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Summer financing doldrums: After a very strong June (with total transaction value (excluding M&A) of $542.8 million from 66 transactions, averaging $8.4 million each), July has started very slowly with only one small financing announced. However, we have seen some large M&A transactions (see below). In comparison, total capital raised in July 2009 was $206.2 million, averaging $5.4 million over 38 deals. Excluding Dec 09 and Apr 10, the average monthly total is ~$270 million.
Deals (M&A, Finance)
Google, acquired ITA Software, search provider for the travel industry for $700 mm.
infoGROUP, provider of business and consumer databases for sales leads, mailing lists, direct marketing, database marketing, e-mail marketing, and marketing research solutions, was taken private for $645 mm by CCMP Capital Advisers.
GroupSpaces, a provider of web-based tools for sports clubs, university societies, organizations, and groups of friends or coworkers, raised $1.3 mm.
Domain based online advertising services provider, OCTANE360, was acquired by Local.com for $10.9 mm.
Negative price performance
The Web 2.0 public company universe fell again this week, with 61% of companies seeing their market cap fall vs. 27% rising and 12% flat.