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April on track to be record month?: Total transaction value in the Web 2.0 universe April-to-date is $726.1 million. The number of financings stands at 40 averaging $18.2 million each. Note that this includes the $300 million investment in DST by Tencent. Even excluding this transaction, the average is $15.2 million. In comparison, total capital raised in March was $168.1 million, averaging $5.4 million over 31 deals. The highest monthly total in our Web 2.0 financing database was April 2008 with a total of $765.5 million raised in 47 transactions.
Deal round-up for April: The large deal highlights for the month include:
•Tencent invested $300mm in DST (investor in Facebook, Zynga, Groupon).
DST invested $135mm in social-shopping service Groupon.
Salesforce.com acquired crowd-sourced personal contact service, Jigsaw, for $142 mm.
•Warner Bros. acquired gaming company, Turbine, for $160 mm.
•Ankeena Networks, media infrastructure solution provider was acquired by Juniper for $100mm.
Bullish week for Web 2.0: Sixty-nine percent of the companies in our universe had increased or flat market caps over the past week, sixty-nine percent had increased EV/Revenue multiples, 75% had increased or flat EV/EBITDA multiples and 73% had increased or flat P/E mutliples .