Below we have assembled information and resources to help business owners consider their options.
- What kind of capital options are available?
Will they own a part of my business? There are a number of financial instruments at the disposal of investors. Depending on the business, transaction dynamics, and the shareholders’ goals, it quickly becomes apparent which of these instruments is most appropriate for a given transaction. Broadly speaking, capital raises can take the form of debt raises (senior or subordinated debt) or equity raises (preferred or common). Each has its distinct advantages and disadvantages. The variety and uniqueness to each enables business owners to use a “menu approach” to find the capital solution most appropriate for their situation. Often times there is a blend of capital raised which might include more than just one type. Investment bankers are always seeking the least expensive capital available to minimize or avoid dilution.
- How much does the capital cost?
The cost of capital is different based on which form of capital is selected from the “menu” (discussed above). Debt instruments typically charge interest that affects the profitability of a business. The return to the debt investor is often fixed; but has priority claims to cash ahead of the company’s ownership. Alternatively, equity investments (preferred or common) take a subordinated position in the capital structure (paid after the interest and debt), but participate in the upside of the business alongside fellow shareholders.
- How long will a transaction take?
Matrix generally estimates a typical capital raising process will take approximately six months to complete, from the moment we receive preliminary information about the company to the time when all legal documents are fully executed. However, the time it takes to complete a capital raise can vary substantially based on a number of factors. Similar to a sale process, the process assumes multiple capital providers are vying to be selected as the ultimate partner. Matrix’s capital raising process is designed to be exceptionally efficient and has helped many businesses and their owners quickly raise the capital they need under optimal terms.
- Will they try to change my business?
While some investors are more hands-on than others, generally speaking, your business shouldn’t change much, if at all. There may be minor tweaks such as additional reporting requirements or the formation of a formal Board of Directors, but it should largely remain business as usual. If the investor didn’t believe in the business you were running and your vision for the future, they likely wouldn’t have provided you with capital in the first place.
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