According to Reuters, fundraising by private equity firms fell 14 percent in dollar terms to $4.05 billion in the first quarter of 2013, marking a weak start to an industry that is struggling in the face of concerns about the investors for their weak returns.
The number of funds raising capital is reduced more than the amount: from 53 to 35.
Only 35 funds have raised capital, compared to 53 the previous year. That is the smallest number of fundraising money since the end of 2003, according to NVCA.
VC has underperformed the equity market
The returns for the risk capital have generally underperformed the stock market. For the ten-year period ended 30 September, the latest survey available, companies returned 6.1 per cent, compared to 10.3 per cent in the Nasdaq Composite index, according to the consulting firm Cambridge Associates.
1- Battery Venturesknown for information technology investments such as content delivery network Akamai Technologies, raised the largest fund back in the quarter, at US $$ 650 million.
2- Third Rock Ventures continued with a fund of $ 516 million
3- Spark Capital raised a fund of $ 450 million.