Market Looking For P2P Improvements

AltFi reports good news on a FinTech outfit which has been – and continues to be, despite this item – surrounded by less than flattering rumours. Below is an excerpt from AltFi’s report (published yesterday) and a share price chart – of purely indicative nature, Googled today – showing a positive market reaction to the news:

SME lender Funding Circle could be the next fintech to break even after it had a record 2020, according to a trading update from the firm.

The alternative lender said that it will become profitable in its Adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (AEBITDA) before the year-end, a much better position than it previously thought.

In the market update, the listed firm said that as a result of a strong lending appetite from SMEs throughout the year, that “in the four months ended 30 October total income for the Group was up 38 per cent on last year.”

Much of this growth was led by Funding Circle’s UK-based lending, with the alternative lender’s income jumping by over two thirds (67 per cent) here in the UK.

Indicative pricing

The stock market update also revealed that, as of last week, Funding Circle has approved roughly £1.85bn and originated £1.35bn in CBILS loans.

Funding Circle’s growth was also spurred on by its lending in the US, where it also participated in a government-backed lending programme.

In the US, Funding Circle’s total income increased by ten per cent year on year in the four months running up to the end of October.

The fintech also revealed that it expects its total income from the second half of 2020 to be roughly 20 per cent higher than the whole of 2019.

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 £20 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 two bad debts 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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Disclaimer: Money&Co.™ is the trading name of Denmark Square Limited, Company Number 08561817, registered in England & Wales, authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The company is identified on the Financial Services Register under Reference Number 727325. The registered office is 58 Glentham Road, Barnes, London, SW13 9JJ where the register of Directors may be inspected. Denmark Square Limited (ISA manager reference number Z1932) manages the Money&Co. Innovative Finance ISA.