Crowdfunded IPO’s at IPO Village are Global

A person in Germany is on the internet looking for a place to invest some money and comes across an Initial Public Offering (IPO) at IPOVillage for a small company in Texas. The person looks at the prospectus and thinks to himself, “I sure wish I could participate in that IPO.”

He can. Anyone, anywhere who has a few dollars, pounds, yen, pesos or almost any currency can participate in an IPO run through IPOVillage.

While this is a fictitious example of an investor, the basic idea is fact. Anyone, anywhere with an internet connection and money can invest in an IPO through IPOVillage.

Somewhere in Australia, a small company wants to raise capital to expand its operation but is not entirely sure how to do it. The company owner finds IPOVillage and wonders if his company can go through this economical IPO process and be listed on NASDAQ.

He can.

IPOVillage is taking crowdfunding to the masses on a global scale.

CROWDFUNDING ACROSS THE GLOBE

Now a company anywhere in the world can take it’s IPO stock offering direct to the public. The company doesn’t have to negotiate through a stock exchange. The lawyers and institutional investors who reap huge rewards on IPOs at the expense of the company and the final investors are now cut out of the picture.

The investor benefits by getting the IPO stock at a much better valuation. What is the IPO price? That’s determined by the issuing company not an underwriter. Stock prices are not artificially inflated by the lawyers and investment banks.

The very people who will help the company grow and become a success will also reap the rewards of that success.

The company offering the IPO benefits by getting all the money from the IPO. The lawyers and banks do not get a cut of the stock sale. That means more money for the company to invest in expansion and improvement.

It does not matter where the company is located or where the investor is located. All that is needed is a company that has properly filed and been approved by the SEC. IPOVillage connects companies to investors around the world.

CURRENCY NOT A PROBLEM

Currency conversion is not Global Crowdfunding IPOa problem. IPOVillage offering companies accept PayPal, WePay, major credit cards and bank wire transfers. Each one of these payment programs converts currency at current market rates.

Foreign companies who place their offerings on IPOVillage will be approved for trading on NASDAQ. This means the companies receive US dollars, which is the world’s reserve currency and accepted in every major trading market in the world.

Currency conversion in today’s world is as easy as buying IPO stock through IPOVillage.

A GLOBAL VILLAGEThe Internet has opened the world to the world and that includes investing. IPOVillage is a global investing community and a destination for companies anywhere in the world which need more operating capital.

IPOVillage can work with most any company, from a few employees in one location to thousands of employees scattered across the planet. IPOVillage welcomes all investors no matter where they are from or how much money they have to invest.

It’s what we do.

Upcoming IPO on Track despite SEC delays on the JOBS Act

More delays in the rule making process for the JOBS Act (Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act) is not having any effect at IPO Village.

A crowdfunding initial public offering in the first quarter of 2013 is still on schedule. We don’t anticipate any delays either.

JOBS and the lack of getting it fully in place, has not had any negative effect on crowdfunding. It may, in fact, be just enough to get some companies to take a second look at crowdfunding. While the JOBS Act is supposed to make investing in a small business easier, it is not absolutely necessary. Crowdfunding an IPO is in no way impacted by the JOBS act, as going public utilizing the crowd is legal under current SEC rules.

IPO Village is moving ahead with the abovementioned IPO and is in negotiations with other companies.

ALREADY BEHIND

The news that SEC chairman Mary L. Schapiro is stepping down is having a ripple effect – to use the water analogy, it’s more like excellent surfing waves than a ripple – on JOBS. JOBS was signed into law in April has yet to be fully enacted by the SEC. The JOBS Act is supposed to make it easier for small businesses to generate operating and investment capital. The Security and Exchange Commission is charged with developing the rules to implement this law.

The SEC is already running behind on getting rules in place, states a report in the Washington Post. “The agency appears to already be behind schedule, as several regulatory questions concerning investor education and fraud protection remain unanswered,” wrote J.D. Harrison.

A business waiting on the JOBS Act rules to be in place before raising capital through an equity crowdfunding offering may be waiting a while. This leadership issue absolutely will delay the already-behind rule making process. How long the delay will be remains to be seen, but with the gridlock in Congress and a likely fight over who the new permanent SEC Chairman will be, it could be well over a year before we see any rules.

DON’T WAIT ANY LONGER

There is no need to wait. The JOBS Act is not necessary for a small company to go public and generate new capital for its growth. Crowfunding an IPO can be started at any time. The coming IPO at IPO Village (info here – Sign-up with no obligation to receive the companies name and begin your due diligence) was started knowing the JOBS Act rules were still being developed and might not be ready in time for the public announcement.

Any company waiting for the JOBS Act rules to be in place might wind up behind the economic recovery curve. That’s not a place to be for a growing business. With ready investors on hand and a need to meet future demands, there’s no need to wait for JOBS. IPO Village can handle an IPO for almost any size company right now. For a free company  evaluation – click here

Crowdfunding an IPO does several things that benefit a business:

1) It puts the investment opportunity directly in the hands of the public, the people who make a small business a success. Giant Wall Street investment firms are not involved.

2) It’s cheaper for the business. The expenses of hiring high-dollar investment advisers is gone.

3) It puts more money into the business. There is no selling stock at a discount to institutional investors or an underwriter. The public buys stock directly from the company.

A CHAIRMAN NEEDED

Adding to this not-quite confusion at the nation’s top financial oversight agency is a decision by President Obama to put current SEC Commissioner Elisse Walter to pro tempore chairman. She’ll be able to hold the post through the end of December 2013, at which time a permanent chair must be appointed.

Because this is top-end rule making, the SEC must have a chairman, and a permanent chair, to oversee the deliberations and final rules creation. A pro tem chairman is not likely to want to invest significantly in the process knowing a new chairman may have different ideas.

Another monkey wrench in the plans is the nomination process. Depending on how the Republic Party feels about the president’s nomination for permanent chair, it could take a while to get someone into that seat.

Implementing JOBS fully could be well more than a year away. Businesses that need to raise investment capital now have to decide: Can you wait a year or more? If the answer is no, then consider a crowdfunding IPO.

2013 IPO / Crowdfunding Market Forecast

2013 Crowdfunding / IPO Market Forecast

As the global economy continues to show signs of improvement, the market for Initial Public Offerings (IPO) is expected to jump by double digits in 2013.

IPOVillage.com and First Line Capital are expecting 15 to 17 percent growth in the number of NASDAQ IPO’s in 2013. The growth is being spurred by the JOBS Act – Jump-Start Our Business Start-Ups – and an improving economy.

We are seeing a steady increase in investors interested in IPOs at IPO Village. Now that investors are bringing cash to the table, businesses are going to find a way to get to the capital and put it to work.

First Line Capital is reporting an increase in interest of companies wanting to go public as well. First Line is in a rare position to see IPOs well before the public is aware of a company issuing stock for the first time. First Line is an investment banking consulting firm which guides companies through the IPO process to raise capital in the public markets. First Line is major force in the direct-to-public IPO marketplace.

First Line could not comment on deal specifics, but the number of deals in discussion is up and rising.

First Line recently partnered with IPO Village to provide support and consulting services to companies which need assistance in setting up their IPO. Because First Line is so intimately involved with the public IPO process, it begins working with companies months ahead of an IPO. Work begins up to a year before the company starts the SEC review process.

With 20 years of experience in helping small to large companies go public, First Line has an extensive network of corporations around the globe who have staged IPO’s. Their reputation is also attracting new companies to the IPO marketplace.

SMALL COMPANIES TO SURGE IN 2013

“The [JOBS] act … allows ‘emerging growth companies,’ with less than $1 billion in annual revenues to submit their documents to the SEC for confidential reviews and wait until 21 days before their IPO roadshow to make a public filing,” Wall Street Journal Senior Editor Emily Chasan reports in her blog.

Clearly, JOBS is going to have a significant and long lasting impact on the future of business and industry in the United States. Here at IPOVillage.com, we are already seeing an uptick in the queries about companies raising money through an IPO. We attribute this directly and indirectly to JOBS.

THE EFFECT OF THE JOBS ACT

The JOBS Act has eliminated many of the barriers for small companies to go public. It’s just that simple.

“The Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, passed by the U.S. Government in April, provides opportunity for small companies by easing regulations and allowing unaccredited investors to participate in ‘crowdfunding’ to raise capital,” wrote MSN Money reporter Trefis . “Small-to-midcap companies are usually reluctant to go public because they are discouraged by the legal, marketing and accounting costs involved, as well as the requirement to disclose quarterly financial and business information, which poses a competitive threat to their operations. The JOBS Act, however, considerably reduces the regulatory burden on emerging companies and makes it easier for them to go public.”

The idea that crowdfunding is the driving force behind new IPOs is being supported by others. Writing in Forbes, Devin Thorpe lists a number of reasons why crowdfunding is going to seriously take off in 2013.

By taking an IPO through a crowdfunding route, a small company accomplishes several things:

• It minimizes the expense of attorneys who charge hefty fees to guide an IPO.

• It sidesteps institutional investors who buy IPO stock at a discounted rate and turn around and sell it at a profit.

• It avoids the hyperbolic publicity buildup as seen when taking an IPO through underwriters and lets the public participate in pre-IPO pricing.

A BETTER ECONOMY

As the global economy gradually improves and the US market with it, smart business owners are looking at expanding their reach. To do that, they need capital and one of the best ways to do that is to sell stock.

Small business is the backbone of the nation, providing the bulk of jobs and re-investment into the economy. Anything that can help small business compete and perform better simply has to lead to a better economy. In the passage of the JOBS act, Congress recognizes this.

“Because of its critical importance to job creation and economic growth, the small business community is a prized constituency in Washington, D.C.,” wrote John Kinney for Baker-Donelson. “The JOBS Act could give small long term care companies an additional source of start-up funding and expansion at a time of market uncertainty.”

The JOBS act and crowdfunding as offered by IPOVillage and First Line Capital allow small and startup businesses to access capital they would otherwise not be able to reach.

“Crowdfunding enables small or start-up businesses that may not have access to traditional methods of capital financing to raise capital via the Internet and social media, typically from small-dollar investors,” write Nicole Jumper and Joel Buckberg for Baker-Donelson.

PAST IPOS

Because smaller companies are typically not going public with a big splash in the major markets, tracking them will have to wait until the SEC closes the IPO books for 2012.

However, IPO growth in 2012 slowed compared to 2011, according to Ernst and Young. The report “Sharp decline in global IPO deal value and volume” also suggests an upswing in 2013. Maria Pinelli, Global Strategic Growth Markets Leader at Ernst & Young, said in the release: “Several large IPO deals are expected by end of 2012 and the market continues to be opportunistic and selective. We expect more volume in first half of 2013. Industries to watch include technology, consumer products and industrials sectors.” The whole article may be read here.

The last time IPO rose by any significant extent was in 2010 according to the report “Global IPO Markets” by Forbes.

In 2009, Forbes counted 577 IPOs. In 2010, that number more than doubled to 1,393, an increase of 141 percent. 2011 showed a very slight decline to 1,225 and the numbers for 2012 are still coming in.

Renaissance Capital is tracking US-based IPOs. Through Oct. 26, they report 121 companies went public for the first time.

NASDAQ reported 86 IPOs since the beginning of the year as of Oct. 26. More were in the pipeline. Interestingly the NASDAQ reports also reports the worst IPO performances are dominated by tech and internet stocks. NASDAQ’s report is only for IPOs handled in that exchange.

NOT JUST FOR SMALL COMPANIES

While the JOBS Act is aimed at small and startup companies, taking an IPO through crowdfunding can be done by any size business. Even the Internet giant Twitter can go through crowdfunding to go public.