The climate for initial public offerings (IPOs) of venture-capital backed companies is heating up, first with the impending passage of the JOBS Act to help smaller companies raise private capital as well as go public, and now with the news that the first quarter of 2012 had 19 venture-backed IPOs, the most since the first quarter of 2007, according to a press release from the NVCA and Thomson Reuters.
As the chart indicates, venture IPOs were almost non-existent in 2008 and 2009. At the pace set in the first quarter, the full year of 2012 could see 76 venture IPOs, the best year since 2007. Plus, with the impending enactment of the JOBS Act, the recent performance of the US stock market, and the upcoming Facebook IPO, the outlook for venture IPOs for the rest of 2012 is bright.
Here's a link to the NVCA press release (download .pdf):
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