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Down Rounds Go Up in Silicon Valley

A new study from Fenwick & West found that 22% of the deals in the second quarter had a lower per-share stock price. Only 11% of deals were down rounds in the first quarter.

Series A Crunch Worsens

Fenwick & West’s annual seed financing study found that the Series A crunch has worsened. The survey found that 45% of companies receiving seed funding in 2010 raised a Series A funding by the end of 2011. But only 27% of companies receiving seed funding in 2011 had raised a Series A funding by the end of 2012. What’s more, nearly a quarter of companies funded in 2011 raised follow-on seed financing compared with just 12% the year before.

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Private Company Valuations Remain Strong in Silicon Valley

Venture investing across the nation fell in the fourth quarter, but you would never know it by looking at private company valuations in Silicon Valley. They were strong, with up rounds exceeding down rounds by an expanding margin and average deal prices rising, particularly in later rounds. This news comes from the Fenwick & West’s quarterly deal study.

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