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Venture capital investments in US companies touch $55bn in H1 with 17% increase in deal value

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

Venture capital investment in US-based companies got off to a strong start in 2019: 2,179 deals completed for a total value of $55bn in H1, which represented a 17% increase in deal value, but a 20% drop in the number of deals, from H1 2018.

"Looking at how this compares to H1 2018, aggregate deal value was higher in H1 2019 by some $8bn, but through 566 fewer deals," said a latest report from Preqin and First Republic.

The average size of deals has increased by $7.8mn in the period. The 10 largest deals alone represented 16% ($8.8bn) of the total amount of venture capital invested in US-based portfolio companies in H1 2019.

Early-stage investments (Series A and earlier stages) accounted for 51% of all venture capital deals in H1 2019 and 19% of total deal value, while Series B investments accounted for 21% of capital invested.

Information technology was the most active sector for US-based venture capital investment, representing 57% of deals and 51% of deal value. Notable investments in the sector include the financing of OneWeb LLC by Qualcomm Ventures, Softbank, Grupo Salinas and the Government of Rwanda, valued at $1.25bn.

In addition, Flexport, Inc. was financed at a value of $1bn by Cherubic Ventures, DST Global, Founders Fund, SB Investment Advisers, SF Express and Susa Ventures.

So far in 2019 there have been 304 venture capitalbacked exits of US-based companies, valued at an aggregate $47bn, said the report. Th......................

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