What is Fintech? (5th part)

Licas Ventures
2 min readOct 22, 2020

Last week we started to talk about what Fintech is and how it was affected during the Pandemic.

this is the link: https://medium.com/@licasventures/what-is-fintech-how-it-was-affected-during-the-covid-19-and-some-highlights-from-this-year-79088e8a7592 part 1

https://medium.com/@licasventures/what-is-fintech-2nd-part-1a259a9d0f71 part 2

https://medium.com/@licasventures/what-is-fintech-3rdpart-db561af03aba part 3

https://licasventures.medium.com/what-is-fintech-4th-part-38a5f58248ad part 4

Large Exits In 2019

With the increase in funding for fintech companies in 2019, liquidity remains a concern. 2020 kicked off with two large acquisitions subject to regulatory approval. Visa announced the acquisition of Plaid for $5.3 billion, and Intuit plans to acquire Credit Karma for $7.1 billion. These two deals in early 2020 already surmount 2019 acquisitions, in which 177 fintech companies were acquired for a total of $6.1 billion.

In contrast, 2018 had 193 acquisitions totaling $12 billion. (For merger and acquisition (M&A) activity data we selected venture-backed companies. We also excluded companies who had previously gone public.)

We anticipate more M&A activity in fintech in 2020. The largest acquisitions in 2019 include:

  • iPipeline, a provider of sales distribution software to insurance and financial services companies, was acquired by Roper Technologies for $1.6 billion.
  • Kony, a mobile application developer for fintech companies, was acquired by Temenos for $559 million.
  • PrecisionLender, which provides information for banks to accurately price a loan to a borrower, was acquired by Q2eBanking for $510 million.
  • Ebury, which allows small and mid-size companies to make and receive payments in foreign currencies, was acquired by Banco Santander for $451 million.
  • Wave, which enables payments and payroll for small businesses, was acquired by H&R Block for $404 million.

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