If you look more broadly than marketplace lending and look at what is happening across the fintech world, you see large amounts...
MarketInvoice has reached a 1 billion British pound invoice funding milestone; in the past 14 months it has financed 500 million British pounds of invoices; just recently reaching the 1 billion British pounds funding milestone, it reported invoices funded of 958,029,836 British pounds as of October 31 with a total loan amount of 765,451,443 British pounds; the company has been in business since 2010 with a total of over 20,000 transactions; it currently offers loans of 10,000 British pounds to 3 million British pounds for company invoices. Sources
Anil Stocker and Aman Mehra from MarketInvoice talk with AltFi about how marketplace lenders are revolutionizing the credit underwriting process; specifically noting the speed of approvals from sophisticated credit underwriting models; also the seamless aggregation and decision process which Stocker says is faster and more efficient than banks; the success of the firm's underwriting has helped it to maintain a steady client base and also gain endorsement from the UK's British Business Bank. Source
The construction sector accounts for approximately 16% of invoices financed on the MarketInvoice platform and issues from construction company Elimco UK have uncovered some new potential risks for the sector; Elimco UK has stopped making payments to the platform; in most cases MarketInvoice as the lender would receive preferred rights to the company's payments however in the construction sector set off rights give the customer preference of payment which has caused the construction company to default with MarketInvoice; the total amount of losses reported for MarketInvoice has not been disclosed; the company says its overall loss rate is 2.4% after recoveries; the firm also says it does not have plans for data filtering by industry category since it would lead to cherry picking loans. Source
MarketInvoice has appointed Shaun Alexander to head of risk; Alexander joins MarketInvoice from Santander and will be the firm's first head of risk directly overseeing the underwriting unit of the business; the new hire is another example of a fintech firm adding traditional banking risk oversight experience; MarketInvoice expects Alexander will help improve risk management for the firm by providing broader insight on sector risks and market risk factors. Source
There has been a lot of uncertainty for the marketplace lending industry in Europe following the Brexit vote in June....
MarketInvoice has launched a new product for invoice discounting; MarketInvoice Pro provides an open funding line through new technology that will make invoice financing easier and faster for businesses with an ongoing need for funding; to support the new product growth, MarketInvoice recently received a 7.2 million British pound ($9.04 million) investment from MCI Capital and Northzone Partners; with the launch of MarketInvoice Pro the firm plans to double its lending for 2017 with targeted loan originations of 2 billion British pounds ($2.51 billion). Source
Giles Andrews launched Zopa, the industry's first peer-to-peer lending platform, in 2005; he has now taken on a new role as the chairman of MarketInvoice; MarketInvoice provides P2P financing for small business invoices giving them an alternative source for working capital; Giles Andrews will help the firm scale its business and reach its 2017 goal of 2 billion British pounds ($2.48 billion) in lending. Source
The UK's MarketInvoice, a working capital lender for businesses, has been gaining significant market traction and is reporting ambitious plans for future business growth; it is estimating total lending of 2 billion British pounds ($2.5 billion) by the end of the year and is planning to offer its service to incumbent banks; the firm has also appointed Zopa's Giles Andrews as its chairman and hired Shaun Alexander as head of risk to improve its risk reporting, integrate more artificial intelligence programming and facilitate greater deal communication with large traditional banks. Source