05 Jan '12, 10pm

2011 Saw Greentech M&A Double, IPOs Dry Up: Far more green technology companies cashed out by being sold to a

Far more green technology companies cashed out by being sold to a corporate buyer than via entry to the public markets last year. That’s the gist of Cleantech Group’s preliminary 2011 green technology investment figures, which showed that corporations spent $41.2 billion on greentech M&A last year, up 153 percent from 2010. That doesn’t count a lot of undisclosed transactions, such as Siemens’ purchase of eMeter, which could significantly boost that tally, Cleantech Group CEO Sheeraz Haji said in a Thursday conference call. According to conversations he’s having with corporate execs today, that trend is going to continue in 2012, he said. That’s a good thing, because the IPO window has been “effectively shut for most venture-backed cleantech companies,” Haji said. All told, 51 IPOs were priced in 2011, with a value of $9.6 billion, down 42 percent from 2010, Cleantech foun...

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