Cybersecurity Startups Raise Over $31m in 2020
According to data presented by the Atlas VPN team, there are 78 new cybersecurity companies founded in 2020 that cumulatively have raised over $31.6 million in funding year-to-date.
Only 15% of cybersecurity startups launched in 2020 secured funding. However, three companies alone collected nearly 96% ($30.3 million) of the total amount of investments.
The startup that scored the most significant investment is Beyond. It secured a total of $21 million in February of 2020, which accounts for more than 66% of total investments into newly launched cybersecurity startups this year.
A cybersecurity company with the second biggest investment is Sevco Security, which raised over $6.7 million in May of 2020.
Also, in the list of top three cybersecurity startups in terms of funding is Soc.OS. It received more than $2.5 million in investments in July this year.
Most of this year’s cybersecurity companies are from North America or particularly the US. They make up nearly 35% (27) of all the cybersecurity startups launched in 2020.
A number of new cybersecurity startups is shrinking each year
While the amount of cyber incidents is increasing and cyberattacks are becoming more sophisticated, the number of new cybersecurity startups is declining each year.
Historical data shows that in 2015 there were 490 cybersecurity companies launched. Together the startups raised over $3.1 billion in investments.
The year of 2016 saw a slightly smaller number of new cybersecurity companies. The launch of new startups in the cybersecurity field decreased by 0.8%, with 486 startups launched that year. The total amount of funding allocated to those startups, however, dropped in half, from $3.1 billion to $1.6 billion.
In 2017 the number of new cybersecurity startups plummeted again by 0.8%. There were 482 cybersecurity companies founded that year, which raised more than $1.3 billion in total — 17% less than in 2016.
The number of new cybersecurity startups dropped by more than a fifth in 2018 compared to the year before. A total of 382 cybersecurity companies were launched that year, which collected over $847 million in investments. The amount of funds invested in the cybersecurity startups also dropped by 35% compared to 2017.
Last year saw a 46% decrease in the launch of new cybersecurity startups. There were 207 these types of companies founded. Together they raised close to $229.5 million in investments — 73% less than the year before.
Finally, this year’s cybersecurity market has welcomed 78 newcomers — the number has shrunk by 62% compared to last year. However, 2020 is not over yet; hence we can expect the numbers of cybersecurity companies to increase slightly.
CEOs of Major Tech Companies Have Sold Over $6 Billion of Their Stocks in 2021
Data acquired and calculated by Finbold indicates that CEOs of the five selected major tech firms have sold $6.36 billion worth of shares between January 1 and May 10, 2021.
Jeff Bezos leads, having offloaded AMZN shares worth $4.9 billion. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has sold $1.2 billion of his stock. Cumulatively, the two executives have offloaded $6.1 billion worth of shares from their respective companies.
Elsewhere, Nvidia CEO Huang Jen Hsun has sold $77.28 million worth of shares to rank third. Microsoft chief executive Nadella Satya has offloaded $65.44 million of MSFT stock, while Alphabet’s Pichai Sundar has sold $33.05 million. Among the top tech companies, only Tesla and Apple CEOs have not sold any of their stock in 2021.
Insider selling follows a surge in tech stocks
The highlighted companies have recorded a spike in the stock value over the past year, and the research report notes that:
“The sales come in the wake of tech sector stocks surging to new highs amid the coronavirus pandemic. In the pandemic, with wide-scale lockdowns, the companies run by the CEOs played a key role by offering services and products to help people manage the effects of the health crisis. The attention on these services drives the stock prices to record levels.”
Although insider trading is increasing in popularity, the activity is an essential indicator for investors to predict future price movement.
Overall, insider trades offer the overall market and investor outlook. When a single executive increases selling activity but others hold their shares, it does not call for alarm among investors.
MTN Nigeria Resumes SIM Card Sales, Activation
MTN Nigeria has resumed the sales of SIM cards across the nation, according to the latest report from the leading telecommunications company.
In a statement released on Monday, MTN Nigeria said customers can walk into any of the stores listed below to buy and activate their SIM cards.
Customers are therefore advised to visit with their National Identity Number (NIN) and any of their voter’s card, driver’s license and international passport.
The statement reads “We are delighted to inform you that SIM card sales have commenced in some select MTN stores.
“Simply walk into any of the stores listed below to buy and activate your SIM.
“Thank you for choosing MTN
“To make your experience at our store seamless and make the process faster, please be kind to come with the following:
1. Your National Identity Number (NIN) is mandatory by law for registering and activating your new SIM.
2. In addition, please come along with any one of these valid, government issued IDs:
i. Your NIN slip
ii. Your Voter’s Card
iii. Your Driver’s License
iv. Your international passport.
SIM registration cannot be done by proxy.
If you do not yet have a NIN, please click on this link Enrolment Centres – CUSTOMER NIN CAPTURE (mtnonline.com) to find the nearest enrollment center
“We look forward to seeing you, and welcoming you to the Yello Family soon!”
MTN Nigeria Issues First Telco Bond in Nigeria
Regarded as the second-largest corporate bond issuance in Nigeria’s history. Leading telecommunications company, MTN Nigeria has announced the successful issuance of N110 billion Series 1, 7-Year 13.0% Fixed Rate Bonds due 2028, (Series I Bond) under its N200 billion Bond Issuance Programme.
This new development marks MTN Nigeria’s debut in the domestic bond market and makes it the first Nigeria’s telecommunication company to achieve this feat with the Series I bond being the largest corporate bond issuance in the debt capital markets thus far in 2021. The signing ceremony took place at MTN’s corporate head office on Thursday May 6, 2021.
Speaking during the signing ceremony, Bolaji Balogun, CEO Chapel Hill Denham (the lead issuing House/Bookrunner); said “We are extremely thankful to MTN Nigeria for the opportunity to deliver on a transaction of this magnitude especially in difficult market and economic conditions. We are proud to be associated with the MTNN’s success story. It is the second largest bond issuance in our market and the largest issuance this year. In the coming days, it will be clear that we all did some incredible work together. I am really proud to have worked with all of these colleagues that you chose to work alongside with us.”
Commenting on the bond issuance, Karl Toriola, CEO, MTN Nigeria said “We live in testing times and we can’t take for granted that we work in an industry that first of all allows us to enhance and serve the society and allows us to continue to sustain ourselves, our families and contribute a great share to the Federal Government of Nigeria’s economic development policies.”
“I want to thank everybody for the work done in preparing all the documentation and securing approvals for the relevant capital market regulatory authorities. I am aware of the level of commitment that has gone into this. It will help secure MTN’s future in terms of having predictable funding and cost of capital structure going forward, diversifying its funding sources and help in the joint agenda that my team and I have set in being bold in creating opportunities for Nigerians. It also reaffirms our standing both in the capital market and the larger society that we operate in,” he added.
Chapel Hill Denham Advisory Limited acted as the Lead Issuing House while Stanbic IBTC Capital, DLM Advisory, FCMB Capital Markets, FBNQuest Merchant Bank, Rand Merchant Bank, and Vetiva Capital Management acted as Joint Issuing Houses.
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