A limited company has 1,000 authorised shares at nominal value £5,000 per share. The business has allotted two shares at this stage, 1 share to each of the two directors, the two shares are fully paid up for £10,000. A new investor wishes to buy a third of the authorised equity (333 shares) for £333,000 at a discount of £4,000 per share under the par value.
If I remember correctly it is not permissible for companies to issue shares at a discount (not sure why this would be, they are after all allowed to issue at a premium?). The business is keen to get the investment it needs but the investor wants 33% of the business for his money. The business has a net worth of just £10,000 at this stage, so the investor is paying £333,000 for just 33% of £10,000 (as the potential for the business is very good). Although the shares would be issued at a discount they are in fact way over the balance sheet valuation of the percentage ownership being given away.
What's the best way forward to expedite this deal?