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Venture Capital Investment Q3 '06 - MoneyTree


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Venture Capital Investment Q3 '06 - MoneyTree

  1. 1. Contacts: Lisa Peterson, Porter Novelli for PricewaterhouseCoopers, 512-241-2233, Susan O'Dwyer, PricewaterhouseCoopers, 678-419-1374, Joshua Radler, Thomson Financial, 646-822-7323, Emily Mendell, National Venture Capital Association, 610-565-3904, Q3 2006 VENTURE CAPITAL INVESTING REMAINS ABOVE $6 BILLION FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE QUARTER Quarterly Strength Driven by Seed/Early Stage Deals Across Multiple Industries; Biotech Unseats Software as Top Industry Sector WASHINGTON D.C., October 24, 2006 – In the third quarter of 2006, venture capitalists invested $6.2 billion in 797 deals, according to the MoneyTree Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association based on data by Thomson Financial. The investment level decreased by 8 percent from the second quarter when $6.8 billion was invested in 907 deals, but still represented the third consecutive quarter over the six billion dollar mark. The quarter was marked by increasing strength in the Seed/Early Stage dollars and industries such as Telecommunications, Media and Entertainment, and Industrial/Energy. First-time financings also continued at strong levels for the quarter, reflecting optimism within the industry. Mark Heesen, president of the National Venture Capital Association, said, “We are at a point in the investment life cycle where many venture capitalists are deploying fresh funds that have been raised within the last 18 months or so. Thus, VCs are finding themselves at the beginning of a fairly long runway, betting more on those seed and early stage companies that they believe will have the most promise five to seven years from now. Given this environment, we are pleased to see deal and dollar levels remain relatively stable, as this is indicative of the discipline being applied to investment decisions.quot; Sector and Industry Analysis The Life Sciences Sector (Biotechnology and Medical Devices industries, together) continued to see strong interest from venture capitalists in Q3 with $1.8 billion going into 177 deals. Biotech investing dollars for the quarter fell 5 percent to $1.14 billion from an extremely strong Q2, but took over the highest dollars received by a single industry category from Software for the first time this quarter. Medical device investing increased
  2. 2. 12 percent to $639 million. In the third quarter, Life Sciences investing accounted for 29 percent of all venture capital dollars, consistent with historical percentages. Software experienced a 19 percent decline in investment dollars and a 24 percent decline in deals from Q2, with $1.09 billion going into 186 deals. Although Software still accounts for 18 percent of total dollars and 23 percent of all deals, the third quarter marked the lowest number of Software deals since 1996. The Industrial/Energy sector continued a steady incline, reaching a six-year high with $576 million going into 45 companies. Within the sector, Alternative Energy investing increased to $274 million. The majority of this increase can be attributed to a single company which received over $209 million in the quarter. Telecommunications had its strongest quarter since 2002 with $848 million going into 72 deals. The increase was driven by deals in the Internet Communications and Wireless Communications sub-sectors. Internet-Specific companies captured $1.1 billion going into 154 deals in Q3, representing a four-year high and accounting for 17 percent of total investment. ‘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, such as Software or Telecommunications. Other major industry categories that experienced increases in investment amounts in Q3 were Media and Entertainment, Retailing/Distribution, Financial Services and Computers/Peripherals. Decreases were seen in Semiconductors, Networking and IT Services. quot;Even though the overall dollars remained relatively flat - which is consistent with historical patterns of lower third quarter investing - we saw significant movement between industry sectors,quot; said Tracy Lefteroff, global managing partner of the venture capital practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers. quot;In particular, Biotech leap-frogged over Software in terms of dollars invested. And, Telecommunications, for the first time in a long time, came on strong during the third quarter. However, the number of deals in each sector tells us that the venture community is still focusing on business as usual.quot; Stage of Development and 12-Month Average Valuations Venture capital investment in Seed and Early Stage companies increased 10 percent in terms of dollars in the third quarter of this year with $1.2 billion going into 278 deals. The increase was driven by more Seed stage deals and higher Seed and Early Stage dollars, suggesting a greater confidence in the promise of young companies overall. Average post-money valuations of Early Stage companies rose to $15.4 million for the 12 months ending Q2 2006. (Note: Valuation data lags investment data by one quarter.)
  3. 3. Funding for Expansion stage companies fell 10 percent in dollars for the third quarter to $2.9 billion after a strong Q2. The number of deals also fell 14 percent to 300. The average post-money valuation for Expansion Stage companies increased to $66.21 million for the 12 months ending Q2 2006. Investments in Later Stage companies also declined by 13 percent in dollars and 20 percent in deals in Q3, with 219 companies capturing $2.2 billion. However, average post-money valuations continued to increase to $92.99 million for the 12-month period ending Q2 2006. Overall for Q3, Seed/Early Stage companies accounted for 35 percent of the deals; Expansion Stage for 38 percent; and Later Stage for 27 percent. These percentages showed Seed/Early companies snatching percentage points from the Later-stage companies. First-Time Financings The investment dollars received for the first-time in Q3 2006 remained strong with 266 companies receiving $1.5 billion. These levels are relatively flat compared to Q2. Seed/Early Stage deals attracted most of the first time money with 50 percent of the total dollars and 70 percent of the total deals. Companies in the Telecommunications, Biotechnology, and Software industries attracted the highest level of first-time dollars in Q3. Other industry sectors where venture capitalists placed more bets for the first time were Industrial/Energy, Medical Devices and Equipment and Media and Entertainment. International Investing For the first time, The MoneyTree Report will provide investment figures by US based venture capitalists in companies domiciled in selected foreign countries. These figures will be reported separately from the MoneyTree totals as an ongoing measurement going forward. In the third quarter of 2006, US venture capitalists invested $221 million in 18 deals in Chinese companies; $203 million in 18 deals in Indian companies and $46 million in 11 deals in Israeli companies. ###
  4. 4. Note to the Editor Information included in this release or related venture capital investment data should be cited in the following way: “The MoneyTree™ Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association based on data from Thomson Financial” or “PwC/NVCA MoneyTree™ Report based on data from Thomson Financial.” After the first reference, subsequent references may refer to PwC/NVCA MoneyTree Report, PwC/NVCA or MoneyTree Report. Charts and tables displaying the data are sourced to “PricewaterhouseCoopers/National Venture Capital Association MoneyTree™ Report, Data: Thomson Financial.” After the first reference, subsequent references may refer to PwC/NVCA MoneyTree Report, PwC/NVCA, MoneyTree Report or MoneyTree. About the PricewaterhouseCoopers/National Venture Capital Association MoneyTree™ Report 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 professional venture capital firms with or without a US office, SBICs, venture arms of corporations, institutions, investment banks and similar entities whose primary activity is 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 directly or by participation in various forms of private placement. All recipient companies are private, and may have been newly-created or spun-out of existing companies. The survey excludes debt, buyouts, recapitalizations, secondary purchases, IPOs, investments in public companies such as PIPES (private investments in public entities), investments for which the proceeds are primarily intended for acquisition such as roll- ups, change of ownership, and other forms of private equity that do not involve cash such as services-in-kind and venture leasing. Investee companies must be domiciled in one of the 50 US states or DC even if substantial portions of their activities are outside the United States. Data is primarily obtained from a quarterly survey of venture capital practitioners conducted by Thomson Financial. Information is augmented by other research techniques including other public and private sources. All data is subject to verification with the venture capital firms and/or the investee companies. Only professional independent venture capital firms, institutional venture capital groups, and recognized corporate venture capital groups are included in venture capital industry rankings. MoneyTree Report results are available online at and The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) represents approximately 480 venture capital and private equity firms. 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 2004 Global Insight study,
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