I am a new entrepreneur seeking investors. I need $4 million in capital to start my company. Investors came forward to help me with my required capital, but they are asking for 50% of lifetime share, which I found too high. Can anybody suggest to me what's the minimum and maximum percentage that I can give him for investing $4 million? Also should I have to pay for whole lifetime or just a fixed period of time?
By offering 50% for $4M he is valuing your company at ~$8M. Nobody here can tell if thats fair given the information in your question. We would need to know your total value of stock, last three years operating proffit and your forcasts to even make a rough guess.
Unless you have a lot of stock or interlectual property attached to the business you would be looking at roughly 1M anual proffit to be valued in that price range. (Nb. Im not an investor. Seek proffesional advice if you want accurate estimates)
It's not clear whether your company is bootstrapped or very early stage, so I assume you're just beginning.
Giving away half of your company in exchange for $4M is just fine (even good) as you don't seem to have anything proven yet about your business. Keep in mind that your investors are implicitly valuing your company at $8M, which is impressive for an early stage company if you ask me. That said, it also depends on the actual terms that you must agree upon. It's not just about the money, but about the amount of control the investors want to have on your company and most importantly on subsequent rounds of funding.