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Global fintech investment growing - report

12 Oct 17

Fintech industry is going through good times with investor confidence rapidly catching up in this space across the globe, observes GlobalData, a provider of business informatics and analytics.

A deeper look into the venture capital (VC) investments in fintech suggest that the gradual increase witnessed since 2014 has now shown a spurt in 2017.

In the first three quarters of 2017, 455 investment cases have been announced for bands above $5 million, marking a surge of 23% over the average annual 369 investments for the preceding 3 years.

On the other hand, the sub $5million segment witnessed a drop of 22% in the number of investments this year over the corresponding period.

While analysing the venture capital activity in 2017, GlobalData has observed an interesting trend with regard to the split between the newly funded companies and those receiving multiple rounds.

Funding for the companies receiving multiple rounds has dropped to 4% in 2017 as against 13% earlier, indicating the rising potential for new investments in this domain.

Ameet Phadnis GlobalData financial services research and analysis director says, “It is evident from the rise in investments that a lot of new ideas are getting funded in fintech space, thereby offering a good scope of innovation and disruption.”

Although venture capital investments in the fintech space in Q3 2017 have dropped by 7% in value terms over Q3 2016, the average deal size has surged by 26% to $19 million from $15 million, clearly reflecting rising investor confidence.

The study has shown some interesting changes in the geographic spread.

Unlike 2014, the investment has gradually spread across the globe.

Phadnis adds, “The other markets are steadily grabbing share from the US, thereby reducing its dominance from nearly 60% share in 2014 to about 43% in 2017.”

The share of APAC and Europe in 2017 has increased to 23.5% and 24.5% respectively over their figures of 14.2% and 18.8%, in 2014.

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