H1 2017 VC & PE Québec Market Overview: Strong VC Investment Pace Continues; PE Investment Sees YoY Growth

August 2017

H1 2017 VC & PE Québec Market Overview: Strong VC Investment Pace Continues; PE Investment Sees YoY Growth 

Québec venture capital activity driven by mega deals ($50M+ category), while Québec represents almost a third of private equity dollars invested in Canada


August 23, 2017 – Montréal, QC – Québec venture capital saw $366M invested over 34 deals in Q2 2017—more than double the amount invested in the previous quarter and only 3% lower than the same quarter last year. Second to Ontario for Canada’s most active province for VC activity, Québec accounted for 26% of the total number of Canadian VC deals (68 out of 260) in the first half of 2017 and almost one third of all dollars invested ($544M out of $1.6B).


The average VC deal size spiked to $10.8M which is a staggering 104% higher than the previous quarter ($5.3M) and 84% higher than the 2016 average of $5.9M. Three $50M+ mega-deals accounted for just over half of total dollars invested in Québec VC, with the largest being the Montréal-based Element AI Inc.’s historic $141M series A round.


“This remarkable increase in the size of VC deals into Québec signals just how spectacular our homegrown companies – particularly the province’s tech companies – really are. This is also a clear indicator of how much Québec’s economy is thriving, thanks to our bright entrepreneurs and the investors that are committed to seeing Québec businesses flourish,” said Jack Chadirdjian, President, Réseau Capital.


On the private equity side, $1.4B was invested over 94 deals in Q2 2017 in Quebec, a 52% decrease from the amount invested in Q1, but 49% higher than Q2 2016. However, Québec captured an impressive 57% of all Canadian PE deals (156 out of 276) and 31% of all dollars invested ($4.2B out of $13.7B).


The average PE deal size in Q2 2017 was $14.5M, down 69% from Q1 but up 32% from Q2 2016. Just over a quarter (26%) of all deals were between $1M-$5M in H1 2017, with deals between $5M-$25M capturing a 19% share of the province’s deal activity.


Québec Venture Capital Highlights:

  • ICT companies garnered a 61% share of total dollars invested, up 15% from the 2016 share
  • 51% of all deals were in early stage companies receiving 80% of dollars during the period
  • 71% of all deals in the province were in Montréal-based companies
  • Notable exits included the $392M Airbnb acquisition of Montréal-based Luxury Retreats and the $133M acquisition of Saint-Laurent based Accedian Networks


Québec Private Equity Highlights:

There have been 32 exits involving Québec-based companies this year


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