The following report presents Dow Jones VentureSource’s quarterly findings for European 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 2015 include:
Highlights for 2Q 2015 include:
- European venture capital fundraising doubles from prior quarter;
Venture capital investment into European companies improves in consecutive quarters;
- Initial public offerings (IPOs) experienced an increase from the prior quarter, while the number of mergers and acquisitions (M&As) fell to its lowest level since 1Q 2013.
European Venture Capital Fundraising Improves in 2Q 2015
- 25 European venture capital funds accumulated over €2 billion during 2Q 2015, more than double the euros raised in 1Q 2015 with a 47% increase in the number of fund closings.
- Compared with the year ago period, euros raised improved by 63% in two more fund closings.
- The largest fund of the quarter was Index Ventures Growth Fund III, which raised €650 million, accounting for 32% of the total amount raised for 2Q 2015.
Investment into European Venture-backed Companies Improves Once More in 2Q 2015
- European companies raised just over €3 billion for 357 deals during 2Q 2015, an increase of 12% in the amount raised from 1Q 2015 despite a 5% slide in the number of deals completed.
- In contrast with the year ago period, investment improved by 31% despite a 15% reduction in the number of completed deals.
- Consumer Services was the strongest sector of the quarter in terms of attracting investment followed by Business and Financial Services. The sectors garnered 45% and 24% of all euros invested during 2Q 2015 respectively.
Equity Financings into Europe-based, VC-backed Companies, by Industry Group (2Q 2015)
- Consumer Services received the largest allocation of investment during 2Q 2015 (45%), accumulating €1.4 billion through 91 deals. Deal flow fell by 22% from the prior quarter, while sector investment dipped by 1%.
- Business and Financial Services placed second in terms of equity financing, taking a 24% share of all 2Q 2015 investment. The sector raised €716 million across 99 deals, an improvement of 53% in capital raised and 16% in deals completed from the previous quarter.
- Healthcare placed in third, with companies in the sector gathering 15% of the total amount invested for the quarter. The sector received €458 million across 52 deals; a rise of 48% in capital invested from 1Q 2015 despite a 10% decline in deal flow.
Equity Financings into Europe-based, VC-backed Companies, by Country (2Q 2015)
- The United Kingdom was the most favoured destination for equity financing during 2Q 2015, receiving €645 million across 89 deals. The country took 21% of all equity financing for the quarter, despite a 28% fall in investment from 1Q 2015.
- Sweden placed second, attracting a 19% share of European financing. Investment reached a total €596 million, bolstered in large part by Spotify Technology’s most recent round of financing in April.
- Germany occupies third position raising €508 million, 17% of the total for the quarter. France placed fourth with a 15% share, raising €449 million during 2Q 2015.
Europe 2Q 2015 Venture Exit Activity
- 37 venture-backed M&As took place in Europe during 2Q 2015, a drop of 27% from 1Q 2015 and 12% from 2Q 2014.
- The largest M&A for 2Q 2015 was Yemek Sepeti Elektronik Iletisim Tanitim, a provider of online food ordering services in Turkey, which was acquired by Delivery Hero Holding AG for €526 million.
- 15 venture-backed IPOs took place during 2Q 2015, a 25% rise from the prior quarter but a 29% decline in listings for VC-backed companies from the year ago period.
European VC-backed IPOs (2012-2015)
- 15 venture-backed IPOs took place during 2Q 2015, an increase of three from the prior quarter but six fewer than in the year ago period.
- IPOs raised €533 million during 2Q 2015, an uptick of 28% from the $417 million raised in 1Q 2015. VC-backed companies raised an almost identical amount through IPOs compared with the year ago period (€530 million).
- The largest European VC-backed IPO of 2Q 2015 was the windeln.de GmbH listing in May. The company raised €183 million for its offering on the Deutsche Boerse.