NEW YORK, July 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Nineteen venture-backed companies raised $2.0 billion through initial public offerings (IPOs) on US exchanges in the second quarter of 2006, according to the Exit Poll report by Thomson Financial and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). This volume represents a 90 percent increase from the first quarter of 2006 when ten venture-backed companies went public. It is also near double the volume from a year ago when ten companies went public during the same period. In addition, there were 86 venture-backed acquisitions with a disclosed value of $3.2 billion reported in the second quarter. Venture-Backed Liquidity Events by Year/Quarter, 2001-2006 *Total *Average Average M&A Disclosed M&A Total IPO Total Deals with M&A Deal **Number Offer Offer M&A Disclosed Value Size of Amount Amount Quarter/Year Deals Values ($M) ($M) IPOs ($M) ($M) 2001 353 165 16,798.9 101.8 41 3,489.9 85.1 2002 318 151 7,916.4 52.1 24 2,473.5 103.1 2003 293 123 7,726.1 62.8 29 2,022.7 69.7 2004-1 80 45 3,921.0 87.1 13 2,721.1 209.3 2004-2 89 48 4,514.6 94.1 29 2,077.8 71.6 2004-3 87 47 4,142.8 88.1 24 3,225.6 134.4 2004-4 84 46 2,862.2 62.2 27 2,990.4 110.8 2004 340 186 15,440.6 83.0 93 11,014.9 118.4 2005-1 82 46 4,364.9 94.9 10 720.7 72.1 2005-2 80 36 4,791.0 133.1 10 714.1 71.5 2005-3 98 47 4,374.8 93.1 19 1,458.1 76.7 2005-4 86 39 2,563.7 65.7 17 1,568.1 92.2 2005 346 168 16,094.4 95.8 56 4,461.0 79.7 2006-1 101 47 5,382.4 114.5 10 540.8 54.1 2006-2 86 34 3,244.6 95.4 19 2,011.0 105.8 2006 187 81 8,626.9 106.5 29 2,551.8 88.0 Thomson Financial & National Venture Capital Association * Only accounts for deals with disclosed values ** Includes all companies with at least one U.S. VC investor that trade on U.S. exchanges, regardless of domicile. "The growth in IPO volume is encouraging, but we certainly are not out of the woods yet," said Mark Heesen, president of the NVCA. "We will need to see these levels continue to increase throughout the rest of the year to characterize the US public markets as available to venture-backed companies. These companies now have a multitude of exit and liquidity options - acquisitions, foreign exchanges, and buyout rounds. A US IPO is still not a viable option for many of these emerging enterprises. We not only need to see more companies going public, but more companies going public successfully if we expect others to follow suit." IPO Activity Overview The technology sector had eight companies raise a total of $1.4 billion in the second quarter. The largest IPO of the second quarter was the $531 million offering from Vonage Holdings Corporation. The New Jersey-based provider of digital telephone service via the Internet priced 31.3 million shares at $17, the largest public offering of a venture-backed company since October 2004. Vonage was backed by New Enterprise Associates, Bain Capital, 3i, Meritech Capital Partners, and Institutional Venture Partners. The Life Sciences sector led the IPO activity by pricing nine venture- backed IPOs raising a total of $452.2 million in the second quarter. The largest IPO in the Life Sciences sector was the $106.5 million offering from Northstar Neurosciences, Inc., a Seattle, Washington-based medical device company backed by Mayfield Fund, Domain Associates, Canaan Partners, and AEA Investors. Along with the large jump in IPO volume, the venture-backed companies that went public during the second quarter were also the beneficiaries of increased offering sizes and post-offering values, both at their highest levels since the fourth quarter of 2004. For the rolling 12 month period ending June 30, 2006, 52% of the companies that went public are currently trading above their offering price. In addition to the IPOs completed this quarter, there are currently 41 venture-backed companies "in registration" with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. These companies have filed with the SEC in 2005 or 2006 and are now preparing for their initial public offerings. This compares favorably to the 24 companies in registration at the end of the first quarter of 2006. In addition to the 19 venture-backed companies that went public on US exchanges, three companies backed by US venture capitalists successfully went public on foreign exchanges, two on the London AIM and one on the London Stock Exchange. Industry Breakdown Q2 2006 *Number of Total Venture- Venture- Backed Backed Industry IPO's in Offering the U.S. Size ($M) Internet Specific 3 742.3 Communications/Media 1 345.9 Computer Software 3 222.1 Semiconductors 1 49.5 Technology TOTAL 8 1,359.8 Medical/Health 6 329.8 Life Biotechnology 3 122.4 Sciences TOTAL 9 452.2 Non-high Technology 2 198.9 Other TOTAL 2 198.9 TOTAL 19 2,011.0 Thomson Financial & National Venture Capital Association * Includes all companies with at least one U.S. VC investor that trade on U.S. exchanges, regardless of domicile Merger and Acquisition Overview Although down from first quarter volume, second quarter results were comparable with 2005 quarterly activity. The average disclosed deal size was $95.4 million, a slight decrease from first quarter's average, but in line with the average deal size for 2005. Median deal size remained strong in the first quarter, with a median disclosed value of $55.0 million. This compares to a median disclosed deal size of $67.5 million in the first quarter, and $31.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2005. The Technology sector continued to dominate the venture-backed M&A landscape, with 74 deals and a disclosed value of $2.6 billion. Within Technology, the Computer Software sector had 34 transactions, followed by the Internet Specific sector with 24 deals. Despite only six companies (four with disclosed values) acquired during the quarter in the Communications/Media sector, the sector lead all Technology sectors with $804.7 million in total disclosed deal value. Eight Life Sciences companies were acquired, with a disclosed deal value of $512.0 million. The largest disclosed deal of the quarter was the $431 million acquisition of assisted living facilities operator Hearthstone Assisted Living, Inc. by Nationwide Health Properties in June. The second largest deal was the $420 million acquisition of open source software developer JBOSS, Inc. by Red Hat, Inc. Venture-Backed M&A Industry Breakdown Q2 2006 Number of Total Venture- Disclosed Number of Backed Venture- Venture- M&A Backed Backed deals with Deal M&A a disclosed Value Industry deals value ($M) Communications/Media 6 4 804.7 Internet Specific 24 9 716.0 Computer Software 34 10 704.6 Semiconductors 6 2 306.9 Computer Hardware 4 1 72.0 Technology TOTAL 74 26 2,604.2 Medical/Health 6 5 484.0 Life Biotechnology 2 2 28.0 Sciences TOTAL 8 7 512.0 Non-high Technology 4 1 128.5 Other TOTAL 4 1 128.5 TOTAL 86 34 3,244.7 Source: Thomson Financial & National Venture Capital Association Returns on total investments in the second quarter mirrored those of the first quarter. Deals bringing in the top returns, those with values greater that 4x the venture investment, accounted for 29% of the total. This compared to 33% last quarter. Conversely, those deals returning less than the amount invested accounted for 29% of the quarter's total, up from 17% of the total last quarter. Analysis of Transaction Values versus Amount Invested Relationship between transaction value and investment Q1 2006 Q2 2006 Deals where transaction value is less than total venture investment 8 9 Deals where transaction value is 1-4x total venture investment 23 13 Deals where transaction value is 4x-10x total venture investment 7 5 Deals where transaction value is greater than 10x venture investment 8 4 Total Disclosed Deals 46** 31** Source: Thomson Financial & National Venture Capital Association ** Disclosed deals that did not have a disclosed total investment amount are not included. About Thomson Financial Thomson Financial, with 2005 revenues of US$1.9 billion, is a provider of information and technology solutions to the worldwide financial community. Through the widest range of products and services in the industry, Thomson Financial helps clients in more than 70 countries make better decisions, be more productive and achieve superior results. Thomson Financial is part of The Thomson Corporation (www.thomson.com), a global leader in providing integrated information solutions to more than 20 million business and professional customers in the fields of law, tax, accounting, financial services, higher education, reference information, corporate e-learning and assessment, scientific research and healthcare. With revenues of US$8.50 billion, The Thomson Corporation lists its common shares on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC). The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) represents approximately 480 venture capital and private equity firms. NVCA's mission is to foster greater understanding of the importance of venture capital to the U.S. economy, and support entrepreneurial activity and innovation. According to a 2004 Global Insight study, venture-backed companies accounted for 10.1 million jobs and $1.8 trillion in revenue in the United States in 2003. The NVCA represents the public policy interests of the venture capital community, strives to maintain high professional standards, provides reliable industry data, sponsors professional development, and facilitates interaction among its members. For more information about the NVCA, please visit www.nvca.org.
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