PitchBook News - US PE deals top $1T in 2021

Uber rival Bolt hits $8B+ valuation; Kleiner Perkins raises $1.8B across two funds; Citadel Securities lands $1B+; Turkey's Getir eyes $12B valuation
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January 12, 2022
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In today's Daily Pitch, you'll find:
  • US PE deal value totaled $1.2 trillion in 2021, marking one of the most dramatic records in an astonishing year.

  • We map out a timeline of TPG's road to the public markets, its current ownership breakdown and some key financial measures.
Today's Top Stories
Breaking down US PE's trillion-dollar year
US PE deal value totaled $1.2 trillion in 2021, as the blistering pace of activity helped drive a boom across all deal sizes, sectors and types. The potential for a wild ride was evident early, and by midyear the question had become not if records would be broken, but how quickly—and by how much.

Our 2021 Annual US PE Breakdown, sponsored by Bridge Bank, Golub Capital and Baker Tilly, has the final figures from an astounding year. The report is twice the size of the previous annual edition and features deep dives into healthcare, technology, sports, GP stakes and more. Among the takeaways:
  • The $1.2 trillion in deal value is 64% higher than the previous record from 2019. At over 8,600, deal count topped 2019's record by 50%.

  • A red-hot exit environment culminated in over 1,700 exits totaling more than $850 billion, as exit activity benefited from elevated transaction multiples and lofty public market multiples.

  • 2021 was perhaps the best year yet to raise a fund, and 2022 may be even better. LPs continue to lift their private market allocations, a shift reinforced by the expectation of lower public equity returns beginning in 2022.

  • Firms have hastened to make ESG commitments amid a heightened interest in sustainable investing, but a scarcity of expertise and lack of consensus on reporting standards complicate the adoption of the strategy.
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Edtech powerhouse Owl Ventures steps up ambitions with $1B in new funds
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Owl Ventures, a venture capital firm specializing in education technology, with portfolio companies including Byju's and MasterClass, has just raised over $1 billion across multiple funds.

Edtech has been on a tear. "Some of the companies that we had invested in [in] the last 14 or 15 months have already doubled or tripled their bookings or revenues," said Ian Chiu, a managing director with the firm.
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A message from the National Science Foundation
Invention to impact
Several NSF-funded startup founders made the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2022. Congratulations to Boston Materials (NSF-1951183), Celadyne Technologies (NSF-2014453), CRCL Solutions (NSF-2051891), Map-Collective (NSF-2126844) and The Bee Corp (NSF-1926806).

Hundreds of deep tech startups are funded annually by the National Science Foundation, a government agency that plays a central role in accelerating discoveries into the marketplace.

Each startup can receive up to $2 million to support translational R&D. By investing roughly $200 million in startups annually, NSF helps teams navigate the earliest stages of technology translation. In the past five years, these companies have gone on to raise billions in follow-on capital, and the portfolio has had more than 200 exits.

Learn more about NSF funding at seedfund.nsf.gov
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TPG's long-awaited IPO launches during fruitful time for PE firms
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Private equity giant TPG makes its public market debut on the Nasdaq on Thursday at an exceptionally profitable time for PE firms, which has been driven in part by record exit activity and an economic recovery from the pandemic.

The Fort Worth- and San Francisco-based firm plans to raise around $1 billion in its offering, selling 33.9 million shares at around $29.50 apiece. TPG has flirted with a public offering for years, and could reach a fully diluted market value of $9.5 billion when it takes the leap this week.

PitchBook has mapped out a timeline of TPG's road to the public markets, its current ownership breakdown and some key financial measures.
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Uber rival Bolt valued at $8B+ with largest round to date
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Bolt is now worth €7.4 billion (about $8.4 billion) with a new €628 million fundraise.

The Estonian company competes in multiple segments, from e-scooter rentals and car-sharing to online grocery delivery. It's the latter that will receive a large part of this latest funding round—but it is also the sector in which the startup faces the most competition.
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  Turkey's Getir targets $12B valuation with fresh funding  
  Qonto valued at $5B with $552M round  
  Brex banks $300M  
  Tul brings in $181M  
  Envoy raises $111M Series C  
  Mangata Networks lands $33M  
  Kleiner Perkins raises $1.8B across two funds  
  Qiming Venture Partners eyes $1.2B fund  
  Citadel Securities secures $1.15B  
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VC Deals
Turkey's Getir targets $12B valuation with fresh funding
Getir is seeking to raise more than $1 billion at a valuation of $12 billion, as the grocery delivery startup looks to finance its overseas expansion, Bloomberg reported. The company has previously raised funding from investors including Mubadala, Sequoia, Silver Lake and Tiger Global.
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Qonto valued at $5B with $552M round
Qonto has raised €486 million (about $552 million) in Series D funding, bringing its valuation to roughly $5 billion. Tiger Global and TCV co-led the round for the Paris-based challenger bank, with participation from new investors including Alkeon, Eurazeo, KKR and Insight Partners, as well as returning backers.
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Brex banks $300M
Brex has raised $300 million in a Series D2 round co-led by Greenoaks Capital and TCV. The company, the provider of a corporate credit card and other financial services, is valued at $12.3 billion. Brex has appointed Karandeep Anand, a former executive at Microsoft and Meta, as the company's chief product officer.
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Tul brings in $181M
Tul has raised $181 million in Series B financing led by 8VC. Based in Colombia, the company is the developer of an ecommerce platform designed to provide local hardware stores with access to construction materials and business management services. Founded in 2020, Tul plans to use the funding to expand operations into Brazil and other markets across Latin America.
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Lightrock, Coatue, Tiger Global
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Envoy raises $111M Series C
Envoy has raised $111 million at a $1.4 billion valuation in a round led by Brookfield Growth. The Bay Area-based company is the developer of a workplace management platform designed to help offices speed up visitor sign-in, book conference rooms, manage deliveries and more. Envoy was valued at $263 million in 2018, according to PitchBook data.
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Haystack, Andreessen Horowitz, Elad Gil, Menlo Ventures, Seven Seven Six, TriplePoint Capital, Initialized Capital
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Mangata Networks lands $33M
Mangata Networks has raised a $33 million Series A led by Playground Global. The Phoenix-based company is a provider of telecommunication architecture designed to increase connectivity via a network of data centers and satellites.
Additional Investors:
KT, Meta Venture Partners, Promus Ventures, Scottish Enterprise, Temasek
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Kleiner Perkins raises $1.8B across two funds
Kleiner Perkins has raised $800 million for its 20th flagship venture fund and another $1 billion for a fund dedicated to high inflection investments that go beyond the firm's core investment strategy. Based in Menlo Park, Calif., Kleiner Perkins has also promoted Annie Case and Josh Coyne to partner.
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Qiming Venture Partners eyes $1.2B fund
Shanghai-based Qiming Venture Partners is in talks with US institutional investors regarding a new fund that could bring in more than $1.2 billion, The Information reported. Founded in 2006, Qiming has some $6.2 billion in assets under management and invests in growth- and early-stage companies in the healthcare and technology, media and telecom sectors. The firm closed its seventh namesake vehicle on $1.2 billion in November 2020.
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Citadel Securities secures $1.15B
Sequoia and Paradigm have made a $1.15 billion minority investment in Citadel Securities, valuing the Chicago-based trading firm at roughly $22 billion. The deal is the first outside investment Citadel Securities has received, The Wall Street Journal reported.
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