The second quarter was a good time to be an entrepreneur.
Companies appeared to have more negotiating leverage during the period, according to a study from the law firm Cooley.
The firm said it handled 82 transactions representing investments of more than $1.2 billion over the three months.
Here is what it found in a report issued Tuesday:
- 82% of deals were up rounds, the highest percentage since 2006.
- Pre-money valuations rose across all deal stages, but most notably Series A, B and D. The Series A median valuation climbed to $11 million, from $6 million in the first quarter. The Series B median rose to $40 million, compared to $31 million in the first quarter, and the median for Series D and later stage deals swelled to $140 million. It was $110 million in the previous quarter.
- Just 15% of deals had built in tranches, down from 22% in the first quarter. Twenty-four percent of deals had them in the fourth quarter of last year.
- A even greater drop took place in deals with participating preferred shares. Thirty-two percent of deals had these provisions compared with 51% in the first quarter.
Two other points are worth mentioning from the Cooley Venture Financing Report:
- The percentage of deals with recapitalizations spiked to 12%, double the 6% of the first quarter.
- A rise also took place in the use of liquidation preferences greater than 1x in Series A and C deals.
Earlier this month, The MoneyTree Report found that VCs invested $7 billion in 898 deals during the quarter, a 17% increase in dollars and an 11% increase in deals over the first quarter.
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