Ablrate Results – 6 Month Results

6 Month Results

The first 6 months results of investing through the Ablrate platform as as follows –

Expected ROI (Annualised) 12.50%
Actual ROI (Annualised) 5.32%

The ‘Expected ROI’ figure on this example is taken from Ablrate’s own marketing material (an average of 10-15%). The ‘Actual ROI’ looks bad but there are a few things to factor in, firstly I utilised the secondary market place for most of my buy-in’s to loan parts inataily. Ablrate offer a premium/discount secondary market place with a small transaction fee. Some of the loan parts were bought at small premium too when considering their relative position in the returns cycle. So the returns for the first couple of months of my account were actually negative. If I was to exclude those factors I think the the returns would be much closer to the ‘Expected ROI’ figure.

Also within the first 6 month period turbulence was experienced in respect to specific loan repayments. I’m not inclined to discus specific loans but the kind of turbulence experienced included, late payments, missed payments and ultimately a number of loans being suspended. While problems are to be expected with-in the P2P lending sector, what really matters is a platforms ability to remedy those problems. Over the period I would say 20.00% of my loan holdings have had problems but half of those were brought back on track, the other 10.00% have been adequately updated and are within weeks of a proposed remedy. 10.00% problematic loan parts are about in line with what to expect across the lending sector so not a major concern.

My only slight disappointment with Ablrate so far is that their loan origination is one of the slowest I have come across. Meaning minimal diversification (1% or lower in each loan) is neigh on impossible within a reasonable length of time. Unless you utilise the secondary market (which I did) but that costs returns upfront. Of course the positive spin is they are taking longer in offering decent quality loans, which I recognise. The loan offerings I have looked at seem to be a higher quality compared to some other higher volume platforms.

Company news

By the end of this period completed loans were in excess of £42’000’000, interest paid to borrowers was over £5’200’000. Ablrate announced the intention to launch a funding round via the CrowdCube equity platform at the start of 2019, more to follow on this in the next results update.

Conclusion

I really like Ablrate from what I have seen so far, they seem like a well run platform full of quality professionals who seem to take their responsibility for lenders money seriously. Loan generation is a bit of a let down but I accept it in exchange for an improved level due diligence and loan quality offering. As far as my portfolio goes the traditional parameters I apply of returns over time are restricting further deposits right now. So yes deposits will be increased but it’s just a case of when the realised returns are high enough to allow it.

Ablrate – An Introduction

Introduction

Ablrate was established in 2014 as business focused P2P lender. It offers asset backed loans in property, capital equipment and eco- projects. The minimum initial deposit for Ablrate is £100 (via bank transfer only) with a minimum loan deposit of £1. Loans are either ‘interest only’ or ‘amoritising’. Ablerate advertises a lender return of 10-15% annualised. Ablerate is fully authorised and regulated by the FCA and gained its IFISA permission from HMRC in August 2017.

Ablerate also offers a secondary market place for early loan part disposals. It works on a premium/discount offering meaning a seller can sacrifice some interest rate while a buyer picks up a higher interest rate to reflect the risk exchange.

 

Ablrate dashboard 

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The Ablrate Dashboard

Ablrate has a modern, clean looking dashboard that displays everything you need to know about your current portfolio.

The top box – shows a headline figure for any new loans available on the platform, clicking browse now will take you a details page.

Cash Balance box – shows any unassigned funds as ‘Funds Available’ these can be withdrawn immediately (minimum loan assignment is £1 and in whole pounds thereafter). This box also shows your ‘Total Fund’ balance. This is all of your active loans plus ‘Pending Loans’, plus ‘Funds Available’ on Ablerate.

Invested Funds box – this is your balance currently assigned to active loans, any balance assigned to loans not yet activated is shown as a separate figure under ‘Pending Loans’. Ablrate do not pay interest on ‘Pending Loans’.

All Interest Earned box – shows your interest to date. This figure can be a little misleading as it includes interest earned on held loans, cashback and interest on sold loans, hence why the figure does not tally up with the total funds balance. This box also includes ‘Next Payment Date’ and ‘Next Payment Amount’ while this is a handy metric, unfortunately if you experience a non payment on a loan the figures get stuck until that late payment is made, making the figures next to useless.

Secondary Market box – this displays any bids or offers you currently have on the secondary market place. When you bid (to buy) a loan part your bid is entered into a list with most attractive bid ranking highest. The same is true when offering a loan part for sale. The quicker you want to sell or buy loan part the closer you need to be to the best either offer or bid. If you don’t mind waiting for your bid or offer to be matched you can set it a little further away from the optimum meaning you can protenital make a better return for waiting a little longer. As with all secondary market places sale availability is subject to market conditions.

 

 

 

 

Lending Works – 12 Month Results

12 Month Results

The first full year of lending through the Lending Works platform are as follows –

Expected ROI 6.00%
Actual ROI 5.36%

The ‘Expected ROI’ for Lending Works is taken from the stated return for a 5 year deposit, which has remained at 6.00% for this period. The ‘Actual ROI’ for these results has seen a slight upward revision, from 5.24% ROI to 5.36% ROI. This upward trend was expected as the 5 year rate was increased in month 4 as discussed in the previous results. Even so i would have expected the ‘Actual ROI’ to be a little closer to the ‘Expected ROI’ after this period. So it leads me to believe that were probably late payments or even defaults on the loans i’m assigned to. Of course Lending Works being an entirely ‘Black Box’ platform there is no way of knowing this as you are given no specifics on where your money is actually lent, other than UK loans.

Total loans on the Lending Works platform have increased in the 12 months by 53% from £85 million to £130 million, making it a substantial player in the P2P personal loan type sector. This year is shaping up to be Lending Works lowest bad debt rate since its inception which is impressive for a company of this type and scale. Rate currently 0.1% however we are only 9 months in to this year so this figure might rise when more defaults are written off by the end of the year. Interestingly the borrower APR has increased in 2018 by 2.00% to 11.2% meaning borrowing is more expensive, although it doesn’t seem to have slowed demand.

Conclusion

I am perfectly happy with the Lending Works platform at this time and the rate of return I am reviving. I do not intend to withdraw any funds in the short term, in fact quite the opposite, I will continue to grow my deposit over the next 6 months.

Referral Link for Lending Works

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Unbolted – An Introduction

Introduction

Unbolted is a P2P platform established in 2013. Unbolted is a trading name for Open Access Finance Ltd . The platform offers borrowers four types of loan : a personal asset bridge loan; a sales advance loan; a bid now, pay later loan and a small business loan. From the lender perspective these loans fall in to three different protection levels : ‘Gold Trust’ insures lenders against a drop in gold price for loans secured against jewellery and watches ; ‘Provision trust’ used against most other loans types designed to be used in the event of a short fall in repayments to a lender (at the discretion of Unbolted) ; occasionally Unbolted offer unsecured loans usually to know and trusted borrowers.

For the most part Unbolted is an Auto-Invest platform. You pick which of the three loan types you want to invest in, deposit a minimum of £100 and diversify for as little as £5 per loan, click confirm and Unbolted will do the rest. Interest is accrued daily with an advertised annual return rate of around 7.2%.

The main account page

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Main account page for Unbolted

The account page is basic and I like basic.

Loans On Sale box – if you click the buy now button you will see any loans you can manually buy in to now. However these tend to be quite rare as most will opt for the ‘Auto Invest’ function which fill loans very fast. Be careful though as the available loans may well be ‘Unsecured’ loans that are less popular for ‘Auto Invest’. I’m not suggesting these loans are of any less quality but they will require reading on your part to work out if you are personally comfortable with the risk/reward on offer. The ‘Auto Invest’ button allows you to adjust your ‘Auto Invest’ preferences at any time as discussed previously.

Add or Withdraw Funds box – deposits via bank transfer, usually 2 working days to clear, minimum of £100. Withdrawal of ‘idle’ funds is immediate (24 hour bank processing) but withdrawal of assigned funds will require your loan parts to be sold/transferred first. Make sure you pause ‘Auto Invest’ first otherwise your funds will just go round in circles. Selling of loan parts is conditional to market availability of buyers, generally allow a few days per £1000 being sold.

My Portfolio box – shows your live headline figures. ‘Cash balance’ is idle funds and withdrawal-able at any time. Investment balance is the total you have assigned to live loan parts. ‘Total Portfolio Value’ is the two figures combine. You can also ‘View Portfolio’ and this will list every loan you are currently invested in. It includes details like loan type: start date; due date; last repayment date; loan status and loan part size.

My Returns box – shows you total platform deposits against your total interest earned to date.

My Recent Investments box – gives you a snapshot of your last five loans you invested in. You can view the full list by clicking ‘View Portfolio’.

Funding Secure – An Introduction

Introduction

Funding Secure started life in 2012 as a pawnbroking P2P platform. To date it has issued £175 million worth of loans and advertises an investor base 3,500. Although it started life as a pawnbroking platform, for the last 3 years it has taken on property backed loans also. Funding Secure loans are usually for 6 month terms and unlike some platforms who pay a monthly return, loans accrue interest daily but is not paid until the end of the term and only if the loan is settled.

Minimum deposit for Funding Secure is £100 made by bank transfer, with a £25 minimum loan part purchase. Rates of return on offer range from 12.00% to 16.00% per annum. There are no charges for lenders and Funding Secure offers a secondary market for early sell out dependant on a buyer being available.

The Secondary Market

Funding Secure’s secondary market place is a little more complicated than some of it’s competitors. When it comes to tax liabilities the individual left holding the investment at term is liable for the entire term. For example if you snap up a 3 month old loan hold it for the remaining 3 months you are liable for the tax on profit for the full 6 months. This is because the interest for the whole term is paid to whoever holding the loan part at maturity. To reflect this you can pick up secondary loans for as much as 1% discount (or a 1% premium if demand for a particular loan is high, or is closer to maturity) .

On the flip side of this if you are selling primary loans, and effectively passing on the tax liability, or selling for a premium (up to 1%) you can make a tidy profit (with a significant volume) when it comes to tax liabilities at the end of the financial year. I would seriously suggest holding off from getting involved in the secondary market if you are either new to P2P or the Funding Secure platform for at least the first year because if you are not too savvy you may end picking up problematic loans with tax liabilities you ratter wouldn’t have. Some loans get dumped for a reason.

The Funding Secure dash board

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The Funding Secure dashboard

Available funds – is the in-active balance on your account. This can either be invested (£25 minimum) or withdrawn.

My current investments – shows the total principle you currently have invested in loan parts. These funds can only be released on term and repayment of the loan, or a successful sale on the secondary market place.

Allocated funds – shows any funds you have put to a loan part that have not yet been accepted (interest will still accrue before the borrower accepts your offer of funds). It can take a little a while for offers to be accepted ( I’ve experienced as long as 4 weeks ).

Available investments – lists the investments currently available on the platform for investment. Information includes –

  • Reference – the loan ID.
  • Title – a brief description.
  • Amount – total size of the loan.
  • Rate – Anual ROI.
  • LTV – is the Loan to value of the security (capped at 70%).
  • Progress – shows how much of the loan has been funded so far.
  • Updated (scroll right) – shows any recent material changes to the loan.
  • Invest (scroll right) – shows the button to invest.

Bricklane – An Introduction

Introduction

Bricklane is an online ISA lending platform exclusively operating in the UK property market. Established in 2014 Bricklane aims to create ‘ a fairer property market’. Bricklane offers a unique product in this area as it offers a combination of 2 financial products in one. You earn a return on investment on both portfolio growth and rental income. Bricklane is partnered with Zoopla (the UK’s biggest estate agent) so is considered to be well backed and relatively safe.

There are two options on where to deposit your funds in Bricklane at this time. You can either deposit in to the ‘London Fund’ or the ‘Regional Capital’s Fund’. The minimum deposit for Bricklane is £100 but there is a 2% deposit levy, which I must say is a little on the high side. With the addition of an 0.85% annual account fee.

Payments can be made by debit card (usually instant) or bank transfer (2-3 working days. You can either make a one-off payment or set up a monthly payment. Bricklane is also an ISA account so the balance is tax-free up to £20’000 in a financial year, for UK residents.

Withdrawals can be made from the entire account balance at any time providing there is demand to buy your investments,  but it can take a couple of days to process.

 

The Account Page

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The Bricklane Account Summary Page

Summary – shows details of both funds combined

London – shows details of the London fund. Scroll down the page to view specific properties in the fund

Regional Capitals – shows details of the Regional Capital fund. Scroll down the page to view specific properties in the fund

In your account – shows the total balance of your Bricklane account (notice from a £100 deposit its taken away the 2% deposit charge).

Earnings – Shows your total earnings to date across both funds.

The earnings graph – Shows your earnings in graph form for each week.

Referral Link for Bricklane

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Collateral UK – An Introduction

Introduction

Collateral UK was incorporated in 2014 to offer a peer-to-peer platform to investors interested in investing in the UK property market. It specialises in short-term asset backed bridging loans. Usually but not always the investment opportunities are based around purchasing new build properties from the developer, with investments repaid when a customer or tenant is found for the property. Typical terms are 90 to 180 days. The advertised ROI is 12% but this can vary across specific loan requests. Collateral UK also offer a secondary market allowing investors the opportunity to exit early if they feel the need to.

There is no minimum deposit or minimum investment on the Collateral UK platform. This platform only currently accepts bank transfers, it does not accept card payments.

Available Loans Page

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Image shows Collateral UK loan request page (with the property identity column removed).

The top row of the table (below the title row) shows the grand totals for all currently available loans. There are more rows on the platform than shown in this image so the totals look inaccurate but they are not.

 

Asset Value – shows the market value of the property requesting the loan.

Loan – is the value of the loan being requested on the assigned property.

% PA – displays the percentage ROI offered for each loan request.

LTV – shows the loan to value against the market value of the property. Collateral UK offer up to a maximum of 70% LTV against any property.

Available – is the current value of loan available for investment. If a loan is fully funded it is removed from this table until value becomes available again though an investor selling their loan part on the secondary market place.

Invested – Shows how much you currently have invested in to each loan request.

Remaining – displays the remaining time left on the loan term before expected repayment, in days.

Funded loans page

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The image shows the Loans Funded Page for Collateral UK (with the loan identity column removed).

 

Age – the number of days you have been invested in each loan request.

Amount – shows how much you currently have invested in each loan request.

Start – is the date you invested in the loan request.

LTV – shows the loan to value against the market value of the property. Collateral UK offer up to a maximum of 70% LTV against any property.

Remaining – displays the remaining time left on the loan term before expected repayment, in days.

Interest – shows how much interest has been accrued for each loan request to date. Interest is paid to the platform account at the end of each month.

Sell – is the option to sell the loan part on the secondary market.

Renew – sometimes a borrower may request a loan extension or a loan renewal. This option allows your investment to be automatically rolled over to the new loan request.