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…)