Canadian VC recovered in Q2 to report $3.25B in total disbursements for first half of 2023. US VC and US corporate VC propelled recovery with $1.06B invested, representing almost 1/3 of the total funding
Based on annualized results from first half results (34 IPOs for $172M), 2023 would be on its way to raise $344M AND become the worst IPO year in term of total amount raised, representing less than 50% of the $799M raised in previous worst IPO year in 2016.
Canadian companies, The Lion Electric Company, Li-Cycle Holdings Corp, TMC the metals Co Inc., D-Wave Quantum, Inc., Hammerhead Energy Inc., that went public on NASDAQ and NYSE by way of SPAC qualifying acquisition (QA) performed poorly
Q1 2023 Canadian VC disbursements barely passed $1B with life support from governments and strong fundraising by Quebec companies. $146M raised by VC firms is of concern.
Canadian listed companies raised $121M in Q1 2023 by way of Listed Issuer Financing Exemption (LIFE), averaging $79K, far behind $579K per investor by accredited investor exemption.
21 Canadian IPOs completed on CSE, TSX-V, TSX and NASDAQ in Q1 2023. Lithium Royalty's $150M TSX IPO accounted for 87% of amount. CSE's 8 IPOs accounted for 80% of non-CPC IPOs. Lucy Scientific Discovery'S US $5.8M NASDAQ IPO was sole Canadian IPO on foreign exchange
BlackRock Asset Management Canada led all investment fund managers in $1B+ fundraising funds in 2022, following by Fiera Capital, TD Asset Management, CI Investments, RBC Global Asset Management, I.G. Investment Management, BNY Mellon Asset Management Canada, 1832 Asset Management, Canada Life Investment Management, NT Global Advisors, Mercer Global Investments Canada
Canadian Financings - Crypto and SPAC focused investment funds experienced substantial drop in fundraising in 2022 from 2021.
Starboard Value LP to invest US $500M in Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Incorporated. Starboard CEO Jeffrey Smith will join Ritchie Bros. board of directors following approvals by Ritchie Bros. shareholders and closing of pending acquisition of IAA, Inc.
Bain Capital held initial (or final) close for its fifth Asia focused buyout fund. Canadian investors, including British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCI) and CPP Investments, committed US $377M as part of the close. Stikeman Elliott LLP acted as Canadian legal counsel to Bain Capital.
Q4 2022 Canadian VC is poised to easily reach $2.2B mark, primarily driven by investments from US and international investors. As of 2022 year-end, $2.18B was tallied for Q4 and $8.19B for year 2022. (preliminary)
CDPQ, OMERS, AIMCo, HOOPP, PSP Investments, CPP Investments received $35M in commitment fees in connection with their $1B equity investment in Bank of Montreal (TSX/NYSE: BMO). BMO Nesbitt Burns/BMO Capital Markets and Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP acted as financial and legal advisors to BMO.