Payments and transaction companies dominated the list followed by startups in the wealth, insurance and lending sectors.
This year’s report shows a significant surge in venture capital backing.
Chinese and Asia-Pacific companies made a strong showing in top 10 of the 2019 Fintech100 report from KPMG International's global Fintech practice and fintech investment firm H2 Ventures.
As in 2018, this year’s list showed payments and transaction companies dominating, representing 26 of the ranked companies. This was followed by wealth companies (20), insurance companies (17) and lending companies (15).
China, which led the Fintech100 for the past three years, had three companies in the top 10 this year. Overall, the Asia-Pacific region dominated the top 10 for another year with five companies in the ranking. Ant Financial (China) ranked first for the second year running, followed by Grab (Singapore) and JD Digits (China). Coming in fourth was Indonesia-based GoJek. China-based Xiaoman Financial took sixth.
Two India-based companies also featured in the top 10, as did two companies from the US and one from the UK (see the complete top 10 ranking below).
Ian Pollari, Global Co-leader for KPMG’s Fintech practice and a partner with KPMG Australia said: “Globally, we have seen a rise in companies from across Asia-Pacific (including China) which represent the top six, and seven of the top 10 fintech companies in 2019, with China again securing the most top-ten positions.
“In 2019, we have also seen the emergence of India as a fintech force, taking two of the top positions and with seven companies in this year’s list in total,” he added.
Toby Heap, Founding Partner, H2 Ventures, noted: “This year’s Fintech100 reveals a significant increase in venture capital backing of fintech companies. The companies on the 2019 list have raised over USD $71 billion in venture capital (up 36 percent from last year’s figure) and over USD $18 billion of capital in the past 12 months.”
“We have also seen a drop in the number of payments and lending companies making the Fintech100,” Heap added. “They have been replaced by a surge in the number of wealth, insurance and multi-sector companies.”
Many fintechs are also benefiting from being at the forefront of several key trends, the report found.
According to market analysis, an increasing number of fintechs are rapidly globalizing across multiple jurisdictions, such as Australia's AfterPay Touch, Brazil-based Nubank, Germany-based Kreditech Holdings, and Spain's Bnext.
Monoline to mainstream
Early fintech innovators with monoline product propositions are now diversifying to fulfil a greater set of mainstream customer needs.
A number of companies, such as China's Ant Financial and India's Open, are benefiting from the global policy shift to open banking, which is driving competition and allowing fintechs to access customer banking data to create faster, more personalized and innovative services.
The Fintech100 were selected following extensive global research and analysis based on data relating to five factors. These selection criteria are the key metrics used to calculate the rankings of companies in the Fintech100 list because of the emphasis that venture capitalists place on the ability of companies to generate a long-term, sustainable competitive advantage.
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About H2 Ventures
H2 Ventures is a leading early stage venture capital firm based in Sydney, Australia. They run the H2 Accelerator, a twenty week, in-house program focused on fintech, data & artificial intelligence. Founded by brothers Ben and Toby Heap, H2 is reinventing financial services, data and artificial intelligence by bringing together talented entrepreneurs, investors, forward-thinking established organizations and other thought leaders in the world of technology enabled disruption.