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...
This blog post examines the different components of the retail technology ecosystem. We will illustrate what the categories of innovation are and which categories have the most companies. We will also compare the categories in terms of their funding and maturity.
Marketing Platforms Is The Largest Retail Technology Category
Let’s start off by looking at the Sector Map. We have classified 1873 retail technology startups into 21 categories. They have raised $85B from 3189 investors. The Sector Map highlights the number of companies in each category. It also shows a random sampling of companies in each category.
We see that Marketing Platforms is the largest category with 271 companies. This category includes companies that enable merchants to execute and manage marketing campaigns. It also contains customer relationship management tools used to improve customer engagement. Some example companies in this category include Showpad, Sprinklr, Gainsight, and Medallia.
For this quarter's funding analysis, let's examine how average funding in the retail technology sector is evolving. The graphic below shows the retail technology average funding across all deals over time by quarter.
As the graphic demonstrates, retail technology average funding deal size in Q1 2019 was at $84M, which increased by 18% from the $71M last quarter. The average funding deal size has skyrocketed in recent years, with the average funding last quarter around 11 times larger than it was 5 years ago. The top three funding events in Q1 2019 include a $1B round into Flexport, a $775M round into Takeaway.com, and a $413M round into Delhivery.
As we make our way through Q1 of 2019, let's look back on 2018 and analyze how funding in the retail technology sector compares to previous years. The graphic below shows the total annual retail technology funding amounts over time.
As the graphic demonstrates, 2018 was a record year for retail technology funding at almost $18B. It represents a 30% increase from the previous year’s funding. In addition, retail technology funding grew at a CAGR of 43% over the past 5 years. Some of the largest funding events in 2018 include a $1.5B round for Go-Jek, a $1B round for Swiggy, and a $717M round for Huitongda.