RateSetter passes $200m in matched loans
Another milestone achieved as RateSetter passes $200 million of loans matched between investors and borrowers.
After launching in 2014, it took 20 months of hard work to fund the first $50 million in loans. Our most recent $50 million in funding has taken just four months. By monthly loan volumes, we’re now the largest peer-to-peer lender in Australia.
This is a growth curve our team is proud of, and you don’t need to look far into the future to see that it shouldn’t be long before we are funding over $50 million each month! To put that in perspective, that would make us one of the top 5 largest personal loan providers in Australia, by monthly volumes.
To date, we’ve had over 9,000 investors register to lend on our investment platform. These investors represent a diverse range of people from millennials just starting to build an investment portfolio right through to retirees looking to invest their SMSF nest egg. Although our investors come from a variety life stages, we believe they’re attracted to RateSetter for similar reasons – to earn an attractive return by access an attractive asset class which is no longer the exclusive domain of our large banks.
Together our investors have earned over $10m in interest. Importantly, thanks to our considered approach to credit risk and our Provision Fund, every investor has received every amount of principal and interest due to them.
In addition to the protections afforded by the Provision Fund, the typical RateSetter investor is now benefiting from strong diversification across borrowers during the normal course of lending and re-investment. On average, an investor that has been on the platform for over 12 months is matched to over 110 loans.
Altogether, there have been over half a million matches on RateSetter’s lending markets, with an average match amount of ~$384. This means that the average RateSetter loan is funded by over 25 investors!
Credit and Provision Fund performance
While we’re growing strongly, we have not compromised the credit performance of our loan book. Our loss rate remains below 1% of loans funded, and the actual loss for each annual cohort of loans is, to date, below the level indicated to investors.
In addition, the Provision Fund has now grown to over $6.8 million, representing over 5.6% of our loan book and over 170% of expected future losses on current loan book.
Thanks to our team and supporters
Reaching this milestone has been made possible through the dedication of our team of over 60 talented and hardworking staff and directors. Plus, we’ve only been able to reach this milestone thanks to the support of our customers – both investors and borrowers – who have been willing to step away from traditional incumbents and try something new.
So we extend our sincere thanks to all of our supporters as we take this time to reflect on reaching this significant $200 million milestone and we look forward to the next $100m and beyond!
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