Global fintech investment roared ahead at a record pace in the first half of 2018, with US$57.9B invested across 875 deals, a significant increase from the US$38.1B invested in all of 2017, according to the KPMG Pulse of Fintech report.
Highlights of the first half included the successful closing of two massive deals: the record-setting US$14B raise by Ant Financial in Q2’18 and Vantiv’s acquisition of WorldPay for US$12.9B in Q1’18.
H1’18 key highlights
Asian fintech reaches US$16.8B – on strength of Ant Financial deal
After a solid US$2B in H2’17, total fintech funding in Asia surged to US$16.8B across 162 deals in H1’18 powered by a massive US$14B Series C VC funding round by Ant Financial. Excluding this mega-deal, Asia still saw strong fintech investment, including quarter-over-quarter increases in overall fintech investment in India, Australia, and Singapore.
Following a global trend, median fintech VC late stage deal size in Asia increased significantly during the first half of the year – rising from US$25M to US$37.7M – the highest of any region. Blockchain and AI continued to be key priority areas for fintech investors in Asia, in addition to insurtech and regtech.
Blockchain moving beyond experimentation
Blockchain continued to draw a significant amount of attention from investors in H1’18, with investment typically focused on more experienced companies and consortia looking to obtain additional rounds rather
than on new market entrants. Large rounds in blockchain companies were seen during the first half of 2018, including US$100M+ rounds to R3 and Circle Internet Finance in the US, and US$77M to Ledger in France.
Strong outlook expected for fintech investment
With a significant amount of capital waiting to be deployed, a growing diversity of fintechs hubs across the globe, and more and more corporates looking to leverage fintech in order to drive innovation, investment in finech is expected to remain strong heading into the second half of 2018.
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