How has the exit activity for financial technology developed in the first half of 2019? This blog post explores fintech exit metrics through Q2 2019 and compares them to previous years. The graph below shows the number of fintech exits by year, stacked by quarters.
As the graphic demonstrates, fintech has seen a total of 43 exit events through Q2 of this year. This represents 47% of the total exits in 2018, and 110% of the exits through Q2 in 2018. Some of the exit events in Q2 2019 include Wave’s acquisition by H&R Block, Cheddar’s acquisition by Altice USA, and Lakala’s IPO.
A straight-line projection of the completed exit activity this year would come out to 86 exit events, which falls short of the total exits in 2018 by 5%. On the other hand, a weighted quarterly average projection of 2019 exit activity would come out to 100 exit events, which exceeds the total exits in 2018 by 10%. Therefore, based on the mid-year data, fintech exit activity in 2019 is projected to be approximately on par with the exit activity in 2018.