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Equity Funding for Financial Growth of a Business

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Equity funding for growth is necessary and desirable but it’s not emergent and exigency. The company has time to explore the right kind of investor. The company has the highest bargaining power and can get the highest premium when it is in a growth phase or is seeking funds for growth projects or prospects. A business should get equity funding when the going is good. Look at the three bargaining situations of a business below to understand why businesses can command a premium when they are doing well and why they are liquidated at scrap value when the situation goes bad.

It is best to get equity when going is good

Growth initiatives that can be funded through equity

Following are the different kinds of requirements of funds in growth activities in a company:

  • Working capital for operating substantially above break-even capacity
  • Working capital for 100% (or more) capacity utilization
  • Capacity expansion through refurbishment, improvements, revamp
  • Capacity expansion through replacements & modernization
  • New greenfield or brownfield projects to expand the capacity
  • Inorganic growth by directly acquiring ready-made businesses
  • Upsell by the implementation of emerging technologies such as AI, IoT
  • Product portfolio expansion by adding products of new specifications or new configurations
  • Geographical market expansion
  • Vertical – forward & backward integration for better command over the value chain
  • Horizontal or lateral expansion to diversify risk a bit & explore synergies
  • New product development, technology, R&D
  • New business structure, new contract structure
  • Business restructuring, partial or full debt redemption
  • Foreign trade, i.e. exports
  • International expansion i.e. business presence in the foreign countries
  • Conglomeration, i.e. risk mitigation by diversification in unrelated businesses

Advantages of timely strategic transactions, alliances, equity funding & M&A

Advantages of strategic transactions mergers acquisitions alliances

See: Consultancy services for business growth through equity funding

Hiring consultants for growth funding

But don’t hire compliance professionals, single domain experts, technocrats & brokers to get equity funding if you are a medium or mid business without a dedicated strategy, finance, corporate & legal departments. The network of investors is necessary but not at all sufficient to close a deal.  Hiring wrong people has created a sort of hopelessness among SMBs.  As a businessperson, director or top manager, you must give a lot of time to create value for future valuation & tap the current value by undertaking transactions.

Apohan’s services for business growth through equity funding

Below is the list of activities carried out during delivery of Apohan’s services for equity funding & allied strategic transactions of Indian SME businesses:

  1. Client-Apohan non-disclosure agreement (NDA)
  2. M&A consulting proposal
  3. M&A consulting contract
  4. M&A process presentation
  5. Business profile/Promoter profile
  6. Profile of target company/investor
  7. Inception report
  8. Schedule of investment requirement
  9. Analysis of basic Financial documents
  10. Analysis of basic corporate documentation
  11. Consultant’s plant/facility visits
  12. Teaser (MS Word) (Anonymous)
  13. Business presentation (PPT) (Anonymous)
  14. Information memorandum, if needed
  15. Datasheet (if required)
  16. Business plan
  17. Formulation of the deal strategy
  18. Preparation of strategic options
  19. Financial / Valuation model (MS Excel)
  20. Advertisement drafts for online media
  21. Advertisement drafts for physical media
  22. Circulation of advertising to investors
  23. Shortlisting of eligible investors
  24. Identification of the investor
  25. Mutual NDA (Client & Investor)
  26. Investor’s plant/ facility visits
  27. Preliminary due-diligence of investor
  28. Presentation to investor
  29. Investor proposal/ offer analysis
  30. Financial / contractual negotiations
  31. Deal Structure (transaction type, instrument type, transaction details)
  32. Term-sheet for contract 33 Document list for data room
  33. Assistance in seller due diligence
  34. Assistance in reverse due diligence, if needed
  35. Handling of investor’s query
  36. Draft investment contract /BTA/scheme 3
  37. Final Investment contract 39 Closure of Deal / Execution of contract 4
  38. Amendment drafts in MOA/AOA
  39. Board / GM resolution drafts
  40. Disbursement of Funds
  41. Accounting of M&A deal
  42. Taxation of M&A deal
  43. Issue of equity/security to the investor
  44. Handholding for 6 months
  45. Monthly Status Report