In this week’s PeerIQ Industry Update they look at the record levels of consumer debt, some regulatory changes, new securitizations and give an update on recent hirings; consumer credit is now at an all time high surpassing $1tn, though per capita levels remain below peak; the Trump administration is looking to revise the Community Reinvestment Act rules to include small business loans; Marlette’s newest securitization, MFT 2018-1, consists of loans originated by Cross River bank for over $390mn and it has received ratings from Kroll; PeerIQ also announced the hiring of 6 new employees as the company continues to grow. Source.
Both Marlette and LendingClub now have their own securitization platforms which has broadened their investor base; Sid Jajodia, chief investment officer at LendingClub spoke at the Structured Finance Industry Group’s conference in Las Vegas this week and discussed the importance of brining LendingClub’s loans in-house; he also spoke about their new whole-loan structured product announced in December as well as changes that might make sense for the company in the future; Karan Mehta, head of capital markets for Marlette discussed changes they are making to their whole-loan program. Source
President Donald Trump is expected to ease regulatory burdens across the financial services industry; some marketplace lenders believe this could help to cause less friction; “We want to deliver a frictionless experience but there’s all this friction—hopefully this administration will be helpful,” said Marlette Funding CEO and Founder Jeffrey Meiler on a panel at LendIt USA 2017; the current market environment includes expectations for rising rates and less regulation which seems to be helping the outlook for a growing marketplace lending industry with opportunities across a range of categories including mortgage lending and business lending. Source
Marlette recently closed a $225 million Series E equity raise led by the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan.
In an interview in American Banker, Meiler discusses Marlette’s culture which aims to keep employees informed of the company’s goals; their strategy includes quarterly all-hands meetings with the company’s 100 employees to share what the goals are for the next 90 days; Meiler also shares how the company shifted its focus to profits given the changing environment and how this resulted in $11 million in GAAP profits last year. Source