2014 was best year ever for Israeli hi-tech exits
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Photo of President Obama meeting ReWalk user that can walk because of its technology. The Israeli company had an IPO on NASDAQ in 2014. Photo Credit: ReWalk

The value of exits reached $15 billion. Many were IPOs, showing an increasing willingness to let companies mature

With almost $15 billion in exits, 2014 was by far Israeli hi-tech’s record-breaking year.

There were about 70 Israeli exits and IPOs in 2014, according to a report released last week by Israeli accounting and consulting firm PwC Israel (in Hebrew).

The value of these exits reached $15 billion, and the average deal was for $212 million. In 2014, there were 18 IPOs of Israeli companies at a total value of $9.8 billion, as opposed to $1.2 billion in 2013. Thirteen of these IPOs were in the U.S and five were in England.

In 2014, there were $5 billion in mergers and acquisitions as opposed to $6.5 billion in 2013. This indicates that more mature companies preferred to file an IPO than to be bought. Fifty-two companies were sold in 2014 as opposed to 39 in 2013, and the average size of a deal declined from $165 million to $97 million.

“In 2014, the stars were aligned for Israeli hi-tech,” PwC Israel partner Rubi Suliman said in a statement.  “The maturity of many Israeli companies and investors, the availability of money for hi-tech from buyers and investors, and of course the strength of Israeli hi-tech, which adapted to the times.”

The semiconductor sector led the way in 2014 with deals valued at $5.7 billion. IT and software followed at $3.08 billion, life sciences at $2.2 billion, Internet at $1.8 billion, communications at $1.44 billion, and cleantech at $430 million.

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Simona Weinglass

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I’m an old-school journalist who recently decided to pivot into high-tech. I work in high-tech marketing as well as print and broadcast media covering politics, business culture and everything in between.

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  • Arik Ring

    Israeli cleantech $430M in adverse local climate for cleatech.
    With the right policy this amount can grow rapidly! Supporting Israel’s cleantech sector (solar, other renewables, water, cleanweb, etc) would create many jobs, would increase Israeli export and would create sustainable growth.
    The problem is that cleantech has much longer time-frames for exits, sales and IPO’s than hitech, and it seems everybody wants instant success. – Please, correct me if I am wrong!