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  • Israeli VC fund first investments up 55% from the previous quarter
  • Internet attracted $343 million – highest ever quarterly amount for the sector
  • Initial revenue stage led all investments for the first time since 2013
  • In the first quarter of 2015, 166 Israeli high-tech companies raised $994 million – the second highest quarterly amount in the last decade and just 10 percent below the record high $1.1 billion invested in 184 companies in the previous quarter, according to the IVC-KPMG Israeli High-Tech Company Capital Raising report for the first quarter of 2015. The Q1/2015 amount was 48 percent above the $673 million attracted by 160 companies in the first quarter of 2014. IVC-Israeli-High-Tech-Capital-Raising---Q1.2015 The average company financing round reached $6 million, equal to the previous quarter’s average, and well above $4.2 million of Q1/2014. In Q1/2015, 91 VC-backed deals accounted for $832 million – 84 percent of total capital invested. The average VC-backed deal peaked at $9.1 million, compared to $7.7 million and $6.1 million in Q4/2014 and Q1/2014, respectively. Ofer Sela, partner at KPMG Somekh Chaikin’s Technology group commented, “As can be seen from Q1 2015 results, the level of investment activity in Israeli companies is on the rise. This trend is being fueled by higher revenues, improved business results and other key performance indicators. However, the returns from the appreciation in value of VC-backed Israeli companies are mostly enjoyed by foreign investors. The majority of Israeli institutional investors, and through them the Israeli general public, is not participating in venture capital investments. ” Sela believes that “The Israeli government should consider actions that encourage and facilitate Israeli institutional investment at a much higher level than currently. By doing so, global and local momentum could enable Israel’s technology industry to expand and become a global technology superpower in absolute numbers, not just relative to its size.” Israeli VC Fund Investment Activity Israeli venture capital funds invested $180 million in Israeli high-tech companies or 18 percent of all investments in Q1/2015. The amount was down 6 percent from $192 million (17 percent of total) invested in Q4/2014, but 80 percent higher than the $100 million (15 percent of total) invested in Q1/2014. First investments by Israeli VC funds accounted for 31 percent in Q1/2015, a marked improvement, 55 percent above the 20 percent of the previous quarter although still below the 43 percent of Q1/2014. Capital Raised by Sector, Stage and Deal Size The Internet sector experienced its best quarter ever with $343 million (35 percent) raised by 44  companies, and the sector continued to lead capital raising as in the two previous quarters. The life  sciences and software followed, accounting for 22 percent and 19 percent of total capital raised,  respectively. “The increase in high-tech capital raising is not coincidental, but directly reflects the trend toward  growth company investments and higher valuations of mid and late stage companies,” noted Koby Simana, CEO of IVC Research Center. “Up to a year ago we were accustomed to seeing average financing rounds of $3 million to $4  million, in the Internet sector. In recent quarters though, we’ve been observing a distinct rise in the average Internet financing round. This trend is even more evident among growth stage Internet  companies for which the average deal jumped from $6 million about a year ago to $16.3 million in the first quarter of 2015. Even though exceptionally large financing rounds of Taboola and Quixey  (led by Alibaba) were responsible for the jump in Q1, our analysis shows that these were not special  or unique events. They fit in well with the activity surrounding the Internet sector and the rise in the  number of early stage investments. These parallel trends mostly feed each other as the increase in  growth stage Internet companies attracts more entrepreneurs and investors into the sector. We believe that Internet success stories will drive the volume of growth deals as well as contribute to  increase seed stage investments, which up until last quarter, were on the decline,” concluded  Simana. IVC-Israeli-High-Tech-Capital-Raising-AvgDealValue--Q1.2015Another emerging trend is the increase in growth stage deals, which was accelerated in Q1/2015,  when initial revenue companies led all investments for the first time since 2013 with 47 firms  raising $319 million (32 percent). Early stage companies attracted $315 million (32 percent), a  decrease of 14 percent from the especially strong previous quarter, when early stage firms led  capital raising. Late stage companies followed closely with a 31 percent share of total investments. Additionally, Q1/2015 demonstrated escalation in deals above $20 million, a trend pointed out in  the previous quarter’s IVC-KPMG Survey. In Q1/2015, deals above $20 million reached record levels, with 16 deals that accounted for 55 percent of total investments. In comparison, there were  13 deals (42 percent) and six deals (27 percent) in Q4/2014 and Q1/2014, respectively. IVC Research Center is the leading online provider of data and analyses on Israel’s high-tech, venture capital and private equity industries. Its information is used by key decision-makers, strategic and financial investors, government agencies and academic and research institutions in Israel. KPMG Somekh Chaikin’s technology professionals offer insights and experience accumulated from a long history of work with technology and life science companies. 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