Silicon Valley Bank Study of Healthcare Investments and Exits
Predicts Continued Strong Returns for Investors
Calif. –– July
30, 2014 –– Silicon
Valley Bank, the bank of the global innovation economy, released a study today that
examines the merger, acquisition and IPO activity of private, venture-backed
biopharma and medical device companies. According
to the annual report based on 2013 data, venture investment in healthcare saw
the biggest potential returns since SVB started tracking the data in 2005.
"2013 was the year
of the IPO. Built on solid healthcare
M&A activity over the last few years, the venture industry continued to see
momentum and a burst of IPO activity that provided spectacular potential returns
for investors,” said Jonathan Norris, Managing
Director with SVB and author of the report. "We predict healthy access to
capital in 2014 and into 2015. While IPO
activity is cooling in these sectors, we expect to see an increase in big exit
M&A activity in the second half of this year.”
Bank works with 50 percent of healthcare-focused venture capital firms and
venture-backed companies nationwide and specializes in biopharma, medical
device and healthcare services.
In 2013, a year in which the number of healthcare IPOs tripled, public
market enthusiasm helped stabilize venture investment and fundraising overall. Last
year also saw increased valuations of
mergers and acquisitions in the sector.
As the study notes, the climate for healthcare-related IPOs is slowing;
however, the current and balanced financing ecosystem is continuing to prime
the innovation pump and encourage smooth capital flow to keep the industry
Based on an
analysis of IPOs and private merger or acquisition transactions of venture
capital-backed companies between 2005 and 2013, Silicon Valley Bank finds
Healthcare IPOs tripled in 2013, leading to a record potential IPO/big exit return of $12.5 billion — a nine-year high
Healthcare venture fundraising exceeded $3.5 billion in each of the past three years, a healthy level for innovation
Large biopharma companies are essentially outsourcing early-stage R&D by investing heavily in young venture-backed companies and as significant investors into Healthcare Venture Funds
Among big exit M&A (defined as private, venture-backed M&A with upfront payments of $75 million or higher for biopharma deals and $50 million or higher for device deals ):
The average total deal value for biopharma big exit M&A was $549 million in 2013, the highest level since SVB started tracking the data in 2005, and it represents a 10 percent increase over 2012.
Device big exit M&A activity declined, but the average total deal value was $231 million in 2013, a three-year high, which represents a 42 percent increase over 2012.
Bucking convention in the device sector, FDA approval was not necessary for big exits
Healthcare venture will continue to see strong returns
The study also
reveals the growing interest by corporate venture groups in healthcare. Corporate venture was part of the investor
syndicate in 35% of all biotech Series A equity financings in 2013, up from 30%
in 2012. Additionally, there are positive
signs of corporate interest in early-stage medical device companies.
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