Contingent Payment Mechanisms and Entrepreneurial Financing Decisions
48 Pages Posted: 10 Mar 2016
Date Written: March 4, 2016
We discuss how Contingent Payment Mechanisms (also known as Contingent Earn-Outs) enable of Entrepreneurial Financing decisions. First, we introduce a taxonomy of contingent payment mechanisms, by combining features regarding their term and amount. Second, we introduce each of these alternative mechanisms on a previously developed real options framework for analyzing Entrepreneurial Financing decisions, in which one wealth constrained Entrepreneur is looking for an external equity provider – taken as a Venture Capitalist – to support a given growth strategy. We conclude that different contingent payment mechanisms are equivalent in obtaining joint support from Entrepreneurs and Venture Capitalists regarding optimum investment timing and, therefore, that the choice on the optimum mechanism to use depends on variables which are exogenous to the model, such as liquidity preferences or constraints, timing requirements, post-deal integration or overall deal terms.
Keywords: Venture Capital, Entrepreneurial Finance, Real Options, Growth Options, Entrepreneurship, Earn-Outs, Contingent Payments
JEL Classification: G24, G31, G34, L26, M13
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