Corporate Venture Records Strongest Quarter of 2014 as a Percentage of Overall Venture Investing

Corporate venture groups accounted for 10.0% of total dollars invested and 17.2% of deals during Q3

ARLINGTON, VA – Corporate venture groups invested $993.6 million in 176 deals to U.S.-based companies during the third quarter of 2014, according to the MoneyTree™ Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), based on data provided by Thomson Reuters. Corporate venture accounted for 10.0% of all venture dollars invested and 17.2% of all venture deals in the third quarter, marking the strongest quarter of 2014 as a percentage of total venture investing. One hundred and sixty corporate venture groups have invested almost $3.3 billion in 562 deals through the third quarter of 2014, representing 9.3% of total venture dollars invested and 17.7% of all venture deals. If this pace continues, 2014 will mark the strongest year for corporate venture investing since 2000, when corporate venture groups invested $15.1 billion in 1,195 deals. (more…)

Dollars Invested in Software Companies Reaches $4 Billion for the First Time Since Q4 2000

WASHINGTON, April 18, 2014 – Venture capitalists invested $9.5 billion in 951 deals in the first quarter of 2014, according to the MoneyTree™ Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), based on data provided by Thomson Reuters.  Quarterly venture capital (VC) investment activity rose 12 percent in terms of dollars but fell 14 percent in the number of deals, compared to the fourth quarter of 2013 when $8.4 billion was invested in 1,112 deals. (more…)

Venture Capital Funds Raised $8.9 Billion During First Quarter 2014 For Strongest Fundraising Quarter Since 2007

Number of New Funds Hit 14-Year High

New York, April 14, 2014 – U.S. venture capital firms raised $8.9 billion in new commitments from 58 funds during the first quarter of 2014, an increase of 81 percent compared to the level of dollar commitments raised during the fourth quarter of 2013 and a nine percent increase by number of funds, according to Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). The level of dollar commitments during the first quarter of 2014 more than doubled the comparable period in 2013 and marks the strongest quarter for venture capital fundraising, by dollars, since the fourth quarter of 2007 when $10.4 billion was raised for venture capital investments. (more…)

Venture-Backed IPO Exit Activity Maintains Momentum With Best Quarter For New Listings Since 2000; Led By Life Sciences Companies, Fourth Consecutive Quarter For 20+ Offerings

Average M&A Deal Size at Highest Level Since 2004

New York, New York, April 2, 2014 – Thirty-six venture-backed initial public offerings (IPOs) raised $3.3 billion during the first quarter of 2014, a 50 percent increase, by number of new listings, compared to the previous quarter, according to the Exit Poll report by Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). This quarter, which marks the fourth consecutive quarter to see 20 or more venture-backed IPOs, is the strongest three-month period for new listings since the third quarter of 2000. For the first quarter of 2014, 105 venture-backed M&A deals were reported, 29 of which had an aggregate deal value of $7.5 billion. This represents a 12 percent increase in disclosed value from the fourth quarter of last year and marks the strongest quarter for M&A disclosed value since the third quarter of 2012. Average deal size during the first quarter totaled $259.2 million, the highest average deal size since the first quarter of 2004. (more…)

NVCA Discusses Key Areas of Patent Reform at White House Event

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) today attended an event at the White House, where senior administration officials unveiled new actions designed to improve the patent system. The NVCA also participated in a roundtable discussion at the White House to share the venture capital industry’s perspective and discuss with other stakeholders possible patent reform solutions.  (more…)