Late Stage Deal Term Teardown

Take a moment to check out some of the trends surrounding Late Stage Valuations and Deal Terms. Included in the report is an analysis of over 200 companies and 270 deals.
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Early Stage Deal Term Report

Earlier this week we posted Some Issues to Consider When Negotiating the Term Sheet: The Series A Round, so we thought it would be necessary to provide some of the granular data that our Intelligence Database offers. Take a moment to check out some of the trends surrounding Early Stage Valuations and Deal Terms in our Report. Included in the report is an analysis of of over 500 companies and 500 deals, including some gazelles like Mixpanel, The Honest Company, and Beepi.

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Pre-IPO Report: A Fundamental Data Analysis

We decided to take a deeper look into a few companies that may be making headlines in the coming year. In doing so we compiled a Pre-IPO Report that analyzes 6 companies from our database that have caught our attention lately having large capital raises in the last 6 months. We have provided granular deal term, investment, and valuation data for Infusion Software, Inrix, Lookout, The Honest Company, Thumbtack, and Veracode. We then benchmarked these companies against other high growth Venture Backed companies that have gone public in the last few years (sample includes companies which have filed an IPO from 2011-present).

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Coinbase Raises $75M, Valued at $471M

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Coinbase, a secure hosted Bitcoin wallet that makes it easy for anyone to purchase and use Bitcoin, has raised $75M from DFJ Growth, with participation from existing investors, including Andreessen Horowitz, Union Square Ventures, and Ribbit Capital. According to the Company’s blog – “Three of the world’s most respected financial institutions – The New York Stock Exchange, a subsidiary of USAA, and BBVA (a large multinational bank) also invested in the round alongside personal investments from former Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit and former Thomson Reuters CEO Tom Glocer. This marks the first time that financial institutions have made a major investment in a Bitcoin company.

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SpaceX Authorizes $1B in New Shares

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Space Exploration Technologies, Inc., filed an Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation on January 20, 2015 that authorized 13 million new shares of Series G at $77.46 per share. This allows for a potential $1B raise, and is 10X the share price of their last round at $7.50.

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Partially Participating Preferred: An Alternative to Participation Caps?

By Paul A. Jones of Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP

In an earlier blog (Capping Preferred Participation: A Compromised Compromise), I argued that the usual middle ground between entrepreneur-friendly “non-participating” preferred stock and investor-friendly “participating” preferred stock – capping participation at some multiple of an investor’s base preference – is seriously flawed. Herewith an alternative approach.

By way of a quick refresh, we are talking about “participation” in the context of a preferred stock liquidation preference. In an exit transaction, other than an IPO, an investor holding “participating” preferred shares gets two bites at the exit proceeds apple. First, a bite equal to his base preference (typically an amount equal to his investment) and then a second bite equal to his pro-rata share of the remaining exit proceeds.

An example: An investor who put down $1 million for a 40% ownership position in Newco in the form of “participating” preferred shares would, in the event Newco was sold for $3 million, receive $1 million “off the top” and in addition 40% of the remaining $2 million of proceeds for a total of $1.8 million. That means the investor, who owned 40% of Newco when it was sold, would get 60% of the exit proceeds. If instead, the investor held “non-participating” preferred shares he would receive either (i) his $1 million base preference or (ii) his 40% pro-rata share of the $3 million or $1.2 million. Clearly, the investor would take the $1.2 million pro-rata share and leave the entrepreneur with $600,000 more money than he would have had if the investor had held participating preferred.

Looking at the above example, it is not hard to see why entrepreneurs don’t like participation and investors do. While the relative impact of the participation right diminishes as the exit proceeds rise (in the example, the difference is always $600,000), at every exit that leaves anything for the common shares, the investor with participating preferred gets more and the entrepreneur less.

In light of the above, entrepreneurs and investors long ago came up with a compromise on the participating/non-participating issue, the so-called “participation cap.” As with non-participating preferred, “capped” participating preferred gives an investor a choice. When exit proceeds are being distributed, the investor can choose to take either his pro-rata share of the proceeds (his percentage ownership at the exit) or his base preference plus participation in the distribution of the remaining proceeds until he has received in the aggregate an amount up to some multiple – say 2x or 3x etc. – of his base preference.

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