Published on February 21, 2014
DIGEST 129 1 Sequoia Knows What’sApp When It Comes to Finding the Exit 2 Private Equity Fees Drop to Record Low Billions Paid for Growing Healthcare Service Provider 3 M&A EMEA Trends 2013 This Year’s Biggest Challenges for PE Players 4 Quote of the Week: Big Data Meets Business Loans February 21, 2014
SEQUOIA KNOWS WHAT’SAPP WHEN IT COMES TO FINDING THE EXIT This week Sequoia has outpunched its rivals in the venture capital industry with the potential return on it WhatsApp investment, which Facebook acquired for an eye-popping USD 19 billion in a cash and stock deal. It is eye popping because WhatsApp is a free mobile app and it only employs 32 engineers, according to WSJ Moneybeat. Media sources (such as TechCrunch) are suggesting that Sequoia, which it says was the only VC to back the startup, put in about USD 60 million over three years for a stake of about 20%. Its stake is now worth about USD 3 billion in cash and stock. If the deal goes through it will provide a 2x return on the entire USD 1.3 billion fund the initial WhatsApp investment came from, and it represents a 50x return on its investment in the company. (Clearly, mobile technologies are highly valued, a sentiment reflected in new figures from CB Insights, which shows that VC investments have climbed to over USD 1 billion per quarter over the last two quarters, up from USD 968 in the and USD 555 million in comparable quarters of the previous year, as shown in the chart here.) This is not the only exit for Sequoia Capital, which is one of the US’ oldest and best known VC brands. According to CB Insights, it leads the list of investors who have seen the most Silicon Valley-based tech exits over the time period covered in the report, followed by micro VC fund Felicis Ventures. Sequoia’s Silicon Valley tech exits include Jive Software, FireEye and Meraki while Felicis counts Climate Corp, Wildfire and Meraki as well. (Image Source: cbinsights) The top five Silicon Valley VCs to Exit in 2013 1. Sequoia Capital 2. Felicis Ventures 3. Accel Partners 4. New Enterprise Associates 5. DAG Ventures 2 www.DealMarket.com/digest
PRIVATE EQUITY FEES DROP TO RECORD LOW Private equity management fees are dropping to record lows, according to Financial News citing figures from Preqin. Based on an analysis of firms raising funds in 2013 and those still seeking capital, management fees are averaging out at 1.9% of the fund’s total value. It is the lowest figure since records began in 2005, says the report. Management fees have historically been about 2%. Another change is that transaction fees, which buyout firms charge portfolio companies, are increasingly paid back into the fund rather than to the fund manager. An industry insider was quoted saying that the trend of fees coming down is here to stay. Managed accounts are also becoming more common. Managed accounts totals climbed to a record high of USD 20 billion for 73 accounts in 2013, compared with USD 17 billion for 61 accounts in 2012 and just USD 1 billion for eight accounts in 2003. BILLIONS PAID FOR GROWING HEALTHCARE SERVICE PROVIDER This week’s buyout of the week features Switzerland’s Partners Group which issued a statement describing its co-leading a deal to acquire US-based healthcare service provider MultiPlan. Financial terms were not disclosed but several media outlets pegged the value of the deal at USD 4.4 billion. Starr Investment Holdings, a long term capital investors, co-led the deal with Partners Group. They bought the company from a consortium that included BC Partners and Silver Lake Partners. MultiPlan was grown during its holding by the earlier PE investors, with several large acquisitions, as the chart above show. Its transaction-based solutions to healthcare payers process about 40 million medical insurance claims annually. (Image source: Multiplan.com) 3 www.DealMarket.com/digest
M&A EMEA TRENDS 2013 M&A totals for Europe were down in 2013 but Merrill Corp says in its latest report that dealmaking market may improve this year due to the large number of companies for sale that it is tracking. The report explained the downturn in last year’s figures like this: “a sizeable spike in dealmaking in the final quarter of 2012 led to a lull in activity during the first quarter of 2013, as M&A pipelines were restocked. This weak first quarter had a detrimental impact on figures for 2013 as a whole, with the value of dealmaking down by 14% YoY.” Regional figures show that Central and Eastern Europe was the most active region in Europe for M&A in 2013. The drop in deal value total also reflects fewer mega-deals, those with a target valued at more than EUR 5bn generating M&A worth EUR 94.6bn, compared to EUR 161.8bn in 2012. The data drawn from MergerMarket suggests that from the second quarter onward, dealmaking was robust in terms of volumes, with quarterly figures near to their post-crisis highs. Merrill says this “bodes well for dealmaking in 2014” and that the smaller, bolt-on deals that characterized the past 12 months will be joined by an increased number of large, transformative transactions. (Image source: Merrill Corp) THIS YEAR’S BIGGEST CHALLENGES FOR PE PLAYERS A new Altius Associates’ survey, entitled ‘The Key Challenges facing the private equity sector in 2014’ finds that co-investment programs will continue to grow in popularity but warns that investors face significant downside risk if they are poorly executed. Specifically, LPs must make structural adaptations to evaluate investments relative to their portfolios, practice effective due diligence, and be able to make recommendations and get approvals from investment committees quickly. The survey described this and nine other challenges facing PE this year in Finalternatives. Another highlight of the survey was the finding for fund managers active in Europe. The key challenge in Europe is not to overpay and yet still manage to deploy a significant amount of dry powder. The main issue in the US buyout market is high valuations based on multiple of projected earning that are quite 4 www.DealMarket.com/digest
a bit greater than historic multiple. For coinvesting in Asia, Altius said that investors will do well to continue to grow their programs “disciplined and highly selective” way as conditions for investing seem generally better compared to anytime over the past few years. A word of caution was to underweight on real assets in emerging markets due to some overvaluing in areas like renewable energy. The report was bullish on secondaries due to fund reductions and regulatory pressures. (Image source: Preqin) QUOTE OF THE WEEK - BIG DATA MEETS BUSINESS LOANS “Using a big data approach, we are able to evaluate business lending using a multitude of data sources that most credit bureaus and other lending sources do not consider. As a result, we can provide financing solutions to businesses far faster than our peers at half the cost of merchant cash advances….We consider ourselves to be a disruptive financial and technology firm, compared to many of the emerging firms today in the peer-to-peer space.” Who said it: Zhengyuan Lu, Vice President of Capital Markets at OnDeck Capital In Context: Lu Zhengyuan was speaking at the Family Office Trends Forum in New York, NY in February 13th and explaining how his company, a startup that says it has provided some USD 900 million in loans to “tens of thousands” of small and medium sized business in the US, is filling the gap left in the credit market by regional banks and larger national banks. OnDeck uses data aggregation and electronic payment technology to evaluate the financial health of small and medium sized businesses, which it says enables it to make decisions at a fraction of the cost and time of more traditional sources of business credit. It is backed by SAP Venture and Google Ventures, among others. Who we found it: Rockefeller Global Foresight 5 www.DealMarket.com/digest
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