U.S. venture capital funding during the fourth quarter of 2019 fell to $23.0 billion from $40.0 billion in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and CB Insights.
During the quarter, 1,324 deals were conducted, marking the lowest deal volume since the first quarter of 2018. The number of deals recorded in the fourth quarter of 2018 was 1,469.
For the 2019 full year, the U.S. venture capital funding totaled about $107.8 billion, down from $118.3 billion in 2018. The number of deals for the year totaled 5,906.
In the 2019 fourth quarter, 38 companies raised funding rounds worth $100 million or more, compared to 54 mega funding rounds in the 2018 fourth quarter.
As of the end of 2019, there were a record 199 U.S. venture capital-backed private companies valued at $1 billion or more, an increase from the year-ago figure of 149.
Globally, North America, Asia and Europe saw a combined funding of $45 billion in the fourth quarter of 2019, down from $68 billion of investments recorded by the regions in the prior-year quarter.