Venture Exits Drop in 2009, But See Q4 Uptick

A newly released report by Dow Jones VentureSource today finds that 2009, venture-liquidity was down 34 percent in 2009, to $17.1 billion, from $26.1 billion in exits in 2008. However, Dow Jones found that forty-four percent of 2009's liquidity came in the fourth quarter, when there were 86 acquisition worth a total of $7.3 billion. The largest M&A deal for both the year and the quarter was the acquisition of by, for $847M.