Press Release: NVCA : M&A Value Hits $5.1 billion for Strongest Quarter This Year

NEW YORK, NY, Oct 2, 2015 - (ACN Newswire) - Ninety venture-backed M&A deals were reported in the third quarter, 20 of which had an aggregate deal value of $5.1 billion, increasing 39 percent compared to the second quarter and marking the strongest quarter for M&A exits with disclosed value this year, according to the Exit Poll Report by Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). Thirteen venture-backed initial public offerings (IPOs) raised $1.7 billion during the third quarter of 2015, a 55 percent decrease, by number of offerings, from the second quarter of this year and 54 percent decline in total amount of dollars raised during the previous three-month period."While the number of companies making a public offering during the third quarter was down as a result of market volatility, M&A activity was robust, marking the strongest quarter by disclosed deal value this year. Of the thirteen companies that did make an IPO, more than two-thirds are currently trading above their offering price in the middle of a choppy market, a strong indicator of the quality of venture-backed IPOs," said Bobby Franklin, President and CEO of NVCA. "In addition to market volatility weighing down IPOs, another recent and important trend that has impacted the venture-backed IPO market is the increased activity of both VCs and non-traditional investors making late-stage investments into private companies that might otherwise file for an IPO. While these so-called 'private IPOs' are weighing down the current IPO market, it also means the venture-backed IPO pipeline is deep and we are hopeful exit activity picks up steam in future quarters."IPO Activity OverviewThere were 13 venture-backed IPOs valued at $1.7 billion in the third quarter of 2015. By number of deals, quarterly volume decreased 55 percent from the second quarter of this year and registered a 54 percent decrease, by dollars, compared to the previous quarter.Led by the biotechnology sectors, ten of the 12 offerings during the quarter were life sciences IPOs, representing more than three-quarters of the total listings in the third quarter.By location, 11 of the quarter's 12 IPOs were from U.S.-based companies. In the only non-U.S. offering of the quarter, Austria-based Nabriva Therapeutics AG (NBRV) raised $92.3 million on the NASDAQ stock exchange on September 17th.In the largest IPO of the quarter, Sunrun Inc (RUN), a San Francisco, California-based provider of solar energy, raised $250.6 million and began trading on the NASDAQ stock exchange on August 4th. The company is currently trading 26 percent below its $14 offering price.Eleven companies listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange during the third quarter, while two listed on the New York Stock Exchange.Nine of the 13 companies brought to market this quarter are currently trading at or above their offering price. There are 50 venture-backed companies currently filed publicly for IPO with the SEC. This figure does not include confidential registrations filed under the JOBS Act, where many observers believe the majority of venture-backed companies now file.Mergers and Acquisitions OverviewAs of September 30th, 90 venture-backed M&A deals were reported for the third quarter of 2015, 20 of which had an aggregate deal value of $5.1 billion, a 42 percent uptick compared to the overall number of deals reported during the second quarter of this year, and a 39 percent increase, by disclosed deal value.The information technology sector led the venture-backed M&A landscape with 69 of the 90 deals of the quarter and had a disclosed total dollar value of $3.4 billion. Within this sector, Computer Software and Services and Internet Specific deals accounted for the bulk of the targets with 47 and 17 transactions, respectively, across these sector subsets.The largest venture-backed M&A transaction during the third quarter was EMC Corp's $1.2 billion million purchase of Virtustream, a Bethesda, Maryland-based provider of enterprise cloud solutions. Infor Inc's $675 million acquisition of Oakland, California-based Gt Nexus Inc ranked as the second largest venture-backed M&A deal during the quarter.About Thomson ReutersThomson Reuters is the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. We combine industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in the financial and risk, legal, tax and accounting, intellectual property and science and media markets, powered by the world's most trusted news organization. Thomson Reuters shares are listed on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges (symbol: TRI). For more information, go to National Venture Capital AssociationVenture capitalists are committed to funding America's most innovative entrepreneurs, working closely with them to transform breakthrough ideas into emerging growth companies that drive U.S. job creation and economic growth. As the voice of the U.S. venture capital community, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) empowers its members and the entrepreneurs they fund by advocating for policies that encourage innovation and reward long-term investment. As the venture community's preeminent trade association, NVCA serves as the definitive resource for venture capital data and unites its nearly 400 members through a full range of professional services. For more information about the NVCA, please visit [email protected] HemlinThomson [email protected] release: announcement is distributed by NASDAQ OMX Corporate Solutions on behalf of NASDAQ OMX Corporate Solutions clients.The issuer of this announcement warrants that they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein.Source: Thomson Reuters Corporation via GlobenewswireCopyright 2015 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved.

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