It looks like IPOs were up significantly in the first quarter of this year, while M&A dipped for venture-backed companies. Dow Jones VentureSource is releasing a new report this morning indicating that Q1 2012 was the most active quarter for IPOs since the fourth quarter of 2007 and the most active first quarter since 2000. Twenty companies went public in the first quarter, including Yelp, Millennial Media, Brightcove and others. Ninety-four companies were acquired during the same period, which marks the second-straight quarter of declining deal volume for M&A according to Dow Jones VentureSource. Twenty companies raised $1.4 billion through public offerings in the first quarter, which is up from the 11 IPOs that raised $768 million during the first quarter of last year. Currently, 50 U.S. venture-backed companies are in IPO registration. Thirteen of those companies filed during the first quarter.
2 Apr 2012
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