SOURCE: National Venture Capital Association
January 21, 2008 06:00 ET
2007 Venture Capital Investing Hits Six-Year High at $29.4 Billion
Life Sciences and Clean Technology Investments Reach Record Levels
WASHINGTON, D.C.--(Marketwire - January 21, 2008) - Venture capitalists invested $29.4 billion
in 3,813 deals in 2007 -- marking the highest yearly investment total since
2001 -- according to the MoneyTree Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the
National Venture Capital Association, based on data from Thomson Financial.
The total invested in 2007 represents a 10.8 percent increase in dollars
and a five percent increase in deal volume over 2006. Investments in the
fourth quarter of 2007 totaled $7.0 billion in 963 deals, marking the
fourth straight quarter with investments totaling more than $7 billion -- a
phenomenon not seen since 2001.
Much of the increase in investments over the prior year can be attributed
to record investment levels in the Clean Technology and Life Sciences
sectors as well as strong investment levels in Internet-specific companies.
Seed/Early-Stage companies received more dollars in 2007, but Later Stage
investments experienced the most dramatic increase during the year. At the
same time, first-time financings reached a six-year high as venture
capitalists placed more initial bets in companies across multiple sectors.
Mark Heesen, president of the National Venture Capital Association, said,
"The annual increase in venture capital investment in 2007 was extremely
rational as the industry is now investing in a mix of sectors that is much
more capital intensive than it has been in the past. And despite the
capital needs of industries such as clean technology and life sciences, we
only saw a single digit increase in deal volume which suggests that a fair
amount of discipline is being applied to investment decisions. We are
hopeful that this prudent investing will continue as the promise of
innovation across all sectors is at an all-time high."
Tracy Lefteroff, global managing partner of the venture capital practice at
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, observed, "2007 was a good year to be an
entrepreneur! With an encouraging M&A market and the most venture-backed
IPOs that we've seen in several years, it's no surprise that VCs have
stepped up their investments. Four straight $7 billion plus quarters is a
clear indicator that VCs have a positive outlook on their investing
opportunities, and that means good things for entrepreneurs looking for
funding. And, with the large number of Later Stage companies receiving
investments, it appears that VCs are banking on the markets to stay active
Sector and Industry Analysis
The Life Sciences sector (Biotechnology and Medical Device industries
together) set an all-time record for venture capital investing in 2007 with
$9.1 billion in 862 deals, compared to $7.6 billion going into 786 deals in
2006. While both industries experienced double-digit increases over the
prior year, the most significant growth was seen in the Medical Device
industry, which rose 40 percent in 2007 to $3.9 billion going into 385
deals. For the year, Life Sciences accounted for 31 percent of all
venture capital invested, which also represents an all-time high. Life
Sciences also retained its position as the number one investment sector for
Software investing remained relatively flat in 2007, consistent with levels
over the last five years with $5.3 billion going into 905 deals, compared
to $5.1 billion going into 920 deals in 2006. Despite the lack of growth,
it still remained the largest single industry category for the year both in
terms of deals and dollars, edging out Biotechnology for the top position.
The Clean Technology sector, which represented two of the five biggest
deals of the year, experienced significant growth in 2007 with $2.2 billion
invested in 202 deals. This investment level represents a 47 percent
growth in dollars and a 58 percent growth in deal volume over 2006 when
$1.5 billion was invested in 128 companies. Clean Technology crosses
traditional MoneyTree industries and comprises alternative energy,
pollution and recycling, power supplies and conservation.
Internet-specific companies received $4.6 billion in 748 deals in 2007, an
increase of 12 percent and eight percent, respectively, over 2006 when
these companies received $4.1 billion in 691 deals. 'Internet-specific' is
a discrete classification assigned to a company whose business model is
fundamentally dependent on the Internet, regardless of the company's
primary industry category. These companies accounted for 16 percent of all
venture capital dollars in 2007, approximately the same percentage as in
The Media and Entertainment industry saw more venture capital dollars in
2007, with $1.9 billion going into 340 deals, compared to 2006 when $1.7
billion went into 318 deals. Other industries that saw increases in deals
and dollars during the year include Business Products and Services,
Financial Services, IT Services, and Retailing/Distribution.
Telecom companies saw a decrease in investment in 2007 with 290 deals
receiving $2.1 billion dollars, a drop from the $2.6 billion in 301 deals
they captured in 2006. Other industries that experienced declines in deals
and dollars in 2007 include Healthcare Services, Semiconductors, and
Stage of Development
Investments into Later Stage companies increased substantially, both in
terms of deals and dollars in 2007. Venture capitalists placed $12.2
billion in 1,168 Later Stage deals during the year, compared to $9.8
billion in 1,006 deals in 2006. They accounted for 31 percent of all deals
in 2007, compared to 28 percent in 2006.
Funding for Seed Stage companies remained level in terms of dollars but
increased significantly in deal volume in 2007 with $1.2 billion going into
415 deals, compared to $1.2 billion going into 342 deals in 2006. Early
Stage investments experienced a significant increase in 2007 both in terms
of deals and dollars, with $5.2 billion going into 995 deals, compared to
$4.1 billion going into 923 deals in 2006. The percentage of total deals
in Seed and Early Stage investments combined was 37 percent in 2007, up
from 35 percent in 2006.
Expansion Stage investments decreased slightly in 2007 with $10.8 billion
going into 1,235 deals, compared to 2006 when $11.5 billion went into 1,359
deals. Expansion Stage deals accounted for 32 percent of the total deals
in 2007, compared to 37 percent in 2006.
First-time financings reached the highest levels since 2001, with 1,267
companies receiving $7.2 billion in venture capital in 2007. This marks
an increase of eight percent in the number of companies entering the
venture-financed arena for the first time in 2007 versus 2006.
Industries receiving the most dollars in first-time financings in 2007 were
Software with 250 deals valued at $1.14 billion, followed by
Industrial/Energy with 141 deals for $1.08 billion and Biotechnology with
134 deals for $982 million.
Seventy-one percent of first-time financings in 2007 were in the Seed/Early
Stage of development, followed by Expansion Stage companies at 23 percent
and Later Stage companies at seven percent.
In 2007, U.S.-based venture capitalists invested $1.1 billion in 91 deals
in India and $1.4 billion in 133 deals in China, representing all-time
highs for U.S. investments in each country. These figures are reported
separately and are not included in the aggregate totals above.
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