Australian P2P lender SocietyOne’s new CEO Jason Yetton disclosed some growth figures this week. The company told the Sydney Morning Herald that it has arranged $38 million ($50 million AUD) in personal loans on its platform so far this year.
This number is almost double the nearly $20 million the company facilitated in the latter half of 2015, and it is 10x the $3.8 million from the same period in 2015. As a result of this growth, the company’s portfolio of outstanding personal loans totals $76 million, which represents 0.5% of Australia’s $15 billion personal loans market.
In his interview with the Herald, Yetton said, “We readily admit that our current lending volume is still a small sum in the context of a $20 billion ($15 billion USD) personal loan market, which itself is one fifth of the overall consumer finance market in Australia.” He added that his point is that “we now have a solid base from which we can grow and meet our ambitious target of taking a 2% to 3% share of that $100 billion market by 2020 to 2021.”
SocietyOne’s returns average 10% for institutional and sophisticated investors. Since the company was founded in 2011, SocietyOne has lent an average of $15,000 to its borrower base of 5,000. Yetton, who took the reins as new CEO in March, plans to distribute loans to a “much wider range of borrowers.”
At FinovateAsia 2012, SocietyOne launched ClearMatch, a feature that allows investors to bid together at different interest rates and amounts against a single loan. Finovate returns to Asia this year: Hong Kong on November 8. The application deadline is fast approaching, so act soon to secure your spot on the FinovateAsia stage.