UK P2PFA: Peer to Peer Loans Tops Net Lending to SMEs by Banks in Q2

UK Peer to Peer Lending Hurdles £1 Billion During 2nd Quarter

The UK Peer to Peer Finance Association (P2PFA) has published their second quarter 2018 numbers from member platforms.  According to their data, the peer-to-peer lending industry contributed more than £1 billion to the UK economy during Q2.

P2PFA members are required to meet robust standards for transparent, fair and orderly operation of online lending. The member platforms are currently: Crowdstacker, Folk2Folk, Funding Circle, Landbay, Lending Works, Market Invoice, ThinCats and Zopa.

New lending to businesses by members of the P2PFA grew by almost £100 million versus the same quarter last year, reaching nearly £750 million in the second quarter of 2018.

Total net lending (total lending minus repayments) flow to small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) over the same period (£191 million) exceeded the combined net lending of the major high street banks by £60 million (£130 million), according to the P2PFA.

Robert Pettigrew, Director of the P2PFA, said that in the last quarter more than 150,000 investors (including retail investors) facilitated over £1 billion of new lending with nearly three quarters going to UK businesses.

“This growth in the level of peer-to-peer lending underlines the significant impact the sector continues to make to the real economy,” said Pettigrew. “It is clear that peer-to-peer lending is increasingly viewed as an important source of finance by consumers and businesses alike. These quarterly lending statistics demonstrate that peer-to-peer continues to increase choice and competition across the board – helping to consolidate the sector’s place in the financial services market.”

This most recent report comes on the eve of the initial public offering (IPO) of Funding Circle – the largest UK based SME P2P lender and the largest P2P lender overall. Funding Circle is expected to trade on the LSE the first week of October with a valuation of around £1.8 billion representing a coming of age for this sector of UK Fintech.

The P2PFA notes that SMEs make up approximately half of the UK’s turnover and half of all employment, yet this sector continues to face difficulties accessing finance through traditional channels.

The Association states that after the vote to leave the European Union in 2016, net lending by the banks to small businesses fell significantly, turning negative in the last quarter of 2017 (-£74 million). At the same time, the number of small businesses has continued to grow year-on-year, and this recent data highlights the role peer-to-peer lending has played in underpinning their growth.

Aggregate levels of peer-to-peer lending by P2PFA platforms during the four quarters leading to Q2 2018:

Q3 2017Q4 2017Q1 2018Q2 2018
Cumulative lending£7,168,727,657£8,033,329,880£8,962,960,776£9,982,437,304
o/w lending to businesses£4,440,151,180£5,039,000,838£5,699,559,956£6,448,565,177
o/w lending to individuals£2,728,576,477£2,994,329,042£3,263,400,820£3,533,872,127
Base stock of loans (outstanding loan book)£2,958,326,435£3,258,708,518£3,530,634,586£3,749,920,897
o/w lending to businesses£1,754,510,098£1,971,666,313£2,170,368,751£2,328,839,798
o/w lending to individuals£1,204,816,337£1,287,042,205£1,360,265,835£1,421,081,099
New Lending£733,270,490£836,982,950£929,137,724£1,019,091,811
o/w lending to businesses£472,393,077£571,229,385£660,076,506£748,620,503
o/w lending to individuals£260,877,413£265,752,565£269,061,218£270,471,308
Capital repaid£508,891,428£551,968,213£641,924,952£757,864,189
o/w lending to businesses£337,105,103£369,441,516£446,087,365£548,208,144
o/w lending to individuals£171,786,325£182,526,697£195,837,587£209,656,045
Net Lending Flow£228,055,356£277,677,738£287,533,338£255,202,073
o/w lending to businesses£138,964,268£194,451,870£214,309,707£191,386,810
o/w lending to individuals£89,091,088£83,225,868£73,223,631£60,815,263
Number of current lenders134,658138,829148,222150,385
Number of current borrowers246,813263,110276,278272,225
o/w are businesses43,42548,83454,48543,682
o/w are individuals203,388214,276221,793228,543

Cumulative P2PFA platform level lending data during the four quarters to Q2 2018:

 2017 (Q3)2017 (Q4)2018 (Q1)2018 (Q2)
Crowdstacker £35,209,322£37,714,968£46,612,890
Funding Circle£2,747,357,362£3,093,910,983£3,448,615,744£3,806,000,000
Lending Works£71,699,386£83,183,353£98,772,559£115,658,873


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