European Tech Exits Report for Q2 2016: an in-depth analysis of €2.4 billion in venture-backed exits


As covered in our recently published EU tech funding report for Q2 2016, investment activity in Europe, Israel and Turkey took a minor hit in the second quarter of 2016, with a slight drop in both funding deals and total investment volume compared to the previous quarter. However, at €4.1 billion, Q2 2016 was still higher than any quarter in 2015.

When it comes to exit activity, the situation was quite similar in Q2: 165 European and Israeli technology companies exited, combining for €22 billion in exit value. 45% of those companies were VC-backed, totalling for €2.4 billion.

All figures represent a considerable decrease compared to the previous quarter. But, as you’ll be able to find out when you grab a copy of our in-depth and comprehensive Q2 2016 exits report, there’s a lot more to consider when analysing exit activity in Q2, and also a handful of facts that make it a relevant and impactful quarter in and of itself.

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Below are the main take-aways from the report, with a breakdown of what you can expect to find in it. Follow us on Twitter, where we regularly share interesting tidbits from our research.

In terms of exit volume, exit activity from VC-backed companies in the first half of 2016 has dropped by almost 50% compared to the first six months of 2015. However, a closer look at the data reveals a few facts that would represent solid improvements in European and Israeli exit activity, for example:

  • The number of venture-backed companies being sold has increased significantly over the past few quarters, from 113 in the first half of 2015 to 161 in the same period in 2016
  • Exit-to-funding ratio shows a significant increase in bigger exits -in comparison to raised capital- in Q2 2016 versus Q1
  • The involvement of US companies in European and Israeli exits went up for the first time in several quarters, both measured as a percentage of all venture-backed deals and total exit volume

What else will you be able to learn from the full Q2 2016 exits report?

– the number of exits (M&A transactions + IPOs) tracked by throughout Q2 2016
– a breakdown of which transaction types was most prevalent
– a breakdown of which vertical delivered the largest exits
– insights into how many of the exited companies were backed by venture capital
– insights into where and when most M&A activity in Europe took place
– an analysis of which investors were behind the most successful European tech exits
– an analysis of the involvement of US companies in European exits
– insights into where buyers of European tech companies were located
– a closer look at some of the largest markets in Europe (Israel, Sweden, France, UK and Germany)
– future trends and expectations in European tech M&A and IPO activity

Buy the report now for only £99 (approximately €118) and get in touch if you have any questions or comments about our research.

Also read:

European Tech Funding Report for Q2 2016: a down quarter on the surface, a strong one underneath

Connected Cars: an in-depth report on the European and Israeli automotive tech sector

The State of the European IoT Industry: an in-depth report on funding and M&A activity (free)

The State of European FinTech: A report on funding and M&A activity in 2015

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