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Is a 409A Valuation Needed for Convertible Notes or SAFE Notes?

Following the Enron scandal of 2001, the government demanded corporations correctly value stock options granted to employees. Section 409A of the tax code requires startups to undertake regular audits to determine the value of the common shares they give out as options to their employees. A firm typically completes its first 409A valuation after raising … Continued

How to determine Preferred Stock Terms with 409A Valuations?

When it comes to dividends, the board of directors of a firm will decide whether or not to pay a dividend to common investors. If a corporation fails to pay a dividend, the common stockholder is bumped back in favor of a preferred stockholder, indicating that the latter has a higher priority. Preferred stock is … Continued

409A Valuations: Everything that Executives Should Know

A 409A valuation determines the fair market value (FMV) of a private company’s common stock as determined by a third-party appraiser. Startups require 409A valuations in order to provide employees tax-free stock options. The 409A valuation defines a company’s common stock’s base price, which is used to determine the price at which workers can exercise … Continued

How do high valuations affect your 409A valuation?

A 409a valuation is important because it establishes the fair market value of your company’s shares in writing. A 409a valuation, if done correctly, can help you comply with tax regulations and avoid unnecessary IRS audits that could lead to major problems down the road. Perhaps even more importantly, a 409a valuation provides your management … Continued

Creating ESOP for your Startup: How a 409A valuation can help?

The term “409A value” is derived from Section 409A of the United States Internal Revenue Code, which governs nonqualified deferred compensation schemes (e.g., stock options). The legislation compels private corporations to set an exercise price for their stock that may never be less than the FMV of the underlying stock on the date the stock … Continued

How 409A Valuation Determines your Stock Options Strike Price?

When corporations grant stock options, which are critical for attracting talent, how can they determine the value of common shares? A privately owned corporation’s only option for providing tax-free options to its employees is to use a 409A valuation. In this article, we explain how to determine the strike price of stock options using a … Continued

Do Venture Capitalists Use a 409A Valuation to Value a Startup?

Is your 409A value different from the venture capital appraisal done by your investor, and you’re not sure why? VC valuations and 409A valuations are extremely distinct from one other, even though this may not be widely known. In reality, 409A values are point estimates at the lower end of a defensible valuation range compliance … Continued

8 Pieces of Advice from a 409A Valuation Expert

A 409A report, which provides a fair market value for a company’s common shares, is created by 409A valuation providers. At Eqvista, our highly experienced team of analysts assists all sorts of companies to determine their firm’s value by meticulously evaluating their financial data. To help you understand 409A valuations, we have put together advice … Continued

How do I choose the valuation date for my 409a valuation?

If you are an investor, then valuation is a term that pops up in every investment you make. Till now you must know what a valuation is and how it works in relation to your investment. You also know the importance of valuing an investment and there are many ways we can value a company. … Continued

409a Valuation from Eqvista: Top Choice for Startups and Lawyers

Have you gotten a business valuation yet? Maybe you don’t know what business valuations are and why you might need a 409A valuation. Well to begin with, a business valuation is a process of finding out the economic value of your company. In short, it helps you get the fair market value of the business, … Continued

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