Venture Capital Fundraising Activity Remains Slow

Venture Capital Fundraising Activity Remains Slow

Dollars Raised Declines to Lowest Quarterly Level in Seven Years

New York - Thirty eight US venture capital funds raised $1.9 billion in the second quarter of 2010, according to Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). This level marks a 49% decline, by dollar commitments, compared to the first quarter of 2010 which saw 38 funds raise $3.7 billion during the period. This quarter represents the lowest by dollar commitments since the third quarter of 2003.

Fundraising by Venture Funds Year/Quarter   Number of Funds   Venture Capital ($M)
 2005   243   29,042.7
 2006   243   32,094.9
 2007   253  36,206.4
 2008   225   28,530.7
 2009   140   15,820.7
 2010   69   5,654.5
 1Q'08  74  7,192.4
 2Q'08  83  9,236.5
 3Q'08  63  8,497.1
 4Q'08  52  3,587.7
 1Q'09  58  5,253.9
 2Q'09  36  4,362.1
 3Q'09  30  2,289.4
 4Q'09  46  4,059.0
 1Q'10  38  3,739.9
 2Q'10  38  1,914.6

Source: Thomson Reuters and National Venture Capital Association

"Ongoing economic uncertainty has kept many limited partners and venture capital firms on the fundraising sidelines in 2010 and this hesitation is likely to continue for the remainder of the year," said Mark Heesen, president of the NVCA. "Recent positive activity in the exit market, particularly on the M&A side, could generate some meaningful cash distributions which would pave the way for firms looking for a receptive investor base. However, the pipeline of venture firms that are poised to raise their next fund continues to grow and could result in a crowded market in 2011 and beyond.

There were 26 follow-on funds and 12 new funds raised in the second quarter of 2010, a ratio of two-to-one of follow-on to new funds. The largest new fund reporting commitments during the second quarter of 2010 was Menlo Park, California-based Olympus Capital Partners Fund I, L.P., which raised $150 million in its inaugural fund.  A "new" fund is defined as the first fund at a newly established firm, although the general partner of that firm may have previous experience investing in venture capital.

VC Funds: New Vs. follow-on    No. of New  No. of Follow-on Total 
 2005   67  176  243
 2006   56  187  243
 2007   62  191  253
 2008   50  175  225
 2009   28  112  140
 2010   19  50  69
 1Q'08  12  63  75
 2Q'08  23  60  83
 3Q'08  14  49  63
 4Q'08  11  38  49
 1Q'09  05  52  57
 2Q'09  11  21  32
 3Q'09  09  20  29
 4Q'09  08  36  44
 1Q'10  09  29  38
 2Q'10  12  26  38

Source: Thomson Reuters and National Venture Capital Association

The largest funds raised during the second quarter of 2010 were Venrock Associates VI, L.P. which raised $325 million and Polaris Venture Partners VI, L.P. which saw $213.8 million in fund commitments during the quarter.

The Thomson Reuters/National Venture Capital Association sample includes U.S.-based venture capital funds. Classifications are based on the headquarter location of the fund, not the location of venture capital firm. The sample excludes fund of funds.

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About National Venture Capital Association
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