What is a Private Placement Memorandum?
A Private Placement Memorandum (PPM) also popularly known as Offering Memorandum (OM), is a legal document prepared specifically for potential investors by any business seeking to raise capital through private placement. Via private placement, a company can raise capital by selling its shares or bonds directly to private investors or institutions without going public on the stock market.
Private Placement Memorandum (PPM) helps investors gain a better understanding of a private placement by providing important details such as business description, offering terms, risk factors, and more. As a result, investors are able to make informed investment decisions.
Private placements are not open to the public, and thus they are exempt from registration with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which means a company is not required to provide a prospectus or detailed financial information. Instead of prospectus, Private Placement Memorandum (PPM) are used during private placement. It’s interesting to note that a PPM is not reviewed by any regulator and is not usually marketed to the public in general.