Global fintech funding got off to a slower start during the first half of 2019, with $37.9 billion of investment globally across 962 deals. The first half of 2019 is trending downward at the halfway mark, reflecting a pull-back in mega-deals compared to 2018 according to the Pulse of Fintech H1'19, a bi-annual report on global fintech investment trends published by KPMG.
2019 Key Highlights
- Global fintech investment dropped off last year's pace - from $120 billion in 2018 to only $37.9 billion mid-way through 2019. This decline might be short-lived given the massive M&A deals on the horizon.
- Corporate-participatory venture investment, which reached an astounding $25.3 billion in 2018, fell to just $4.75 billion in H1'19 as corporates and their venture arms took a pause from large deal activity.
- PE firms maintained the torrid pace of investment set in 2018 - propelled by the continued maturation of the fintech sector and resulting investment opportunities in category leaders. Global PE investment reached over $1.9 billion in the first half of the year.
- M&A activity took a breather in Q2'19, with less than $4 billion of activity globally versus nearly $20 billion in Q1. This lull is expected to reverse quickly, given recently announced deals by Worldpay, First Data, and Total System Services expected to close in the second half of 2019.
- There has been a pronounced decline in overall investment into the blockchain and cryptocurrency sectors so far this year, with investment dropping from $5 billion across 586 deals in 2018 to only $1 billion across 171 deals in H1'19.
- Insurtech investment volume dropped dramatically over the first half of 2019 as early stage funding sank. Total investment in insurtech dropped from $7.6 billion in 2018 to only $1.1 billion in H1'19.
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