Latest report from KPMG and CB Insights highlights a rebound in funding and deals in first quarter of the year.
After a significant pullback in funding in Q4 2015, mega-rounds lifted global quarterly investment into VC-backed FinTech companies by over 150 per cent, according to the Pulse of FinTech - the quarterly global report on FinTech VC trends published jointly by KPMG International and CB Insights.
According to the new report, global investment in private FinTech companies totalled US$5.7 billion in the first quarter of the year, with US$4.9 billion specifically invested in VC-backed FinTech companies across 218 deals, a 96 per cent jump compared to the same quarter last year. The rise in funding was tempered by the fact that three mega-rounds accounted for 54 per cent of VC FinTech investment in Q1 2016. On a quarter-over-quarter basis, VC-backed FinTech deal activity rose 22 per cent in the first three months of the year.
Commenting on the report, Pangratios Vanezis, Principal, at KPMG in Cyprus said: “As investment in Europe has ”been trailing from the rest of the globe on Fintech, Cyprus has a unique opportunity of the right mix of talent pool and knowhow, a big banking sector, a global FX centre as well as geographical proximity to other global fintech centres to follow on the footsteps of major global centres such as Singapore and emerge as the new Fintech hub in Europe.”
Warren Mead, Global Co-Leader of FinTech, KPMG International added: “Global VC investment into the technology sector may be experiencing a bit of a pause, however FinTech, propelled by some very large mega-rounds, has proven to be an exception to the rule. However, while investors are continuing to put money into FinTech companies all over the world, recent challenges at several high profile, publicly-traded FinTech companies, may well dampen private investor enthusiasm moving into Q2.”
Key highlights from the Pulse of FinTech:
Europe saw VC-backed FinTech deals reach a five-quarter high, rising from 37 in Q4 2015 to 47 in Q1 2016. Europe FinTech funding remained almost level with Q4 2015’s total at US$0.3B. UK funding rounds to WorldRemit and LendInvest pushed UK funding to account for over half of Europe’s FinTech funding total.
Corporate investors continue to play a large role in the FinTech ecosystem, with global deals to VC-backed FinTech companies standing at 24 per cent + in three of the past five quarters. Of note, Europe saw an upswing in corporate FinTech investment during Q1 2016 as corporate participation in deals to VC-backed FinTech companies rose from 8 per cent in Q4 2015 to 21 per cent in Q1 2016.
North America saw both FinTech funding and deals rebound following a major drop in Q4 2015, as VC-backed FinTech companies raised US$1.8B across 128 deals, an increase of 80 per cent in funding quarter-over-quarter.
Deal activity to VC-backed FinTech companies in North America is on pace to reach a new high in 2016 at the current run rate, as the 128 FinTech deals registered over the three-month period was the largest quarterly total since Q2 2015.
Following a drop off in Q4 2015, FinTech investment in Asia reversed course in the first quarter of 2016 to hit a new high of US$2.6B.
China accounted for US$2.4B of Asia FinTech funding and 49 per cent of FinTech funding across all geographies, primarily as a result of US$1B+ funding rounds to JD Finance and Lu.com.
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