A capitalization table, or “cap table,” is a critical tool for managing the finances of a special purpose vehicle (SPV). It is a record of all the investments made in the SPV and the corresponding ownership stakes of each investor. Keeping an accurate and up-to-date cap table is essential for making informed decisions about the future of the SPV.
Build a SPV Cap Table
As a DIY SPV manager, it can be challenging to build and maintain a cap table. However, with the right process and tools, it is possible to streamline this task and make it manageable. Here are some tips to help you build and save a cap table for your SPV.
Gather all the necessary information. This includes information about the SPV’s investors, such as their names, investment amounts, and ownership stakes. It’s also important to track any additional investments or changes in ownership over time.
Use a cap table template. A template provides a basic structure for organizing the information, and it can be useful for making calculations such as dilution. There are many cap table templates available online, some for free and some for purchase.
Keep your cap table up-to-date. The cap table should be updated whenever there is a change in investment or ownership. This will ensure that the information is accurate and can be used to make informed decisions about the SPV.
Review and Share it with your stakeholders. You should periodically review the cap table to ensure that all the information is accurate and up-to-date. It is also a good idea to share it with the stakeholders of your SPV, such as investors and members of the board of directors, to keep them informed about the financial status of the SPV.
Building and maintaining a cap table for your SPV can be time-consuming and complex, but it is essential for the financial management of your SPV. By following these tips, you can make this task more manageable and ensure that your cap table is accurate and up-to-date.
For a detailed guide on creating cap tables, see our article on Creating Cap Tables: A Template for Startups.
Avoid the Risks of Manual Management: The Importance of Using a Cap Table Software for Your SPV
Not using a cap table software when managing a special purpose vehicle (SPV) can lead to a number of risks, including:
Inaccurate or outdated information: Without a software to automate the process of calculations and updates, it can be difficult to ensure that the information in the cap table is accurate and up-to-date. This can lead to errors in decision-making and negatively impact the financial performance of the SPV.
Difficulty in tracking dilution: One of the key calculations that need to be made in a cap table is dilution, which is the decrease in the ownership percentage of each investor as new investments are made. Without a software, it can be challenging to track dilution and make accurate projections about the impact of future investments.
Limited ability to anticipate future investments: A cap table software can enable you to do scenario planning, this means looking at different options and their potential outcomes. It can be useful in Anticipating future investments and how they will affect the ownership structure of the SPV.
Difficulties in managing complex ownership structures: As SPVs can have multiple rounds of investment and a large number of investors, it can be difficult to track the ownership structure and make decisions about future investments without a software to automate and manage the process.
Lack of transparency and communication with investors: Without a cap table software, it can be difficult to share accurate and up-to-date information about the financial status of the SPV with investors. This can lead to mistrust and a lack of transparency between the investors and management of the SPV.
Time Consuming: Without software, maintaining a cap table manually can be very time-consuming, taking away precious time from focusing on the growth of your business.
For more on efficient equity management, read our guide on Electronic Cap Tables.
It can be difficult to create a useful cap table. There is a lot of potential for human error. This can have serious consequences throughout the SPV’s entire lifecycle. Syndicately’s SPV service eliminates many of these unintended consequences. The technology platform simplifies and automates many manual tasks that were previously tedious and time-consuming.
We are now ready to move on with step 10, of the SPV odyssey. Complete and file your securities filings to the SEC and relevant states.