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Slow start in May after record April: Total transaction value (excluding M&A) in the Web 2.0 universe for April was $813.5 million - the highest monthly total we have recorded. The number of financings was also a record, at 49, averaging $16.6 million each. Note that this includes the $300 million investment in DST by Tencent. Excluding this transaction, the average is $10.7 million. May 2010, in contrast, has started slowly, with only $37.4 million in financing announced thus far, averaging just $3.4 million across 11 deals. In comparison, total capital raised in May 2009 was $375.0 million, averaging $12.5 million over 30 deals.
Deal round-up for May: The large deal highlights for the month include:
Fluid Music (TSX:FMN, digital music distributor) will acquire Mood Media (provider of sensorial marketing solutions) for €160 mm.
Lithium is purchasing analytics developer, Scout Labs, for $20 mm.
Fatfoogoo (purveyor of virtual goods) is being acquired by Digital River for $10 mm.
Groupalia, the Spanish answer to online group discount retailers, Groupon and LivingSocial, raised $2.5 mm in a Series A financing – the online group discounters have been raising money quickly (DST invested $135 mm in Groupon in April) with a total of $222 mm in funding coming to just these three players thus far.
Bearish week again: Price performance was largely negative in our Web 2.0 universe, with prices dropping for over 70% of the companies.
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