Half of all startups count on to get acquired, however the variety of firms that do not have a plan is rising

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  • The proportion of US startup executives who count on their firms to ultimately be acquired is 50%, based on a brand new research from Silicon Valley Financial institution.
  • That is a smaller proportion of respondents than final yr.
  • Extra executives this yr mentioned they aren’t certain of their exit technique.
  • The portion of US executives who count on to their corporations to go public or stay personal long-term remained steady.

A plurality of US startup executives count on to promote their firms down the highway, however uncertainty over the long run is rising, based on a brand new survey.

Round 50% of startup executives within the US count on to their corporations to be acquired sooner or later, based on Silicon Valley Financial institution’s US Startup Outlook report, revealed Wednesday. Whereas that was nonetheless the predominant reply, it was down from 57% in 2018.

Practically the entire decline might be attributed to at least one issue — a virtually corresponding improve in uncertainty amongst executives about their agency’s long-term outlook.  Some 15% of executives mentioned they did not know what a practical exit could be for his or her firms. That was up from 9% a yr in the past.

For its report, Silicon Valley financial institution surveyed 1,377 startup executives about their views of the enterprise local weather heading into 2019. The exit solutions have been in response to this survey query: “What’s the life like long-term objective in your firm?”

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Whereas fewer executives anticipated their firms to be acquired and extra have been unsure about their future, the portion of respondents who count on their corporations to remain personal long-term remained pretty steady. Some 17% of US respondents gave that reply within the newest survey, in comparison with 16% in 2018.

Equally, the variety of US executives who count on their firms to go public stayed the identical. In each the newest research and in final yr’s, 18% of respondents mentioned an preliminary public providing was a practical objective for his or her corporations.

Silicon Valley Bank survey

Many assume M&A exercise will not change this yr

Along with asking executives about their long-term plans for his or her companies, the financial institution requested them how they see the marketplace for mergers and acquisitions altering this yr. That query noticed an identical change as did the one about executives’ long-term targets. The portion of US respondents who count on to see extra acquisitions declined by eight%, dropping to 42% in 2019 from 50% a yr in the past.

A plurality of US respondents within the newest survey count on M&A exercise to remain the identical this yr. Some 45% on this yr’s report mentioned they count on to see “no change” in such exercise in 2019, up from 41% in final yr’s research.Silicon Valley Bank 2

Of the respondents within the newest report, 66% work in know-how, 16% in healthcare, and 18% in different industries. The Executives who primarily work within the US comprised 59% of general respondents to the survey. Executives who primarily work in China made up one other 17% of survey takers. Those who work primarily within the UK, Canada, and different areas every comprised eight% of respondents. 

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