The uneasy relationship between mainstream finance and the P2P sector continues. One direct consequence of the defenestration of P2P's biggest player, Funding Circle, from the FTSE 250 Index is the simple bearish fact that index funds will no longer hold the stock automatically. Pension funds and other institutions will also take a long second look at the stock, if they weren't doing so already.
Britain's largest peer-to-peer lender and one of the country's first challenger banks were ejected from the FTSE 250 index. Funding Circle and Metro Bank were two of nine firms leaving the country's second tier of quoted stocks as part of the quarterly review by market owner FTSE Russell.The peer-to-peer business lender, led by chief executive and co-founder Samir Desai has seen the value of its stock fall by more than 75 per cent since it floated last October at 440p as it cut growth forecasts by half. It was at 106p in morning trading.Metro Bank, founded nine years ago, has seen its shares tumble over 90 per cent over the last year after an accounting error forced it to raise £375m from investors in May.Neil Woodford's listed Woodford Patient Capital Trust also dropped out of the FTSE 250, after the former star stockpicker froze his flagship fund in June following a rush from investors who withdrew their money.
Woodville, DK Tuning Loan Offer
Woodville, rated A, for £200,000 with an 8 per cent fixed yield, is 65 per cent funded at the time of writing. DK Tuning is a B+ loan of £280,000 with a five-year term and an indicative interest rate of 10 per cent. It's 12 per cent filled at the time of writing.
At the time of writing, the loan has a current average rate of 11.5 per cent. That's because of the auction process and some (frankly, speculative) high bid placed. What typically happens is that as the auction closes more competitive offers of credit drive out the expensive ones. Furthermore, the borrower has the option of not accepting bids it considers too expensive. Watch this space.
The loan funds will be used for an acquisition. See below an excerpt of the borrower's representations as it seeks funds. As ever, we've done due diligence, but cannot warrant the accuracy of the statements. For more detail. CLICK HERE.
The performance of DK Tuning has been strong, with turnover doubling every year so far. Gross margins are stable at around 50%, and crucially we have enough staff and resources already to absorb the target business. The combined turnover of DK Tuning and the target company will be over 1.1 million on day one, and we predict that this will rise steadily as our better customer service model and improved rate of sales per sub-dealer take effect. There should be a slight uplift in gross margins because of the integration benefits.
Historical Performance And IFISA Process Guide
Money&Co. lenders have achieved an average return of more than 8 per cent gross (before we deduct our one per cent fee).
That figure is the result of over £17 million of loans facilitated on the site, as we bring individuals looking for a good return on capital together with carefully vetted small companies seeking funds for growth. Bear in mind that lenders' capital is at risk. Read warnings on site before committing capital.
Money&Co. has been lending for over 5 years and has only had one bad debt so far, representing a bad debt rate of 0.03 per cent per annum.
All loans on site are eligible to be held in a Money&Co. Innovative Finance Individual Savings Account (IFISA), up to the annual ISA limit of £20,000. Such loans offer lenders tax-free income.Our offering is an Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA) that can hold the peer-to-peer (P2P) business loans that Money&Co. facilitates. For the purposes of this article, the terms ISA and IFISA are interchangeable.So here's our guide to the process:
Step 1: Register as a lender. Go to the login page, and go through the process that the law requires us to effect. This means we have to do basic checks on you to comply with money-laundering and other security requirements.
Step 2: Put money into your account. This is best done by electronic transfer. We can also process paper cheques drawn in favour of Denmark Square Limited, the parent company of Money&Co.
Step 3: Buy loans in the loan market. Once you've put cash in your account it will sit there - and it won't earn interest until you've bought a piece of a loan. It's this final step that requires lenders and IFISA investors to be pro-active. Just choose some loans - all loans on the Money&Co. site can be held in an IFISA - and your money will start earning tax-free interest.
The ISA allowance for 2019/20 is unchanged from last tax year at £20,000, allowing a married couple to put £40,000 into a tax-free environment. Over three years, an investment of this scale in two Money&Co. Innovative Finance ISAs would generate £8,400 of income completely free of tax. We're assuming a 7 per cent return, net of charges and free of tax here.Once you have made your initial commitment, you might then consider diversifying - buying a spread of loans. To do this, you can go into the "loans for sale" market. All loans bought in this market also qualify for IFISA tax benefits.