As a first-time special purpose vehicle (SPV) manager, correctly preparing and distributing financials to investors can be a challenging task. It is important to understand the relevant legal and regulatory requirements and to have accurate and up to date financial statements to ensure success.
Avoid common pitfalls for first-time SPV fund managers issuing financials
Five common pitfalls for first-time SPV fund managers when issuing financials include:
(1) understanding the need for accurate financial statements
(2) making sure that the information is easily understandable for investors
(3) ensuring financial statements are up to date
(4) understanding the legal requirements for financial disclosures
(5) properly budgeting and managing resources.
Essential tips for first-time SPV fund managers issuing financials
However, by following a set of best practices, you can ensure that the process goes smoothly.
Prepare your financial statements
Use the financial information you've collected to prepare your financial statements, including a balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow statement. Make sure that your statements are clear, concise, and easy to understand.
Provide detailed explanations and footnotes
Investors will want to understand the details behind your financial statements, so be prepared to provide detailed explanations of any significant transactions or changes in your financial position. Use footnotes and other explanatory materials to provide additional information, as needed.
Include all necessary disclosures and compliance documentation
Make sure that your financials comply with all relevant laws and regulations, and include all necessary disclosures. These may include disclosures of risk factors, related-party transactions, and other important information.
Use a professional format
Your financial statements should be presented in a professional format, with consistent formatting, headings, and layout.
Communicate with your investors
Once you've prepared your financial statements, communicate with your investors to let them know when and how they can expect to receive the information. Send them the statement via email and if possible, provide the option of downloading from your website.
Make sure your financials are easily accessible
It's important to make your financials easily accessible to your investors. Send them to them in a format that they can easily open and view, such as a PDF.
Keep your investors informed
Regularly update your investors on the financial performance of the SPV, and provide them with any other relevant information they need to make informed decisions. This might include regular reports on cash flow, financial metrics, and other key performance indicators.
Once you've completed your taxes, receipts, and financials, it is time to move on to step 14: Post close activities.