Innovate Finance Sees Bright Future For FinTech - Plus Loan Latest
As the political weather changes day by day, there is some certainty, at least, in the financial-technology sector. It is the future, come what may.The latest research from the government body, Innovate Finance and consultants, EY, indicates strong and rising levels of investment despite Brexit uncertainty. Below is an excerpt of a recent report by our friends at P2P Finance News.
The 2019 UK Fintech Census, based on a study of more than 200 fintech companies by trade body Innovate Finance and consultancy EY, found the average investment raised by each firm grew by a third from £15m in 2017 to more than £20m in 2019.In their next funding round, UK fintech firms are collectively expected to raise a total of £2.6bn, with series A funding accounting for 26 per cent.A third of respondents anticipate a stock market listing in the next five years.The confidence comes despite concerns over Brexit and the impact on the economy as well as the UK's position as a fintech leader.Firms highlighted finding the right digital skills as a key challenge for the industry.
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 46 per cent filled at the time of writing.
At the time of writing, the loan has a current average yield of 11.4 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.