We’re excited to announce Prosper has surpassed $5 billion in loans originated through its platform since inception. This follows a record quarter with $1.070 billion in loans through the platform, as well as a record daily average. It was only a year ago we crossed the $2 billion mark, and I know I speak for many at Prosper when I say we are humbled by the growth of our community in such a short period of time. And while this $5 billion milestone is a landmark for us internally, what is really important to see is how marketplace lending is completely changing lives and helping advance their financial well-being.
Hundreds of thousands of people have turned to Prosper for access to a loan. Debt consolidation continues to be the most frequent use case, with approximately 288,000 loans taken for this purpose. Here are some additional insights into our community since inception:
Home Improvement: People have been turning to us for spring cleaning and summer renovations — we have seen loans through the Prosper platform for home improvement projects such as remodels, renovations and home repair.
Many people are also taking out loans to pay for elective medical procedures such as LASIK, bariatric, dental and cosmetic surgery.
Consumers also continue to come to Prosper to borrow on their personal credit for purpose of a small business.
While it represents a small percent of our overall community, we’re proud to say that we’ve seen loans through our platform for babies and adoption—helping people realize their dreams of starting a family.
More recently, Prosper Marketplace has also pursued strategic partnerships and acquisitions to expand the company’s reach. Last month Prosper Marketplace announced that it will acquire BillGuard. The transformative acquisition is the first time that marketplace lending and personal finance management have come together to create a full suite of tools to help people make smarter financial decisions. It will be an important step in truly empowering and educating consumers to be financially secure and successful.
Today is an exciting day for our company. This morning, we announced that Prosper Marketplace will acquire BillGuard, a leading personal finance company with operations in Tel Aviv, Israel. This is a transformative acquisition for Prosper Marketplace and the industry. Until now, nobody has brought together marketplace lending and personal finance management to deliver an offering that truly empowers, protects and educates consumers. It’s also an important step in achieving our long-term vision of being a company that helps people be financially secure and successful.
BillGuard was founded in 2010 by Yaron Samid and Raphael Ouzan. The idea was born when Yaron googled an unauthorized charge on his family credit card, and saw countless others spot the same charge. That’s when he and co-founder Raphael saw the power of crowdsourcing to protect against fraud and even overspending. Since launching BillGuard, the app has amassed than 1.3 million registered users and has won almost every award in its category, including being named one of the top banking innovations of all time by Online Banking Report and a Best App of 2014 by Google.
Prosper Marketplace’s mission is to enhance financial well-being, and as we look to the future, we want to find ways beyond Prosper’s personal loan product to help people accomplish this goal. BillGuard helps us do this in a number of ways. First, it helps us create a long lasting relationship with our customers by offering them a full suite of financial tools. It also gives us the opportunity to lower our cost per acquisition, and to be in front of the customer when they are ready to make a credit decision.
In addition, we’re also welcoming an incredible group of people to the Prosper Marketplace organization. With the addition of the BillGuard team, we now have access to the impressive talent pool in Tel Aviv, a technology hub that is on par with what we have here in Silicon Valley.
The opportunity to build a team there that complements our already strong team in SF will help us further accelerate our product development.
The BillGuard acquisition follows a year of significant growth and announcements. Earlier this year, we acquired American Healthcare Lending, which has allowed to successfully extend our offering into the elective medical market, and last week, we partnered with Radius Bank to offer personal loans through the Prosper platform to the bank’s customers. The company facilitated the origination of $1.6 billion in loans through the Prosper platform in 2014 – a 350% increase from 2013 – and it expects to more than double that in 2015. To date, nearly $5 billion in loans have been transacted through the Prosper platform. In addition, Prosper Marketplace was recently named to Inc. Magazine’s 2015 Inc. 500, a list of the fastest growing private companies in America and was named one of America’s “Most Promising Companies of 2015” by Forbes Magazine.
We’re excited about our shared vision with BillGuard for the future of fintech. You can read more in the press release we put out this morning.
We are very pleased to announce that starting Thursday evening, August 13th, Prosper will begin using an updated credit model, PMI 6. We have many goals at Prosper, but first and foremost, we are focused on ensuring that the pricing, credit, risk and underwriting model we use is constantly improving. This benefits all of our customers – retail investors, institutional investors and our borrower members.
Advances in the credit model – from the early days, to PMI 4 in 2013, PMI 5 in 2014 and now PMI 6 – have enabled us to provide access to more loans to credit-worthy people for a variety of purposes, including consolidating high-interest debt. Since inception, more than $4 billion in loans have originated through the Prosper platform, and the company continues to grow as more people turn to Prosper for an easier and smarter way to borrow money.
The launch of PMI 6 underscores our commitment to ongoing improvement, and will enable us to continue our growth while maintaining loan quality.
To improve the investing experience for Prosper’s community, Prosper recently made a change to its platform. Prosper started increasing the allocation of loans to the fractional pool over the last week, so that retail investors can invest more in the fractional pool faster and easier.
Prosper’s CEO, Aaron Vermut, alluded to this change earlier this year, and Prosper is pleased to say that by the end of 2015 the retail investor experience should improve even further. Prosper’s goal is to ultimately have an equal allocation of loans between the fractional and whole loan pool. Prosper plans to continue increasing the allocation of loans to the fractional pool in the future, assuming there continues to be demand from retail investors for investing in the categories of loans available on Prosper’s platform.
Prosper is excited to roll out this change to its community, and Prosper is confident it will further build upon the investing experience with Prosper.
As part of our ongoing efforts to improve the investor experience on the Prosper platform, we are making changes to the way we deal with charged-off loans. On July 17th, Prosper introduced a debt sale recovery strategy aimed at delivering an increased level of return for investors in a more timely manner. Under the new debt sale program, which is common practice in our industry, charged-off loans during the month will be packaged together for a debt sale the following month.
This new debt sale strategy offers significant benefits to our investors. First, charged-off loans will be lumped together and sold to a single debt buyer on a monthly basis, delivering a return to investors on a significantly reduced timeline. Second, the current market for debt sales is at historically high levels – we have negotiated a debt sale rate that will deliver a meaningfully higher net recovery amount than is currently being realized by the collections agency.
Previously, charged-off loans were placed at a recovery agency that conducted third party collection efforts on behalf of Prosper. Post charge-off recovery efforts are highly reliant on lump sum settlements (settlement for a lesser balance), long-term repayment arrangements (reduced low monthly payments) and other long-term settlement strategies, which can extend beyond a 12-18 month period.
Notes corresponding to loans that have been sold will have “sold” listed next to them in investors’ accounts. Investors will be able to see proceeds related to a debt sale on their monthly statement, as well as in the “account transactions” section, which is located in the history section of the online account.
We are committed to making ongoing changes that improve the experience for our customers. If you are a Prosper investor, and have any questions about this change, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 877-611-8797.
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