Thomson Reuter’s Practical Law division published an article that provides a comprehensive review of the 60 crowdfunding offerings that were filed within the first two months of Regulation Crowdfunding becoming effective on May 16, 2016. This publication contains highlights and a more detailed analysis of a nascent, but promising sector.
Companies that have launched crowdfunding offerings differ greatly in terms of size, industry, creation date and origins. And yet, some market trends seem to be emerging, for example:
- More than 40% of those companies chose to file in the State of Delaware, way above California (2nd on the list) that registered 5 issuers, compared to 25 in Delaware. Striking as it is, this figure is actually lower than the proportion of publicly-traded companies registered in Delaware (more than 50% of the country’s total) due to the State’s business-friendly environment.
- With 30% (or 18 issuers) of the total, Consumer Products was the industry the most heavily represented in the offerings filed, followed by the Internet & Mobile Apps, and the Services sectors with both 10 issuers. Together they account for more than 60% of all offerings.
- Globally, less than half of the securities issued had a voting rights. This could be explained by companies’ reluctance to manage hundreds or even thousands of ‘small’ equity owners.
More data and insight is included in the original publication but two elements seem to be particularly relevant for actors looking to build a crowdfunding platform:
- Companies seem to be rather cost-sensitive when selecting a funding portal: despite the variety of platforms available to issuers, the one charging the lowest fee to issuers was behind almost half of the offerings. This fact could imply that robust platforms, with the most resources, were able to develop an aggressive pricing strategy, which translated in a strong deal flow.
- Regulatory requirements seem to impact the offerings’ target amounts: two thirds were seeking to raise less than $100,000, and none attempted to raise more than $500,000. This is due to the different thresholds that were set by the legislator. Above $100,000, issuers’ financial statements must be reviewed by independent accountants, and thoroughly audited beyond $500,000.
At Crowd Valley, our goal is to provide our customers with an infrastructure that makes their marketplaces operations as efficient, secure and sustainable as possible. And we look forward to assist established institutions and niche specialists in the creation of crowdfunding marketplace services.
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