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Executive Summary

Reported Holdings as of May 31st, 2020:

  • Reporting holders marked down their private portfolios 10.6% in May, though a 2:3 advance-decline ratio suggests that mark-downs were more concentrated than in the months preceding (March and April saw 1:3 advance-decline ratios)
  • Sentiment up:
  • Sentiment down:

ZX Market Update since May 31st, 2020:

  • July volumes strong, bolstered by a resurgence of “pre-IPO” trading
  • July transacted prices ranged from a 51% discount to a 25% premium to recent financings
  • Sectors such as eCommerce, Data & Analytics, and Enterprise SaaS have led the market higher

Heat Map: May 31, 2020 Reporting Period


Appreciation/Depreciation of All Reported Holdings1


Average Mark-Up/Mark-Down Across All Reported Holdings2

This report is based on data reported by 212 funds. Many holders of private company shares do not report their holding values and are thus not included in this report’s dataset. Further, many venture-backed private companies are not held by any reporting funds and are thus not included in this report. As such, this report should not be construed as providing a complete picture of shareholder sentiment or venture-backed private company performance.

1 Dollar-weighted return on all reported holdings
2 Equal-weighted mark-up or mark-down across all reported holdings

Notable Adjustments to Individual Positions

Largest % Mark-Up
Generation Bio
Largest % Mark-Down
Magic Leap
Intarcia Therapeutics
Trend Reversal - Positive3 (# = consecutive prior qtrs marked down or flat)
Generation Bio
The Honest Company
Butterfly Network
Trend Reversal - Negative4 (# = consecutive prior qtrs marked up or flat)
Plex Systems
Checkr, Tempus Labs, Airbnb
ZX Firm Bids at Greatest Premium to Latest Reported Median Holding Value5
Didi Chuxing
ZX Firm Offers at Greatest Discount to Latest Reported Median Holding Value5
Bolt Threads

3 Trend Reversal – Positive reflects an individual holding marked up after consecutive quarterly periods marked down or flat
4 Trend Reversal – negative reflects an individual holding marked down after consecutive quarterly periods marked up or flat
5 Premium and Discount agnostic to share class


Reporting holders marked down their private portfolios 10.6% in this May 31st, 2020 reporting period despite the broader public markets advancing aggressively off their March lows. While the depreciation of reported holdings was greater than April’s 7.6% decline, mark-downs were concentrated in a smaller portion of companies as the advance-decline ratio narrowed to 2:3 from 1:3 in April.

Generation Bio ($5.34-$9.68/Share) led gainers with both the largest average appreciation across portfolios and the largest percentage mark-up by an individual fund, likely in anticipation of its subsequent June IPO. After Generation Bio, Coupang ($7.84/Share), Sonder ($10.76-$10.77/share), and ServiceTitan ($33.75-$33.80/Share) contributed the largest dollar gains to portfolios, while mark-downs in Magic Leap ($2.39-$5.40/Share), Intarcia Therapeutics ($4.89-$18.52/share), Goop ($7.83/share), and Dataminr ($11.00/share) contributed the largest dollar losses.

On average, positions were marked down 6.1% this period. The same companies that contributed the greatest appreciation and depreciation to tracked portfolios also saw the largest mark-ups and mark-downs by individual funds, with the exception of WeWork ($5.09-$7.81/Share), which saw the period's third largest mark-down at 52.9% but is a relatively smaller position which didn’t materially impact overall portfolio value.

Negative reversals in Starry ($1.22/share), Plex Systems ($2.15/Share) and Altiostar ($3.85/Share) were the first times the companies have been marked down by individual funds in three and two years respectively, while positive reversals in Generation Bio, Sonder and The Honest Company ($14.38-$45.76/share) reflected recent tailwinds for Biotechnology, Travel & Tourism and Consumer Goods & Services companies as investors may have been optimistic seeing the first signs of the economy reopening.

ZX Market Updates Since Reporting Date

Secondary trading volumes continued to grow through the summer, driven by strong institutional demand for mid- and late-stage private companies. July volumes were further bolstered by a resurgence of “Pre-IPO” trading, with new capital coming into the market looking to gain exposure to companies like Asana, Marqeta, Palantir and Procore that are believed to be nearing listing events. Increased attention also drove an uptick in demand for highly valued companies like Bytedance and SpaceX.

July saw transacted prices range from a 51% discount to a 25% premium to most recent financings, again supporting the observation that investors are being discerning as they evaluate private companies individually. Sectors such as eCommerce, Data & Analytics and Enterprise SaaS have led the market higher.

On average ZX Firm Sell Orders are being offered at a 29.5% discount to May 31st median holding value, an additional 10% discount to April’s 20.2%. Firm offerings in Reddit ($33.69/share) and Bolt Threads ($15.84/share) again marked the largest discounts to median holding value at 34.7% and 24.2% respectively. Palantir has the only ZX Firm Bid at a premium to May’s median holding value, while Klarna and Didi Chuxing have firm buyers bidding below median holding value.

What is a ZX Firm Order?

ZX Firm Orders are unique to ZX. A ZX Firm Order (Offer or Bid) is a form of contract accepted on ZX, that allows a buyer or seller to contractually commit themselves to trading at the terms of an order ticket should a bona fide counterparty be presented, or pay a fee set to 10% of the notional value of the transaction should they fail to transact. Zanbato developed the concept of a Firm Order for private stock trading to solve for frequent frustration that parties often hold themselves out as buyers or sellers, but then pull out of transactions when counterparties are presented.


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