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Regulation A+ Sets Stage for Smaller Technology IPOs

You know about billion-dollar startups (so-called unicorns) and massive technology IPOs. But what if you’re a small business looking to raise a more moderate amount of money? That’s where a recent SEC development — called Regulation A+ — enters the conversation.

Julie JasonAccording to Julie Jason, a personal money manager:

“Reg A+ permits two tiers of offerings: one (Tier 1) for offerings up to $20 million in a 12-month period, and another (Tier 2) for offerings up to $50 million in a 12-month period. Both tiers must meet certain basic requirements. Tier 2 offerings need additional disclosure and ongoing reporting requirements.”

Pursuing a traditional technology IPO can cost a company millions of dollars. In stark contrast, a Reg A+ offering can cost about $100,000 — with annual compliance costs of about $5,000 to $10,000, Jason mentioned in a June 2015 article.

I don’t know how many small businesses will pursue the Reg A+ path, but we’re watching the situation closely — especially as older (but still growing) small tech companies begin to learn about the recently activated regulation.

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