P2P lending platform Lending Club has announced the acquisition of Springstone Financial for $140 million in stock and cash. Springstone is a financial service business that provides affordable options for consumers looking to finance private education and medical procedures. Springstone brings along a network of over 14,000 schools and healthcare providers. Springstone was founded in 2007 by Mike Gilroy, Jim Donovan and Mike Donovan. In 2013 the company facilitated over $340 million in loans.
“The acquisition of Springstone is significantly expanding the services we offer to help consumers achieve their goals,” said Lending Club CEO Renaud Laplanche. “Parents looking to finance their children’s education and patients undergoing elective procedures will now have access to Lending Club loans and benefit from responsible, transparent and affordable financing options.”
Mike Gilroy, CEO of Springstone, said, “Lending Club has established a great reputation as an innovator. We’ve built strong bridges between providers and patients and between educational institutions and parents. We’re excited to become part of the Lending Club platform, which will bring new financing options to our network.”
As part of the financing of this transaction, Lending Club also announced the closing of an equity capital raise. Investors in the $65 million round included funds and accounts managed by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., Wellington Management Company, LLP, BlackRock and Sands Capital.
“We believe that Lending Club has an opportunity to transform an important part of the banking system into a transparent online marketplace,” said Henry Ellenbogen, Portfolio Manager at T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. “The Springstone acquisition is another step in that direction, and we are very excited at the prospect of being a long term equity partner of Lending Club.”
Lending Club also raised $50 million in debt financing to fund the acquisition.
Since facilitating its first loan in May 2007, Lending Club has more than doubled annual loan volume each year. By using technology and an innovative process, Lending Club matches creditworthy borrowers with investors looking for yield. Borrowers benefit from rates generally lower than credit cards, and the platform’s investors have enjoyed solid returns. As of April 17, 2014 more than $4 billion in personal loans have been originated through the Lending Club platform, enabling more than 250,000 consumers to achieve their financial goals. Lending Club recently launched a small business loan platform designed to help small business owners access affordable credit.