Venture Backed Exits Q3 2008 - Capital Markets Crisis Remains

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Venture Backed Exits Q3 2008 - Capital Markets Crisis Remains

  1. 1. CONTACTS Emily Mendell Joseph Christinat NVCA Thomson Reuters 1.610.565.3904 1.646 223 6798 emendell@nvca.org joe.christinat@thomsonreuters.com VENTURE-BACKED IPO DROUGHT CONTINUES IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF 2008 Capital Market Crisis for Start-Up Community Remains New York, New York, October 1, 2008 – Venture-backed company exits continued to lag in the third quarter of 2008, according to the Exit Poll report by Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). There was just one venture-backed IPO in the quarter, and the tally of M&A exits as of the last day of the quarter came to a modest 58 transactions for the period. In the first three quarters of 2008, there have been just 6 IPOs of venture-backed companies, representing the lowest volume for the first three quarters of the year since 1977. quot;The crisis in the financial markets has further exacerbated an already troubling situation in that most venture-backed companies are postponing or abandoning an IPO exit for the foreseeable future,quot; said Mark Heesen, president of the NVCA. quot;Additionally, the lower M&A transaction volume can be attributed to the expected uneasiness of large corporations who are exercising more caution in their acquisition strategies of venture- backed companies until market conditions become more auspicious.” Mr. Heesen went on to explain how exit market conditions will impact the venture capital industry in the foreseeable future. “These companies that are ready to exit are very strong, with positive earnings as well as innovative technologies and business models, so they will remain in the venture capital portfolio until conditions improve,” he said. “Should the current situation be prolonged into 2009, we can expect fewer new investments by the venture industry as they will need to spend their time with these later stage companies that are waiting to go public or be acquired.quot;
  2. 2. Page 2 of 5 October 1, 2008 Venture-Backed Liquidity Events by Year/Quarter, 2002-2008ytd *Total M&A Disclosed *Average Total Average Deals with M&A M&A Offer IPO Offer Total Disclosed Deal Size Amount Amount M&A Value **Number Quarter/Year Deals Values ($M) ($M) of IPO's ($M) ($M) 2002 318 154 7,586.7 49.3 22 2,109.1 95.9 2003 284 119 7,460.1 62.7 29 2,022.7 69.8 2004 345 187 15,919.6 85.1 94 11,378.0 121.0 81 45 4,351.9 96.7 10 720.7 72.1 2005-1 81 34 4,725.0 139.0 10 714.1 71.4 2005-2 102 48 5,739.5 119.6 19 1,458.1 76.7 2005-3 87 39 2,594.0 66.5 18 1,592.1 88.5 2005-4 2005 351 166 17,410.6 104.9 57 4,485.0 78.7 107 52 5,607.5 107.8 10 540.8 54.1 2006-1 106 40 4,018.5 100.5 19 2,011.0 105.8 2006-2 94 42 3,450.8 82.2 8 934.2 116.8 2006-3 62 26 5,616.8 216.0 20 1,631.1 81.6 2006-4 2006 369 160 18,693.6 116.8 57 5,117.1 89.8 83 29 4,540.3 156.6 18 2,190.6 121.7 2007-1 86 36 3,972.3 110.3 25 4,146.8 165.9 2007-2 102 52 10,810.0 207.9 12 945.2 78.8 2007-3 88 43 9,084.1 211.3 31 3,043.8 98.2 2007-4 2007 359 160 28,406.7 177.5 86 10,326.3 120.1 70 28 3,602.4 128.7 5 282.7 56.6 2008-1 71 21 4,150.9 197.7 0 0.0 0.0 2008-2 58 24 3,512.6 146.4 1 187.5 187.5 2008-3 2008 199 73 11,265.9 154.3 6 470.2 78.4 Thomson Reuters & National Venture Capital Association *Only accounts for deals with disclosed values **Includes all companies with at least one U.S. VC investor that trade on U.S. exchanges, regardless of domicile. IPO Activity Overview There was just one venture-backed IPO in the third quarter of 2008, following the second quarter when there were no issues. The one issue brought to market represents the largest deal of the year. Valued at $187.5 million, the offering came from Texas-based company Rackspace Hosting, provider of website development, Web-based IT systems, and computing as a service.
  3. 3. Page 3 of 5 October 1, 2008 In addition to the U.S. market activity, two companies that received US venture financing went public on foreign exchanges in the third quarter. As of September 30, 2008, 1/3 of the venture-backed companies that went public during 2008 were trading above their offering price. Thirty-eight venture-backed companies are currently filed for an initial public offering with the SEC. This level falls short of 2Q 2008 when 42 venture-backed companies were in registration. Additionally, 28 venture-backed companies have withdrawn from registration in the year-to-date period. Mergers and Acquisitions Overview As of the last day of the third quarter of 2008, 58 venture-backed M&A deals were reported, 24 of which had an aggregate deal value of $3.5 billion. The average disclosed deal value for the quarter was $146.4 million. The Information Technology sector dominated the venture-backed M&A landscape, with 38 deals and a disclosed total dollar value of $1.7 billion. Within this sector, Computer Software and Services companies accounted for the bulk of the target companies, with 19 transactions across this sector subset. Non-High Technology saw the next highest level of activity with 14 deals and a combined disclosed value of $1.3 billion. Finally, Life Sciences deals accounted for six exits with disclosed values of $466.2 million. Venture-Backed M&A Industry Breakdown Q3 2008 Number of Total Venture- Number Backed Disclosed Venture- of M&A Backed Venture- deals Backed with a Deal Value M&A disclosed Industry ($M) deals value Communications and Media 6 3 639.9 Internet Specific 9 4 250.8 Computer Software and Services 19 7 681.3 Semiconductors/Other Elect. 2 2 106.0 Computer Hardware 2 2 41.5 Information Technology TOTAL 38 18 1,719.5 Biotechnology 5 2 166.2 Medical/Health 1 1 300.0 Life Sciences TOTAL 6 3 466.2 Non-High Other Products 6 1 180.5 Technology Consumer Related 3 1 290.0 Industrial/Energy 5 1 856.4
  4. 4. Page 4 of 5 October 1, 2008 TOTAL 14 3 1,326.9 TOTAL 58 24 3,512.6 Source: Thomson Reuters & National Venture Capital Association The largest transaction of the quarter was the acquisition of energy company APT Generation by International Power PLC. The transaction, valued at $856.4 million, was completed in July. Despite lower volumes, the quality of disclosed deals remains steady. Deals bringing in the top returns, those with disclosed values greater than four times the venture investment, accounted for 54 percent of the total compared to 50 percent last quarter. Those deals returning less than the amount invested accounted for 17 percent of the quarter’s total, compared to 33 percent of the total last quarter. Analysis of Transaction Values versus Amount Invested Relationship between transaction value and Q208 Q308 investment M&A** M&A** Deals where transaction value is less than total 6 4 venture investment Deals where transaction value is 1-4x total 3 7 venture investment Deals where transaction value is 4x-10x total 5 9 venture investment Deals where transaction value is greater than 4 4 10x venture investment Total Disclosed Deals 18 24 Source: Thomson Reuters & National Venture Capital Association ** Disclosed deals that do not have a disclosed total investment amount are not included. About Thomson Reuters Thomson Reuters is the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. We combine industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in the financial, legal, tax and accounting, scientific, healthcare and media markets, powered by the world’s most trusted news organization. With headquarters in New York and major operations in London and Eagan, Minnesota, Thomson Reuters employs more than 50,000 people in 93 countries. Thomson Reuters shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: TRI); Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: TRI); London Stock Exchange (LSE: TRIL); and Nasdaq (NASDAQ: TRIN). For more information, go to www.thomsonreuters.com.
  5. 5. Page 5 of 5 October 1, 2008 About National Venture Capital Association The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) represents approximately 460 venture capital firms in the United States. NVCA's mission is to foster greater understanding of the importance of venture capital to the U.S. economy and support entrepreneurial activity and innovation. According to a 2007 Global Insight study, venture-backed companies accounted for 10.4 million jobs and $2.3 trillion in revenue in the United States in 2006. The NVCA represents the public policy interests of the venture capital community, strives to maintain high professional standards, provides reliable industry data, sponsors professional development, and facilitates interaction among its members. For more information about the NVCA, please visit www.nvca.org.

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