Assetz Capital

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Assetz Capital Limited
Type Limited
Industry Finance
Founded London, England (October 28, 2012 (2012-10-28))
Headquarters London, England
Products Peer-to-peer lending
Services Financial Services
Parent Assetz Plc
Divisions Assetz SME Capital Ltd
Assetz Capital Ltd
Website www.assetzcapital.co.uk

Assetz Capital is an online portal which allows investors to lend money directly to small businesses (SMEs) and property developers, much like Funding Circle lend to businesses and other peer-to-peer lending companies such as RateSetter and Zopa lend to consumers.

History[edit]

Assetz Capital is a UK based peer-to-peer lender aimed at SME and property developers and was launched in 2012.[1] The management team includes Paul Moore, who came to prominence in 2008 as the HBOS Whistleblower,[2] as the Chairman.[3] The founder of the business is Stuart Law.

Assetz Capital was the fastest growing secured peer-to-peer company in the UK in 2013,[4] and within the first year of business lent over £19 million.

in April 2013 Assetz Capital raised £1.5m for the largest peer to peer loan in the UK to date, by a factor of three. the previous largest peer to peer loan was £500k. The loan was a first charge secured property development loan for a student accommodation project in Nottingham, Trent Pads with a 50% loan to value and a one year term. In addition this loan had the largest single peer to peer bid in the UK to date at £350k.[citation needed]

In May 2013, Assetz Capital became the first peer-to-peer lending company to launch a peer-to-peer backed buy to let mortgages [5]

In August 2013, The Daily Telegraph described Assetz Capital as "sophisticated", but pointed out it is one of a number of small peer-to-peer lending start-ups whose investors face greater risks than at the established "big three" firms Zopa, RateSetter and Funding Circle.[6]

In September 2013, Yahoo! Finance credited Assetz Capital as the fastest growing peer-to-peer lending companies in the UK.[7]

In November 2014, Asset Capital passed £50m lent using the service. [8]

Website and Systems[edit]

The website and its loan auction system allow lenders to browse and bid upon loan applications that have been approved by Assetz Capital. A lender can lend small (from £20) or large amounts (no limit) to a number of businesses, whilst a business gets a loan made up of several smaller loan components from individual lenders. This is similar to other leading peer-to-peer lending companies such as Zopa. Assetz Capital also operates a secondary market via its website and this has traded second-hand parts of loans representing 50% by value of all loans made to date (June 2014).

Risk and regulation[edit]

Like all other peer-to-peer lending companies, if a borrower fails to repay a loan a lender risks losing all or part of their investment. Assetz Capital take asset security from the borrower to mitigate against loses to the lenders. It is important to differentiate between loan defaults and losses, the difference being the recovered capital via the security taken against the loan when it was first extended. Assetz Capital uses a professional recoveries team to recover capital through security taken on a loan and is one of the few peer to peer lenders to take tangible security.[citation needed]

In December 2012, HM Treasury announced the start of a consultation period to regulate the peer-to-peer industry and in April 2013 Assetz Capital and the other leading peer to peer lenders obtained interim permissions from the FCA.[9]

Returns[edit]

Advertised returns are 5% to 15% gross [10] but will vary from lender to lender. These returns are subject to taxation and losses arising from defaults.[11]

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