Leading P2P Investor's Struggles Continue - Plus Loan Latest


  • What is it about the uneasy alliance between mainstream finance and the peer-to-peer (P2P) lending sector?
We've reported recently on the difficult times experienced at Funding Circle, and now further bad news comes from GLI Finance, an early investor in the P2P sector. Note the claim by one of its executives that the company is a "passenger" in the process. No need for any further comment.

SHARES in GLI Finance skidded 28 per cent lower in morning trading, after the alternative finance firm reported a "disappointing" half-year loss.The Aim-listed firm posted a £6.1m overall loss in the six months to 30 June 2019, although this was a year-on-year improvement from a £9.3m loss in the first half of 2018.Net assets dropped to £44m from £50.2m last year and group revenue was £100,000 lower at £7.1m.The Aim-listed company said the overall result was impacted by a £5.2m writedown in its Fintech Ventures portfolio, which which invests in fintech lending platforms."It is disappointing to again be reporting further write downs in the Fintech Ventures portfolio," said GLI chief executive Andrew Whelan."As we have previously outlined, we are largely a passenger on this journey and due to capital constraints, we have not been able to follow our money into these platforms."Whelan said that greater competition in the sector "is making it increasingly difficult for smaller players, particularly those that are loss making, to raise further equity"."The write down in the period relates primarily to three of our platforms," he added. "One of the platforms has disappointingly ceased trading in September 2019 following an enforcement by their debt provider. Another of the platforms is finding it difficult to secure the additional equity capital they require. The third platform where we have suffered a write down has secured further equity capital during the first half of 2019, but the providers of the new equity have negotiated a favourable liquidation preference which has impacted our value.

Loan Offer Latest

Woodville, rated A, for £200,000 with an 8 per cent fixed yield, is just closed. A new tranche will be landing on site soon.
  • 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 44 per cent filled at the time of writing.
  • At the time of writing, the loan has a current average yield of 11.1 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.

Risk: Security, Access, Yield

Do consider not just the return, but the security and the ease of access to your investment. We write regularly about these three key factors. Here's one of several earlier articles on security, access and yield.

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