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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Investment in Israel sets new record

Investment in Israel sets new record
All time record overseas investments, Straight from The Jerusalem Boardroom,
Dec. 10, 2006
10.12.2006 (18:45)

TOM HOGAN, HP's senior VP: HP's three acquisitions in Israel constitute HP's
winning card. Mercury, which was acquired for $4.5BN has become HP's most
significant R&D center in the world (Globes Nov. 20).

2006), a 72% growth over the entire 2005! Direct overseas investments totaled
$9.25 during the first ten months of 2006, a 65% increase over the whole of
2005 (Globes, Nov. 6).

TOM HOGAN, HP's senior VP: HP's three acquisitions in Israel constitute HP's
winning card. Mercury, which was acquired for $4.5BN has become HP's most
significant R&D center in the world (Globes Nov. 20).

STANLEY GOLD, SHAMROCK'S PRESIDENT: $550MN have been invested in Israel during
the last 19 years yielding an IRR of 31% (GLOBES, Nov. 29).

THE I.M.F. has submitted a report, praising the all time high overseas
investments and the overall performance of Israel's economy, especially in
view of regional unpredictabilities: 5% surplus in the balance-of-payments,
reduced inflation, lower interest rates and low budget deficit (Nov. 7, 2006).

CITIGROUP-Israel's CEO, Ralph Shaaya: Israel has become a technological giant,
and therefore should expect a growing wave of overseas direct and financial
investments (The Marker, Nov. 6).

2. APAX-ISRAEL has won a $1BN bid for the acquisition of Israel's Tnuva (The
Marker, Nov. 21). ENGLAND's ROYAL & SUN ALLIANCE INSURANCE has acquired 50%
of Israel's Direct Insurance real estate operations in East Europe for $340MN
(Globes, Nov. 28). $14BN NETWORK APPLIANCE has acquired Israel's Topio for
$160MN in cash. AOL has acquired Israel's Relegence for $60MN in cash, its
second acquisition in Israel (Globes, Nov. 9). US-based NEUSTAR acquired
Israel's FollowUp for $139MN (The Marker, Nov. 29). NDS, a global leader in
the area of TV digital software and hardware acquired Israel's Jungo for
$108MN (The Marker, Nov. 30). $1BN INFORMATICA acquired Israel's ItemField
for $50MN (The Marker, Nov. 26). SHAMROCK acquired 66% of Israel's Teva Naot
for $14MN (The Marker, Nov. 19). US-based FuturaGene acquired Israel's CBD
for $14MN (Globes, Nov. 27). A US investment bank acquired 20% of Giga Spaces
for $11MN (Globes, Nov. 28).

3. $78MN raised on NASDAQ by Israel's Allot. $47.5MN raised on NASDAQ by
Israel's R.R. Satellites. $729MN have been raised in the US, by Israeli
companies, since Jan. 2006: Incredimail - $19MN, Saifan - $133MN, Ormat
Technologies - $143MN, Omerix - $$40MN, Delek - $184MN, Israel Growth - $51MN,
Fortissimo Acquisition - $27MN, RRSat - $$47.5MN, Allot - $78MN (Globes, Nov.
17, 2).

round by Israel's Galil Medical, the largest round of private placement since
Jan. 2006: Chiasma - $44MN, Zend - $20MN, Transtech - $18MN, TransPharma -
$18MN, PortAuthority - $18MN, GamidaSal - $16MN, UltraShape - $15MN,
MetaCafe - $15MN, FlashNetworks - $15MN and MobilEye - $15MN$2BN (Globes, Nov.
23). US-based MPM VC Fund led a $44MN 3rd round by Israel's Chiasma (Globes,
Nov. 16). KLEINER PERKINS VC FUND led a $15MN 3rd round by Israel's 3DV
Systems (Globes, Nov. 23). SEQUOIA VC FUND leads an $11MN 2nd round by
Israel's Pontis (Globes, Nov. 7). INTEL CAPITAL and WALDEN-ISRAEL led a
$10.5MN 4th round private placement by Israel' s Epos (Globes, Nov. 15).
PHILIP FROST, former CEO of IVAX, invested $9MN (in addition to his initial
$15MN investment) in Israel's Protelix (Globes, Nov. 20). BENCHMARK CAPITAL
led a $7MN 1st round by Israel's Clarizen (The Marker, Dec. 5). INTEL CAPITAL
and WALDEN-ISRAEL led a $5MN round by Israel's CableMatrix (The Marker, Nov.
21). US-based HIGHBRIDGE and ZMED led a $5MN 2nd round by Israel's
NeuroSurvival Technologies (The Marker, Nov. 21). SEQUOIA invested $5MN in
Israel's Scent Detection Technologies (The Marker, Nov. 30). US-based 21st
Ventures invested $3MN in Israel's Bio Petro Clean (Globes, Dec. 7).

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