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In 2020, French fintech is doing much better than resisting!

December 29, 2020 | Barometers, Press Releases

Paris, December 29, 2020

France FinTech, the professional association of French fintech, insurtech and regtech, publishes its annual barometer of fundraising. 2020 will have been a year with an atypical profile, like a global economic environment heavily impacted by the crisis generated by the coronavirus pandemic. The companies in the sector have generally resisted well and raised 828,2 million euros in 63 transactions, an increase of 18,5% compared to 2019. 

2020: a “three-beat waltz”…  

The year had started vigorously with major operations like those of Qonto (neo-bank for professionals) 104 M € and Lydia (banking / PFM and payments) 40M €, both of which welcomed international investors. € 253 million were raised in the first quarter, or 36% of the total amount for 2019, as an extension of the strong growth of recent years. 

From the second trimester, the movement slowed down significantly due to the consequences of the first confinement and the resulting climate of uncertainty. The gradual deconfinement has made it possible to re-establish a certain momentum with € 123,2 million raised in June. Summer and autumn were marked by the wait-and-see attitude, apart from the significant € 100 million fundraising by Dataiku (Data-driven financial decision tool) in August. 

The year ends, as it started, on a very positive trend. The amounts invested in December (€ 143,9 million) are close to those of January with in particular three large-scale operations: Luko (Home insurance) € 47,5 million, Pigment (Data-driven financial decision tool) € 24,1M and Lydia, € 72M, which thus completes its funding round at the start of the year of € 40M to reach € 112M for the year as a whole, i.e. the largest Series B for a French fintech.

In this extremely disturbed context, French fintechs post a fine annual performance with € 828,2 million. They are clearly better than the European market (-7%) and represent an increased proportion of fundraising in the digital sector in France (15% of fundraising in 2020 against 13% in 2019).

Acceleration and development of new uses 

The analysis of transactions reveals some interesting trends that confirm the maturity of the ecosystem:

  • the object itself of these levies, focused on commercial development, diversification of models, a more assertive technological component and internationalization,
  • the increase in the average ticket (€ 13,1 million, i.e. + 20,6%) with continued start-up operations (43,5% of fundraising, 37,1% for series A),
  • the ability to raise important tickets : 3 operations of more than 100 million, 6 of more than 40 M €,
  • the arrival of several international investors (USA, UK, China, Singapore in particular), which demonstrates the attractiveness of our players and the French market, a privileged gateway to Europe,
  • finally marked growth in valuations leading players who thus reduce part of the gap compared to European (UK in particular) and American champions.

The acceleration of sectors that are already well established: 

  • The insurtech experience the strongest growth (21% of levies, 5 points more than in 2019) with the development of neo-insurers, on-demand and parametric insurance providers or of data management functionalities,
  • The payment services (15,3% of fundraising) and neo-banking (31%) are strengthening, in particular thanks to a strong increase in digital uses and an effective implementation of DSP2 (applications linked to open banking). 

Finally, beyond this phenomenon of acceleration and emergence of leaders, vertical by vertical, certain innovative uses have appeared such as:

  • the so-called “operational” services, dealing in a very innovative way with invoice and expense report issues, or offering solutions dedicated to the purchasing or HR function. These represented almost a quarter of the lifting (23,5%),

It is of course not possible to envisage the profile of the year 2021 at this stage, as the health and economic uncertainties are great. The fact remains that our ecosystem is approaching the new year with resolve and confidence.

ABOUT FRANCE FINTECH: 

Created in 2015 on the initiative of entrepreneurs, France FinTech brings together companies using innovative and disruptive operational, technological or economic models aimed at addressing existing or emerging issues in the financial services industry and representing the main components of the sector. The association's mission is to promote excellence in the sector in France and abroad and to represent French fintechs to public authorities, the regulator and the ecosystem. France FinTech is today the largest sectoral association of start-ups in France and in Europe. It is chaired by Alain Clot and Kristen Charvin is its general delegate. Its steering committee brings together the founders and directors of ANAXAGO, EPSOR, JENJI, LEDGER, LYDIA, + SIMPLE, OCTOBER, XAALYS, YOUNITED CREDIT. In addition to its actions in the regulatory and legislative fields, its numerous publications, its workshops and various meetings, the association organizes each year the reference event of the ecosystem, Fintech R: Evolution

France FinTech is a member of the AMF-ACPR Fintech Forum and a founding member of theEDFA (European Digital Finance Association).

Contact : press [@] francefintech.org
Alain Clot, President 
Kristen Charvin, General Delegate