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What Is Venture Debt?
Venture debt is a form of business loans. Companies often apply for venture debt to supplement money gained through investors. This could be because equity through investors is not enough to reach milestones or business owners want to avoid diluting company ownership.
Venture debt provides flexibility not found with investors and is ideal for businesses that are already equity-backed but need additional funding to complete a project. Ideal uses for venture debt include acquisitions, as a cushion leading up to expansion, or as interim funding used until money starts flowing from a new venture.
As a company is growing, it may run into some growing pains that could be eased by additional funding. Business owners can work with either banks or venture debt funds to secure venture debt funding.
Venture debt, also known as venture lending and venture leasing, can be split up into two categories: equipment financing and
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What Does a Limited Partnership Mean?
A limited partnership (LP) is formed when at least two individuals decide to create a business together. Unlike other partnerships, there must be at least one limited partner and one general partner in the business relationship.
Importantly, the "general partner" has unlimited liability for the company's debt and obligations.
There can be any number of "limited partners" who don't share managerial roles, but their liability is limited to the total amount of liability invested in the company. "Limited Partners" are also called "silent partners" since they can invest in the company, but they have no voting power, do not receive dividends, nor have control of the da
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What Is Preferred Return?
A preferred return—simply called pref—describes the claim on profits given to preferred investors in a project. The preferred investors will be the first to receive returns up to a certain percentage, generally 8 to 10 percent. Once you reach this profit percentage, the excess profits are split among the rest of the investors as agreed upon in negotiations. This type of return is most commonly used in real estate investment.
How Is the Preferred Return Calculated?
There are three main questions when it comes to calculating preferred return:
- Is it compounded or non-compounded? Compounded means that the calculation of a preferred return periodic growth amount comes from the amount of invested capital plus all previously earned but unpaid amounts.
- Is it cumulative or non-cumulative? Cumulative means that all the m
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What is Post-money Valuation?
Post-money valuation is the value of a business after it has received cash as part of a venture capital or angel investment deal. This is basically the sum of the pre-money valuation plus the amount of the new investment/equity.
Post-money Valuation vs. Pre-money Valuation
The real difference between the two is that they value the company at different times, although both are valuation measures. Pre-money valuation is the value of a business before getting a cash investment, while post-money valuation is the value after it gets the investment. Pre-money valuation is the value that an investor assigns to your company before they agree to invest, and it helps investors decide how much equity to demand in return for their investment. It is also a way to refer to the company’s stock value before it goes public. These two terms have big impacts on how much ownership the investors
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Corporations are the basic and traditional business entity in this and many other countries. Unless a corporation can qualify for what is called ‘pass through’ treatment by electing to be taxed under a part of the Internal Revenue Code called Subchapter S , a corporation is taxed similarly to the way an individual is taxed. Being subject to the default tax treatment is what makes a corporation a “C Corp;” being able to qualify for pass-through treatment, and actually making an election to do so, makes a corporation an “S Corp.” They are the same type of business entity, taxed differently, and a corporation may be both a C Corp and an S Corp at different times in its existence.
C Corporations pay tax on their net income, just like individuals do. So all revenues are reported each year to the IRS on Form 1120, as are all allowable deductions for business expenses, which may include compensation to employees, payments to