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Last Updated : Feb 20, 2020 08:50 PM IST | Source: PTI

Fintech investments in India doubled to $3.7bn in 2019, 3rd largest mkt globally: Report

Investments in payments companies more than tripled to $2.1 billion from about $660 million in 2018, while funding into insur-techs rose 74 percent to $510 million.

Investment in financial technology (fintech) ventures in India nearly doubled to $3.7 billion in 2019 making the country the world's third largest fintech market, as per an analysis by Accenture.

"Fintech investments in India nearly doubled to $3.7 billion in 2019 from $1.9 billion the previous year, putting the country as the world's third largest fintech centre, behind only the US and UK," an Accenture analysis of data from CB Insights said.

The number of deals was up slightly to 198 last year from 193 in 2018, it added.

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Investments in payments companies more than tripled to $2.1 billion from about $660 million in 2018, while funding into insur-techs rose 74 percent to $510 million.

The vast majority of funds raised last year in India went into payments startups (58 percent), while insur-techs raked in 13.7 percent of the investments and fintechs in lending accounted for 10.8 percent of the total, as per the data.

One97 Communications, the parent company of Paytm, raised $1.66 billion from two separate transactions, while PhonePe tapped investors for about $210 million and Razorpay raised $75 million.

Other large transactions included $282 million raised by PolicyBazaar and $120 million from credit card payments company CRED.

Investment in fintech companies rose sharply in most major markets in 2019 led by gains in the US and UK and emerging economies such as India and Brazil, it said.

Despite those gains, the total value of fintech deals globally dipped 3.7 percent to $53.3 billion in 2019 from $55.3 billion in 2018, when totals were boosted by a record $14 billion from Ant Financial and three other multi-billion-dollar transactions from Chinese companies, it added.

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First Published on Feb 20, 2020 08:49 pm
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