The “Exempt Market” is a relatively new term for investors and many aren’t even sure what it means. In the past we referred to it as the “private” or “alternative” market and many of the companies involved were doing real estate-based investments.
It All Starts With The Prospectus
To explain the Exempt Market in simple terms – if a business in Canada wants to raise capital they generally do so through a prospectus offering. Most people will have heard this term in the past and I’ve included a lengthier definition link for anyone who hasn’t.
Basically, a prospectus details everything about the business itself and the securities they plan to offer to the public.
Doesn’t Everyone Use a Prospectus If They Want To Raise Capital?
To sell securities under a prospectus is very costly and onerous and not all businesses want to raise capital in this manner. Smaller, private companies that are looking to expand may not want to take on the process, time frame or expense of creating a prospectus. There are also many companies that want to raise capital but have no interest in taking their business public.
So, If a Privately Owned Company Wants to Raise Capital but Doesn’t Want to File a Prospectus, What Can They Do?
They can rely on an “exemption” to the prospectus requirements.
The most common exemptions include:
– Selling only to accredited investors
– Selling only to family friends and business associates
– Selling a minimum of $150,000.00 per transaction
– Issuing an Offering Memorandum (which allows “eligible” investors to participate – more on that in another post)
To Sum Up
Companies that raise capital from investors using one of these prospectus “exemptions” make up the Exempt Market.
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| Shannon Pineau
Exempt Market Dealing Rep
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