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Internet & Digital Media Q4 2014

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

M&A and financing activity in the Internet and digital media ("IDM”) sector continued its strong pace into the fourth quarter of 2014. Noteworthy financing and M&A transactions were completed during the fourth quarter particularly in the Asian e-commerce, online lending platform, and app-based ride sharing spaces.

William Blair expects M&A activity in the IDM sector to continue its robust pace into 2015 following a strong year, favorable macroeconomic tailwinds, and high investor appetite for growth.

Notable activity during the fourth quarter of 2014 included:

  • LendingClub's $1 billion IPO
  • Uber's $1.2 billion financing
  • OnDeck Capital's $230 million IPO
  • Snapdeal's $627 million financing
  • Flipkart's $700 million financing

Given LendingClub and OnDeck Capital's significant IPOs and valuations of $5.4 billion and $1.3 billion, respectively, William Blair's latest Internet and Digital Media Insights report includes a focus on the "Online Marketplace Lending" ecosystem. The analysis of the fast-growing online market lending environment provides insights into current trends and what is to come.

Each quarter William Blair analyzes the current IDM sector and issues a report providing details and insights into the latest transactions and trends. Our report covers M&A activity, capital markets, venture capital, and public company performance throughout the IDM sector.

View full Internet & Digital Media Insights report

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