SocietyOne Tops $350 Million in Loans

Australian P2P lender SocietyOne announced today it has issued more than $350 million in loans on its platform since 2012. Additionally, the company has the highest number of current loans, setting a record for itself with $200 million in its books.

“Our growth in 2017 underlines the demand from consumers for a real alternative to the major banks. Consumers are looking for a better deal on their finances and our risk-based pricing is attractive for customers that have demonstrated that they have a good credit history,” said Jason Yetton, CEO and Managing Director of SocietyOne. The company’s loan volumes have seen seven successive quarters of growth. In fact, loan volumes in the first three quarters of this year have totaled $141 million so far; surpassing the $139 million in loans facilitated over the entire course of 2016.

Yetton also noted the growth of SocietyOne’s AgriLending product, which launched in 2014 to serve Australia’s farmers and ranchers. Out of the $350 million in lending on the company’s platform, $80 million was issued to farmers, ranchers, and their agents via AgriLending. “I’m also pleased at the way we are getting behind Australian livestock farmers as the growth in SocietyOne AgriLending has shown. The team is standing ready to help them even more so as rural and regional Australia waits for the rains that will kick start the Spring growth and rearing season,” said Yetton.

In addition to having a strong base of borrowers, SocietyOne reported that the number of lenders on its platform has also risen. The company has an investor base of 320 individuals who have committed a total of $61 million in loans. On the bank side, SocietyOne has 20 partners who have, to date, contributed $100 million of the $350 million in loans advanced to borrowers.

SocietyOne presented its P2P lending platform at FinovateAsia 2012 in Singapore. The company offers borrowers personalized repayment programs with lower interest rates than major banks. Users can borrow between $5,000 to $50,000 for unsecured, personal loans for two, three, or five year terms. In August, the company celebrated five years of facilitating loans and earlier that month was recognized at the 2017 Australian Business Banking Awards.

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SocietyOne Surpasses $300 Million in Loans Issued

Australian P2P lending platform SocietyOne reached a milestone this week. The company has surpassed $300 million in loans issued since it was founded in 2011.

During a time when P2P lending in the U.S. is under scrutiny, SocietyOne is reporting an increasing demand for P2P lending in Australia. In the first two quarters of 2017, lending on the SocietyOne platform is up 67% compared to the same period last year. In fact, the P2P lending environment seems to be healthy across Australia. SocietyOne competitor RateSetter recently reported that its funding amount has roughly doubled since December of 2016.

SocietyOne CEO Jason Yetton said that this “growing interest” proves that the company is “offering a better deal than the major banks and providing investors attractive risk-adjusted returns is making a real different in the marketplace for personal loans.” Yetton added, “Over the past 12 months, we have had more than 140,000 Australians enquire about a loan with SocietyOne which shows that consumers are responding in large numbers to the idea they can leverage their good credit history to get a better deal.”

SocietyOne presented its P2P lending platform at FinovateAsia 2012 in Singapore. The company offers borrowers personalized repayment programs with lower interest rates than major banks. Users can borrow between $5,000 to $50,000 for unsecured, personal loans for two, three, or five year terms.

The SocietyOne platform hosts 315 lenders offering to lend an aggregate of $68.3 million. The company was recently named to CB Insights’ Fintech 250 list and has aligned itself heavily with Australia-based Westpac Bank. In 2014, SocietyOne received a $5 million Series A investment from Westpac Bank. Since then, the company appointed a former Westpac executive as CEO in 2016 and another former Westpac executive as Chief Investment Officer in 2017.

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44 Alums Populate CB Insights’ Fintech 250 List

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SocietyOne Appoints Former Westpac Exec as Chief Investment Officer

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Screen Shot 2017-01-25 at 11.04.59 AMAustralia-based P2P lender SocietyOne landed an all-star player for its newly-created chief investment officer position. The company has appointed John Cummins, industry veteran and former Westpac, RBS, and Macquarie employee to serve in the newly-created position.

Cummins previously served as head of institutional markets at FIIG Securities. In his new role at SocietyOne, Cummins will manage the company’s funding requirements and be in charge of investor relations.

SocietyOne’s online platform uses risk-based pricing to connect borrowers and investors to loans using its ClearMatch technology, which it launched at FinovateAsia 2012. ClearMatch allows investors to bid together at different interest rates and amounts against a single loan.

Jason Yetton, who was appointed SocietyOne’s CEO in April 2016, said Cummins has “specialist knowledge of the fixed income and credit markets, which will be of critical importance to our future growth given the opportunities that we offer our growing base of investor funders to earn solid returns from a new asset class.” Yetton also mentioned Cummins will be key in growing the company’s borrower base to 100,000 within five years and increasing its share in the $100 billion consumer lending market.

Founded in 2011, SocietyOne has facilitated a total of $200 million in loans. Of that amount, $129 million was done in 2016 alone, which indicates a 320% increase in loan bookings in the course of a single year. The company recently took in a $1.5 million equity investment from Beyond Bank Australia, bringing its total funding to $55 million.

Somewhat ironically, the same day SocietyOne announced Cummins as its new CIO, U.S.-based alternative lender OnDeck announced it appointed SocietyOne’s former chief financial officer, Jerry Yohananov, to its management team. OnDeck most recently presented at FinDEVr New York 2016. At FinovateSpring 2012, the company debuted OnDeck Connect.

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