How has the exit activity for retail technology developed in the first half of 2019? This blog post explores retail technology exit metrics through Q2 2019 and compares them to previous years. The graph below shows the number of retail technology exits by year, stacked by quarters.
As the graphic demonstrates, retail technology has seen a total of 33 exit events through Q2 of this year. This represents 53% of the total exits in 2018, and 92% of the exits through Q2 in 2018. In addition, some of the exit events in Q2 2019 include Shopkick’s acquisition by Trax, iyzico’s acquisition by PayU, and Pinterest’s IPO.
A straight-line projection of the completed exit activity this year would come out to 66 exit events, which exceeds the total exits in 2018 by 6%. On the other hand, a weighted quarterly average projection of 2019 exit activity would come out to 57 exit events, which falls short of the total exits in 2018 by 8%. Therefore, based on the mid-year data, retail technology exit activity in 2019 is projected to be relatively on par with the exit activity in 2018.