We’ve previously determined that exits within the fintech sector grew exponentially over the past few years. Now armed with the data through June 2018, we’re conducting a mid-year status check on how this year is shaping up.
After conducting a deeper examination on our fintech research platform, we see that exit activity thus far in 2018 is trending slightly lower than in 2017.
2018 Mid-Year Fintech Exit Activity Lower Than 2017 But Higher Than 2016
Let’s take a closer look at the number of fintech exit events by year.
The above graphic shows 38 exits in the first half of 2018. For the past three years, Q3 and Q4 accounted for 50% of total exit events on average. If that trend holds, 2018 will have around 76 exit events. That would be slightly lower than the number of exits in 2017 but higher than that in 2016.
In summary, we observe that the fintech sector’s exit activity in 2018 is trending lower than 2017 but higher than 2016. We'll see if the second half of the year changes this trend!