- According to an analysis from the research firm PitchBook, payments startups raised $7.59 billion worth of venture capital funding for 202 deals in Q2 2022, an 18.7% decline from $9.34 billion Q1 2022 when 289 deals were done.
- The venture capital deals in Q2 2022 also dipped slightly from $7.95 billion for 348 investments in Q2 2021. However, earlier this year, Q1 2022 VC funding rose 42% from $6.57 billion in Q1 2021, according to PitchBook data shared with Payments Dive.
- Parsing the data by payments category, PitchBook's analysis found that 76 point-of-sale platforms raised the most capital in Q2 2022 ($22.9 billion), followed by $13.8 billion raised by 89 payroll, accounts receivable and accounts payable companies; and $10.6 billion by 46 business-to-business payments companies.
So far, there have been 491 venture capital deals in payments for the first half of 2022. That count isn’t keeping pace with the ultimate total count for last year when 1,433 deals were closed, according to PitchBook data. The dollar amount is also off, with just $16.93 billion raised for the first half of this year, compared to $32.2 billion for all of last year.
PitchBook attributed a decline in investment exits so far this year to the dramatic slowdown in initial public offerings. Last year, payments companies tallied $81.6 billion in exits, moving at a much faster pace than the $1.47 billion in exits for the first half of 2022.
In terms of such exits, PitchBook analyst Robert Le predicts this year will bring more mergers and acquisitions instead of IPOs because established fintechs will look to buy smaller peers that specialize in a particular area of the industry.
Additional research into payments venture capital activity points to a slowdown compared to last year. According to an analysis from CB Insights, payments startups last year raised a record $32 billion across 662 deals.
Still, venture funding for the fintechs overall dropped 23% in Q2 2022 from the first quarter.
Jordan Rubio, PitchBook’s data visualization editor, attributed the rise in digital financial services to the COVID-19 pandemic, during which consumers gravitated to fintech platforms and away from brick-and-mortar transactions.
“Digital payments, one of the earliest financial segments to go digital, has continued to see rapid disruption during this period,” Rubio wrote in the payments sector analysis. “Checkout platforms have benefited from demand for online and contactless transactions, remote working has driven a need for payroll software providers, and corporate credit card providers like Ramp and Brex have reportedly seen revenues surge.”