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Translating the language of capital-raising

Virtually every area of recurring human endeavor has its own lingo. Whether it be at play (like in running, football or racing) or work (think government workers, lawyers, education, military), it seems that when a group of people get together, they develop their own language that few outside of the group can understand. The world of equity capital raising is no exc......

Full article >>> ture financing in which securities are sold at a lower price than originally paid by the holder of the right. Typically, anti-dilution provisions come in two types: full ratchet and weighted average. There are typically exceptions for the adjustment mechanism that carve out situations such as the issuance of certain employee options or existing convertible securities.

Assignment of in......

Full article >>> after a specified date or the occurrence of a certain event.

Capitalization - The combined sources of capital, consisting of debt capital (liabilities) and equity capital (capital stock and retained earnings).

Cap table - Short for capitalization table, it is a summary of a company's issued and outstanding securities.

Convertible notes - Debt instrum......

Full article >>> es are issued at a lower price than the previous round of financing.

Drag-along rights - Rights that enable a shareholder or group of shareholders (usually those who own a controlling interest in the company) to compel other shareholders to sell their stock in the event a purchaser desires to purchase more than what the controlling shareholder(s) own(s).

Exit strategy......

Full article >>> eholder's securities following a public offering.

Mezzanine financing - Typically a hybrid of debt and equity financing that is used to finance the expansion of an existing company. It is generally subordinated to debt provided by senior lenders such as banks.

No-shop requirement - A contractua......

Full article >>> offered to new investors. They are similar to participation rights.

Preferred stock - Stock that gives its holders certain rights, preferences, and privileges over holders of common stock in certain instances.

Put rights - A right that enables the investor to force the company or another investor to buy back the investor's securities, usually for a particular price......

Full article >>> e at which the additional shares were issued. Compare to full-ratchet anti-dilution protection.

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Source:wistechnology.com By Matt Storms 03/25/07


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