Financial Technology Sector Overview – Q1 2018

The financial technology sector has seen a lot of momentum in funding and exits in recent years. As we previously noted, fintech funding has shifted to later stages and its exit events have skyrocketed.

We will now take a closer look at the different components of financial technology and how they make up this startup ecosystem. We have classified the companies into 16 categories. This blog post will illustrate what these categories are and which categories have the most companies. We will also look at how these categories compare with one another in terms of their funding and maturity.

Consumer Lending Is the Largest Financial Technology Category

Let’s start off by looking at the Sector Map for the financial technology sector. As of March 2018, we have classified 2407 financial technology startups into 16 categories that have raised $90 billion. The Sector Map highlights the number of companies in each category. It also shows a random sampling of companies in each category.

Financial Technology Sector Map
Financial Technology Sector Map

We see that Consumer Lending is the largest category with 321 companies. These companies offer new ways for consumers to obtain personal loans and have their credit risks assessed. They include peer-to-peer lending, micro-financing, big data analytics, and consumer credit scoring services. Some example companies are SoFi, CommonBond, Avant, and Lufax.

We have seen what the different categories making up this sector are and the number of companies in each. What about their funding and maturity in relation to one another? Let’s look at our Innovation Quadrant to find out.

Payments Backend Is the Heavyweight Category in Financial Technology

Our Innovation Quadrant divides the financial technology categories into four different quadrants.

Financial Technology Innovation Quadrant
Financial Technology Innovation Quadrant

We see that the Pioneers quadrant has the most financial technology categories with 10. The Pioneer categories are in the earlier stages of funding and maturity. The Disruptors quadrant contains three categories: Consumer Lending, Business Lending, and Consumer Payments. These three categories have acquired significant financings at a young age. The Established quadrant includes Banking Infrastructure and Transaction Security. These two categories have reached maturity with less financing. The Heavyweights quadrant contains the Payments Backend category. This category has reached maturity with significant financing.

It’s interesting to see that both lending categories, Consumer Lending and Business Lending, are Disruptors. This indicates that lending startups have transformed the fintech industry with their venture capital backing at early ages. In addition, the Heavyweight category, Payments Backend, is the one that leads fintech in exit activity as we saw in our exits blog post. This makes sense since mature and well-funded companies are more likely to be acquired or go public than those that aren’t.

We’ve now seen the financial technology categories and their relative stages of innovation. How do these categories stack up against one another? Let’s look at the Total Funding and Company Count Graph.

Consumer Lending Startups Have the Most Funding and Companies

The graph below shows the total amount of venture funding and company count in each category.

Financial Technology Funding and Company Count
Financial Technology Funding and Company Count

As noted earlier, the Consumer Lending category leads financial technology with 321 companies. In addition, the above graphic highlights that Consumer Lending also leads in funding with over $28 billion. Some of the best-funded companies in this category are JD Finance ($3.01B), SoFi ($2.08B), and Avant ($1.78B).

It’s noteworthy that the funding in Consumer Lending is 81% higher than the funding in the next category, Business Lending. Business Lending companies offer new ways for businesses to raise debt financing and have their credit risks assessed. Some example companies include Bond Street, LendInvest, BlueVine, and Funding Circle.

Conclusion: The Consumer Lending Category Leads the Fintech Sector

From the above analysis, we can see the Consumer Lending category leads financial technology in funding and company count. On the other hand, the Payments Backend category stands out as the Heavyweight category in our Innovation Quadrant. It has reached maturity with significant average funding per company versus other categories. It’ll be interesting to see how the financial technology landscape will change and develop throughout the rest of 2018.

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Fintech Sector Matures As Funding Shifts to Later Stages

As previously seen, funding into financial technology has increased significantly in recent years. Now we are going one level deeper on our fintech report and research platform to examine its funding by round. From our analysis we can conclude that the fintech sector is continuing to mature over time.

This conclusion comes from two takeaways:

  • Funding amounts are shifting from early-stage to later-stage events
  • Funding counts are dropping in the Seed round and growing elsewhere

We’ll explain these takeaways with some graphics that show fintech funding activity by round.

To help set the stage, the graphic below illustrates fintech funding amounts over time. As you can see, the sector’s overall funding showed robust growth over the past few years.

Fintech Funding by Quarter
Fintech Funding by Quarter

Fintech Funding Amounts Shifting to Later-Stage Events

Let’s examine the fintech funding amounts by round as a percentage of the total, which show changes independent of the total size.

Fintech Funding Amount Percentages
Fintech Funding Amount Percentages

As shown in the graph, the funding amounts dropped in the Seed and Series A rounds and increased in the Late Stage from 2012 to 2017. Specifically, Seed round funding amounts shrunk from 9% to 3%, and Series A amounts shrunk from 23% to 11%. On the other hand, Late Stage funding amounts grew from 2% to 24% over the same time period.

We see that the funding amount percentages by round indicate a shift from early-stage to later-stage events from 2012 to 2017, would the funding event count graph show the same trend? Let’s examine that in the next section to find out.

Fintech Funding Counts Dropping in Seed Round and Growing in All Other Rounds

The below graph shows the fintech funding counts by round as a percentage of total events.

Fintech Funding Count Percentages
Fintech Funding Count Percentages

This graph supports our previous observation from the funding amount graph. In particular, Seed round funding counts decreased from 63% to 30% from 2012 to 2017. As a result, the funding counts in all other rounds increased by various magnitudes.

Conclusion: Fintech Sector Continues to Mature Over Time

In summary, we have seen that fintech funding amounts shifted from Seed and Series A to later-stage events. Fintech funding counts also dropped in the Seed round and grew in all other rounds. These observations led us to conclude that the fintech sector is continuing to mature over time.

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Financial Technology Startup Highlights  – Q1 2018

Here is our Q1 2018 summary report on the Financial Technology startup sector. The following report includes an overview, recent activity, and a category deep dive.

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Payments Backend Leads Fintech Exit Activity

Last quarter we reviewed fintech exit trends and found robust growth. This quarter we went one level deeper on our fintech research platform and conclude that the Payments Backend category leads fintech exit activity. Companies in this category include technologies impacting payment issuers and acquirers, as well as the infrastructure enabling payments.

This conclusion was derived from three takeaways:

  • Payments Backend leads fintech in the number of exits
  • Payments Backend leads fintech in the acquisition amount
  • Payments Backend also leads fintech in the exit ratio

We’ll illustrate these takeaways with some graphics that show fintech exit activity by category.

To help set the stage, the graphic below shows fintech exit activity over time. As you can see, the sector is experiencing strong growth in exits.

FinTech Exits by Quarter - Stacked
FinTech Exits by Quarter – Stacked

Payments Backend Leads Fintech in the Number of Exits

We’ll start off by examining the exit events in each fintech category. Exit events include both acquisitions and IPOs. The below graph highlights the number of fintech exit events by category.

FinTech Exit Counts by Category
FinTech Exit Counts by Category

This graph shows that Payments Backend leads the sector with 55 exit events. Consumer Payments and Personal Finance come next, with 44 and 43 exit events.

Let’s now see how fintech categories compare with one another by acquisition amount.

Payments Backend Leads Fintech in the Acquisition Amount

The graph below shows the acquisition amounts in different fintech categories.

FinTech Acquisition Amounts by Category
FinTech Acquisition Amounts by Category

We can see from this graph that Payments Backend leads all the other fintech categories by far. The total acquisition amount in this category approximates $25 billion. It’s noteworthy that Payments Backend’s acquisition amount is more than twice the next category, Consumer Payments.

Payments Backend has seen some large acquisitions in recent years. Nets was acquired by Hellman & Friedman in September 2017 for around $5B. Bambora was acquired by the Ingenico Group in July 2017 for around $2 billion. Worldpay was acquired by Vantiv in July 2017 for slightly under $10 billion.

The acquisition amount in Payments Backend represents 31% of that across all fintech categories.

We’ve now seen the leaders in fintech exit activity by event count and acquisition amount. What about the ratio of exit events to the total number of companies in the category? Let’s look at the Exit Ratio by Category graph to find out.

Payments Backend Leads Fintech in the Exit Ratio

The graph below shows the total exits divided by total companies in fintech categories.

FinTech Exit Ratio by Category
FinTech Exit Ratio by Category

Payments Backend, Transaction Security, and Consumer Payments are the leaders in this metric. 24% of Payments Backend companies have been acquired or gone public. The same is true for 23% of Transaction Security companies and 21% of Consumer Payments companies.

Conclusion: Payments Backend Leads Fintech Exit Activity

In conclusion, we have examined fintech exit activity by exit events, acquisition amount, and exit ratio. Payments Backend is the category that leads the sector in all three metrics. Its abundance of exit activity indicates that it is one of the most mature and well-established fintech categories.

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Financial Technology Sector Overview – Q4 2017

As we’ve examined in our previous analyses, the overall funding trends in Financial Technology (fintech) are stable and its exit activity is seeing robust growth, indicating that the sector is maturing as a whole. Yet what are the different components of fintech and how do they make up this startup ecosystem? On our fintech research platform, we have classified the companies in the sector into functional categories. This blog post aims to examine these categories and how they compare with one another through a series of graphics.

Payments-Related Companies Form the Largest Fintech Category

Let’s start off by looking at the Logo Map for the fintech sector. As of January 2018, we have classified 2,285 fintech startups into 16 categories which collectively raised $80 billion in funding. The Logo Map highlights the number of companies in each category and a random sampling of these companies. Please note that, for the sake of brevity, certain related categories have been combined into the same box on the Logo Map. Examples include combining Business Lending and Consumer Lending into Lending, and combining Consumer Payments, Payments Backend, and Point of Sale Payments into Payments.

Financial Technology Logo Map
Financial Technology Logo Map

We have seen what the different categories in fintech are and how many companies are within each category. What about their funding and maturity in relation to one another? Let’s look at our Innovation Quadrant to find out.

Most of the Fintech Categories Are Pioneers

Our Innovation Quadrant for the fintech sector divides the categories within the sector into four different quadrants according to their average funding and average age. The Heavyweights are the categories with companies that have reached maturity with significant financing. The Established are those that have reached maturity with less financing. The Disruptors are less mature but with significant financing. The Pioneers are less mature and with earlier stages of financing.

Financial Technology Innovation Quadrant
Financial Technology Innovation Quadrant

We can see from our Innovation Quadrant above that most of the categories within fintech belong in the Pioneers quadrant. The Point of Sale Payments, Business Lending, Consumer Payments, and Consumer Lending categories have raised more funding and are in the Disruptor quadrant. Infrastructure and Transaction Security are the most mature categories with less funding. Payments Backend is in the Heavyweights quadrant for having reached maturity with significant financing.

We’ve now seen how the fintech sector is categorized and the relative stages of innovation for those categories. How do these categories stack up against one another in a holistic view? Let’s look at the Total Funding and Company Count Graph for Fintech.

Consumer Lending Is the Leading Fintech Category

The graph below shows the total amount of venture funding and company count in each fintech category.

Financial Technology Total Funding and Company Count by Category
Financial Technology Total Funding and Company Count by Category

We can see from the graph above that the Consumer Lending category leads all the other fintech categories by a substantial margin, with a total funding of $24 billion and 302 companies. This category is comprised of companies that offer new ways for consumers to obtain personal loans and have their credit risk assessed. Some example companies in this category include SoFi, Avant, CommonBond, and Affirm.

Conclusion: Lending and Payments-Related Categories Dominate Fintech

The graphics above indicate that the Consumer Lending category stands out against other fintech categories in terms of funding and company count. Moreover, other lending and payments-related categories have also acquired significant financing. It will be interesting to see how this sector turns out in 2018.

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Fintech Exit Activity Sees Robust Growth

The Financial Technology (fintech) sector has seen a lot of exit activity over the past few years. How does the number of exit events trend over time? Based on our fintech research platform, we have analyzed the data through 2017 and can conclude that fintech exit activity is seeing continued robust growth.

This observation was derived from two takeaways:

  • Fintech exit events are demonstrating strong annual growth
  • Fintech exit events are increasing at the quarterly level as well

We’ll illustrate these takeaways with two graphics that show the solid growth of fintech exit activity over time.

Fintech Exit Events Showing Strong Annual Growth

We’ll start off by examining the fintech exit events from 2011 to 2017. Exit events include both acquisitions and Initial Public Offerings (IPOs). The below graph shows the number of annual fintech exit events stacked by quarters.

Fintech Exits by Quarter - Stacked
Fintech Exits by Quarter – Stacked

This graph illustrates that fintech exit activity is demonstrating strong growth year over year. In fact, the Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) in exit activity grew by 49% from 2012 to 2017. In addition, the number of exit events in 2017 is the highest ever and amounts to a 133% growth year over year.

Let’s now see if this trend holds at a quarterly level.

Fintech Exit Events Increasing At the Quarterly Level

Below is a graph of the number of fintech exit events by quarter.

Fintech Exits by Quarter - Cluster
Fintech Exits by Quarter – Cluster

The above graph shows that the overall fintech exit activity is on an upward trend at the quarterly level. Generally speaking, each quarter in 2017 saw a larger number of exits than in 2016. The number of exit events in Q4 2017 is 106% of that in Q4 2016. Q1 2017 was a particular outlier, seeing a huge 189% increase over Q1 2016. The only exception is Q2 2017 which fell slightly from Q2 2016.

From these two graphics we have now seen that fintech exit activity experienced vigorous growth at both the annual and quarterly levels.

Conclusion: Fintech Exit Activity Is Seeing Robust Growth

In summary, we have seen that the number of fintech exit events is showing strong growth year over year. Moreover, these exit events are increasing at the quarterly level as well.

We can conclude from these takeaways that fintech exit activity is seeing continued robust growth–which corresponds with our conclusion from the fintech funding blog post that the fintech sector is maturing as a whole. It’ll be interesting to see if this trend continues into 2018.

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Fintech Sector Maturing in 2017

Financial Technology (fintech) has seen a lot of venture capital funding over the past few years. How have its funding trends evolved over time? Through the insights derived from our fintech research platform, we conclude that the fintech sector is maturing.

We have come to this conclusion from the following four takeaways:

  • Overall fintech funding trends are stable
  • Fintech investor interest is constant
  • Fintech funding has shifted to mid- and late-stage event
  • The average fintech funding size is growing

We will illustrate these takeaways with a series of graphics to show that the sector is maturing.

Fintech Funding Relatively Stable in 2017

We will start off by examining the fintech funding trends over the years. Let’s look at the annual fintech funding amount stacked by quarter.

Fintech Funding Amount by Quarter
Fintech Funding Amount by Quarter

As we can see from the graphic, fintech funding in the first three quarters of 2017 is slightly down relative to 2016. In fact, it’s 92% of the funding in Q1-Q3 2016. Therefore we expect to finish off the year more or less on par with last year.

We have seen that funding trends are steady, but what about investor appetite?

Fintech Investor Interest Remains Constant in 2017

Let’s now look at the number of fintech investors who participated in each investment to see how investor activity has evolved over time.

Fintech Investor Activity by Quarter
Fintech Investor Activity by Quarter

The above graphic shows that fintech investor participation in the first three quarters of 2017 is slightly higher than 2016. It grew by 2% from the investor participation in Q1-Q3 2016. This implies the sector will end the year slightly up or flat year-over-year in fintech investor participation from 2016 to 2017.

We have seen that overall funding amounts and investor activity have remained generally flat, but what about the stages of investment?

Fintech Funding Shifted to Mid- and Late-Stage Events

Let’s now take a deep dive and analyze fintech investors’ behavior in detail. Below are the Fintech Funding Amount by Round and Funding Event Count by Round graphics. The first graphic shows the total amount of funding that went into a specific funding round (such as Seed or Series A), while the second graphic shows the total number of funding events for a specific round.

Fintech Funding Amount by Round in Recent Quarters
Fintech Funding Amount by Round in Recent Quarters

The analysis above shows that Seed funding saw a 56% drop and Series A saw a 45% drop from Q2 2017 to Q3 2017. However, fintech funding amounts for later stage events grew from the previous quarter. Series B funding amount grew by 200% and Series C grew by 40%.

Based on the above, we can conclude that fintech funding has shifted from early-stage to mid- and late-stage funding. Let’s see if the Funding Event Count by Round graphic reinforces this conclusion.

Fintech Funding Count by Round in Recent Quarters
Fintech Funding Count by Round in Recent Quarters

We see that Seed and Series A rounds both saw a significant drop in funding events over the past quarter as well. Seed round events saw a 49% drop and Series A events saw a 25% drop from Q2 2017 to Q3 2017. In fact, the decline in Seed and Series A funding events appears to be a trend over the past few quarters.

On the other hand, Series B and later stage funding events have seen growth. Series B events grew by 82% and Series C events grew by 45% from Q2 2017 to Q3 2017.

The above data indicates that fintech investment has moved to later-stage ventures.

Fintech funding and investor activity have plateaued and the funding has shifted to mid- and late-stage. What about each individual investment deal size?

Average Fintech Funding Deal Size Growing in 2017

If the shift of fintech funding from early-stage to later-stage events indicates that the sector is maturing, we would also expect the average deal size to be growing. This is because as a sector matures, the winners would need larger capital infusions to scale.

Fintech Average Funding Event Size Over Time
Fintech Average Funding Event Size Over Time

This graphic does in fact indicate that the average fintech funding amounts have grown significantly over the past few years. The trendline shows that from Q3 2011 to Q3 2017 the average deal size has grown by approximately 700%. This consistent upward trend in average deal size indicates that the fintech sector is indeed maturing.

Conclusion: Fintech Sector Now Maturing

In summary, we’ve seen that the overall fintech funding and investor interest has remained steady. At the same time, the funding has shifted from early-stage events to later-stage events. Moreover, the average fintech funding amount has grown consistently year-over-year. These takeaways lead us to conclude that the fintech sector is indeed maturing. It’ll be interesting to see if this trend continues into 2018.

What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments section below.

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