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FT Partners Quarterly Sponsor FinTech Insights

FT Partners is the only data source for comprehensive, global FinTech private equity deal activity.

FT Partners’ Sponsor FinTech Insights Reports are published on a quarterly basis. FinTech Sponsor Activity is defined as transactions in which a private equity sponsor, growth equity firm, or another control-oriented investor is involved in the following transaction types: take-privates, majority recapitalizations, significant minority recapitalizations, or other selected financings. All information included in the reports is sourced from FT Partners’ Proprietary Transaction Database, which is compiled by the FT Partners Research Team through primary research and data analysis.

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Q1 2023 Sponsor FinTech Insights

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Report Features:

  • Q1 2023, LTM and historical Sponsor-led FinTech deal volume and count statistics
  • Recent activity trends dissected by deal type, geography, sector and size
  • Analysis of recent FinTech Public-to-Private transactions
  • List of most active Sponsors in FinTech over the last twelve months
  • Transaction profiles on notable deals
  • CEO interviews with Sponsor-backed companies

Key Highlights:

  • A number of factors, including macroeconomic uncertainty, higher inflation and interest rates, and turmoil in the banking system have combined to fuel continued contraction in global Private Equity deal activity, particularly in FinTech
  • Q1 2023 saw the lowest level of sponsor FinTech activity in years, with just $4 billion of transaction volume, down from $24 billion in Q1 2022 (an 85% YoY decline) and $13 billion in Q4 2022 (a 72% QoQ decline)
  • Notable FinTech deals in Q1 2023 included Vista's take-private of Duck Creek for $2.4 billion and Parthenon's $415 million carve-out of Pavilion Payments, the gaming division of Global Payments
  • One notable bright spot for sponsor deal activity over the last several quarters has been take-private transactions (public-to-privates or P2Ps), driven in part by depressed public market valuations