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Lending Club and Prosper Both Have Record Months in March

by Peter Renton on March 31, 2014

March was a great month for Lending Club and Prosper any way you slice it. Together the two leading p2p lenders issued a combined total of $349 million in new loans, up 12% from February. Another interesting milestone crossed this month is that both companies have issued more than a combined $5 billion in loans since they began operations.

Lending Club Issues $272 million in New Loans

While we are getting used to these great months from Lending Club, March was not exactly a typical month. For a start, Lending Club announced the beginning of their small business loan program. This program is just getting going and I have not noticed any sign of issued loans appearing in the data download just yet.

What was most interesting to me this month is seeing the high volume of loans on Lending Club. Many times this month the total number of available loans was at more than 1,000. But more importantly, some of the filters I run would find loans any time during the day, not just at feeding time. Even those filters focused on grades D and below. The changes that Lending Club has made in the last few months are making a real difference now for retail investors.

Also noteworthy this month was Lending Club crossing the $4 billion mark in total loans issued. Below are the monthly stats and 18-month loan volume chart. The black line is the three-month moving average.

Average loan size: $14,030
Average dollars issued per business day: $13.2 million
Percentage 36/60 month loans: 70.8%/29.2%
Average interest rate: 14.45%
Percentage of whole loans: 50.4% (including Policy Code 2)
Total Policy Code 2 loans: $24.7 million (9.1% of the total)

Lending Club p2p loan volume chart through March 2014

Prosper Issues $77 Million in New Loans

After their down month in February, Prosper came roaring back in March with another record month. The system problems that caused them some pain in February seem to have been resolved.

As Ron Suber, president of Prosper, said in an interview I conducted with him earlier this month (to be published on the podcast next week) Prosper has some new borrower channels that are driving much more loan volume to their site than ever before. My own filters have picked up more loans this month than ever before including the C and D grade loans, although Prosper still struggles to keep loans on their retail platform for very long.

The big news at Prosper is actually going to come this month and more than likely this week. Prosper will be crossing $1 billion in total loans issued since inception any day now. To celebrate this milestone they are giving away $1,000 a day to an investor and a borrower every day for two weeks. You can read the details of this giveaway here.

Below are the stats and 18-month chart. Despite choppy monthly volume numbers the black three-month moving average line has been remarkably consistent in recent months.

Average loan size: $12,266
Average dollars issued per business day: $3.7 million
Percentage 36/60 month loans: 66.2%/33.8%
Average interest rate: 15.21%
Percentage of whole loans: 83.7%
Average FICO score: 703

Prosper p2p loan volume chart through March 2014

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writing2reality April 1, 2014 at 10:09 am

Out of curiosity, I went back and snagged the last several months percentage of loans deemed ‘whole loans’ for Prosper and Lending Club:

August: P-49.8%, LC-25.2%
September: P-58.1%, LC-24.3%
October: P-62.9%, LC-34.4%
November: P-63.5%, LC-35.8%
December: P-70.7%, LC-36.6%
January: P-73.4%, LC-41.2%
February: P-75.7%, LC-45.3%
March: P-83.7%, LC-50.4%

Pretty interesting trend over the last eight months, although entirely expected. One would imagine that these percentages will continue trending upwards, so it would be very interesting to ask Prosper or Lending Club if either have an internal “cap” on what this percentage might be.

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Peter Renton April 1, 2014 at 4:09 pm

Thanks for this. Great to have it all detailed like that. As you said, it is not surprising. And, I asked that exact question of both LC and Prosper when I was in San Francisco recently. You can listen to the answer on the next two podcasts out this week and next.

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writing2reality April 1, 2014 at 7:03 pm

Looking forward to hearing the response Peter. Definitely something I’ve been watching as it shows that the month over month growth isn’t really being fully seen by retail investors (no surprise there).

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