For companies looking to raise meaningful capital using a Reg A+ exemption, March 15th marks a significant increase in the Reg A+ Tier 2 offering limit. Businesses using this framework will now be able to raise up to $75 million in capital within a 12-month period, as opposed to the previous limit of $50 million.
The raising of this threshold comes as part of a larger class of amendments issued by the SEC, collectively titled “Facilitating Capital Formation and Expanding Investment Opportunities by Improving Access to Capital in Private Markets.” The amendments, which were approved back in January, are in full effect as of March 15, 2021.
Under the Securities Act, the SEC is required to review the Tier 2 offering limit every two years and is authorized to increase this limit as it deems necessary. In the amendments, the SEC offers some of its reasoning behind its decision to raise the limit, hoping that this adjustment will achieve the following outcomes:
The increase in the initial offering limit also affects the maximum amount of secondary sales allowed under Tier 2. While securities under Reg A+ are freely tradeable, during the 12-month period after the offering, secondary sales by all security holders are limited to 30% of the aggregate offering price. Therefore, the change in the Reg A+ capital limit also boosts the limit in secondary sales from $15 million (30% of $50 M) to $22.5 million (30% of $75 M).
Also check out our previous article, What is Regulation A+ and How Can It Help My Business?