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Private placement

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Private placement (or non-public offering) is a funding round of securities which are sold not through a public offering, but rather through a private offering, mostly to a small number of chosen investors.[1]

PIPE (Private Investment in Public Equity) deals are one type of private placement. SEDA (Standby Equity Distribution Agreement) is also a form of private placement. They are often a cheaper source of capital than a public offering.

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  • ✪ What Is A Private Placement?


Hey it's Nick Hodge, your "Nick's Notebook" editor. There are some questions that have been coming in repeatedly from various members so I know more than one of you have these questions. I thought I'd just take a couple of minutes today and respond to the questions that I received most frequently and also provide a little bit more guidance to those of you who may be new to the world of private placements. I know it can seem a little bit daunting at first with the amount of paperwork and necessary signatures and things of that nature so I want to just make it as easy as possible and guide you through the process as well as I can. If you have additional concerns or questions you're welcome to write into Outsider Club customer service anytime reply to any email you get from Nick's Notebook with a question or just use the contact form on the Nick's Notebook website. So i hope the following questions and the answers I provide give you a little bit more insight and overview into the world of private placements. A private placement is just like it sounds like. When a company needs to raise money they can do it in the private market as opposed to the public market. So they can do it faster and so they can avoid fees if they raise money privately like we do through Nick's Notebook they can avoid having to register the Securities and they can also avoid having to file a prospectus, and so they can get the capital from investors hands, from our hands, into their coffers into the company at a much faster pace than they would if it were to be raised publicly. In a private placement, like and through Nick's Notebook, you fund a company directly so they issue the securities to you. In that case, they become the issuer. So you're buying the securities, or you're buying the shares directly from the company itself. When this happens, when you get an alert from Nick's Notebook you'll typically contact someone at the company in a managerial or in a director position, and they'll get you the necessary paperwork that's typically called "subscription documents." It will tell you what company you're investing in, and what the terms of the deal are. At what price the shares are being issued, if there is a warrant, and what the terms of that warrant are, If there is one. So, the documentation is just a subscription document you'll get from the company that I put you in contact with on a case-by-case basis. Private placements can be lucrative because in many cases we the investors are taking on more risk and so there needs to be incentives for us to provide the company with capital. In some cases that can be a discount to market, where your issued shares at a discounted price to what their trading publicly, or in other cases it can be a warrant to sweeten the pot. So you either get a half warrant or a full warrant that allows you to buy more shares at a future date at a specified price. In most cases you'll need to be an accredited investor to participate in these deals and there's various ways you can meet the requirements to become an accredited investor. The two most common are net worth, in which you have a net worth not including your house of 1 million dollars, or if you're an individual, if you make two hundred thousand dollars in income annually, or if you're married, 300,000 dollars in income annually. There are many other exemptions for which you can become a accredited investor so make sure you ask your broker or you check with the IRS or other governing body's website to make sure your accredited. Often times there is no minimum to invest in the deals that I give you as a member of Nick's Notebook, but you want to make sure of a couple of things. You want to make sure, one, that it's worth your time and money, and two, that it's worth the company's time and money. Remember this is sometimes not a cheap process for you or the company. You'll need to be wiring funds, you'll need to fill out subscription documents that are sometimes 30 or 40 pages in length and then you'll have to parlay with the broker, who in turn will have to parlay with the transfer agent, and so you really want to make sure that the amount of capital involved is worth everybody's time including your own, and that's a different number for everybody but typically i would say you don't want to invest in these private placements with less than five thousand dollars. If that's the amount of capital you or you're looking to invest that's fine, but you should be buying I think that amount in the open market as opposed to, you know, trying to invest in a private placement with that amount of capital and involving all these other offices and people. You absolutely need a full-service broker to participate in these deals. I recommend one on the Nick's Notebook site, under the "Getting Started" section of the website. So you can see that recommendation there but there's a whole litany of brokers in the U.S. and Canada that handle private placements. It's really tough to do these on your own because there's so many moving parts involved. Once you wire the funds or have your broker wire the funds, you also need to complete the subscription documents, and then the issuer or the company that you're investing in will get a copy of those documents and so will the transfer agent and this gets to involve things about removing the legend off of your shares so they can become free trading after the the four-month whole period, and it's just way too complex for an individual to do on their own and in fact it may be near impossible. So you want to really make sure you have a high-quality, full-service broker who can take care of all these steps for you. Really, all you want to be doing when I recommend a placement and Nicks Notebook is filling out, its signing the subscription documents, telling the issuer how many shares you want and at what price, and then wiring them the funds. Other than that your broker should be taken care of everything for you. You know, it's not hard to find private placements. The company has to file with the Securities Exchange where they're going to be raising money. So you can sift through filings and know on a daily basis when a new private placement becomes open. The thing that you really need to look out for in the service that Nick's Notebook provides is a bit of vetting. So I know in some cases that executives behind these deals. Either I've invested in other companies that they've done or I know of other companies that they've been behind that have been successful in the past, or I talk to people about the assets were investing in, if it's a metal asset or mining asset, I'll talk to a geologist or I'll talk to you know another high-net-worth investor who has invested in similar deals or deals with the same people. So really I vet the pedigree and it's just my network that has afforded me the chance to invest in these private placements, the network that I built over the past decade in this industry, and so I see deals like this all the time and you may as well but the the secret sauce, if you will, is sort of figuring out which deals are going to be better than other deals and that's sort of the service I provide to you. You know, when to sell is always the million-dollar question. Everybody has their own parameters the easiest answer I can give you is when you're satisfied with your gain then you can take profits. But i will be providing more hard guidance than that and really it has to do with time. So Nick's Notebook has only been around for a year. None of the investments that we've funded so far have been trading for a year and as they come up on that 365 day mark we'll start to re-evaluate and see in which positions we can sort of take some profits on the table to fund our next round of investments, because we can't just keep funding investments in perpetuity, right? We need to take some profits on the table to be able to fund new opportunities. So as the service ages a little bit as we hit just over a full year in existence i start to provide more hard guidance like that in the issues that I send directly to your inbox but at the end of the day if you're happy with your gain, especially if you have warrants that you can hold while you exercise your shares, by all means take the game off the table and hold the warrants for additional upside.


In the United States

Although these placements are subject to the Securities Act of 1933, the securities offered do not have to be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission if the issuance of the securities conforms to an exemption from registrations as set forth in the Securities Act of 1933 and SEC rules promulgated thereunder.[2] Most private placements are offered under the Rules known as Regulation D. Different rules under Regulation D provide stipulations for offering a Private Placement, such as required financial criteria for investors or solicitation allowances.[3] Private placements may typically consist of offers of common stock or preferred stock or other forms of membership interests, warrants or promissory notes (including convertible promissory notes), bonds, and purchasers are often institutional investors such as banks, insurance companies or pension funds. Common exemptions from the Securities Act of 1933 allow an unlimited number of accredited investors to purchase securities in an offering. Generally, accredited investors are those with a net worth in excess of $1 million or annual income exceeding $200,000 or $300,000 combined with a spouse.[4] Under these exemptions, no more than 35 non-accredited investors may participate in a private placement.[5] In most cases, all investors must have sufficient financial knowledge and experience to be capable of evaluating the risks and merits of investing in a company.


Thomson Reuters provides annual and semiannual rankings of private placement agencies by capital raised.

Equity & Equity-related (AM1) - First Half 2015
Placement Agents 2015 Rank 2014 Rank Proceeds Market Sh (%) Market Share Ch.
Mercury Capital Advisors LLC 1 1 3,753.8 24.5 7.2
JP Morgan & Co 2 5 2,264.7 14.8 6.1
Bank of America Merrill Lynch 3 2 996.6 6.5 -5.4
Morgan Stanley 4 6 729.3 4.8 -3.3
RBC Capital Markets 5 12 658.0 4.3 2.0
Wells Fargo & Co 6 10 611.0 4.0 1.3
Goldman Sachs & Co 7 4 598.6 3.9 -5.7
Credit Suisse 8 7 566.5 3.7 -1.8
HSBC Holdings PLC 9 13 423.8 2.8 1.3
Jefferies LLC 10 11 406.4 2.7 0
UBS 11 12 344.6 2.3 0.8
Deutsche Bank 12 3 337.1 2.2 -8.1
Barclays 13 9 331.7 2.2 -1
BMO Capital Markets 14 - 325 2.1 2.1
Nomura 15 19 266.7 1.7 1.0


  1. ^ Comptroller of the Currency Administrator of National Banks (March 1990). Private placements: Comptroller's Handbook (PDF). US Department of the Treasury. Retrieved 2009-06-13.
  2. ^ "Introduction to Private Placements".
  3. ^ "Regulation D Offerings: 506B vs 506C".
  4. ^ " -  Accredited Investors". 16 July 2012.
  5. ^ Morgan, Thomas; Lewis and Roca LLP (March 6, 2013). "Raising Capital - What You Don't Know Could Hurt You". The National Law Review. Retrieved March 17, 2013.

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