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23 March 2012

US internet, digital media, software seed valuations on the up $

Valuations of US seed financings in internet, digital media and software companies grew year on year, illustrating the greater diversity of funding sources for seed investment.

2 March 2012

Valuations on the up for 2011 venture financings $

dollars10_sq Aggregate dollars raised for venture capital reached more than $6bn in 2011, while all series of financings saw an increase in average pre-money valuation over the prior year, new research has found.

17 February 2012

Size matters in US private equity mid market $

door2_lrg Private equity investors in the US mid-market are paying significantly higher multiples to acquire larger companies, while the premium investors place on above-average financial performance is diminishing, new research has found.

6 February 2012

US VC-backed exit activity falls in 2011 $

In 2011 fewer exits by US venture-backed companies netted more capital as the median price paid for an acquisition and the median amount raised during an IPO spiked.

3 February 2012

US venture investors maintain focus on cleantech and renewables $

Despite a leveling-out of venture activity in US cleantech and renewable energy, the sector has shown resilience in the face of a challenging financial period, showing significant improvement over 2009’s results.

31 January 2012

E&M sector to throw up M&A opportunities in 2012 $

poker-chips_lrg With an abundance of uncommitted capital in the private equity space, large corporate cash reserves and strong valuations for content owners, new market entrants to the US entertainment and media sector and the imminent legalisation of online gaming are set to trigger significant merger & acquisition activity in 2012.

20 January 2012

Q4 decline hits 2011 venture performance $

usflag5_170sq In all of 2011, investors put $32.6bn into 3,209 venture deals, a ten per cent increase in capital raised and six per cent increase in deals from 2010.

20 January 2012

Optimism over US VC growth checked by lack of seed stage capital $

dollar_lrg While US venture capital investment in 2011 reached the third highest annual investment total in the past ten years, investments into seed stage companies decreased 48 per cent in terms of dollars, new research has found.

16 November 2011

Canadian venture investment grows 51%

After a comparatively slow first half of 2011, venture capital market activity in Canada made gains in the third quarter, with particularly substantial year-over-year growth in dollars invested, new research has found.

2 November 2011

US private equity continues recovery $

Amidst a still challenging global macroeconomic environment, private equity and venture capital funds in the US continued to generate positive returns for their investors during the quarter ending 30 June 2011, the ninth consecutive quarter of positive earnings for each asset class.

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