German Lending Marketplace auxmoney Overtakes Midsize Banks in Consumer Loan Origination

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Düsseldorf-based Fintech auxmoney has surpassed its targets in 2018. Loan volume increased by 74 percent compared to 2017. Raffael Johnen, Founder and CEO of auxmoney, commented:

“While the major German banks are in crisis mode, the leading German fintechs are always setting new records. With our continuously strong growth, we managed to be the first credit marketplace to catch up with medium-sized banks in Germany.”

Auxmoney is the largest credit marketplace in Continental Europe. It issued new loans totaling €551 million last year.

“We had planned growth of around 60 percent for 2018. We were able to significantly exceed this ambitious goal with 74 percent. That gives us a lot of momentum for 2019,” commented Raffael Johnen, CEO of auxmoney.

The high lending volume is borne by a broad base of private and institutional investors. In total, they financed around 73,000 loans via auxmoney in 2018 against 40,000 in 2017. The average loan size is €8,000.

Auxmoney’s numbers show how fast the German credit market is changing. According to the Bundesbank, German consumer loan origination totaled €106 billion in 2018. Lending in excess of half a billion euros a year means that auxmoney, with a market share of 0.5%, is now outperforming medium-size savings banks.

The startup’s growth potential remains huge as only 15% of the total loan volume is now issued online according to the German banking association.


Therese Torris, PhD, is a Senior Contributing Editor to Crowdfund Insider. She is an entrepreneur and consultant in eFinance and eCommerce based in Paris. She has covered crowdfunding and P2P lending since the early days when Zopa was created in the United Kingdom. She was a director of research and consulting at Gartner Group Europe, Senior VP at Forrester Research and Content VP at Twenga. She publishes a French personal finance blog, Le Blog Finance Pratique.

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