Deloitte: Over 80% of global venture capitalists say current IPO activity levels in their home countries are too low
- United Arab Emirates: Thursday, August 04 - 2011 at 10:42
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Venture capitalists from around the world say the current level of IPO activity is too low to support the health of the venture capital industry in their respective countries, according to the 2011 Global Venture Capital Survey sponsored by Deloitte and the National Venture Capital Association.
And on the market challenges of IPOs in the Middle East, Oliver Holder, MENA Managing Director, Transaction and Reorganization services, Deloitte Corporate Finance Limited stated: "In the Middle East region, we are definitely seeing the more sophisticated financial investors in the region giving more thought and priority to entry structures that accommodate IPO exits, both from corporate and tax structuring perspectives."
He added: "the more sophisticated financial investors are acutely aware of the benefit of strong corporate governance and robust financial reporting procedures and the value they generate for the company at the time of the IPO."
Venture capitalists in the United States, China, Brazil, India and France found it most important to have an active IPO market in their home countries, followed closely by the United Kingdom, Canada, and Germany. In the U.S., where there has been a large and active venture capital and entrepreneurial community for many years, 91% of venture capitalists deemed the U.S. IPO market a critical element of the U.S. venture capital industry.
In contrast to the global trend, only 36% of U.S. venture capitalists said that IPO markets in other geographies were essential to the success of the U.S. venture capital industry.
Globally, 87% of respondents selected Nasdaq as one of the three most promising stock exchanges for venture-backed IPOs; 39% selected the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), and 33% cited the Shanghai Stock Exchange. The vast majority of venture capitalists around the world still look to the U.S. exchanges to provide a healthy and vibrant market, yet 87% of U.S. venture capitalists believe that the current level of IPO activity is too low.
"Clearly the industry continues to feel the ripple effects of the global economic downturn -- most notably in the form of limited exit opportunities," said Mark Jensen, partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP and national managing partner for venture capital services. "However, with signs of improvement in the economy and easing of the liquidity crisis, the tide may be turning. Innovation continues to be an important driver in our economic health and a strong exit marketplace is critical to the venture capital ecosystem driving much of that innovation."
Mark Heesen, president of the National Venture Capital Association, said, "The venture-backed IPO market has been an extraordinary creator of economic value in countless ways. Not only have millions of jobs been created, but superior returns have been delivered to pension beneficiaries, endowments and charitable foundations for decades. Entire industries have been formed, pushing innovation forward and changing the way we live and work for the better. The recovery of the IPO market, both here in the U.S. and abroad, is not a nicety but a necessity for the future health of the global economy."
The slowdown in IPO activity is attributed to a lack of several key drivers that are necessary for a vibrant capital markets system. According to survey respondents the most important factors are a strong investor appetite for equity in public companies (83%); the need for a stable economic environment (52%); and the need for more adequate stock analyst coverage (32%). In the U.S., venture capitalists also cited the need for a competitive investment banking community (30%) for IPOs and easier reporting for newly public companies (33%).
Despite capital markets challenges, tremendous promise remains for the venture capital industry globally. Of those who are investing outside their home countries, more than half (57%) plan to increase this activity during the next five years and an additional 35% plan to maintain their level of investment.
The survey also shows a tremendous amount of excitement around IT, healthcare services and clean tech innovation globally. Approximately 69% of respondents cited a surge in investment in cloud computing, while 65% plan to increase investment in social and new media.
Clean technology remains attractive with 62% of respondents planning to increase investments in this area and an additional 26% planning to maintain their levels of clean tech investment.
In China and India, there is considerable interest in both biopharmaceuticals and healthcare services.
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