What is Regulation A+?
Regulation A+ (or “Reg A+”) is a new way to raise capital created by the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC). Effective March 25, 2015, SEC rules allow companies to test the attractiveness of their company offering to the investor market. This is the RegA+Audition(TM) on Manhattan Street Capital.
Since June 25, 2015, companies have been allowed to apply to make a Regulation A+ offering with the SEC and, when ready, raise capital in our marketplace and others. We are the first Regulation A+ marketplace. Manhattan Street Capital and FundAthena, a division of Manhattan Street Capital, will only fundraise for companies that we have reviewed and approved to list their offering on the "Company Offerings" Page.
Under the new Regulation, companies can raise up to $50 million* per year from individual “Main Street” investors. This means that start-ups and growing businesses don’t need an angel investor worth millions or billions of dollars to help take their company to the next level. Regulation A+ dramatically improves the funding prospects for companies that are too small to make a regular IPO on the NASDAQ, for example, or which do not have access to a Private Placement or to Venture Capital. It completely changes the prospect of raising capital, giving start-up, mid-stage, and late-stage companies the opportunity to raise capital from many smaller, individual investors, who become owners of shares in the company. While of course, Angel investors and professional investors are encouraged to invest too.
Regulation A+ was extended this week (May 29. 2018) by federal legislation that now allows public reporting companies to make a Reg A+ capital raise. This will be most useful for OTCQB and OTCQX reporting companies because they can use Reg A+ to uplist or simply raise capital cost-effectively.
*For businesses that lend themselves to segmenting their market, it may be possible to make multiple offerings by following a similar model to the one that Fundrise has used. Each Reg A+ entity is a standalone business and shares one management service provider. In this way, Fundrise has conducted multiple Reg A+ offerings simultaneously since 2016. So far this model has only been Qualified by the SEC in Real Estate situations, but the SEC may allow the same approach in other business areas. We don't know yet.