Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Dow Jones VentureSource 2Q’14 U.S. Venture Capital Report

The following report presents Dow Jones VentureSource’s quarterly findings for U.S. venture capital fundraising, investment, valuation, and liquidity. The included charts and graphs offer a comprehensive view of the trends currently affecting the venture capital market

Highlights for 2Q 2014 include:

- U.S. venture capital fundraising amount raised and number of funds on decline from 1Q 2014; Venture capital investment was at its highest since 1Q 2001;
- Median pre-money valuation totaled $58M, more than double the valuation figure for 1Q 2014;
- Amount raised and transactions on decline for both venture-backed mergers and acquisitions (M&As) and Initial public offerings (IPOs).
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Venture Fundraising in U.S. on decline from 1Q 2014

76 funds garnered $7.4 billion in 2Q 2014, down 28% from the amount raised in the previous quarter. Number of funds also experienced a 5% decrease.
Tiger Global Private Investment Partners VIII LP was the largest U.S. venture capital fund of 2Q 2014 raising $1.5 billion and accounting for 20% of the total amount raised during the quarter.
Median U.S. fund size was $172 million in the first half of 2014.
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U.S. Venture Investment on the Rise in 2Q 2014

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U.S.-based companies raised $13.8 billion from 917 venture capital deals during 2Q 2014, a 21% and 4% increase both in capital and deal count from the previous quarter.
Compared to the same period in 2013, amount invested registered a 60% increase, while number of deals dipped 2%.
Consumer Services and Business and Financial Services were the strongest sectors, respectively with 28% and 24% share of total amount invested.

Equity Financings into U.S.-based, VC-backed Companies, by Industry Group (2Q 2014)

Consumer Services saw the largest investment allocation, with 171 deals garnering almost $3.9 billion and accounting for 28% of total equity investment.
The Business and Financial Services sector raised the second highest proportion of investment for 2Q’14 - $3.3 billion into 242 deals, up 4% and 9% in dollars and deals, respectively, from 1Q’14 figures.
IT and Healthcare shared third position. IT decreased 13% quarter over quarter, with $3 billion invested in 236 deals, a 4% drop also for the number of deals. The sector’s investment figure represents a 22% share of total equity investment into U.S. VC-backed companies for the quarter.
Healthcare companies raised $3 billion across 201 deals, a 33% and 18% increase compared to the previous quarter.
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Venture M&A and IPO Market Activity in the U.S. during 2Q 2014

Mergers and acquisitions (M&As) of venture-backed companies in 2Q 2014 decreased by 26% in value from those completed in 1Q 2014, with 108 deals garnering $12.6 billion.
25 venture-backed IPOs took place during 2Q 2014, a 34% decrease from the previous quarter.
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U.S. VC-backed M&A

108 M&As of venture-backed companies in U.S. garnered $12.6 billion during 2Q 2014.
In contrast with 1Q 2014, when a total of 128 transactions accumulated almost $17 billion, both number of M&As and amount raised fell by 16% and 26% respectively.
The largest M&A of the quarter was Oculus VR Inc., which was acquired by Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) for $2 billion.
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U.S. VC-backed IPOs 

25 venture-backed companies raised almost $2.2 billion through public offerings in 2Q 2014. Number of deals decreased by 34% and capital raised also registered a 26% decrease from the previous quarter.
The largest IPO of the quarter was GoPro Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRO), which completed a $427 million IPO. 

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