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Article from PEHub.

If there is good news to be had in private equity these days, it is that limited partners seem to want to put new money to work.

Several recent studies have pointed in this direction, including one from Preqin, which found that a large number of endowments, public pensions, family offices, sovereign wealth funds and foundations want to invest in the coming year.

The top area of interest is buyouts. Second on the list is venture capital. Almost half of potential investors name venture as an asset class they will consider, Preqin says in a report issued this month.

This is welcome news to the industry. That’s because there is no shortage of funds out looking for cash. Preqin, in its study, finds 372 venture capital funds on the road, or nearly a fifth of all private equity funds on the fundraising trail. Together they seek $47.2 billion in commitments.

Many GPs will argue that consistency is their forte. But only some can truly make that claim, the study finds. Preqin assembled a list of the most consistent performers in venture based on IRR, fund year, strategy and geography. Only active managers that have three or more funds with a similar strategy are included and still formative 2010, 2011 and 2012 funds are not included.

Tied at the top of the list are Benchmark Capital, GGV Capital, Pittsford Ventures Management and Sequoia Capital, with the strongest record of top quartile funds. The list from the report is reprinted below.

(Editors note: The average quartile rank in the table is determined by scoring each fund. A top quartile fund gets a “1” and a second quartile fund gets a “2,” etc. The ranking is an average. Photo above courtesy of Shutterstock.)

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Article from PE Hub.

Venture dollars have shifted to early rounds from late-stage deals over the past several years. It is a shift that proved fastest in quick changing industry segments, such as the consumer Internet, and slowest in segments like semiconductor, which are less dynamic.

Until now, I have not seen a study with an industry-by-industry breakdown of the trend. The work came from Preqin and offers some useful detail. For instance, just 13% of “consumer discretionary” deals over the last four years were late stage transactions and just 15% of Internet fundings, the study found.

Meanwhile, 45% of semiconductor and electronics deals in the four years from 2009 to 2012 were late stage. And a third of transactions in cleantech and health care were, according to the study.

Since the Great Recession of 2008 and 2009, venture capitalists have shifted substantial dollars to the early stage. In 2007, 40% of invested capital went to late stage deals. Nineteen percent found its way to the early stage, according data from the MoneyTree Report. By 2011, early stage spending was 30% of the total and late stage had fallen to just under 34%. The breakdown for the first half of 2012 is almost identical to last year.

According to Preqin, another segment with strong early stage interest is business services, where just 17% of deals were late stage. Preqin draws the dividing line between early and late at the Series C funding, lumping expansion financing into its later stage tally.

Among the latest of the late fundings during the period were the G and H rounds. Several took place. In 2010, Onconova Therapeutics raised a $15 million Series H and the same year saw Zipcar put another $21 million in its war chest with a Series G financing from Meritech Capital Partners and Pinnacle Ventures.

SolarCity this year roped in $81 million in a Series G round with investors including Silver Lake and Valor Equity Partners.
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