Third500 Weekly Market Highlights - May 25 2020
Posted on 25th May 2020 in ANNOUNCEMENT

Third500 Weekly Market Highlights - May 25 2020

Published:  Monday, 25th May 2020

In the News

North America

  • The IPO drought caused by the arrival of the coronavirus is showing signs of abating. SelectQuote, a PE-backed provider of insurance comparison tools, raised $570 million in a debut this week and saw its stock rise 35%. - PitchBook
  • Material adverse change clause in focus, a group of investors in American Express Global Business Travel sued The Carlyle Group and GIC on reneging on its deal. – BBG
  • Hertz filed for bankruptcy; the latest victim of the sudden economic downturn sparked by the Covid-19 pandemic; the company has been renting cars since 1918 – CNN


  • Monzo is preparing to finalize a deal that could value the banking challenger at approximately £1.25 billion. This amount is significantly lower than the £2 billion+ valuation it managed to secure, following its previous investment round, which was completed in June 2019. – FT
  • JAB Holding is seeking to raise as much as €2 billion (about $2.2 billion) by floating its coffee division, JDE Peet’s – FT


  • The Vision Fund lost $17.7 billion last year, writing down investments including WeWork and Uber. WeWork has seen its valuation plunge to $2.9 billion from $47 billion less than a year ago. TRD

VC Highlights







VC showed more resilience relative to M&A and PE.   The space saw second consecutive week of MoM rise in deal volume up 12% in the week of May 11 and 14% last week. Even adjusting for the Waymo $3 billion deal in the week of May 11, over $4 billion in VC capital was deployed weekly over the past three weeks.

Select VC Transactions

  • Magic Leap:  Developer of a virtual computing interface system closed a $350MM late stage VC deal last week with potential M&A in the talks
  • Atea Pharmaceuticals:  Atea’s most advanced antiviral drug candidate, AT-527, is being evaluated in a Phase 2 clinical trial in the US for the treatment of patients with moderate COVID-19 and risk factors for poor outcomes.  The company raised $215MM in a Series D round led by Bain Capital

PE Highlights







PE activities still muted after the prior week’s pickup.  Last week so no billion dollar plus transactions (vs 3 the week prior) and deal volume declined.  Regardless, deal volume improved MoM for the third consecutive week with last week up 16%.  An outlook for recovery in PE activity is still unclear at this juncture.

Select PE Transactions

  • North State Communications:  The provider of telecommunication services to the Piedmont was acquired by Lumos Networks, via a financial sponsor EQT, for $240MM in a public-to-private LBO
  • Cyberbit:  Developer of a consolidated detection and response platform designed to protects an attack against IT, OT and IoT networks was acquired by   Claridge Israel and Charlesbank Capital Partners through a $70MM LBO

M&A Highlights







M&A activities virtually grinded to a halt, trailing 4-week investments fell 15% last week after a 68% fall the week prior.  Looking at MoM (-74% last week) might misrepresent the story, the pickup in April was perhaps pre-covid talks getting wrapped up in a hurry as companies look to move their attention inwards.  Deal volume (73) doesn’t look as disappointing but isn’t support by capital ($1.5 billion) put to work.

Select M&A Transactions

  • China Development Bank Energy:   The Beijing-based company which constructs and manages photovoltaic power stations and distribute generation plants was acquired by Tianjin Quanye Bazaar for $383MM; among CDB Energy investors were Sequoia Capital China, China Everbright Group and Morgan Stanley
  • RBM Assicurazione Salute:  Provider of insurance services based in Preganziol, Italy was acquired by its competitor Intesa Sampaolo Vita in a transaction worth $353MM; a move to expand its regional reach
  • HintMD:   Developer of an aesthetic subscription platform was acquired by Revance for $180MM which Revance hopes would “streamlines the patient checkout process and provides visibility into practice analytics and trends”


Jane Phornprapha, President

David Benkert, Analyst


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