Joining a spin-out later on
Example 5: Theophrastus
Continuing from Example 3 (ERSM100110), 4 months after IP was transferred in and after the funding was introduced, Plato asks another employee, Theophrastus, of the Republic University to join the spin-out and subscribe for 5 shares at par of £1 each. He was actively involved in the research. The shares are currently worth £800, interest in the commercial exploitation of hemlock having recently fallen.
There is potential liability on acquisition of shares by Theophrastus at undervalue, only partly relieved by relief for spin-outs:
|Value of shares received 5 x £800||£4,000|
|Payment for shares||(£5)|
|Potential charge on undervalue||£3,995|
|Spin-out relief – effect of IP – say||(£2,000)|
Theophrastus will be entitled to relief under ITEPA03/S452 for the element in the value of the shares he is acquiring that relates to the IP transferred in from his employer. However he will have to accept that if he pays less than the market value of the shares, even ignoring the effect of the IP, he will be liable to a charge on the difference.