Global fintech investment rebounds in 2Q17: KPMG
By Digital News Asia August 2, 2017
- Global M&A investment helped drive the rebound, with US$5.9 billion in deal value for quarter
- Asia funding holds steady amid continued absence of megadeals
Total global fintech investment more than doubled quarter over quarter in 2Q17 to US$8.4 billion, up from US$3.6 billion in 1Q17, according to the KPMG Pulse of Fintech report.
Global M&A investment helped drive the fintech market rebound, with US$5.9 billion in deal value for M&A for the quarter. Comparatively, global VC funding to fintech companies declined slightly, with just over US$2.5 billion in VC funding raised by fintechs in the quarter.
Asia funding holds steady amid continued absence of megadeals
Total fintech funding in Asia remained relatively steady quarter over quarter, with US$760 million invested across 51 deals during 2Q17, compared to US$790 million across 56 deals in 1Q17.
Asia’s 2Q fintech financing trends were characterised by geographic diversity and a lack of mega-financings.
Corporate participation continues to soar in the region, with CVC investment growing from a strong 22.5% in 1Q17 to a record high of 36.6% in 2Q17, revealing a deep interest in fintech innovation from strategic players in Asia.
Fintech investment in Singapore increases despite third quarter of decline in deal volume
Investment into fintech in Singapore was up quarter over quarter, at US$61.5 million, although the volume of fintech deals continued to decline.
Historical trends show that this is not totally out of the ordinary. The apparent decline may be a result of the move towards a more partnership-oriented fintech model in the country.
By all counts, Singapore’s 2017 performance is cannot be judged just on volume, but deal value is poised to show an impressive result.
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) continues to drive the majority of fintech activity in the country.
During 2Q17, MAS began to shift its focus from education and innovation to promoting technology adoption and attracting companies to launch offerings in Singapore.
“Over the longer term, MAS hopes to see more fintechs using Singapore as a base to pilot and then deploy solutions into other countries within Southeast Asia, such as Indonesia and Thailand. The success of these cross-border solutions could prove the viability of using Singapore as a springboard for Asia-based expansion,” said KPMG in Singapore Financial Services Advisory head Chia Tek Yew.
Key global 2Q17 highlights
- Total fintech investment increased from US$3.6 billion in Q1’17 to US$8.4 billion in Q2’17.
- VC funding remained solid globally with US$2.5 billion invested across 227 deals.
- At mid-year, the global median VC fintech deal size of US$12 million for late-stage deals was substantially lower compared to the 2016 total of US$18 million. The median deal size was up for angel/seed stage deals (US$1.3 million) and for early-stage rounds (US$6.2 million).
- Corporate VC investment in fintech is on pace to near 2015’s total, with US$2.6 billion invested in deals with corporate participation by the end of 2Q17, compared to US$9 billion in all of 2016, which was skewed by mega-deals. Corporate participation in fintech deals by volume is also up – with 21% participation in 2017 deals so far compared to 17% in 2016.
- Investment in regtech was up significantly in 2Q17, with the US$591 million invested in the first half of 2017 already exceeding the US$583 million raised during all of 2015, and on pace to significantly exceed 2016’s total by year end.
- Business-to-business (B2B) fintech companies are getting a significant amount of attention, with three companies in the top10 global fintech deals this quarter: CCH Tagetik (US$321 million), Pos Portal (US$158 million) and ITRS Group (US$140 million).
“Fintech continues to evolve with many established fintechs looking to expand their product offering and their geographic reach,” said Brian Hughes, co-leader, KPMG Enterprise Innovative Startups Network, and National co-lead partner, KPMG Venture Capital Practice, KPMG in the US.
“In addition we are also seeing new fintechs moving beyond customer facing services to target mid and back office inefficiencies.”
Trends to watch for in Asia
Looking ahead, blockchain is expected to remain a relatively hot area of investment across much of Asia, in addition to payments and lending. Commenting on this trend in Singapore, Chia added: “There seems to be a major push to transform Singapore into the world’s blockchain leader, with an ever-increasing number of use cases in the country aimed at testing blockchain in government trade, land registry and tax functions, in addition to traditional banking and insurance.”
In China, regtech is also forecasted to attract more attention from investors, particularly related to anti-money laundering and digital identity management. Interest in solutions related to financial inclusion is also expected to grow over the next few quarters, given the significant underbanked and unbanked populations in Asia.
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