144A offerings are common for both US and foreign companies. A 144A allows for a company to raise funds from QIBs, or qualified institutional buyers. 144A offerings are considered a more efficient way to raise capital, both debt and equity, in the quickest possible manner, absent conducing an initial public offering.
144A Debt vs. Equity
144A offerings are either conducted via a debt offering, such as selling a note or bond, or an equity offering. Today, in many respects, a 144A debt offering is more popular than the equity. That is mainly due to the fact that in 144A bond (usually) the company will put forth its assets as collateral. In an equity deal there is simply more liability.
144A bonds or 144A notes implies that an investor is going to raise capital from US investors and/or clear or settle with a US institution.
Reg S, or Regulation S, is somewhat the flip side of the 144A. A Reg S offering is an ‘offshore offering’. That is, it is conducted outside the US.
CUSIP and ISIN Numbers
Companies that issue either 144A securities or Reg S securities, or a mixture of a 144A/Reg S securities, usually obtained CUSIP numbers and ISIN codes for the securities. This is used for identification purposes.
ISIN.com can assist with your 144A offering, Reg S offering, and help obtain ISIN and CUSIP numbers for the 144A/Reg S.