Fewer IPOs in 2012, but venture investors enjoyed bigger payoffs [charts]

Both the number of venture-backed initial public offerings (IPOs) and the number of mergers and acquisitions (M&As) decreased in 2012, but their average values increased, according to a report released today by Thompson Reuters.

The Exit Poll report, conducted in conjunction with the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), makes clear something we’ve known for a while: IPOs aren’t as popular as they used to be. The average offer amount for IPOs has gone up 225 percent since 2007; the average offer amount for M&As has gone up 16 percent in that same time.  Both have seen fewer deals in 2012 than they did five years ago.

According to the report, the information technology sector led with the highest total deal size.

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