Amid a tougher climate for marketplace lenders and a drop in mega-round activity, investment in VC-backed fintech companies fell 24 percent in the U.S and nearly 50 percent globally during Q2 ‘16, according to the Pulse of Fintech, the quarterly global report on fintech VC trends published jointly by KPMG International and CB Insights.
U.S. fintech companies saw funding of $1.3 billion in Q2’16, down from $1.7 billion in Q1’16 and from $2.4 billion in Q2’15. Deal activity to VC-backed fintech companies in the U.S. also experienced a five quarter low with just 90 deals.
“While investment in VC- backed fintech companies decreased over the past quarter, we are encouraged by the momentum that is building in underinvested areas such as InsurTech, healthcare, banking and blockchain,” said Anthony Rjeily, KPMG’s Financial Services Digital and Fintech practice leader. “In addition, over the past year we’ve seen large financial institutions shift their thinking from skepticism to active engagement.”
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The rise of InsurTech
InsurTech is coming into its own as an area of fintech for venture capital investment, hitting $1 billion across 47 deals in the first half of 2016. Health insurance-related companies claimed the three largest deals of 2016 to date, but companies in life insurance are also seeing an increasing amount of investment.
Corporates and Banks continue to stay active
Corporates played a larger role in deals to North American VC-backed fintech companies in Q2’16, participating in 30 percent of all fintech deal activity, up from 23 percent last quarter. Over the last five quarters, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and Banco Santander or their venture arms (excluding independent VC firms associated with these banks) have invested in 25 VC-backed fintech companies. Other banks making investments globally across the fintech landscape include HSBC, JPMorgan Chase, and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group.
"We are seeing more partnering with fintechs by traditional financial services companies to help develop new business models, while also enabling fintechs to expand their customer base and get the support they need to become sustainable," said Brian Hughes, National Co-Lead Partner, KPMG LLP’s Venture Capital Practice. “VC investment in fintech is still very positive, but the past quarter certainly reflects a more cautious environment.”
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