April 2010 a record month for Web 2.0 Financing: Total transaction value (excluding M&A) in the Web 2.0 universe for April was $808.2 million - the highest monthly total we have recorded. The number of financings was also a record, at 48, averaging $16.8 million each. Note that this includes the $300 million investment in DST by Tencent. Excluding this transaction, the average is $9.6 million. In comparison, total capital raised in March was $168.1 million, averaging $5.4 million over 31 deals.
Deal round-up for April: The large deal highlights for the month include:
Tencent invested $300mm in DST (investor in Facebook, Zynga, Groupon).
Apple acquired Siri, a mobile local search developer for a rumoured $225 mm.
DST acquired ICQ, the instant messaging company, for $187.5 mm.
Warner Bros. acquired gaming company, Turbine, for $160 mm.
DST invested $135mm in social-shopping service Groupon.
Salesforce.com acquired crowd-sourced personal contact service, Jigsaw, for $142 mm.
Ankeena Networks, media infrastructure solution provider was acquired by Juniper for $100mm.
Bearish week: Price performance was largely negative in our Web 2.0 universe, with prices dropping for over 60% of the companies.