Venture Capital Investment Passes $2B in Ohio for the First Time
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Published: Mon Oct 18 2021
Key Economic Insights
- Global: The International Monetary Fund cut its forecast for global GDP growth in 2021 to 5.9% as developing countries continue to struggle with the spread of COVID-19.
- U.S.: Goldman Sachs cut its forecast for U.S. GDP growth in 2021 to 5.6% amid impacts from COVID-19 on consumer spending, reduced fiscal support and global supply disruptions.
- Ohio: Ohio’s startups and high-growth technology companies for the first time have topped $2B in venture capital investment in 2021, with three months yet to go in the year.
Euro Area industrial production fell 1.6% in August as supply chain and production challenges continued to weight on output. Canada saw a net gain of 157,100 new jobs in September, pushing employment back to its pre-pandemic levels as the jobless rate (6.9%) fell to the lowest level since February 2020. Japan’s wholesale inflation hit a 13-year high in September, rising 6.3% on an annual basis, above forecasts for 5.9%, as rising global commodity prices continued pushing up import costs. Wholesale prices in Germany increased 13.2% on an annual basis in September, the highest rate since June 1974. Exports from China rose 28.1% in September to $305.7B, above economist forecasts and an acceleration from the 26% pace in August. China’s producer price index rose 10.7% in September from a year earlier, marking the fastest pace of increase since data was first released in October 1996.
GlaxoSmithKline plans to construct a new $164M headquarters for its soon-to-be-independent consumer healthcare business. Volkswagen plans to finalize the location for its planned battery cell plant in eastern Europe by Q2 2022. Fisker is launching a specialty vehicle engineering and development division in the UK. CATL plans to build a battery material recycling facility in Hubei Province, China.
Initial jobless claims were 293,000 for the week ended October 9, below expectations for 320,000 and a drop from the revised 329,000 during the prior week. Continuing claims for the week ended October 2 were 2.593M, below expectations for 2.67M and a drop from the 2.727M during the prior week Job openings fell to 10.4M in September from 11.1M in August, below economist expectations for a drop to 10.93M and marking the first decline since December 2020. Quits rose to 4.3M from 4M in August, the highest on records dating back to December 2000. The Consumer Price Index rose 0.4% in September, above forecasts for 0.3% and following a 0.3% increase in August. In the 12 months through September, the CPI increased 5.4%. Core CPI rose 4.0% on a year-on-year basis, matching the 4.0% increase in August. The Producer Price Index (PPI) for final demand increased 0.5% in September to 8.6% for the 12 months through September, the largest advance since 12-month data were first calculated in November 2010. Core PPI rose 0.1% in September to 5.9% for the 12 months through September. U.S. retail sales increased 0.7% in September, following an upwardly revised 0.9% increase in August as demand for merchandise remained robust. Excluding autos, sales increased 0.8% in September.
The Federal Open Market Committee voted unanimously to hold the central bank’s benchmark short-term borrowing rate at zero to 0.25% but signaled it could begin tapering its monthly asset purchases by mid-November, with a targeted end date of purchases by mid-2022. The committee scaled back their GDP projections for 2021, but raised their outlook for inflation and indicated they expect unemployment to be lower than earlier estimates.
Merck has asked the FDA to authorize emergency use of its experimental antiviral pill to treat mild to moderate COVID-19 in adults. Tesla is relocating its HQ from California to Texas. Emerson Electric is merging its software units with rival Aspen Technology in a deal worth roughly $11B. General Motors reached an agreement with partner LG Electronics to recover $1.9B in costs for a recall of batteries in its Chevrolet Bolt EV. Apple warned it will likely cut its iPhone 13 production goal this year by up to 10M units due to a shortage of computer chips.
Ohio Employment & Economic Insights
Ohio’s startups and high-growth technology companies for the first time have topped $2B in venture capital investment in 2021, with three months yet to go in the year. The deals have attracted firms from Silicon Valley, New York City, Atlanta and around the country that never looked Ohio’s way before.
Positive Company-Specific News
- Amazon plans to build a new one-million-square-foot fulfillment center in Canton. The center is expected to open in 2022 and will create approximately 1,000 new jobs.
- Precision Impacts will receive a $250k economic development grant from JobsOhio to support the installation of a new production line at its Miamisburg HQ. As part of the expansion, the company will add 41 new jobs generating $1.9M in annual payroll.
- Kroger is partnering with grocery-warehouse technology provider Ocado Group to extend its reach with new automated fulfillment centers for online orders in the Northeast, Florida and California.
- Cleveland-Cliffs entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Detroit-based Ferrous Processing and Trading Company for a total enterprise value of approximately $775M.
- Square plans to hire a total of 300 employees across four U.S. cities, including Columbus.
- CinCor Pharma completed $143M of Series B financing; will support continued development of CIN-107 for the treatment of hypertension, primary aldosteronism and chronic kidney disease.
- Alviere raised $70M of new funding, the largest investment in the emerging sector of fintech to date.
- Aware raised $60M in Series C funding to help the company scale its AI-driven, human-centric SaaS solutions for collaboration governance and data insights.
- Peak Nanosystems, in Valley View, raised $25M to increase the production of its specialized optical lenses and films.
- Resonant Sciences, in Beavercreek, will hire 35 employees to provide machining work for the U.S. Air Force.
- TimkenSteel signed a tentative four-year contract deal with its 1,180 bargaining employees at its Canton, Ohio, operations.
- General Electric announced a five-year, $5M investment in Cincinnati to launch “Next Engineers,” a global-college readiness program that will provide students with first-hand engineering experience, and award financial support for further education in the field.
- Bechtel completed construction of the South Field Energy Facility in Columbiana County. The $1.3B facility will provide a clean, reliable, and efficient energy source to more than one million homes.
Negative Company-Specific News
- 7-Eleven will lay off 35 employees at the Speedway HQ in Enon as part of the integration process between the two companies.
- Fifth Third Bank will close five Dayton branches; plan to close more than 40 offices across its U.S. footprint as the bank shifts towards opportunities in the Southeast.