26 Mar '12, 1am

Guest Post: Capital Efficiency and M&A Opportunity: Today's guest post comes from Oliver Guinness of Clearpoin...

Guest Post: Capital Efficiency and M&A Opportunity: Today's guest post comes from Oliver Guinness of Clearpoin...

So, why is capital efficiency and M&A optionality important? Well, we all know that the IPO window is erratic, that less than 8% of venture-backed companies IPO (Dow Jones), and that M&A exits generally dwarf IPOs, both in total dollars and numbers of deals (though if you’re able to IPO, multiples can indeed be much greater). However, the below graph and tables point to another interesting point: not only do most “cleantech” companies (those that are big tech or infrastructure companies) generally require more time and capital, very early on, they have valuations that limit M&A exit optionality. It's IPO or bust! That is problematic so long as the IPO market continues to act as it has, and I’m not sure anyone believes we’ll ever “Party like it's 1999” again. That said, many of the mega-sized cleantech funds have specifically targeted companies in which they can plow tens o...

Full article: http://www.greentechmedia.com/cleantech-investing/post/gu...

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