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- Cumulative Preferred Stock: Everything You Need to Know
- Amoritization Schedule Form (United States) with Free Sample Template
- Stock Option Vesting Schedule: Everything You Need to Know
- Capital Call: Everything You Need to Know
- Private Placement Memorandum: Everything You Need To Know
- Demand Promissory Note
- Cap Table: Everything You Need to Know
- SAFE Note
- Cumulative Dividends: Everything You Need to Know
- Debt Conversion: Everything You Need to Know
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If your company sells securities, you have a duty to keep investors informed. Often, this is done through your quarterly and annual reports. Other events may need to be reported on Form 8-K.
What Is Form 8-K?
The form's official title is "Form 8-K Current Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934." It is used to report material events affecting a company subject to SEC oversight.
An event is material when it could affect a reasonable shareholder's investment decision. This includes:
Acquisition of or by another company.
Changes to the board of directors.
Changing the fiscal year.
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What is a Portfolio Company?
A portfolio company is a term used to describe a company in which investors own equity in a company or buy out a company. The goal of the investor is to increase the value of the portfolio company and earn a return on their initial investment.
The investment could be in the form of private equity in established companies or venture capital in companies just starting out. One portfolio company usually forms part of a group of companies in the investor's full portfolio.
Who Invests in Portfolio Companies?
Portfolio companies are used by venture capital firms, private equity firms, and other financial investment firms. Some firms build a portfolio of companies that specialize in a specific sector, such as science or engineering. Others have a diverse mix of portfolios.
Private Equity Firms: Private equity is a type of financ
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What does a 409A Valuation Mean?
A 409A Valuation is a formal report that sets the current value of your company's common stock and the strike price to exercise an option to purchase that stock.
Typically a company hires a professional appraiser to prepare the report since stock options set at a strike price below the current value of the common stock can result in large tax penalties to the option recipients.
Section 409A of the U.S. tax law requires that the strike price (the set future price per share to exercise a stock option) not be lower t
Convertible Preferred Stock
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Updated October 1, 2020:
What is Convertible Preferred Stock?
Convertible preferred stock is a type of preferred stock that gives holders the option to convert their preferred shares into a fixed number of common shares after a specified date. It is a hybrid type of security that has features of both debt (from its fixed guaranteed dividend payment) and equity (from its ability to convert into common stock).