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  • Carmel Ventures | 22 Oct 2014

    Carmel Ventures Fund IV Closes on $194 Million

    New Fund to Continue Carmel Strategy of Backing Visionary Israeli Entrepreneurs Focused on Building Leading Global Technology Companies

    Tel Aviv, October 22, 2014. Carmel Ventures, a leading Israeli venture capital firm and a member of the Viola Group, today announced the final closing of its latest investment fund, Carmel Ventures IV (“Fund IV”), with total commitments of $194 million. Fund IV, like its predecessor funds, will be invested in early-stage transformative technology companies in high growth sectors that include enterprise software, data center infrastructure, big data, cyber security, FinTech, digital media and consumer applications.

    Carmel began investing out of the new fund in January 2014 and has made investments in PlayBuzz,   LuckyFish and three other promising early stage technology companies.

    Fund IV was raised with equity commitments from global institutional investors that include a significant number of return investors as well as selected new investors. In addition, several leading Asian strategic investors have joined the new fund including Baidu, Ping-An, and Qihoo360 amongst others. Fund IV is led by six partners; Shlomo Dovrat, Avi Zeevi, Ori Bendori, Ronen Nir, Daniel Cohen and Itzik Avidor. As in previous funds, Fund IV includes a significant equity investment by Carmel’s General Partners and affiliates.

    “Technology entrepreneurs and the venture industry in Israel have become more focused on building significant companies. Carmel has been at the forefront of these developments and is involved with several world class companies coming out of Israel,” said Kathryn Mayne, Managing Director of Horsley Bridge Partners. “We value our strong relationship with Carmel Ventures and are pleased to continue our successful partnership with them in Fund IV.”

    “We are delighted to be making our first investment in an Israeli Venture fund with Carmel Ventures,” said Daniel Tu, Group Chief Innovation Officer at Ping An Group of China. “Carmel offers us reliable access to Israeli innovation and we look forward to partnering with them.”

    “Building global, significant Israeli technology companies is what we’re passionate about at Carmel," said Shlomo Dovrat, Co-Founder and General Partner at Carmel Ventures. “We are committed to backing visionary Israeli entrepreneurs who aspire to transform industries and markets on a global scale, and build world class companies. We hope to back those teams early on and be helpful to them as they scale up. We are fortunate to work with many exceptional entrepreneurial teams; companies such as ironSource, Outbrain and Payoneer are transforming entire industries, generating significant revenues and have become global leaders.”

    Today, Carmel Ventures manages over $800 million of investor capital and is invested in 35 active companies.

     

    About Carmel Ventures:

    With over $800 million currently under management, several successful exits, and a growing portfolio of promising companies, Carmel is among Israel’s top-tier venture capital funds. Founded in 2000 by pioneers and leaders of the Israeli high tech industry, Carmel provides significant capital and active support through the growth cycle of its portfolio companies and is recognized as a true company building fund in Israel.

    Carmel is a member of the Viola Group, Israel’s premier technology-focused PE group with over $2B under management. For more information, visit www.carmelventures.com.

  • Viola Private Equity | 13 Oct 2014

    Publicis to buy 20 percent of digital advertising group Matomy
    Publicis (PUBP.PA) has agreed to buy 20 percent of Israel-based digital advertising company Matomy Media Group MTMY.L for 227 pence per share, and has an option to purchase another 4.9 percent.

    Matomy's shares closed at 238 pence on Friday, valuing Publicis' 20 percent stake at around 42.6 million pounds. As major companies shift more of their spending to online marketing, advertising agencies like Publicis and its larger rivals WPP (WPP.L) and Omnicom (OMC.N) have been snapping up start-ups to gain technological know-how.
    The deal also shows how Publicis is seeking to boost growth after the failure in May of its mega-merger with Omnicom (OMC.N) hurt second-quarter performance.
    Matomy, which counts American Express and HSBC among its clients, specializes in so-called performance-based advertising that allows big companies to track the effectiveness of their online marketing. It only earns a fee from advertisers when it achieves certain pre-defined measurable results, such as sales or mobile app installations.
    Matomy made its stock market debut on the London Stock Exchange in July, with a listing price of 227 pence per share. Its shares were 233.9 pence at 0743 GMT (08:43 a.m. BST), while shares of Publicis were down 0.8 percent at 51 euros.
    Matomy posted 117.34 million pounds in sales last year, and a net profit of 4.44 million pounds. In the first half of this year, sales grew 9.5 percent to $107.6 million (66.77 million pounds).
    "Matomy is fuelled by the innovators and technology experts of Israel and has quickly risen to the top of this important market by creating a world leading, state of the art platform," said Publicis Chief Executive Maurice Levy in a statement.
    French bank Rothschild advised Matomy's core shareholders on the sale. http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/10/13/uk-publicis-groupe-matomy-idUKKCN0I20AP20141013 

  • Viola Credit | 12 Oct 2014

    Ebuzzing & Teads rebrands to “Teads” and sets sights on global video ad technology market

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