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Established by John Doyle, Peachtree Capital Advisors, Inc. serves the technology, cleantech and digital media sectors. Mr. Doyle has more than twelve years of media investment banking experience, having worked as a senior level investment banker at Veronis Suhler Stevenson and JEGI. After... More
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  • Greentech M&A Rises 55% in 2010

    Today we released our annual greentech M&A report, which is available on our website. In an up-and-down year for U.S. greentech M&A, 371 mergers, acquisitions, and capital raises were posted in 2010 for a reported total of $14.7 billion — 55% higher than in 2009. Energy efficiency was a clear benefactor from a shift in investor interest from megawatts (renewable energy generation) to negawatts (saving energy), while smart distribution led the M&A front with a string of smart grid acquisitions made by large corporations jostling for position in this growing market. Meanwhile, valuations crept downward as uncertainty in U.S. energy and climate policy challenged investor confidence in the cleantech sector. To read the full report, follow this link:

    Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.
    Jan 13 12:56 PM | Link | Comment!
  • Investing in Brazilian Digital Media
    Investing in Brazilian Digital Media

    Peachtree Media Advisors is partnering with Harpia Ventures to introduce investors to the Brazilian digital media space and showcase a pipeline of early and growth stage companies.  The following receptions are being held to provide venture capital and institutional investors with insight on the Brazilian digital media M&A marketplace:

    March 16 in New York, NY at the Yale Club
    March 18 in Boston, MA (location TBA)
    March 22 in Redwood City, CA at the Sofitel San Francisco Bay

    The receptions will discuss economic growth prospects in Brazil; development and potential of the digital media sector, including successful mobile and internet-based models; successful models being replicated in the market; and ways to participate in the Brazilian digital media and technology pipeline.


    Against the backdrop of the recent global downturn, Brazil is emerging as an appealing market for investors. Though its economy, the largest in Latin America, was undoubtedly impacted by the downturn, Marciliano Freitas of Harpia Ventures observes that “Brazil’s GDP only decreased in 4Q08 and 1Q09, so the country experienced just two quarters of recession and year-over-year presented growth.” The Bovespa Index also climbed 82.7% in 2009—the highest of any stock market— amidst rising domestic consumption, political stability, and 5% annual economic growth, yet despite these gains, Brazilian stocks still trade at 12.9x forward earnings, compared with 19.1x in China and 18.4x in India.

    This potential for growth, along with low labor costs—the average computer programmer makes $17,270 a year in Brazil versus $72,000 in the US—is attracting foreign entries into the Brazilian tech sector. Companies like Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Facebook, ESPN, and Discovery have already established a presence in the region, while Infosys, Fatwire, and Razorfish each opened offices in the past year and IBM formed the Sao Paulo IBM Innovation Center in August to stimulate development of Brazilian technology.

    Digital media companies, however, are not the only players seizing opportunities in Brazil. ABVCAP estimates that venture and private capital inflows from foreign investors have totaled $22 billion over the past five years, and a survey conducted by Coller Capital in April 2009 shows Brazil ranking as the second most attractive investment destination in the world behind China. Carlyle Group revealed plans in September for a heavy push into Brazil, citing macroeconomic stability and increased openness to private equity, following the inceptions of a $50 million fund by Intel Capital in 2006 and a $170 million fund by a partnership between Draper Fisher Jurvetson and a local firm in 2007.

    Claudia Fan Munce, managing director of IBM Venture Capital Group, remarked during IBM’s Innovation Center announcement, “We have been watching Brazil for a while. The time is right.”

    To learn more about digital media investment opportunities in Brazil, please RSVP by March 1, 2010 to  Information will be sent out to pre-qualified attendees.  C-level venture capital and institutional investors are invited to attend; members of the press may also inquire.

    John Doyle
    Managing Director and Founder
    Peachtree Media Advisors, Inc.
    Tel: (212) 570-1009

    Feb 03 6:17 PM | Link | Comment!
  • Greentech M&A Growth Sluggish Throughout the Year: 2009 Greentech M&A Round-Up
    Peachtree Green Advisors: 248 greentech mergers, acquisitions, and capital raises in the U.S. were recorded in 2009 for a reported total of $9.5 billion. Distribution, Storage & Efficiency led the way with 90 transactions.

    Jan 13, 2010 – A resilient U.S. greentech M&A market saw 248 greentech mergers, acquisitions, and capital raises in 2009 for a reported total of $9.5 billion, falling a respective 14% and 4% from 2008. The declines, however, were more than offset by generous amounts of funding from the Department of Energy (DOE), courtesy of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

    While Argonaut Private Equity’s $198 million investment in Solyndra was the largest private raise of the year, the DOE trumped that figure with numerous investments such as loan guarantees of $528 million and $535 million to Fisker Automotive and Solyndra, and a $334 million investment in carbon sequestration with American Electric Power.

    As we look ahead to 2010 and beyond, it will be interesting to see whether venture capitalists step up when DOE funding runs out, and whether large utilities and Fortune 500 companies continue funding programs initially financed by the DOE.

    For a comprehensive analysis of the greentech M&A environment in 2009, download the complete report from Peachtree Media Advisors at

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    Peachtree Media Advisors, Inc. is a New York-based investment bank providing M&A advisory services to growth and middle market digital media companies both in the U.S. and abroad.

    Disclosure: No positions
    Jan 19 12:06 PM | Link | Comment!
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