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Fintech Valuation Multiples: 2024 Report

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Fintech Valuation Multiples

Last Updated: January 4, 2024

Our analysts recently compiled data on private fintech M&A deals from Q4 2022 to Q1 2024 using private equity networks, expert interviews, and proprietary databases to determine accurate fintech valuation multiples in today’s environment. The valuation multiples are displayed in the tables below, and are further segmented by industry. (Sources)

Below, we present a table for both revenue multiples and EBITDA multiples. While both are common, revenue multiples are preferred in fintech M&A because of the high-growth, high-burn nature of these businesses.

Private Fintech Revenue Multiples – 2024

Company TypeRevenue Range
$1-5M$6-10M$10-30M
Accounting3.8x5.3x6.1x
Banking – Commercial4.2x5.7x6.8x
Banking – Consumer4.6x5.8x7.1x
Capital Raising3.8x6.1x6.9x
Cryptocurrency4.2x5.2x5.9x
Equity Financing4.8x5.6x6.6x
Insurance4.7x5.9x7.1x
Investing/Trading5x5.6x7.5x
Lending4.5x5.5x6.9x
Money Transfer4.6x5.8x6.6x
Payment Solutions5x5.5x6.7x
Regulatory3.7x5.4x6.3x
Wealth Management3.5x5.9x7.2x

Private Fintech EBITDA Multiples – 2024

Company TypeEBITDA Range
$1-3M$3-5M$5-10M
Accounting11.2x13.4x15.1x
Banking – Commercial12.2x14.5x17.5x
Banking – Consumer11.5x13.1x15.5x
Capital Raising12.3x14.4x16.4x
Cryptocurrency9.8x11.8x14.1x
Equity Financing12.1x14.6x16.4x
Insurance10.6x12.8x14.1x
Investing/Trading12.6x15x17x
Lending12.2x14.8x16.5x
Money Transfer13.5x15.1x16.7x
Payment Solutions12.6x14.9x16.6x
Regulatory11.5x13.4x15.5x
Wealth Management14.9x15.7x17.1x

The following sections provide further context to the data above, offering a high-level overview of the current M&A environment for fintech companies, as well as suggestions for how to sell a fintech company in 2024.

The 2024 M&A Market for Fintech Companies

Although the M&A market has experienced a decline in total deals in nearly every sector, fintech has been far less affected. Our research recorded nearly 600 private fintech deals, this number nearly doubling pre-pandemic levels—which peaked at approximately ~320 deals. Given the decline in the general M&A market that began in Q2 2022, a greater appetite for M&A (and corresponding level of liquidity) is evident within fintech.

While the total number of deals saw an increase, valuation multiples—both revenue and EBITDA—have declined over the last 12 months. For example, the median revenue multiple range as of Q1 2024 was 3.3x-7.1x, which is ~34% lower than it was in 2021. However, data trends show these multiples experiencing minor to moderate increases over the last 3 months.

Revenue Multiples for Private Fintech Companies, 2020-2024

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  • Fintech M&A is a buyer’s market going into 2024. Sellers are more likely to find buyers but less likely to get a higher multiple than a few years ago, meaning buyers of all types are getting the most value out of fintech M&A transactions. (More about selling to PE firms vs. strategic buyers here.)
  • Interest rate cuts may mean more favorable valuations. The Fed’s recent projection of a mid-2024 rate cut, combined with a record-high amount of dry powder in the hands of private equity, will likely increase M&A activity across all sectors in H2 2024.
  • PE is more likely to offer a higher multiple because a larger portion of their offer will be paid in equity. (More about the pros and cons of selling to private equity here.)
  • Getting a higher multiple will require skill. Sellers without the time to spare will want to consider partnering with an M&A firm to secure the best possible deal at closing.
Related: See our article on The Top M&A Advisory Firms – 2024

Selling a Fintech Company in 2024

Even experienced business owners can be overwhelmed with the process of selling their company. It’s an emotionally challenging experience by itself, made all the more difficult by the turbulence of the macroeconomic environment and the idiosyncrasies of dealmaking. I’ve sold multiple companies to both strategic acquirers and PE, and am happy to speak to any fellow entrepreneurs about the experience. You can contact me at the address listed below or through this website’s contact page.

Evan Bailyn

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