Patch of Land Taps Former Oaktree Executive Paul Deitch as its New CEO

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Paul Deitch, former managing director of Oaktree Capital Management, will join Patch of Land as its new CEO.

In a statement about the hire, Patch of Land co-founder Jason Fritton highlighted Deitch’s experience in helping lead Oaktree as it doubled its assets under management from $50 billion to $100 billion and successfully launched its IPO in 2012. “We are excited to have someone of Paul’s caliber and experience,” Fritton said, saying Deitch brings “all of the ingredients we will need as we successfully grow our firm.” Fritton, who co-founded the company in 2013, will transition to the role of executive chairman.

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Pictured (left to right): Patch of Land CMO AdaPia D’Errico and COO Jason Fritton demonstrated their platform at FinovateFall 2014 in New York.

Deitch (right) sees Patch of Land as poised for its next major growth phase. “We have a huge opportunity in front PatchofLand_PaulDeitchof us to continue to expand and diversify the firm’s solution-based lending platform,” Deitch said. In addition to his more than seven years at Oaktree Capital Management, Deitch served as COO at Countrywide Bank, a Management Consulting Partner at KPMG, as well as in a number of executive roles at Bank of America. He has a bachelor’s fegree from UCLA and an MBA from University of Southern California.

The news comes in the wake of Patch of Land’s February announcement that an “East Coast credit fund” was investing $250 million across its platform. In March, the company announced a set of major new milestones, including origination of more than $100 million in loans and returning more than $25 million to investors. New mid-term loans of two to five years were launched in March, as well.

Founded in 2013 and headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Patch of Land demonstrated its platform at FinovateFall 2014. The company has raised more than $23 million in funding, and includes SF Capital Group among its investors.

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East Coast Credit Fund Puts $250 Million to Work on Patch of Land Platform

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An East Coast credit fund will invest $250 million across the Patch of Land platform. The investment comes in the form of an agreement to buy loans in a “forward flow arrangement,” and represents the credit fund’s first move into the P2P marketplace lending space.

CEO and Co-founder of Patch of Land Jason Fritton said the partnership will enable his company to “fill loans on a programmatic basis, creating a higher level of validation for the entire industry.”

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Pictured (left to right): Patch of Land’s AdaPia d’Errico (CMO) and Brian Fritton (CTO and co-founder) demonstrating the company’s platform at FinovateFall 2014 in New York.

Fritton added that individual accredited investors – more than 95% of Patch of Land’s loan funding to date – will continue to be a priority. “We will continue to deliver quality product for the portfolios of large institutional players and the thousands of accredited investors who invest in our loans every day.”

In the two years since its launch, Patch of Land has funded more than 200 projects with an average blended rate of return of 12%. Patch of Land has returned more than $20 million in principal and interest to investors, who have suffered no loss of principal. The company’s platform offers proprietary risk scoring and pricing models which, in the words of Patch of Land EVP of business development, Jillian Jaccard, “appeal not only to institutional buyers, but also the company’s individual investors.”

Patch of Land added commercial real estate to its platform in August 2015, and last spring announced a $23 million Series A round led by SF Capital Group. The company was featured in Forbes magazine in the summer of 2015 in a column on top fintech trends, and was named by Entrepreneur magazine as “1 of 100 brilliant companies to watch” in 2015.

Founded in February 2013 and headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Patch of Land demonstrated its platform at FinovateFall 2014.

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Patch Of Land Adds Commercial Real Estate to Platform

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Real-estate crowdlender, Patch of Land, has gone commercial.

Investors on the crowdlending platform will now be able to put their capital in commercial real estate opportunities instead of simply residential ones. Patch of Land said the addition of commercial real estate gives investors greater diversification, provides the opportunity for “consistent cash-flowing returns” and serves as a “complement” to the platform’s shorter-term residential real estate investment opportunities.

Patch of Land says investors can expect annual yields of between 6% to 10% with the commercial real estate, and terms of as few as 12 months and as many as 60 months are expected to be offered.

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From left: Patch of Land CMO AdaPia d’Errico, and CTO Brian Fritton, co-founder, demonstrated the Patch of Land platform at FinovateFall 2014 in New York.

One of the largest real estate crowdfunding platforms in the United States with more than $32 million invested through the platform, Patch of Land is a peer-to-real-estate (P2RE) marketplace that connect accredited and institutional investors seeking asset-backed, high-yielding, short-term investments with borrowers looking for alternative funding sources.

Patch of Land was named to Entrepreneur magazine’s 100 Brilliant Companies to Watch 2015 earlier this year. The company raised $23 million in new funding in a round led by SF Capital Group in April.

Here are a few more metrics on Patch of Land since inception in October 2013:

  • Total loans funded: $40,148, 500
  • Number of loans funded: 134
  • Total funds returned to investors: $6,866,745
  • Average loan size: $301,110

Patch of Land has investments in 25 states including California, Texas, New York, Florida, Ohio, and Massachusetts. Just over half (56%) of the projects funded by Patch of Land have been single-family residential, with multifamily residential coming in second at 36%. It will be worth watching to see how these numbers change now that commercial real estate is available as an investment option on the platform.

Founded in February 2013 and headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Patch of Land demonstrated its crowdfunding platform at FinovateFall 2014 in New York.

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