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VENTURE CAPITAL FUNDS RAISED $4.1 BILLION DURING FIRST QUARTER 2013

6/10/2013
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New York, April 8, 2013 — U.S. venture capital firms raised $4.1 billion from 35 funds during the first quarter of 2013, an increase of 22 percent compared to the level of dollar commitments raised during the fourth quarter of 2012, but a 14 percent decrease by number of funds, according to Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). The number of funds raised during the first quarter of 2013 is a 34 percent decline from the number of funds raised during the comparable period in 2012 and marks the slowest quarter for venture capital fundraising, by number of funds, since the third quarter of 2003. The top five venture capital funds — three from Massachusetts — accounted for 57 percent of total fundraising during the first quarter of 2013.

The first quarter venture fundraising activity represents more than just a 'slow start' to the year and really demonstrates the contracting and consolidating nature of our asset class, said John Taylor, head of research for NVCA. The lack of a strong exit market is keeping many funds that would like to be raising money away from investors until they can demonstrate a track record. This dynamic is keeping the number of funds raised low. Many of the larger funds closed last year and won't be back in the market until 2014 and beyond, keeping total dollar levels lower this year. We should be prepared for fewer funds in 2013, which will ultimately decrease investment levels from traditional firms.

There were 30 follow-on funds and 5 new funds raised during the first quarter of 2013, a ratio of 6-to-1 ratio of follow-on to new funds. The number of new funds raised during the first quarter marks the lowest level of first-time funds raised during a quarter since the fourth quarter of 2006. By dollars raised, follow-on funds account for 98 percent of total dollar commitments during the first quarter of 2013. Over the past five years, follow-on fund dollars have accounted for 92 percent of total venture capital fundraising.

The largest new fund reporting commitments during the first quarter of 2013 was from Washington, D.C.-based NaviMed Partners, L.P. which raised $44.8 million for the firm's inaugural fund. A new fund is defined as the first fund at a newly established firm, although the general partners of that firm may have previous experience investing in venture capital.

First quarter 2013 venture capital fundraising was lead by three Massachusetts-based funds: Battery Ventures X, L.P. which raised $650.0 million, Third Rock Ventures III, L.P., which raised $516.0 million and Spark Capital IV, L.P., which raised $450.0 million.

Article courtesy of Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association.
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