IVCA Feature: First Quarter 2022 Report Card for Venture Capital & Private Equity

April 27, 2022

It’s not unreasonable to express disbelief that the first quarter of 2022 is in the books. But aside from the passage of time, there are always indications and expectations within the Venture Capital and Private Equity industries, measured by quarters. The following are some financial press reports and perspectives about Q1 2022.


Pitchbook.com, ‘Q1 US Venture Capital Trends in Five Charts’

The first quarter of 2022 showed signs of a slowdown for US venture dealmaking and exits compared to last year’s record highs. While the public market volatility of the past few months is expected to have a trickle-down effect on other venture metrics in coming quarters, the start of 2022 also suggests the onset of a healthy recalibration period for both startups and venture investors. 

READ MORE: https://pitchbook.com/news/articles/q1-us-venture-capital-trends-five-charts-venture-monitor
WEBINAR: Q1 2022 Venture Monitor Webinar (May 5th, 2022) …  https://pitchbook.com/webinars/q1-2022-venture-monitor-webinar

TechCrunch.com, ‘The Global Venture Capital Market Slowed in Q1 — But Not as Much as You Might Have Expected’

Can’t stop, won’t stop. That’s what early data appears to say about the global venture capital market in Q1 2022. In comparative terms, the dataset shows that the global venture market in Q1 2022 was in fact larger in dollar terms than its year-ago comp. However, compared to the fourth quarter of 2021, it marked a decline – the first in some quarters of record-setting venture totals.

READ MORE: https://techcrunch.com/2022/04/05/the-global-venture-capital-market-slowed-in-q1-but-not-as-much-as-you-might-have-expected/

FierceHealthcare.com, ‘Digital Health Funding Boom Slows in Q1. Was 2021 the High Watermark for Investment?’

Coming out of 2021’s breakthrough year, digital health funding slowed in the first quarter, signaling potentially choppy waters ahead for investors in 2022. Digital health startups banked $6 billion in the first quarter of 2022—an eye-popping number compared to just three years ago—but investment fell significantly behind the $7.3 billion raised in the fourth quarter of 2021 and the trailing twelve month quarterly average of $7.1 billion …

READ MORE: https://www.fiercehealthcare.com/digital-health/digital-health-funding-bonanza-slows-q1-was-2021-high-watermark-investment

YouTube.com, ‘This Week in Start-Ups’

Q1 Venture Capital Review, NVCA perspective (00:00-12:32), Q1 U.S. VC funds raised combined $73.8B, more than half of 2021’s total of $131.5B (13:49-23:13), plus Investing in Supercycles, Twitter Breaks and more.

WATCH HERE (One Hour Total, see Breakdown Above): https://youtu.be/ohrDzEROStE


Refinitiv.com, ‘M&A Touches $1trn in Q1 Despite Market Jitters’

Despite a few very large deals slipping through, the first quarter of 2022 will be remembered for how hard the corporate M&A market hit the brakes, how the SPAC market nose-dived, and how, amid the slow-motion backdrop, financial-sponsored M&A took the bend at full-throttle. 

READ MORE: https://www.refinitiv.com/perspectives/market-insights/ma-touches-1trn-in-q1-despite-market-jitters/

KaufmanHall.com, ‘M&A Quarterly Activity Report: Q1 2022’

As the surging Omicron variant continued COVID-19’s disruption of healthcare operations, M&A activity in the first quarter of 2022 continued a trend we have seen since the pandemic began: a smaller number of transactions.

READ MORE: https://www.kaufmanhall.com/insights/research-report/ma-quarterly-activity-report-q1-2022

Blogs.ClaConnect.com, ‘2022 Private Equity Outlook as of First Quarter’

As we moved into 2022, who could have predicted some of the head winds we are currently facing with inflation, interest rates, war in Ukraine and COVID. PE firms are facing a much different operating environment at the end of the first quarter of 2022.

READ MORE: https://blogs.claconnect.com/privateequity/2022-private-equity-outlook-as-of-first-quarter/

YouTube.com, Dry Power Podcast: The 2022 Global Private Equity Report

In Episode 45 of Dry Powder, Bain’s Hugh MacArthur discusses how private equity set a remarkable new standard during 2021, and the expectations ahead.

LISTEN HERE: https://youtu.be/OmnFhsfISyw

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