligations will be transferred automatically to the Issuer’s brokerage account. RSU holders will then receive their resulting equity from the Issuer in their Carta accounts. In addition, Carta Liquidity will provide a record of the RSU settlement to both the Issuer and RSU holders. 

Run regular RSU settlement processes with automatic cap table updates and tax withholding calculations, saving your team time and resources 

The RSU Settlement offering will:

  • Reduce the manual administrative work required to set up a regular cadence of RSU settlement through equity management and tax engine integrations
  • Provide RSU holders flexibility to choose how they would like to meet their tax withholding obligations through a self-service election workflow
  • Provide optionality to RSU holders to pay out of pocket for the amount they feel comfortable paying.

Start managing RSU Settlements on Carta!

Reach out to company_coverage@cartacapitalmarkets.com to speak with your relationship manager to turn on this feature. 

*Note: Brokerage accounts and other brokerage services are offered through Carta Capital Markets, LLC (Member: FINRA/SIPC)


Notify Users of Insufficient Funds

What’s New

When a user’s bank account does not have sufficient funds to pay for the exercise via ACH, Carta will warn the user when reviewing the exercise. The user will have the option to change the selected bank account, lower the amount of options to exercise, or proceed with the exercise.

Additional improvements to the review exercise page better highlight key details of the exercise, reducing the need for scrolling. The UI also now explicitly states that the total represents a cost to the user.


Users choosing to proceed are then given a final message that an underfunded exercise may be canceled.

Who this affects

This feature is available to employees who have set up their ACH bank account on Carta through Plaid. 

How it works

Carta is using Plaid Balance to confirm the available balance of the associated bank account prior to submitting the exercise request. No account balance information is stored on Carta. This feature does not block users from submitting exercise requests, rather warns them about the potential risk of a canceled exercise.

What happens if the selected bank account doesn’t have enough money for the exercise? 
We now warn users that their account doesn’t seem to have enough money to cover the exercise cost. We allow them to proceed anyway, as they could potentially add funds to the account before Carta attempts to pull the funds. If it turns out there are insufficient funds, we will cancel the exercise.

How does Carta know how much money is in my bank account?
By connecting a bank account through Plaid, we can use Plaid’s APIs to retrieve real-time balance information at the time of the exercise request. Checking the accounts available balance represents the predicted balance net of any pending transactions. This type of information is often used to protect against overdrafts and non-sufficient funds fees. For more information on Plaid Balance, see here.

What if I manually connected my bank account?
Users can always connect their bank accounts manually instead of using Plaid. For these users we cannot know their available balance and they will not receive any warnings about insufficient funds.

Timing

  • 12/21/2022 - Released to 25% of users, with general availability by the end of January

How do I learn more or get help?

Visit Carta Support for more details on Exercising Using ACH and Setting Up Your Bank Account

Custom reporting product updates

What's new?

We are making updates to the equity reporting experience on January 9, 2023.

What's important about this change?

Next year, users will gain access to new reports on Carta. Some of these updates will include auditable equity plan balance and cap table reports. As part of these improvements, we will be limiting features like flexible columns and filters for Custom Reports starting January 9th.

What do I need to do?

We recommend that you download any reports that you may need to reference in the future. However, you can access the data you need using our extensive library of report templates after January 9th.

How do I learn more or get help?

Please reach out to our Support team using the In-App Help Center. Log in to Carta.

Limited Partner Mobile Experience

What's new?

LPs can now manage their investments, all from their mobile device.

What’s important or valuable about this change?

Access your investments, now on the go.

LPs can manage their fund investments and personal investments from anywhere, at any time.

What do I need to do?

Download the Carta mobile application, suited for iOS and Android devices, from your app store. Then login using the same information used to login to your LP Portal on the web application. Once on the home screen, select the fund investment or personal investment you’d like to view: 

If a fund investment is selected, you’ll be able to view key investment details like called capital and net asset value. Plus, you can view, download, and send all fund investment documents like partner capital account statements (PCAPs) and  K-1s. 

If a personal investment is selected, you’ll be able to view key ownership information like share amount and issue date. 

For fund investments, once on Investment Details, scroll to access your fund documents. Select View all  to view, search, and filter all fund documents. Use the search bar at the top to search by document name. Or select Filter to filter by document type like PCAPs, capital calls, or tax. 

Once your document is selected, select the export button to markup, send, or download.


How do I learn more or get help?

Have additional questions about Carta’s LP mobile experience? Reach out to your account manager or request a demo today. 


Introducing international in-app custom assumptions

What's new?

Financial reporting can require flexibility. We’ve added new functionality to adapt to the reporting needs of your business with in-app custom assumption overrides.

What’s valuable about this change?

You won’t have to download a report from Carta and manipulate it in an external document. You can customize your reports right in the Carta web application, while remaining International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) 2 compliant. Here’s what you can customize*:

  1. Expected term
  2. Volatility
  3. Fair market value
  4. Interest rate
  5. Fair value

What do I need to do?

You can access Financial Reporting directly from your Carta account. Simply go to the Compliance tab and select Financial Reporting. You can apply custom assumption overrides after you’ve run a report within the Fair Values tab of Financial Reporting.

How do I learn more or get help?

Contact our financial reporting support team

* These customization options can be applied to tranches of an award. Users will be able to change the assumption on a tranche-level basis for a single award.

Third Party Audit Partner Portal has Launched

What's new?

Carta has empowered our audit partners by creating an audit partner portal that will house all relevant documents to successfully complete a fund audit. 

We have launched this portal to make it easier to organize and streamline responses to questions and requests from auditors which historically have taken time and effort to consolidate.

What’s important or valuable about this change?

Audit Partners will have one location to go to find all of our documents. Fund administrators can easily organize and check for outstanding documents. This will save time and effort for auditors and fund administrators, making the end-of-year easier for our customers by proxy.

Documents that will now be added to this list include:

  • Formation Documents / General Docs

    • LPA
    • EIN Confirmation
    • Formation Certificate
  • Partners’ Equity

    • Subdocs
    • W8/W9
    • Investor Side Letters
    • Transfers docs
  • Executed Investment Documents (Deal Docs Team)

    • Certificate of Formation / Incorporation 
    • Stock Purchase or Closing Volume, Convertible Promissory Note, Sub Doc
    • Most recent cap table
  • Bank Statements
  • Invoices missing from Journal Entries
  • Management fee and interest calculations

Fund administrators will add these to the portal or request them from customers when appropriate. 

What do I need to do?

Generally, you do not need to do anything as this will affect third -party audit partners for the most part. However, there are a few things you can do to ensure that this offering is as strong as possible:

  1. Ensure that you have selected an audit partner for your end-of-year needs.
  2. Send all of your audit-related documents (see list above) to your fund administrator. You can do this by uploading them in the app, or sending them to your FA via email.
  3. Work with both your audit partner and your fund admin on questions about these documents over the course of the end-of-year audit process. 

How do I learn more or get help?

You can ask your fund administrator or your audit partner if you have any questions. However, it is important to know that this predominantly affects your audit partner, not you as the customer. 

Have additional questions about this or are you curious about what your tax and audit partner will do this end-of-year season? Check out our VC Tax and Audit Support Article here

Performance Metrics are Now Available on Capital Account Statements

What's new?

Carta is thrilled to announce performance metrics can now be shown on the capital account statement. Fund preparers now have the ability to include performance metrics including TVPI, DPI, RVPI, and Net IRR.

Note that customers need to reach out to their fund administrator to activate this offering. 

What’s important or valuable about this change?

Institutional investors will use this as they require these metrics for their ILPA reports. This feature brings fund preparers one step closer to being ILPA compliant. Additionally, this streamlines access to these metrics for multiple stakeholders including customers, auditors, LPs, and more.

Depending on their strategy, users can toggle these on or off from their statements. 

What do I need to do?

Reach out to your Fund Administrator to request that these be turned on. Note that you cannot do it in the application.


See the example below:

Contact your account manager or fund administrator for more information or questions.

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.

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