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iAngels Israeli Deal Digest – September 2017

Welcome to the iAngels monthly deal digest, a summary of movements in the Israeli startup market. This September we tracked 27 announced deals totaling $512M, including one significant round of $250M, closed by the ridesharing platform Via. On the M&A side, September saw only one exit, with Gigya being acquired by SAP for a reported $350M. Read on for […]

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Welcome to the iAngels monthly deal digest, a summary of movements in the Israeli startup market.

This September we tracked 27 announced deals totaling $512M, including one significant round of $250M, closed by the ridesharing platform Via. On the M&A side, September saw only one exit, with Gigya being acquired by SAP for a reported $350M.

Read on for the full scoop!

September investment highlights

Seed Rounds

  • Axonius, a platform that helps businesses manage all of their devices, has raised a  $4M round led by YL Ventures, with participation from Vertex Ventures and Emerge Capital.
  • ZenCityan AI-based dashboard for local governments, has raised a $1.7M round, led by Canaan Partners with participation from i3 Equity Partners, GE Ventures, Pitango and others.
  • RapidUI, a design-to-web platform that automatically turns PSD and Sketch files into fully-functioning websites has raised a $1M round from private investors led by Dr. Eyal Kishon, the founder of Genesys Partners.
  • MyndYou, a company that has developed a system that tracks cognitive decline among seniors, has closed a $0.5M round led by led by Howard Lee Morgan, an American venture capitalist, with participation from Musketeer Capital and additional private investors.  

Series A Round

  • Zeitgold, a solution for financial administration of small businesses, has raised a $12M round led by Battery Ventures and Holtzbrinck Ventures. 
  • Augmedics, a developer of a smart surgical system based on augmented reality, raised a $8.3M round led by a Davos, Switzerland based AO Invest, Terra Venture Partners and other investors.
  • Panoply.io, a developer of a smart data warehouse that easily transforms data into analytics, has raised a $7M round led by Intel Capital, with participation from previous investor Blumberg Capital.
  • XVTEC, developer of  a world-class video encoder has raised a $5M round led by Socionext. 
  • Siga, SCADA cyber security & anomaly detection solution, raised a $3.5M round led by Canadian venture capital fund Awz Homeland Security.
  • Clinch Labs, a developer of a technology that would allow companies to create video ads personalized for each viewer, has raised $3M round led by Richard Gati, head of BXR Partners’ Singapore office.
  • Fidmi, a developer of novel enteral feeding device, has raised a $2.25M round led by B. Braun Melsungen AG,  with participation from The Trendlines Group Ltd., and Gordian Surgical Ltd.
  • Yofix, a Plant-based Platform for Pro-biotic Foods, has raised $2M round led by Strauss Health and other private investors.
  • ElastiMed, a developer of a smart sock, that improves circulation in the legs for the treatment of venous and lymphatic diseases, has raised $1M round led by previous investors  Trendlines Group and Pix Vine Capital.

Series B Rounds

  • MeMed, a developer of a solution that accurately distinguishes between bacterial and viral infections and reduces the use of antibiotics, has announced that it has raised a $30M, up to date from Horizon Ventures, Social Plus Capital, WTI and other investors.
  • Aqua Security, a cybersecurity solution that protects containers that are used as the building blocks of the new coding environment, has raised a $25M round led by Lightspeed Venture Partners with participation from Microsoft Ventures, TLV Ventures and Shlomo Kramer.
  • Magenta Medical, a company that offers a therapy aimed at managing congestion through fluid and salt removal, has raised a $15M round from Abiomed Inc., Pitango Venture Capital, Japanese venture capital firm JAFCO and other investors.
  • Aquarius Engines, a developer of an economical and efficient engine, has raised a $10M round out of a planned $25M in the following year, from Glenrock investment company, Marius Nacht, Shlomo Elia, and other angels.
  • DouxMatok, a company that has found a way to make sugar more efficient so people can eat less of it and still gets the same effect, has raised $8.1M round led by Pitango.
  • Enlivex, a clinical-stage immunotherapy company, has raised a $10M round led by Korea Investment Partners (KIP) with participation from Hadasit Bio Holdings Ltd.
  • EdenShield, a developer of natural, nontoxic products designed to protect crops against insect damage, has raised a $2M round led by Kibbuz Yotvata with participation from OurCrowd.

Growth/Miscellaneous Rounds

  • Via, a ride-sharing platform has raised $250M round, Including the establishment of a joint venture with Daimler, which will launch dynamic shuttle transport services throughout Europe using Via’s technology.
  • PlayBuzz, a digital content company that aims to help publishers create content for the “Snapchat generation,” has closed a $35M round led by Viola Growth with participation from existing investors including Disney, Saban Ventures, 83North, Carmel Ventures, firstime and Oded Vardi.
  • Airobotics, a developer of autonomous drones for the enterprise sector, has raised a $32.5M round led by BlueRun Ventures China, with participation from Microsoft Ventures, OurCrowd and other investors. 
  • Talkspace, an online therapy company, has raised a $31M round led by Qumra Capital with the participation of existing investors including Norwest Venture Partners, Spark Capital, SoftBank, Compound Ventures and FirstTime.
  • Elastifile, an enterprise cloud data management company, has raised $16M round led by Western Digital Capital. 
  • Colospan, a medical device company developing solutions for preventing clinical leaks, has raised $7.7M round led by Triventures Fund with participation from existing investors, Clal Biotechnology Docor and Amit Technion.

M&A and IPO

  • Gigya, a company that helps online properties manage customer identities and profiles, was acquired by SAP for a reported $350M.

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Source: https://www.iangels.com/2017/10/iangels-israeli-deal-digest-september-2017/

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Carlyle invests in logistics assets as Covid-19 drives e-commerce demand

Sale-and-leaseback transaction involves 27 distribution centres in France and Germany

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Carlyle has acquired a portfolio of logistics assets in France and Germany in a sale-and-leaseback transaction, as a response to a pandemic-driven rise in e-commerce demand.

The portfolio comprises 27 high-quality distribution logistics assets totalling 158,000 square meters of space focused on parcel-delivery. The assets are located near major urban and trade areas across France and Germany, the firm said in a statement.

Marc-Antoine Bouyer, managing director on the Carlyle Europe Realty advisory team, said both countries are “core” to the firm’s investment strategy in Europe. The acquisition reflects the interest in logistics and distribution, which has seen “rapidly growing delivery volumes accelerated by strong growth in e-commerce”, he said.

The investment was made via Carlyle Europe Realty (CER), a €540m pan-European real estate fund, closed in June last year. Financial details were not disclosed.

The CER vehicle targets opportunistic investments across Europe, focusing on “buy and build” platforms in key segments such as logistics, residential, student accommodation, retail, hospitality and co-working.

The private equity house with $221bn in assets under management around the world is not alone in trying to capitalise from the accelerated shift to e-commerce in Europe.

In April, KKR took a majority stake in European investor and manager of industrial and logistics assets Mirastar. In May, the US-based firm continued its move into European logistics real estate with the acquisition of Etche France from the BMF Group and its co-founders.

To contact the author of this story with feedback or news, email Elisângela Mendonça

Source: https://www.penews.com/articles/carlyle-invests-in-logistics-assets-as-covid-19-drives-e-commerce-demand-20201026

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Alternative Investments/ESG: ESG Investments Are Now Mainstream And Core Portfolio Elements

Adrian Lowcock is head of personal investing at Willis Owen. He notes that ESG’s decisive outperformance during the last one, three, and five years shows the investing approach is here to stay. Lowcock points to the 94.6% return from the MSCI ACWI ESG leaders index over five years compared to the 91.3% return from the MSCI ACWI index, as validation of his opinion.

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Gone are the days when ESG was just “nice to have,” says Adrian Lowcock at Willis Owen.

Adrian Lowcock is head of personal investing at Willis Owen. He notes that ESG’s decisive outperformance during the last one, three, and five years shows the investing approach is here to stay.

Lowcock points to the 94.6% return from the MSCI ACWI ESG leaders index over five years compared to the 91.3% return from the MSCI ACWI index, as validation of his opinion. (WealthAdviser)

ESG is core now

“These funds are core holdings now. Whereas previously, ESG was a secondary consideration, a nice to have tilt to portfolios, the world has been changing. A focus on companies that do less harm to the environment, be that alternative energy, greener food production or waste reduction, is here to stay. Crucially, investors are rewarding them,” he said.

Lowcock also points to the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. It showed to locked-down citizens the effect of human activity on their environment.

“ESG investing is now a huge part of investing common sense, with many areas that responsible and ethical funds avoid being invested in “old” economy industries in decline,” he notes.

How the digital age is adding more power to ESG’s elbow

Lowcock also observes that advances in digital technology help companies more accurately track their environmental behavior and therefore, be more accountable for their actions.

Investors also benefit because technology helps make their opportunities more “cost-effective.”

Lowcock exhorts investors not to miss the ESG bus.

“Investors who are not on board {these trends} are going to miss out over the long term.”

Related Story:  How To See Through The “Ethical Veneer” (Bancroft Wealth)

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Digital Assets: JPMorgan Issues Bullish Bitcoin Analysis

JPMorgan (NYSE: JPM) analysts issued a note on Friday that said millennials’ preference for cryptocurrency over gold could lend a bullish tailwind to bitcoin in the coming years. Millennials would constitute an important segment of the investment fraternity and that could tip the scales in favor of BTC versus the yellow metal.

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Analysts at JPMorgan say bitcoin (BTC) will benefit at the expense of gold.

JPMorgan (NYSE: JPM) analysts issued a note on Friday that said millennials’ preference for cryptocurrency over gold could lend a bullish tailwind to bitcoin in the coming years. Millennials would constitute an important segment of the investment fraternity and that could tip the scales in favor of BTC versus the yellow metal. (MARKETS INSIDER)

Bitcoin playing catch-up with gold?

While the physical gold market commands a value of $2.6 trillion including ETFs, bitcoin is only a tiny fraction of that. (The market cap of BTC is just $243 billion, according to Bitcoin.com).

“The potential long-term upside for bitcoin is considerable as it competes more intensely with gold as an ‘alternative’ currency we believe, given that Millenials would become over time a more important component of investors’ universe,” JPMorgan wrote in their analysis.

“Even a modest crowding out of gold as an ‘alternative’ currency over the longer term would imply doubling or tripling of the bitcoin price,” the analysts said.

To reach the equivalent of the gold market, bitcoin would have to surge more than 10X from its current price levels.

Adoption too could work in favor of BTC

JPM also said that in the long run, there could be more new use cases for bitcoin – beyond its restricted role as a store of value similar to gold.

Rising crypto adoption could, therefore, add to BTC’s allure compared to the precious metal.

“The more economic agents accept cryptocurrencies as a means of payment in the future, the higher their utility and value,” JPMorgan said.

Meanwhile, Raoul Pal says gold breaking down

Bitcoin has been on a roll in recent weeks, with Square’s $50 million investment and PayPal’s move to integrate the cryptocurrency into its platform.

Technically, the crypto gave a powerful buy signal when it cleared the $12,000 level on high volume.

Coin Telegraph quoted Real Vision CEO Raoul Pal’s tweet as follows:

“Gold is breaking down versus bitcoin, as expected cc: @michael_saylor Everyone take note. The next thing I’m expecting is the correlations between BTC and the dollar and BTC vs equities to break down too… let’s see. #Bitcoin.”

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