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Everything we've talked about so far with this startup
company selling socks and all of that, has been raising
money from an equity.
We raised private money-- when the company was private it
went to VCs and it went to angel investors, and maybe you
could go to your friends and family to raise money.
And then the company could go public and raise money from
the public markets.
But there's actually two ways that a
company can raise capital.
So this is why this playlist is called capital markets, or
it's part of it, the name of raise capital.
Capital is just essentially-- I mean the easy way to think
about it is you're raising cash that you want to invest
in some way to grow your business or to sustain your
business or start your business.
So everything we talked about so far was equity, and that's
essentially selling shares in your company to raise money.
And so that's all of those VC examples.
The equity investor-- so when you sell equity, you're
essentially selling-- you're kind of making that person
who's buying the stock-- you know, an equity is the same
thing as stock-- you're making the person who's buying a
stock kind of a partner in the company.
So if the company-- let's say there's two situations-- if
the company goes bankrupt-- and I'll talk a lot more about
what bankruptcy even means-- but if the company goes
bankrupt, all the shareholders end up with nothing.
They end up with nil.
But if the company has a lot of upside, the stock gets a
lot of upside.
Because they're partners in it.
If this was a company, that start-up that we talked about,
if it turns into Amazon.com and becomes a billion-dollar
company, everyone is going to do really well.
Everyone's going to share in that upside.
But there's another way to raise money, and actually this
is probably something that's more familiar at
the household level.
I mean at the household level you never raise equity.
You never say, you know what-- well you can, but you're not
going to say hey, I need to buy a house, why don't I go to
my rich friend and offer to sell 10% of the stake in my
house to him and he'll be kind of a partner in my house.
That could happen but for the most part it doesn't.
Usually when you do something on a personal level you raise
money through debt.
And that's interesting.
So what's good about debt is it's-- so let's think about it
from the point of view of the person who's lending
the money to you.
Debt is just borrowing money.
I think all of us know what borrowing money is.
I go to my rich friend and I say hey, could I borrow $1 and
I'll give you $1.25 in a year?
And he says, OK, you're good for it.
But I'm essentially promising I'm going to give the money
back at some future date.
If I sell equity, I'm not promising anything.
I'm like hey, I got a great business, why don't you give
$1 and then you get a 20% cut of my business.
If my business does awesome, you get 20% of all of the
profits of my business.
If my business does horrible, well you took a risk, you get
nothing and I get nothing.
Debt says regardless of how my business does, if it does
awesome all you're going to get is the interest.
That's kind of the upside.
So the upside's limited, right?
If I borrow money at 9% interest, all that person's
going to get is 9%.
Even if my company becomes the next Google or Microsoft or
whatever else, that person's just going to
get 9% on their money.
While this person might have gotten a hundred times their
money because they made a bet.
On the other hand, this downside is much lower.
So limited downside.
Because they're going to get their money back at a
certain-- you know, there's a certain payment schedule.
And they're going to get their money back before the
stockholders-- so let's say in a situation where the
company's going into difficulty-- and we'll do a
whole playlist on bankruptcy-- the people who lend money to
the company will see their money before the stockholders
So how does all of this come out from the balance sheet?
So let's say we have a public company.
If you wonder what a CFO at a company does, this is really
the main decision that they're always making.
Do we raise money-- well, how do we raise money if we need
it, and do we raise money from the equity markets or from the
So let's come up with a company again.
Let's say that that's its current assets.
Not current-- I don't want to say current assets, it's the
assets that it currently has.
Current assets means something different, and we'll talk
about that in the future.
But let's say, so that's its assets.
You know it might have some cash here.
We'll go into more detail.
We'll actually look at real company balance sheets and
decipher what all of the terms on the balance sheet mean.
But that's its assets for now.
And let's say right now all of its money it's raised so far
has been equity.
And let's say it's a publicly listed company.
It doesn't have to be.
Let's say that's all of its equity, and let's say it has,
I don't know, 10 million shares.
And the other interesting thing about when a company's
public-- remember, every time when a company was private and
it took an investor, when it took equity investors, they
had to sit and have a negotiation saying what is
What are these assets worth?
But what's cool is, is when you have a publicly traded
company, these shares are traded on an exchange, right?
These shares are on, let's say it's on the
New York Stock Exchange.
So every day you could go to Yahoo!
Finance or wherever and you can look at a chart.
Let me draw a chart.
You can draw a chart.
And we've all seen stock charts, I think.
So let's say that this is this could have been its IPO date
or it could just be the start that we're looking at, and
let's say the stock IPO went up, and then the whole market
went down a little bit.
But the stock-- maybe it's there, right?
But on any given, really almost any given second,
there's a price that somebody traded that stock at and it
might not be the best price, but it is a price.
And we'll talk about why that happens, because you might
have 10 million shares, and if only, I don't know, 100 shares
get traded at any second, or let's say only 100 shares get
traded in the day, is that an indicative price?
Because that's not a huge percentage
of all of the shares.
But anyway, we'll talk more about what volume means
relative to the total float and all of that.
But let's say at this split second the company shares
traded at $15 a share.
This is $15, right, at this second in time.
This is like right now.
Traded at $15 a share, and you could look it up on your
Bloomberg terminal or whatever else.
So essentially the market is providing us a
value for this company.
The market is saying wow, the market is willing to trade the
share at $15.
There was a willing buyer and a willing seller at exactly
$15 a share.
So that means that the market at that moment is valuing this
company at $15 per share times 10 million shares.
So $15 per share times 10 million shares-- not
necessarily a dollar sign.
So the market is assigning a, 15 times 10 is 100.
$150 million market cap.
Market capitalization for the company.
And you could look on the kind of, I think it's the key
statistics tab on Yahoo!
Finance, and you'll see market capitalization for a company.
And it's just the number of shares times the
price of the shares.
This is essentially what the market's value
of the equity is.
The market is saying that this piece right here
is worth $150 million.
And since this piece is the same size as the assets, we
have nothing else on the right-hand side, the market's
essentially saying that the assets right now are worth
And these aren't always going to be equal.
We'll see probably in a few videos when you start raising
debt you have to do an extra calculation to figure out what
the asset value or-- and I'll throw out a new term here, the
enterprise value of the firm is.
The enterprise value's essentially the asset value
minus excess cash.
The cash the company really doesn't need to operate.
And we'll go into more detail of that.
But we'll just view it as the assets for now.
So if I'm the CFO of this company, and let's say we need
to raise another, I don't know, $15 million.
I have two options.
I could say OK, the company is trading at $15 per share, I
need to raise $15 million, so I could issue
another million shares.
It wouldn't be the initial public offering because I'm
It would be a follow-on offering, or sometimes it's
called a secondary offering.
Although the word secondary has kind of two connotations.
But it would be a follow-on offering where I would issue,
I'd go to the board, we would essentially create another
million shares, and then sell them into the market, and
hopefully people will buy it at $15 a share or probably a
little bit less because we're kind of flooding the market
with a ton of shares.
Maybe they buy it at $14 per share, and we
would raise $14 million.
And that would be a follow-on offering.
So we can always use the public markets as a way to
raise more money.
We didn't have to go to all this-- I mean, for the most
part we didn't have to do this huge valuation exercise and
negotiations and do all of this, hire banks and all that.
Although the banks will still collect fees.
We actually would have to hire banks to do this.
So that's one option.
Or the other option is we're an established company, we're
generating cash, we could make interest
payments if we want to.
We could go to a bank.
And actually there's a lot of different ways to do this.
But we could essentially borrow money.
And let's just say we do that.
Instead of doing this-- let's say we do both.
So let's say we did a $1 million follow-on offering,
that gave us $14 million.
And let's say we want another $2 million, but this time
instead of selling shares-- so right now how many
shares do we have?
We sold 1 million, we had 10 million, we
have 11 million shares.
Let's say, you know what, let's say as a CFO I feel like
our shares are going to move up a lot more.
So we don't like selling them at this low price.
And let's say interest rates are really low.
Instead we're going to borrow money.
That's essentially raising debt.
So let's say we borrow another $3 million because we need it.
So actually this would be debt, $3 million of debt, and
we would get $3 million of cash.
So now our assets are all of this stuff on
the left-hand side.
And what are our liabilities now?
Now, we didn't have liabilities before because
everything we had were equities.
But now we do.
Now we owe somebody $3 million right here.
And I'll talk more about all the different ways to kind of
But it's essentially, it could just literally be a bank loan.
They might have just gone to Bank of America and said hey,
we're a big company and we're good for the money, why don't
you lend us $3 million.
And maybe it would be $3 million at a low interest
rate, at maybe 6% per year.
And Bank of America feels good because you have a high--
we'll talk more about credit ratings and all of that-- but
they say oh, you have essentially a good company
So we'll give it to you at a low interest rate.
So what happens in the future is, these assets are going to
generate, hopefully, some cash.
And before these guys see it-- let me do to it in the--
before these equity holders-- this is the equity holders
right now-- before the equity holders see anything, these
guys have to get paid their interest. And I'll show you
all of that on a line-by-line basis in an income statement.
Everything we've done so far has been a balance sheet.
But something interesting is happening now.
Now all of a sudden your assets, which is that side-- I
know I just keep writing over the same drawing-- your assets
are now larger than your equity.
I think now, and this is just kind of a review of the
balance sheet video, you see that the assets are equal to
your equity, which is this right here, your equity plus
Your liabilities now are $3 million.
So if you wanted to know what your assets are worth, because
your assets are equal to your equity.
So what's your market value of your equity?
Well, we figured that out already.
We have 11 million shares now.
And let's say the stock plummets to $10 a share for
some strange reason or for a not-strange reason.
So what's the market cap? $10 a share, 11 million shares, we
have a $110 million market cap.
We're doing a market value.
And we'll talk more about the difference between market and
But this is the market value of your equity.
And then what is your liabilities?
Well we owe $3 million, so plus 3 million.
So we could say that for the most part the market value of
our assets, the market thinks that this entire left-hand
side is going to be worth the value of our equity, the
market cap of the company, plus the amount of debt, which
is equal to $113 million.
So the value of these assets are $113 million, and that for
the most part is the enterprise
value of the company.
What is the company's assets worth?
And we'll talk-- there's a little bit of a tweak we'll do
in the future on enterprise value.
But that's essentially how you kind of can value what the
A lot of people when they do a market capitalization
calculation they say oh, that's what
the company's worth.
Well no, that's what the equity is worth.
Market cap is what the equity's worth.
If you want to know what the company's worth, you have to
take the market cap and then add the debt.
Another way-- well, I won't get too complicated because I
just realized I've run out of time again.
See you in the next video.
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