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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
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
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
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
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
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.)
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
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.
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
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.
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