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2015 Was A Lousy Year for VC-backed IPOs

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2015 has been the weakest year for venture capital-backed IPOs since 2010, according to data compiled by Fortune.

Overall, 79 VC-backed companies raised just $9.2 billion on U.S. exchanges, including Thursday’s $462 million raise by cloud collaboration software maker Atlassian (TEAM). That is a far cry from the $15.5 billion raised by 117 companies last year, and also comes in below the tallies for either 2013 or 2012.

Only 50 companies went public in 2011, but the $10.44 billion raised was still more than what we’ve seen over the past 12 months. In 2010, 67 VC-backed companies raised $8.07 billion via U.S. IPOs.

The year’s largest VC-backed IPO was for wearables maker Fitbit (FIT), which raised $841 million back in June. Atlassian was the largest offering in Q4 — when 20 companies raised $2.23 billion — with Pure Storage (PSTG) close on its heels with a $425 million IPO.

All three of those companies come from the technology sector, but more than half of the year’s VC-backed IPOs were for life sciences issuers (including 12 in Q4).

Atlassian was believed to be the final VC-backed offering of 2015. Chinese P2P lender Yirendai may still price its $75 million offering before year-end, but the company does not list any venture capital shareholders.

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