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January 17, 2017

Why are venture capitalists taking over operations of portfolio firms?: Forbes

A Forbes article quotes Venture Intelligence data on PE/VC investments:
In 2016, as many as 620 transactions were sealed in the PE/VC space, according to data available with research firm Venture Intelligence. Of this, about 65 percent comprised startup investments. In 2015, the year that created history for the highest amount of PE and VC investments both by value and volume, of the total of 775 investments sealed in the January-December period that year, 512 were startup deals.
The article also quotes Arun Natarajan, Founder - Venture Intelligence:
“Prior to 2014-15, investments in startups were never a ‘bet the farm’ phenomenon for PE/VC investors which means, no single investment in the portfolio would affect the whole fund. So, if any particular investment were to go bad, the investor could afford to write it off and move on instead of replacing the management team or running the company themselves,” said Arun Natarajan, Founder, Venture Intelligence. 


Venture Intelligence is India's longest serving provider of data and analysis on Private Company Financials, Transactions (private equity, venture capital and M&A) & their Valuations in India.

January 10, 2017

Early stage VC advantEdge will back at least 8 companies in 2017: DealStreetAsia

Kunal Khattar, Founding Partner of advantEdge in a interview to DealStreetAsia quotes Venture Intelligence data on VC investments in 2016.
How do you see the overall environment for VC deals in India? 
For the first time in five years, VC investments saw a drop of around 30 per cent in 2016. According to Venture Intelligence data, in 2016, VC firms have invested $1,441 million across 405 deals as compared to $2,018 million across 511 deals in 2015.

Venture Intelligence is India's longest serving provider of data and analysis on Private Company Financials, Transactions (private equity, venture capital and M&A) & their Valuations in India.

Dr Lal PathLabs, Thyrocare could face a few hiccups: Economic Times

An Economic Times article quotes Venture Intelligence data on PE/VC investments in the diagnostics space:
Data from Venture Intelligence shows that in the past three years, the (diagnostics) sector has had 21 deals by PE and venture capitalists investing a total of $330 million.
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Venture Intelligence is India's longest serving provider of data and analysis on Private Company Financials, Transactions (private equity, venture capital and M&A) & their Valuations in India.

January 06, 2017

10 venture capital dealmakers to watch in 2017: Mint

A Mint article quotes Venture Intelligence data on Venture Capital investments in India:
India’s early-stage investors struck 405 deals worth $1.4 billion in 2016, a year that marked the return of reason to the venture capital market. The overall volume and value of investments are down from the previous year by 21% and 28%, respectively, according to data compiled by Chennai-based researcher Venture Intelligence.
There’s a little bit of concern around the funding crunch at the Series A stage, the first serious institutional capital round that goes into a start-up. The number of Series A deals last year declined 45% from 2015. On the other hand, the number of seed-stage deals, which precede Series A, have more or less stayed at the 2015 levels.
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January 05, 2017

Manufacturing provides larger exits than IT in 2016; KKR enjoys bumper year

M&A deals account for 43.7% of exits, Venture Intelligence data shows

Private Equity exits in India declined by 18% to $7.86 Billion (across 215 deals) during the calendar year 2016 compared to an all-time high of $9.55 billion (across 270 deals) in 2015, according to data from Venture Intelligence, India’s longest serving data analytics firm focused on private company financials, transactions and valuations. The exit value includes $7.33 Billion of Complete Exits; the remainder being partial ones. These figures, which include exits from Venture Capital type investments and exclude exits from Real Estate investments, take the total realization by PE firms in the five year period starting in 2012 to about $33 billion (across 1,032 transactions). 


19 exits – i.e. 9% of the total deals – were over $100 million in value and accounted for 58% of the overall value harvested during the year. The largest exit during the year was the sale of KKR’s stake worth $1.05 billion in Alliance Tire Group to Japan’s Yokohama Rubber Co. The deal, which represents the single largest exit via the M&A route in India, enabled KKR to realize an about 2.8x return on its three year old investment. The next largest exit deal 2016 also belonged to KKR – in the form of its sale of its 38% stake in Gland Pharma for $550 million to Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical to register a 2.67x return. Including its exits from TVS Logistics Services and Dalmia Cement (Bharat), KKR harvested about $1.8 billion in returns from its India portfolio during 2016, the Venture Intelligence data showed.

The third largest exit during 2016 was the $420 million sale of the stake held by CX Partners and Capital Square Partners in Minacs BPO to US-based Synnex, fetching the investors a 1.74x return (in INR terms) in less than two years. (CX and Capital Square had acquired Minacs from the Aditya Birla Group in 2014.)

In the largest exit via the public markets, the microfinance focused Equitas Holdings pulled off a highly successful IPO that provided an exit route for its 14 PE/VC investors - 11 of whom sold shares worth $217 million as part of the IPO.

Top PE Exits by Size


Manufacturing overshadows IT

Manufacturing companies – led by the Alliance Tire Group deal – topped the exit charts during 2016, providing an all-time high harvest of $2.3 B - accounting for 29% of the value pie (12% by volume), the Venture Intelligence analysis showed. KKR’s exit from Alliance Tire Group was followed by Blackstone’s exit from International Tractors ($250 million) and Actis’ $136 million exit from auto components firm Endurance Technologies via the company’s October IPO.

IT & ITES industry came in second garnering $1.5 Billion worth of exits across 55 transactions in 2016. The stake sale by CX Partners and Capital Square Partners in Minacs BPO for $420 million to Synex was the top exit within IT.



The Healthcare & Life Sciences industry – the only major industry to show an YoY uptick in terms of both exit volume and value - came in third with $1.4 Billion worth of exits across 27 transactions led by the KKR’s $556 million exit from Gland Pharma and followed by Advent International’s selling of its majority holding in Care Hospitals for about $184 million (via a Secondary Sale to Abraaj Group). Warburg Pincus and Eight Road Ventures sold part of their stake worth $95 million in Laurus Labs as part of the company’s December IPO. Narayana Hrudayalaya‘s January IPO had provided an exit route for JP Morgan and PineBridge who sold shares worth $76.5 million (INR 511 Cr).

Led by the Equitas Holdings IPO, the BFSI industry came in fourth with $1.2 Billion worth of exits across 37 transactions. Investors including Kedaara Capital, Motilal Oswal PE, Warburg Pincus, IFC and ChrysCapital sold a 15% stake in AU Financiers for $112 million through a Secondary Sale (to meet a foreign holding related regulatory requirement), while the Ujjivan Financial Services IPO gave exit route for its investors including Unitus, India Financial Inclusion Fund and Lok Capital.

Strategic Sales Score

2016 saw PE investors selling shares via the public markets in 72 listed companies (across 106 deals). Strategic Acquisitions provided 63 exits; Secondary Sales, 37; and Buybacks, 8. Only exits via Strategic Sales, which accounted for 43.7% of the value harvested during 2016, displayed a rise over 2015. In fact, the share of exits via acquisitions has been climbing continuously for the last three years. 


Exits through the M&A route in the Online Services space included Quikr’s reported $120 million purchase of real estate listings focused Commonfloor (backed by Tiger Global, Accel India and Google Capital), the acquisition of payment gateway provider Citrus by rival PayUMoney for $60 million (providing an exit for Sequoia Capital India, Ascent Capital, Digital Garage and Beenos Partners) and Titan’s acquisition of Tiger Global’s stake in online jewelry firm CaratLane.com for $53.3 million.

2016 witnessed investors offloading shares worth over $2.4 billion via the public markets across 106 transactions. Out of the 16 PE Backed IPOs in 2016, 15 issues saw PE investors selling as part of the IPO. (2015 had witnessed 15 PE-Backed IPOs, of which PE investors sold as part of 11 issues.)


Among sale of shares in already listed companies, Lighthouse realized over 7x returns via sale of its shares in Agri-business firm Dhanuka Agritech, while SAIF Partners India realized over 7x returns when it part sold its shares in fruit drink manufacturing firm Manpasand Beverages. Creador Capital made a complete exit from Cholamandalam Investment and Finance Company with a 4.94x return.

Prominent among Secondary Sale deals was Goldman Sachs’ exit of its investment in metal castings maker Sigma Electric to Argand Capital Partners for a reported $200 million, fetching a 1.95x return. Advent International completely exited its investment in Care Hospitals for an estimated $184 million as part of Abraaj Group’s investment in the company. 

The above data are extracts from the Venture Intelligence 2016 PE Exits Report based on latest data from the Venture Intelligence PE Deals database. The full Report will be mailed to Venture Intelligence subscribers in the next few days.


Venture Intelligence is India's longest serving provider of data and analysis on Private Company Financials, Transactions (private equity, venture capital and M&A) & their Valuations in India.

January 03, 2017

Start-up financing hits a rough patch: The Hindu

A Hindu article quotes Venture Intelligence data on VC investments in India:
Private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) deals have fallen by 29.5 per cent in Tamil Nadu in 2016. Data collated by Venture Intelligence, a research firm focussed on the financials of private companies, show that firms invested $981 million across 31 deals this year compared with $851 million in 44 deals in 2015. During 2014, firms had invested $988 million across 45 deals.
The number of angel investment deals in the State stood at 9 in 2016 against 13 in 2015.



Venture Intelligence is India's longest serving provider of data and analysis on Private Company Financials, Transactions (private equity, venture capital and M&A) & their Valuations in India.

Early-stage funding deals see no drop: Times of India

A Times of India article quotes Venture Intelligence data on Early stage investments in 2016:
According to data analytics firm Venture Intelligence, there were 107 funding deals this year, almost at par with last year's figure of 117 deals, for investments within $1 million. The top deals in this category were raised by Bengaluru-based self-publishing platform Pratilipi which raised $925,000 in seed funding from Nexus Venture Partners,and others, this June. The trend changed as the deal size increased. For instance, funding rounds between $1 million and $10 million saw a drop from 205 deals last year to 170 deals this year. The big ticket funding rounds of more than $10 million saw only 56 funding rounds this year, compared to last year's 93.



Venture Intelligence is India's longest serving provider of data and analysis on Private Company Financials, Transactions (private equity, venture capital and M&A) & their Valuations in India.

January 02, 2017

With $323M funding, 2016 a bumper year for ed-tech cos: Economic Times

An ET article quotes Venture Intelligence data on its report on VC investments in Edtech companies:
The year 2016 has become a bonanza for the education sector, which has received investments of $323 million - surpassing the previous high of 2014 when ed-tech companies raised $223 million




Strategic investors were also quite active this year, data from Venture Intelligence shows. Text book publishing company S Chand, which had raised $26 million led by IFC in 2015, has become an active strategic investor (backing several startups including Testbook). The EduPristine deal saw US-based DeVry Education Group, while Tabtor got participation from John Katzman, founder of The Princeton Review.
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PE/VC Investments in Education spike up in 2016


Venture Intelligence is India's longest serving provider of data and analysis on Private Company Financials, Transactions (private equity, venture capital and M&A) & their Valuations in India.

Share of hospitality deals dip 50 per cent in 2016: Economic Times

An ET Article quotes Venture Intelligence data on VC Investments in the Hospitality sector:
According to data shared by Venture Intelligence with ET, the sector witnessed just six deals till November this year compared with 18 in the previous year. The total amount raised was also lower at $86 million against $284 million last year. The data, however, excluded investments in tech companies such as OYO. 
While last year's landmark deals included $112-million investment by IDI Emerging Markets in Sapphire Foods, $30-million infusion by India Value Fund Advisors in fine dining chain Indigo and SAIF Partners pumping $19 million into QSR chain Ammis Biryani; this year the highlight was Goldman Sachs' $66-million investment in hotel development and investment firm Samhi Hotels in January.


Venture Intelligence is India's longest serving provider of data and analysis on Private Company Financials, Transactions (private equity, venture capital and M&A) & their Valuations in India.

Selectivity is the keyword as Venture Capital investments dip 21% in 2016

At 405 deals worth $1.4 Billion, 2016 is 2nd Biggest Year for VC investments after 2015, Venture Intelligence data shows


Venture Capital firms made 405 investments in India worth $1.4 Billion during 2016 compared to 512 deals worth $2 Billion in 2015 according to data from Venture Intelligence, India’s longest provider of data on private company financials, transactions and their valuations. These figures - 21% lower in volume terms and 28% lower in value compared to the all-time highs of 2015 - make 2016 the second largest for VC investments in country. (Venture Capital is defined by Venture Intelligence as Seed Round to Series D round of investments less than $20 million in size by intuitional investors in companies less than 10 years old.)

Top VC Investments in 2016

Company
Investors
Amount
Knowlarity
(Cloud Telephony)
Sequoia Capital, Delta Partners, Others
$20 M
Lendingkart
(SME Lending)
Mayfield, Bertelsmann India, Others
$20 M
ScaleArc
(Enterprise Software)
Nexus Ventures, Accel India, Others
$20 M
PharmEasy
(e-Pharmacy)
Bessemer, Aarin Capital, Orios VP
$18 M
FreshMenu
(Food Ordering)
Lightspeed, Zodius Capital, Others
$17 M



With 304 investments worth about $1 Billion, the Information Technology and IT-Enabled Services (IT & ITES) industry retained its status as the favorite among VC investors during 2016, accounting for 75% of the investments (69% by value). Investment activity in IT companies were down 17% compared to 2015. Among the top IT investments, cloud telephony company Knowlarity, online SME loans provider LendingKart and database software firm ScaleArc raised $20 million each, while online pharmacy Pharmeasy raised $18 M and foodtech company FreshMenu raised $17 million. Within IT, while Consumer Internet & Mobile companies continued to be the main area of focus (grabbing 77% of the investments), VCs also invested substantially into Enterprise Technology companies (especially SaaS startups like Helpshift, Betaout and Zarget) and B2B marketplaces (like Power2sme, ofBusiness and Just Buy Live).

Healthcare & Life Sciences were the distant second favorite destination for VCs (attracting less than a tenth of investments attracted by IT companies) raising 23 investments worth $129 million (against 38 deals worth $236 million in 2015). Preventive healthcare company Curefit, founded by former Flipkart executives, raised $15 million from IDG Ventures India, Accel India and Kalaari Capital, while dialysis service provider Nephroplus raised $15 million from Sealink Capital and IFC.

Food & Beverages companies attracted 14 investments worth $57 million in 2016 compared to 18 investments worth $81 million in the previous year. Cremica Food Industries, which split from the family business of Bector Food Specialties, raised $15 million from Rabo Equity, while restaurant chain firm Azure Hospitality raised $10 million from Max Ventures and Morgan Stanley. Beverage companies attracted specific investor attention during 2016 with beer maker Bira 91 and fruit juice makers Raw Pressery and Good Juicery attracting capital.


“Series A” rounds (which refer to the First Round of institutional investment into start-up companies) saw a 45% fall in 2016 to 125 transactions compared to the 229 deals in 2015, the Venture Intelligence analysis showed. The action in the other stages were largely flat compared to 2015. 


While Bangalore based startups continued to top the funding charts (attracting 130 investments) during 2016, NCR based companies (at 111 investments) firmed their lead over Mumbai-based companies (which attracted only 90 investments). With its mix of logistics tech and enterprise tech companies, Pune-based companies (which attracted 15 investments) pipped Chennai-based companies (which attracted 13 investments predominantly into Enterprise Tech companies) for the fourth place.

Most Active VC Investors in 2016

Investor
2016
2015
Accel India
26
39
Sequoia Capital India
24
41
Blume Ventures
23
17
Kalaari Capital
18
21
Aarin Capital
16
9
Ratan Tata
16
11

If there was one word that described VC investments in 2016 it was Selectivity,” remarked Arun Natarajan, Founder of Venture Intelligence. “Whether it was in terms of new sectors or even which companies to provide follow-on funding to within their existing portfolios, VC investors were very selective in their approach during 2016. With the weaning out of companies with weak business models having already taken place substantially and with many of the VC firms like Accel India, Sequoia Capital, Blume Ventures, etc. sitting on substantial amounts of capital raised in recent months, there is scope for cautious optimism as we enter the New Year.”

The above data are extracts from the Venture Intelligence 2016 PE Roundup Report based on latest data from the Venture Intelligence PE Deals database. The full Report will be mailed to Venture Intelligence subscribers in the next few days.

Venture Intelligence is India's longest serving provider of data and analysis on Private Company Financials, Transactions (private equity, venture capital and M&A) & their Valuations in India.

December 30, 2016

Infra & Financial Sector deals cushion fall in PE investments during 2016 to 12%

At $15.2 Billion, 2016 is 2nd Biggest Year for PE investments after 2015, Venture Intelligence data shows 


Private Equity investors bet $15.2 Billion across 620 deals (and 585 individual companies) in 2016 making it the second biggest year for such investments in India (by both value and volume) after 2015 (which had witnessed $17.3 Billion being invested across 775 transactions and 683 companies). These figures from Venture Intelligence, India’s longest serving research service focused on private company financials, transactions and valuations, include Venture Capital investments, but exclude PE investments in Real Estate.

Infrastructure investments - notably led by Canada headquartered investors - dominated the list of Big Ticket investments during 2016. Canada’s Brookfield committed $1.65 Billion to buy a majority stake in telecom tower firm Reliance Infratel; pension fund CDPQ along with others invested $850 million in Tata Power’s SPV Resurgent Power; while Fairfax Holdings invested over $300 million each in Bangalore International Airport and Sanmar Chemicals.

TOP PRIVATE EQUITY INVESTMENTS BY VALUE IN 2016

Company
Sector
Amount
(US$M)
Investors
Date
Reliance Infratel
Telecom Towers
1,650
Brookfield
Oct-16
MphasiS
IT Services & BPO
1,100
Blackstone
Apr-16
Resurgent Power
Power Projects
850
CDPQ, KIA, SGRF, Others
Jun-16
BIAL
Airport
370
Fairfax Holdings
Mar-16
Sanmar Group
Chemicals
300
Fairfax Holdings
Apr-16
GE Capital Services
Commercial Lending
300
AION Capital, Others
Mar-16
Paytm / One97
Mobile Wallet & Commerce
300
MediaTek, Alibaba, SAIF
Aug-16

Financial Sector Supplants E-Commerce

IT & ITES companies, which attracted $4.7 Billion (across 359 transactions) in 2016, saw their share of the PE investment pie decline sharply to 31% (from 45% in 2015). BFSI (Banking, Financial Services & Insurance) companies that attracted over $2.7 Billion (across 53 transactions) during 2016, gained the most YoY attracting 18% of the pie (up from 15% in 2015).

While 2016 saw seven B2C Internet & Mobile investments with value topping $100 million (half of that in 2015), PE investors made as many as 11 such bets in the Financial Sector (adding to the already strong 10 such deals they struck in 2015).

PE INVESTMENTS BY INDUSTRY – RISING SHARE OF BFSI



TOP INVESTMENTS IN FINANCIAL SECTOR IN 2016

Company
Sector
Amount
(US$M)
Investors
Date
GE Capital Services
Commercial Loans
300
AION Capital, Others
Mar-16
SBI Life
Insurance (Life)
265
Temasek, KKR
Dec-16
Janalakshmi Financial Services
Microfinance
210
Morgan Stanley, GIC, TPG Capital, Others
Feb-16
India Infoline Finance
NBFC
149
CDC Group
Jul-16
Au Housing Finance
Mortgage Loans
140
Partners Group,
Kedaara Capital
Feb-16
Max Financial Services
Insurance (Life)
140
KKR
Feb-16

TOP INVESTMENTS IN INTERNET & MOBILE SECTOR IN 2016

Company
Sector
Amt
(US$M)
Investors
Date
Paytm / One97
Mobile Wallet & Commerce
300
MediaTek, Alibaba, SAIF
Aug-16
Snapdeal
E-Commerce
200
Ontario Teachers Pension
Feb-16
Hike
Mobile Messaging
175
Tencent, Foxconn,
Tiger Global
Aug-16
BillDesk
Payments Processing
171
General Atlantic, Temasek
Mar-16
BigBasket
E-Commerce (Groceries)
150
Abraaj Group, IFC,
Sands Capital, Others
Mar-16
CarTrade
Auto Classifieds
145
Warburg PIncus, Temasek, March Capital
Feb-16


Biggest Year for Buyouts



PE investors bet as much as $4.3 Billion to acquire controlling stakes in 27 companies - the highest ever tally for buyout deals in the country (surpassing the $3.2 Billion across 24 companies in 2015). In fact, Buyouts were the only stage of PE investment to register a gain during 2016 as compared to 2015.

In the largest PE deal of the year (and the largest single PE investment in India to date), publicly listed Reliance Communications sold a 51% stake in its tower assets unit Reliance Infratel to Canada's Brookfield Infrastructure Group for $1.65 Billion (INR 11,000 crore).

US-headquartered PE giant Blackstone concentrated its only investment bet in India during 2016 (outside of Real Estate) on buying out Hewlett Packard from its majority holding in listed IT Services & BPO firm Mphasis via an $1.1 Billion deal. AION Capital partnered former GE Capital executives Pramod Bhasin and Anil Chawla to buyout the commercial lending business of GE Capital in India for $300 million.

Mid Market buyouts too buzzed with activity during the year with 21 deals being struck across sectors like Healthcare (2 clinics and 1 CRO), Toll Roads (3 deals), BPO (2) and Food & Beverages (2), the Venture Intelligence analysis showed.


TOP PE BUYOUT DEALS IN 2016

Company
Sector
Amount
(US$M)
Investors
Date
Reliance Infratel
Telecom Towers
1650
Brookfield
Oct-16
MphasiS
IT Services & BPO
1100
Blackstone
Apr-16
GE Capital Services
NBFC
300
AION Capital, Others
Mar-16
Sigma Electric
Metal Castings
250
Argand Partners
Oct-16
Care Hospitals
Hospitals
221
Abraaj Group
Jan-16
Au Housing Finance
Mortgage Loans
140
Partners Group,
Kedaara Capital
Feb-16

The above data are extracts from the Venture Intelligence 2016 PE Roundup Report based on latest data from the Venture Intelligence PE Deals database. The full Report will be mailed to Venture Intelligence subscribers in the next few days.