As one of the largest online marketplaces for consumer credit, Prosper regularly calibrates its credit and pricing models in order to maintain a balanced and sustainable marketplace that is equally appealing to both borrowers and investors.
Today, we are providing an update on the credit and pricing changes on Prosper’s platform in 2018. These changes are expected to drive an improvement in overall platform returns and a more predictable rate of return to investors on the platform.
Over the last few months, we have implemented multiple credit tightening actions focused on a borrower’s ability-to-pay. As an outcome of these changes, we expect the overall asset quality of new loans to improve materially. As of Q3 2018, the loan weighted average borrower’s income on the platform is trending at $104,395 vs $86,546 a year ago (Exhibit A). The monthly scheduled payment to income (PTI) ratio, a key measure of a borrower’s ability to make payments on their loan, is trending at 5.7% for the average borrower as of Q31 vs. 6.6% a year ago (Exhibit B).
We believe the timing of these changes is critical given that we think we are in the latter part of the credit cycle and overall revolving debt in the US is higher than prior to the financial crisis in 2008.
On the pricing front we have been increasing borrower rates on our platform since March of this year to stay in-line with changes in the interest rate environment (Exhibit C). On a mix-adjusted basis, we have increased overall platform interest rates by 133 basis points (bps) since the beginning of the year. Today, the Federal Reserve announced an increase in the Fed Funds rate. In light of this development, the rates offered to borrowers through the Prosper platform will be increased by an average of 14 bps, translating to an overall increase of 147 bps on a mix-adjusted basis since the beginning of the year.
Table 1 below summarizes the simulated impact of the Prosper rate increase on the loan portfolio originated through the Prosper platform in September 2018.
Table 1: Borrower Rate on Prosper Platform*
* Table reflects the simulated impact of borrower rates changes.
Prosper’s mission is to advance financial well-being for both borrowers and investors on the platform. This requires regularly calibrating our credit model to ensure we are extending credit to borrowers who have the ability to pay back their loan through Prosper, as well as ensuring that we meet investors’ expectations related to platform returns.
 Q3 includes July 1 – September 20, 2018
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