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Blue Marble Biomaterials to Offer Equity Shares to the Public via Reg A+
by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Montana, Blue Marble Biomaterials will become the first biomaterials company to utilize Regulation A+, a type of equity crowdfunding regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission, and will offer equity shares to the public. Regulation A+ differs from other popular crowdfunding methods, such as Kickstarter. Under Reg A+, investors buy equity in the company.
A natural-biochemical pioneer, Blue Marble intends to use the capital raised through its online public offering to expand production capabilities and research and develop new natural chemicals.
Blue Marble is partnering with Manhattan Street Capital to host the company’s “Test the Waters” campaign and additional activities. MSC specializes in providing businesses with the services and information to raise growth capital through a Regulation A+ offering.
The “Test the Waters” process offers businesses the opportunity to gauge investor interest before committing to the expenses involved in a Regulation A+ offering. Regulation A+ offerings must be qualified by the Securities and Exchange Commission before any sales of shares may be made.
Blue Marble launched their natural ester line of products, aptly named “Natural Solutions” — meeting all definitions for “natural” labeling by the U.S. and E.U. Solving a vexing concern voiced “time and again” by experts in the flavors & fragrances sector — the paucity of natural flavors and that only a handful that claimed the distinction could pass third-party isotopic testing.”
Moving from the Old to the New
Blue Marble Biomaterials produces naturally derived, drop-in replacement ingredients (biochemicals) that replace synthetic, petroleum-based chemicals (petrochemicals)—which can be found in 95% of consumer products used every day.
“When people realize that they are feeding their children products that contain ingredients manufactured from petroleum, they are horrified,” said Colby Underwood, co-CEO of Blue Marble.
The new rules update and expand Regulation A, an existing exemption from registration for smaller issuers of securities. The rules are mandated by Title IV of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. The updated exemption will enable smaller companies to offer and sell up to $50 million of securities in a 12-month period, subject to eligibility, disclosure and reporting requirements.
“These new rules provide an effective, workable path to raising capital that also provides strong investor protections,” said SEC Chair Mary Jo White. “It is important for the Commission to continue to look for ways that our rules can facilitate capital-raising by smaller companies.”
The two tiers for raising capital
The final rules, often referred to as Regulation A+, provide for two tiers of offerings:
- Tier 1, which would consist of securities offerings of up to $20 million in a 12-month period, with not more than $6 million in offers by selling security-holders that are affiliates of the issuer.
- Tier 2, which would consist of securities offerings of up to $50 million in a 12-month period, with not more than $15 million in offers by selling security-holders that are affiliates of the issuer.
Who can raise capital this way?
Besides, Blue Marble, any company organized in and with their principal place of business in the United States or Canada, excluding SEC reporting companies and some other restrictions you can read about in excruciating detail here
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