Venture Capital Investing Q4 '07 - MoneyTree Report
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2007 VENTURE CAPITAL INVESTING HITS SIX YEAR HIGH
AT $29.4 BILLION
Life Sciences and Clean Technology Investments Reach Record Levels
Washington, D.C., January 21, 2008 – Venture capitalists invested $29.4 billion in
3,813 deals in 2007 -- marking the highest yearly investment total since 2001 --
according to the MoneyTree Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National
Venture Capital Association, based on data from Thomson Financial. The total invested
in 2007 represents a 10.8 percent increase in dollars and a five percent increase in deal
volume over 2006. Investments in the fourth quarter of 2007 totaled $7.0 billion in 963
deals, marking the fourth straight quarter with investments totaling more than $7 billion -
a phenomenon not seen since 2001.
Much of the increase in investments over the prior year can be attributed to record
investment levels in the Clean Technology and Life Sciences sectors as well as strong
investment levels in Internet-specific companies. Seed/Early-Stage companies received
more dollars in 2007, but Later Stage investments experienced the most dramatic increase
during the year. At the same time, first-time financings reached a six-year high as
venture capitalists placed more initial bets in companies across multiple sectors.
Mark Heesen, president of the National Venture Capital Association, said, “The annual
increase in venture capital investment in 2007 was extremely rational as the industry
is now investing in a mix of sectors that is much more capital intensive than it has been in
the past. And despite the capital needs of industries such as clean technology and life
sciences, we only saw a single digit increase in deal volume which suggests that a fair
amount of discipline is being applied to investment decisions. We are hopeful that this
prudent investing will continue as the promise of innovation across all sectors is at an all
Tracy Lefteroff, global managing partner of the venture capital practice at
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, observed, quot;2007 was a good year to be an entrepreneur!
With an encouraging M&A market and the most venture-backed IPOs that we've seen in
several years, it's no surprise that VCs have stepped up their investments. Four straight
$7 billion plus quarters is a clear indicator that VCs have a positive outlook on their
investing opportunities, and that means good things for entrepreneurs looking for
funding. And, with the large number of Later Stage companies receiving investments, it
appears that VCs are banking on the markets to stay active throughout 2008.quot;
Sector and Industry Analysis
The Life Sciences sector (Biotechnology and Medical Device industries together) set an
all-time record for venture capital investing in 2007 with $9.1 billion in 862 deals,
compared to $7.6 billion going into 786 deals in 2006. While both industries experienced
double-digit increases over the prior year, the most significant growth was seen in the
Medical Device industry, which rose 40 percent in 2007 to $3.9 billion going into 385
deals. For the year, Life Sciences accounted for 31 percent of all venture capital
invested, which also represents an all-time high. Life Sciences also retained its position
as the number one investment sector for 2007.
Software investing remained relatively flat in 2007, consistent with levels over the last
five years with $5.3 billion going into 905 deals, compared to $5.1 billion going into 920
deals in 2006. Despite the lack of growth, it still remained the largest single industry
category for the year both in terms of deals and dollars, edging out Biotechnology for the
The Clean Technology sector, which represented two of the five biggest deals of the year,
experienced significant growth in 2007 with $2.2 billion invested in 201 deals. This
investment level represents a 46 percent growth in dollars and a 57 percent growth in deal
volume over 2006 when $1.5 billion was invested in 128 companies. Clean Technology
crosses traditional MoneyTree industries and comprises alternative energy, pollution and
recycling, power supplies and conservation.
Internet-specific companies received $4.6 billion in 748 deals in 2007, an increase of 12
percent and eight percent, respectively, over 2006 when these companies received $4.1
billion in 691 deals. ‘Internet-specific’ is a discrete classification assigned to a company
whose business model is fundamentally dependent on the Internet, regardless of the
company’s primary industry category. These companies accounted for 16 percent of all
venture capital dollars in 2007, approximately the same percentage as in 2006.
The Media and Entertainment industry saw more venture capital dollars in 2007, with
$1.9 billion going into 340 deals compared to 2006 when $1.7 billion went into 318
deals. Other industries that saw increases in deals and dollars during the year include
Business Products and Services, Financial Services, IT Services, and
Telecom companies saw a decrease in investment in 2007 with 290 deals receiving $2.1
billion dollars, a drop from the $2.6 billion in 301 deals they captured in 2006. Other
industries that experienced declines in deals and dollars in 2007 include Healthcare
Services, Semiconductors, and Electronics/Instrumentation.
Stage of Development
Investments into Later Stage companies increased substantially, both in terms of deals
and dollars in 2007. Venture capitalists placed $12.2 billion in 1,168 Later Stage deals
during the year, compared to $9.8 billion in 1,006 deals in 2006. They accounted for 31
percent of all deals in 2007, compared to 28 percent in 2006.
Funding for Seed Stage companies remained level in terms of dollars but increased
significantly in deal volume in 2007 with $1.2 billion going into 415 deals, compared to
$1.2 billion going into 342 deals in 2006. Early Stage investments experienced a
significant increase in 2007 both in terms of deals and dollars, with $5.2 billion going
into 995 deals compared to $4.1 billion going into 923 deals in 2006. The percentage of
total deals in Seed and Early Stage investments combined was 37 percent in 2007, up
from 35 percent in 2006.
Expansion Stage investments decreased slightly in 2007 with $10.8 billion going into
1,235 deals, compared to 2006 when $11.5 billion went into 1,359 deals. Expansion
Stage deals accounted for 32 percent of the total deals in 2007 compared to 37 percent in
First-time financings reached the highest levels since 2001, with 1,267 companies
receiving $7.2 billion in venture capital in 2007. This marks an increase of eight percent
in the number of companies entering the venture-financed arena for the first time in 2007
Industries receiving the most dollars in first-time financings in 2007 were Software with
250 deals valued at $1.14 billion, followed by Industrial/Energy with 141 deals for $1.08
billion and Biotechnology with 134 deals for $982 million.
Seventy-one percent of first-time financings in 2007 were in the Seed/Early Stage of
development, followed by Expansion Stage companies at 23 percent and Later Stage
companies at seven percent.
In 2007, U.S.-based venture capitalists invested $1.1 billion in 91 deals in India and $1.4
billion in 133 deals in China, representing all-time highs for US investments in each
country. These figures are reported separately and are not included in the aggregate
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The MoneyTree™ Report measures cash-for-equity investments by the professional
venture capital community in private emerging companies in the U.S. It is based on data
provided by Thomson Financial. The survey includes the investment activity of
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financial investing. Where there are other participants such as angels, corporations, and
governments in a qualified and verified financing round the entire amount of the round is
included. Qualifying transactions include cash investments by these entities either
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