Private and Public Offering Prospectus Writing Services for Equity Shares
If your company is seeking issue shares and sell them for capital a well written prospectus is mandatory. The prospectus will outline the terms of your offer and give investors key insights into your business to make an educated decision about investing in your company. One of the most common forms of securities sold are shares. Shares normally grant one an ownership stake in the company (also called an equity stake).
An offering prospectus is a formal legal document that is required by and filed with the relevant government financial securities regulator and relevant state securities regulator, and provides details about an investment offering for sale to qualified institutional investors or to the public at large, known as retail investors. There are typically two types of prospectus; (i) the preliminary prospectus, often referred to as “red herring”, “draft red herring” or “draft red herring prospectus” (DRHP) and (ii) the Final Prospectus, also referred to as Statutory Prospectus aka Offering Circular. Any one of these documents is needed to give investors in order to sell shares.
What Prospectus.com Can Do for Companies Pursuing a Private or Public Offering to Raise Capital for Shares
Our team of securities industry consultants, investment banking veterans and attorneys can assist with the writing and drafting of your company’s share offering prospectus necessary for your capital formation process. Whether you are conducting a private or public offering for equity issuance, our expert team can ensure that your offering prospectus is structured to maximize success as you seek to raise capital from qualified investors when selling shares. Here are the basic (7) steps regarding our process:
- Our staff conducts the initial analysis of your company.
- We will recommend the best course of action, taking into consideration time frame, budgets and overall needs.
- We undertake all work and begin the process. This would include the drafting of the preliminary and/or final prospectus, or any other required documents, such as the private placement memorandum, or legal agreements and/or opinion letters from our attorneys.
- We send the documents to you for review.
- Once approved, and if you need, an attorney opinion letter can be included in the paperwork.
- If you require filing or registration with various agencies we will undertake as well.
- We are a start-to-finish firm and our number one goal is the successful growth of our clients.
Public vs. Private Offering Prospectus
Some of the most common interchangeable terms in the offering document space is the usage of the word “prospectus” for both private and public offerings. Which is correct? Traditionally speaking, the term prospectus is most often associated with a public offering or listing on a stock exchange. A company going through the stages of an initial public offering must create a prospectus. However, in the private placement world, it has also become common to use the term prospectus, even though the most appropriate term would be “private placement memorandum”, “PPM”, or even “offering memorandum”. Even within this narrow field, the offering memorandum or private placement memorandum (PPM) can be associated with a hedge fund or mutual fund, or a basic company raising capital. Many refer to the private placement document process by simply calling it prospectus, as worldwide this is the most common term designated for raising capital. Our team assists with public prospectus writing and offering circular documents worldwide.
Prospectus Writing for Offering of Share Securities
There are two type of equity offerings that are most common, private and public. Equity is essentially ownership in a company. In return for capital an investor may be given equity, or a percentage of the company. Private offerings that issue equity do so often with a prospectus or an offering memorandum. Equity offering documents vary from country to country as they must comply with various federal and local state or province rules. We can assist with any private equity offering document or prospectus globally.
What Does a Preliminary Prospectus Include?
A preliminary prospectus includes the name of the company issuing the shares (“Issuer”) or the mutual fund manager that is issuing shares, the amount and type of securities being sold and, for shares or equity offerings, the number of available shares. The prospectus also details whether an offering is public or private, the fees charged by the underwriters for floating shares to the investors and names of the Issuing company’s principals. A brief summary of the company’s financial information, whether the local securities regulator has approved the prospectus and other pertinent information is also included.
Fees in a Prospectus
Because the fees that most mutual funds charge is withheld from investors’ profits, the fees are listed in a table near the beginning of the prospectus. Fees for purchases, sales and transferring assets among funds are included. This simplifies comparing the costs of various mutual funds. High-cost funds have fees exceeding 1.5%, whereas low-cost funds have expenses below 1%.
Risks in a Prospectus
A prospectus is issued as a way of informing investors about the risks involved with investing in a share or mutual fund. The information also protects the issuing company (Issuer) against potential legal claims brought by investors or other parties that claim pertinent information was not fully detailed before the investor put money into a security.
Risks are typically disclosed early in the prospectus and described in more detail later. The age of the company, amount of management experience and their specific roles or involvement in the business, and capitalization of the share issuer are described. A table detailing which people own shares is included and is an important clue to help prospective investors determine whether the principals are holding onto their shares. If shares are being sold or liquidated by management (also known as “insiders”), there may be a financial issue with the business.
Final Prospectus aka Statutory Prospectus aka Offering Circular
- The final version of a prospectus for a public offering of securities. This document is complete in all details concerning the offering and is referred to as a “statutory prospectus” or “offering circular.”
- Because open-end mutual funds are continuously offering shares to the public, a fund prospectus is usually updated annually and made available to the public. Mutual fund prospectuses are all of the “final” variety.
BREAKING DOWN ‘Final Prospectus’
The most important difference between a final prospectus and a preliminary prospectus is that a preliminary prospectus is NOT an official offering to sell securities and the final prospectus is the official offering document and contains the price of the securities being sold.
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