Your privately held company can become publicly traded by reverse merging your company into a SEC fully reporting and audited publicly held company. This positions you to:
Raise additional capital via secondary offerings
Make acquisitions using your publicly traded stock.
Recruit and retain qualified management and employees
(offering stock or options in your publicly traded company)
Reverse Mergers are with inactive SEC reporting public companies which usually have no assets or liabilities, no current operating history, and SEC qualified audited financials. Generally, Reverse Mergers usually can be completed in approximately three to four months and the expenses range from US$100,000 to $750,000 with many variables.
James B. Arkebauer, founder of Venture Associates, is the author of the book, GOING PUBLIC (Dearborn Financial Publishing - 348 pages - $29.95). Review the (Detailed Table of Contents). This book has been called the bible on the topic of taking a company public.
Saves Time - Less time than doing an initial pubic offering ( IPO) - 3 to 6 months versus 6 to 9 months at minimum.
Saves Money - Total costs of $100,000 to $750,000, usually under the costs of a traditional IPO, plus no underwriter commissions or fees.
Saves Legal Hassles - The legal work is considerably less than an IPO.
Private Fund Raising - Can be completed prior to the registration.
Public Fund Raising - Can be initiated after the initial registration is complete. This may result in your receiving more money at higher valuations.
Acquisitions - Can be made for public stock after your public company starts trading.
Convert - debt to equity using stock.
You Donít Have To Be Sexy - Most IPOs need to be in an industry with public investor sex appeal. Any type of company can complete a merger to become publicly held.
Liquidity - Investors can buy and sell your stock, original investors have an "exit" for their
Incentives - Management incentives via stock bonuses/options and to attract and motivate employees are more powerful using public company stock.
Control - You and your current private company shareholders will generally own a large majority of the public company.
Prestige - Publicly traded companies are held in higher regard. This visibility reinforces marketplace and financial standings.
Growth - Grow through acquisitions using stock instead of/or in combination with cash.
Estate Planning - Assists in establishing stock values and the value is easily monitored.
Exit - Provides inside investors with a known exit.
Higher Valuation of Stock
Foreign Companies - Reverse mergers are a simple way to obtain control of a United States publicly traded company without subjecting your foreign operations to U.S tax. (Venture Associates offers confidential service to all foreign firms.)
Comprehensive Business Plan - to present to potential investors and market makers
Strong Management Team - public investors demand strong management teams
Convincing Marketing Plan - indicating good sales growth
Product or Service - which shows a good growth potential
Financial audits - SEC qualified audited financial statements for your prior fiscal year
Legal counsel - While any Los Angeles DUI attorney could probably give you some pointers, you'll be better off finding a lawyer that has dealt with reverse mergers in the past for expert advice on the subject.
Trading Versus Non-Trading Shells - Trading shells are usually existing publicly traded companies that have fallen on hard times. Frequently, they are companies that went public some years past. They may or may not still be active companies and they may or may not be current in their SEC document filings. They may have a clouded past as regards their business operations and financing activities. They may be on the verge of bankruptcy or have a large number and amount of outstanding liabilities.Acquiring these trading companies will short-cut some of the time of the registration process, and they may have a shareholder base from a few to hundreds or even thousands.
Usually, a reverse merger can be completed from purchse to full trading in 30 to 60 days and the costs for a fully trading, fully reporting company are more than non-tradings shells. Frequently, you can obtain "free-trading" stock. In most cases, their stock will trade on the OTC Bulletin Board in various classes which gives your company a higher level of creditability than Pink Sheet traded stocks. An experienced shell broker can explain the differences of the levels of trading and the free-trading aspects of a particular shell prospect. Acquiring control of a "clean" trading company requires sophisticated, experienced counsel in the performance of due diligence.
Percent of Public Company Held - Most reverse merger transactions are normally structured so that 90% PLUS of the outstanding stock will be held by the owners of the privately held company. Keep in mind that some amount (5% to 20%) of the total outstanding stock needs to be "trading stock" (not owned by insiders and company affiliates) for the public investors.
Tax Implications - Almost all public shell/reverse mergers take advantage of the tax free, stock-for-stock reorganization provision of the Internal Revenue code. Capital gains tax is paid when the individual shareholder sells the stock in the public stock market (usually after the minimum one year holding period for control persons). The timing of the stock sales can be determined by each individual investor to suit their investment or tax consequences. They donít have to wait for the principals of the company to decide to sell the company.
Establishing The Initial Stock Price - Once a reverse merger is completed, a broker/dealer will be involved in making a public market in the stock. The market makers, in conjunction with the company, determine the initial price for the stock. Perceived value, the "sex appeal," track record and potential growth of the company usually have more to do with initial pricing than earnings multiples and current book values. Competent investor relations and supportive market makers as well as managementís ability to relate the companyís potential to investors are of key importance.Ultimately, the public market acceptance of the company will determine the market price for the stock.
On-Going Financing - Once a public reverse merger company is trading, the company then has a number of ways to raise additional funds. Recognize of course, that management has to have a top notch plan and be capable of executing the plan. Positive results enable most companies to continue to raise capital via shareholder rights offerings, warrants, secondary offerings, institutional private placements, conversion of debt to equity, do stock splits and make acquisitions for stock as well as offer combinations of stock and debt. Once management has control, there are numerous possibilities to promote the increasing value of their stock holdings.
Restricted Stock - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has many rules and regulations that must be complied with. One of these regards the buying and selling of restricted stock. Restricted stock is stock that is not registered with the SEC, OR stock held by insiders (even if registered). Insiders are generally directors, executive officers and persons or entities that they control or who control them. These persons/entities may sell stock under Rule 144 in any three-month period limited to the greater of: 1% of the outstanding shares of common stock and/or the average trading volume during the four calendar weeks
proceeding a sale. Sales under Rule 144 must be made without violating: manner of sale provisions (in the market through a broker/dealer at current market prices), notice requirements (proper forms must be filed with the SEC), and the company must be current in its filing of the required SEC reports.
Restricted stock can be sold or resold privately at any time. It cannot however, be sold through a stockbroker into the public stock market until the "restriction legend" is removed, usually by a Rule 144 transfer after a one year holding period or until the shares are fully registered.
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We currently have an inventory of clean public shells from Pink Sheet to fully reporting currently trading companies. We are happy to discuss your partiular needs in detail and to see if we can assist you in acquring a clean pubic company. And of course, we are always interested in buying clean shells. If you are a seller, please give us a call/email.
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James B. Arkebauer, founder of Venture Associates, is the author of various business books including:
Everything You Need to Know to take your Company Public, including Internet Direct Public Offerings" (Dearborn Financial Publishing - $29.95 - 348 pages - available at book stores across the country- ISBN 0-7931-2835-8) Review the Detailed Table of Contents. This book has been called the "bible" on the topic of taking a company public.
This third edition includes a new section devoted to conducting an Internet Direct Public Offering (DPO) as well as a new chapter chuck-full of IPO/DPO investor tips. For three editions, this book has been called The Bible on the subject of taking a company public.
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