Signs of a recovery in 2017 as a “Perfect Storm” Points to an Increase in IPOs and M&A Activity
Total funding for U.S. fintech companies and deal activity dropped significantly in 2016, down to $12.8 billion from $27 billion in 2015, a result of political and regulatory uncertainty, a decline in megadeals and investor caution, according to KPMG’s Q4 2016 The Pulse of Fintech report.
Despite the drop in total funding for U.S. fintech, 2016 was the third strongest year for fintech investment and second highest year for Venture Capital (VC) fintech investment.
On a global basis, total fintech funding declined by almost 50 percent, falling to $25 billion in 2016 from $47 billion in 2015.
Activity in the U.S.--including M&A and VC investments –totaled 489 deals in 2016, down from 615 deals in 2015. Total VC investment in the U.S. dropped to $4.6 billion in 2016 from $6 billion in 2015, while M&A activity fell to just $8 billion in 2016, down from $21 billion in 2015.
On a positive note, the median deal size increased year-over-year for both seed rounds and early-stage VC deals. In addition, massive late-stage fintech financings contributed to keep total deal value healthy.
“2017 is likely to be a pivotal year for fintech in the U.S. and around the world,” said Brian Hughes, Co-Leader, KPMG Enterprise Innovative Startups Network and National Co-Lead partner, KPMG Venture Capital Practice. “Because valuations have corrected, the market has set up a perfect storm for IPOs and M&A to happen in 2017. An increasing number of exits will likely stimulate demand for new investments thanks to the dry powder already in the market.”
“We have a lot to look forward to this year,” said Anthony Rjeily, KPMG’s U.S. Financial Services Digital leader and Fintech practice co-leader. “Both insurtech and regtech are expected to be hot areas, and interest in AI, cognitive computing and data and analytics technologies is expected to grow.”
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