Venture capital (VC) funding to FinTech companies reached a record $13.6 billion in 2016 compared to $12.7 billion in 2015 with 840 deals recorded, according to the latest KPMG report on global funding to FinTech companies.
Overall investment in FinTech companies declined to $24.7 billion in 2016, down from its peak of $46.7 billion in 2015. However, this was driven principally by a fall-off in M&A activity.
Anna Scally, Partner and FinTech lead at KPMG in Ireland said: “VC funding in global FinTechs has remained very strong and reached an all-time high globally in 2016. The Irish FinTech market also remained robust throughout 2016.
“After 2015’s record-setting $46.7 billion in overall investment in FinTech, 2016 experienced a decline in the market with a 47.2% slide in FinTech investment. However, this follows exceptional levels of M&A activity in 2014 and 2015 which were characterised by a number of significant outlier transactions.
“Two notable trends in 2016 were collaboration - with FinTechs learning to work with major banks - and the rise of China to become a FinTech powerhouse, both in investment flow and deal activity.”
Insurtech is predicted to continue the strong growth witnessed in 2016 as the insurance industry plays catch-up with the innovations seen in the banking industry. Growing applications of innovative technologies like wearables, the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence to the insurance industry are also likely to spur further investment. There is also likely to be increasing participation of tech giants in the FinTech sector, the report adds.
Scally also adds that “On the European side, we are also likely to see FinTech’s focus on the opportunities presented by Payments Services Directive 2 (PSD2) which is expected to be a game-changer.”
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All figures cited are in USD; data for the report provided by PitchBook.
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