Europe saw 170 deals garner $1.10 billion (€842 million) in the first quarter, down 40% from the $1.83 billion (€1.40 billion) put into 281 deals during the same period in 2008
Same like US, Europe’s information technology (IT) industry saw $362 million (€277 million) invested in 82 IT deals in the first quarter, down 44% from the $643 million (€492 million) put into 129 such deals last year and the industry’s worst quarter on record. Within IT, the information services sector fared better than most as it accounted for 46% of all IT investment in the quarter with $167 million (€127 million) put into 28 deals, which is down 16% from the year-ago period but on par with investment levels the sector has seen over the last two years.
Investment in the European health care industry outpaced that of IT in the first quarter as venture capitalists put $406 million (€311 million) into 42 health care deals. Even so, this marks a 39% decline from the first quarter of 2008 when $671 million (€513 million) was put into 70 deals.
Europe’s energy and utilities industry was the only area to see investment actually increase, up 30% to $206 million (€158 million) in 10 deals from $159 million (€122 million) in 18 deals a year ago.
In Europe, the median size of venture capital deal ticked up over 8% to $3.9 million (€3 million) from $3.6 million (€2.8 million). In Israel, the median deal size fell 40% from $5 million a year ago to $3 million in the most recent quarter. The median size of a deal in India was just over $4.2 million in the quarter.
In the United Kingdom, venture investment fell 58% from $734 million (€562 million) invested in 98 deals last year to $305 million (€234 million) in 50 deals during the most recent quarter. This marks the country’s lowest deal count on record.
Israel saw investment slide 75% to $163 million from $661 million a year ago while its deal count fell to 33 from 73 a year ago.
In France, investors put $153 million (€117 million) into 43 deals, down 41% from $259 million (€198 million) in 53 deals a year ago.
In India, venture capitalists invested $101 million in 13 deals in the first quarter, 29% less than the $142 million the country garnered in 22 deals last year.
Norway saw VC investment jump to a record $114 million (€87 million) in the first quarter, up from $12 million (€9 million) a year ago.
Capital investment in Germany dipped to $91 million (€70 million), down 68% from the $282 million (€216 million) invested in the first quarter of 2008.
Switzerland saw its quarterly investment increase nearly tenfold to $88 million (€67 million) in eight deals from $9 million (€7 million) in two deals.
In Denmark, venture investment fell 26% from $115 million (€88 million) in the first quarter of 2008 to $85 million (€65 million) in the most recent quarter
Spain saw investment climb 22% to $37 million (€28 million) from $30 million (€23 million).