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VC investment totaled $239bn in 12,837 deals for the first nine months of 2021

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

For the first nine months of 2021, venture capital (VC) investment totaled $238.7 billion in 12,837 deals. VC investment over nine months this year has eclipsed the record of $166.4 billion set in all of 2020 by more than 43%, said a study.

According to accounting and consulting firm EisnerAmper, despite mixed economic signals here and abroad, similar records are about to be broken or have already been exceeded in terms of mega-deals, exit activity, and fundraising.

"Despite recent developments in Washington, rising inflation, COVID-19, and the complicated U.S./China relationship, the VC markets continue to surprise all and exhibit incredible resiliency," the study pointed out.

Q3 2021 was another outstanding quarter for VC investment, with almost $83 billion invested in more than 3,500 transactions.

VC-backed exit values were more than $187 billion in Q3 2021, and this contributed to the YTD total exit values of $583 billion. In comparison, the prior record for VC-backed exit values was achieved in 2020 and the record was a mere $289 billion.

Exit value in Q3 2021 alone was greater than the full-year exit values in every year during the last decade, except for 2019 and 2020. The IPO and SPAC markets contributed to this exit value record. More than 88% of the total exit value was due to public markets activity.

A total of 93 IPOs were completed in Q3 2021, and this brought the YTD total to 221 IPOs. For the first three quarters......................

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