Financing an already operating company

Opportunities for financing an already operating company can be found in the form of loan products from commercial banks as well as by enlarging share capital by organizing a private placement or public offering. In addition, the state, in conjunction with Enterprise Estonia, also offers various aid for financing the development of a company.

Bank loans

The selection of commercial bank loan products is very wide, ranging from ordinary bank loans to operating credit and bonds. For more information, contact your bank account manager.

Grants from Enterprise Estonia

Enterprise Estonia supports starting and developing companies by providing a number of grants and information services.

Enterprise Estonia offers you a convenient option To obtain initial evaluation of your business idea or business plan, contact the Information Centre of Enterprise Estonia.

Private placement – involving an investor

A private placement of shares means that you sell a holding in your enterprise to a definite partner in return for the investment you need for developing your business. Often investor(s) are private venture capital funds that operate as financial investors. The Development Fund (Eesti Arengufond) helps bring investors and enterprises together. To find a strategic investor, you must have a strong and distinctive enterprise or business idea with international commercial potential.

Initial public offerings

Capital can also be raised through an IPO, which generally requires that the company’s securities will eventually be listed on a stock exchange. Throughout the world, securities are broadly classified in three major categories.

  • Listed securities are traded on a securities market - this is the most reliable option for investors, but imposes the greatest number of obligations on a company.
  • The open market is above all for rapid-growth and higher-risk companies, the rules for being listed on the open market are somewhat less stringent.
  • The third category of securities market is the alternative market (the so-called unregulated market; not very many requirements are imposed on enterprises and the requirements are also fewer with regard to disclosure of information.

You can use all three opportunities on the Tallinn stock exchange.

Conditions for being listed on the Tallinn Stock Exchange

Last amended: 27-01-2016 11:46 | Compiled by: Enterprise Estonia