Looking on the variety of exits produced and the whole greenback quantity these liquidity occasions commanded, the European startup scene has proven development over the previous yr.

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That truth comes from the Startups M&A 2017 Report—made in partnership with Crunchbase and Mind the Bridge. The report particulars the expansion and maturation of the worldwide startup scene, with a specific give attention to the European continent and its most up-to-date exit outcomes. (Also: Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, a regulation agency, took half within the report’s creation.)

This is the second time that Crunchbase and Mind the Bridge labored collectively to dive into the world of European startups. Last yr the info, as noted on TechCrunch at the time, indicated that within the final half decade “U.S. firms have bought about 4 occasions as many startups as European acquirers.”

So how a lot has modified because the final report?


The variety of international startup exits from 2011 to 2017 has proven speedy development, particularly since 2014, a yr that could possibly be pretty tagged as one of many peaks within the unicorn cycle. According to the report, the twelve month interval ending July, 2017 noticed 4,217 startup exits, up from 2,976 within the previous interval.

However, that development was not mirrored within the worth of these exits. Of course, we’re coping with partial exit numbers as many liquidity occasions are by no means price-disclosed. Regardless of that caveat, the next chart was eye-catching:

(Date vary: July 2010 to June 2017. From the doc: “Annual knowledge refers back to the interval July (earlier)-June (listed).”)

Even although complete deal quantity elevated, there are three potentialities that spring to thoughts regarding the deceleration in exit greenback value of these startups.

  1. More startup exits occurred with out their costs changing into identified.
  2. The common acquisition value went by a discount.
  3. Perhaps slightly of each.

Regardless, the 2017 interval as listed above set new data. This implies, with caveats, that the surroundings remains to be fairly good for startups seeking to faucet out, commerce in, or be part of up.

What About Europe?

Writing from Silicon Valley, it’s straightforward to overlook that different elements of California exist. But along with the remainder of California, it seems entire different continents function startup exercise.

For occasion, it isn’t onerous to seek out enthusiasm about Latin America. And we are able to even discover slightly bit an excessive amount of exuberance in certain sectors of the Chinese startup world. Now let’s slender the sight on Europe, because the report has a number of knowledge factors regarding the continent which are value our time.

First, chopping down from the above chart listed here are the exit numbers, damaged down by geographic area:

In the listed 2016 interval, European exits accounted for simply 42.5 % of the US complete. In the 2017 interval, that quantity had risen to 52.6 %. Of course, the uncooked variety of US exits grew dramatically over the identical interval. So what’s the implication? In quick, the European scene, regardless of development within the US market, managed to seize extra relative exit share.

That’s fairly bullish. Now listed here are the identical charts monitoring identified exit worth:

Running the identical numbers, right here’s what we are able to say: In the 2016 interval, European startup exits had been value simply 30.6 % of their US counterparts. In the 2017-period, that quantity grew to 50.9 %.

However, as the worth of US startup exits fell, we could possibly be seeing the specter of undisclosed exit values coming to roost. How possible it’s that the mixture (know and unknown) greenback worth was down within the US in comparison with the yr earlier than is as much as you to find out.

Regardless, the worth of European startup exits went up as its deal quantity rose.

Relative Performance

Notable within the report is cross-border startup M&A between the US and Europe. Given the robust commerce ties between the 2 areas, it’s maybe not shocking that there’s various cross-Atlantic startup dealmaking.

Here are three key knowledge factors:

  1. “In 87% of US acquisitions either side had been home firms, whereas this quantity is 75% for European M&A offers.”
  2. “US startups accounted about 25% of acquisitions by EU firms, however ate up 58% of the whole capital. This would recommend that US startups are dearer than European counterparts.”
  3. “US firms had been accountable for greater than a 3rd (36%) of European startup acquisitions.”

Summing the three, each the US and Europe largely conduct M&A offers inside their very own borders, which isn’t surprising. Geographical proximity counts for lots, even in our digital age, given the wildly various native legal guidelines regarding IP, taxes, and extra. But that truth doesn’t cease the continents from shopping for from one another. In truth, of the businesses that European startups purchase, 1 / 4 had been from the US. They had been bought at excessive price, it appears, as evinced by the 58 % quantity. And on the opposite finish of the ledger, US-based firms had been accountable for greater than a 3rd of European startup acquisitions.

That all factors to a sturdy cross-Atlantic startup M&A market. What will change into of it when a nearly-inevitable correction happens stays to be seen. For now, occasions are good.

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