Global venture capital-backed fintech funding declines in Q3 2016: Report

  • Second consecutive quarterly drop in fintech deals and dollars
  • Asia bucks trend with overall investment slated to reach new high in 2016


Global venture capital-backed fintech funding declines in Q3 2016: Report


INVESTORS continued to take a much more cautious approach to fintech investments this year. Venture capital (VC)-backed global fintech deal activity fell for the second consecutive quarter, marking its lowest level since Q2 2014, according to the Pulse of Fintech, the quarterly report on global fintech VC trends published jointly by KPMG International and CB Insights.

VC-backed fintech funding dropped 17% to US$2.4 billion, while deal activity fell 12% to 178 deals in Q3 2016 compared to the previous quarter.

Asia was the only continent to see a fintech funding increase on a quarterly basis in Q3 2016, while North America and Europe fintech funding declined. All three continents covered in the report saw fintech deal count drop.

“Asian investors are seeing the potential of fintech amidst global uncertainty in an environment of moderating growth,” said KPMG Singapore Financial Services Advisory head Chia Tek Yew.

“As businesses continue to embark on the journey of transformation, interest and investment in Asia’s fintech sector will continue to be strong, particularly in areas like payments technology, insurance technology and regulatory or risk technology.”

Chia added: “Singapore is a leading fintech hub, being one of the first countries in the world to put in place a regulatory fintech sandbox. There are also plans by the authorities to explore ways to attract more VC funds, which bodes well for the overall funding ecosystem.”

Asia quarterly fintech funding tops US: US$1.2 billion across 35 deals in Q3 2016

While the number of VC-backed fintech deals dropped to a five-quarter low in Asia, funding increased 50% on a quarter-over-quarter basis to reach US$1.2 billion.

Year-to-date results of US$4.7 billion suggest Asia-based fintech investment for 2016 could top last year’s peak investment results of US$4.8 billion.

Corporates continue to be highly active in Asia’s fintech investment environment, participating in more than half of all deals to VC-backed fintech startups in Q3 2016.

North America sees fintech funding fall below US$1 billion

North America saw both fintech funding and the number of deals fall on a quarter-over-quarter basis, as VC-backed startups raised just US$0.9 billion across 96 deals, a drop of 5% in deals from Q2 2016.

Funding in Q3 2016 to VC-backed fintech companies in North America fell 68% compared to the same quarter last year, which saw US$100 million+ financings to the likes of Sofi, Avant and Kabbage.

Europe fintech funding on pace to drop below 2015 levels

Q3 2016 saw European fintech deals fall 17% quarter-over-quarter as fintech funding in Europe dropped 43% over the same time period to US$233 million. Germany outpaced the UK in terms of

fintech funding for the second consecutive quarter, with 35% more funding raised by German-based VC-backed fintech companies than those in the UK.

Corporates stay active in fintech

Corporates participated in 30% of global VC-backed fintech deals for the second consecutive quarter in Q3 2016, driving a significant amount of fintech deals activity globally. Citigroup, Banco Santander and Goldman Sachs have made over 20+ fintech investments in total over the past five quarters, while a host of insurers have launched corporate venture arms.

Other key highlights from the Pulse of Fintech:

  • Global fintech mega-rounds fell to a new low in Q3 2016. Asia saw US$50 million+ fintech rounds stay level for the fourth straight quarter, while Europe has not registered a single US$50 million+ round to a VC-backed fintech company so far in 2016.
  • The median late-stage deal size in fintech globally fell to US$23 million in Q3 2016. This is significantly smaller than the same quarter last year, when median late-stage fintech deal size hit US$50.2 million globally.
  • Total year-to-date funding to VC-backed InsurTech companies reached US$1.36 billion at the end of Q3 2016. InsurTech-focused VC-backed deal activity topped 20 deals during three of the past five quarters.
  • Next-gen payments has attracted US$1.2 billion+ in 2016 VC-backed funding (year-to-date). The top 20 deals, including Affirm, Mobikwik and One97, raked in 67% of the total funding to payments technology companies in the first three quarters.

CB Insights CEO Anand Sanwal adds: “While we continue to see significant investment into fintech companies globally, the euphoria for mega-deals that we saw into the latter half of 2015 has waned. Total investments to key areas like marketplace lending and blockchain technology have both seen declines heading into the tail-end of 2016.”  
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