Peerform

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Peerform is a peer-to-peer lending company based in New York City, which matches prime and near-prime qualified borrowers in the United States to accredited high net worth and institutional investors on its online platform.[1] Its algorithm to determine loan eligibility focuses on a variety of factors including but not limited to FICO scores.[2] In January 2011, Peerform raised $1.3 million during an angel funding round.[3] In April 2014, Peerform raised $1.1 million in a seed funding round led by Corporest Development, a European investment firm.[1]

History[edit]

The company was founded in 2010 by Mikael Rapaport,[4][5][6] Meytal Benichou and Elie Galam.[citation needed]

In April 2014, Peerform entered into several agreements under which institutional lenders will fund whole loans on Peerform's platform with a fixed interest rate set by Peerform's algorithm.[7] Time (magazine) has since listed Peerform as one of the "three principal U.S. players" in the peer-to-peer lending industry.[8]

Business Model[edit]

Peerform provides an online personal loan platform which acts as a marketplace between potential borrowers and investors who lend money. By matching borrowers with investors, Peerform offers its investors access to a personal loan asset class in a US market which is reported to have grown by 176.6% per year between 2008 and 2013.[9] Peerform only accepts accredited investors under SEC Reg D Rule 506(c) or institutional investors to lend money on its platform. Borrowers are screened on a variety of factors so as to ascertain what Peerform defines as “creditworthiness”. Peerform accepts near-prime (see Subprime lending) and prime borrowers with Credit Scores as low as 600 (and above).[2] Each borrower is presented a fixed APR (and fixed interest rate) with an equal repayment scheme that allows them to pay back the loan in automatic bank debits spread out over 3 years.[10]

Investors choose between funding a whole loan or a fraction of a loan.[11] A “whole loan” is where a single borrower receives money from a single investor, whereas with a “fractional loan”, a loan is syndicated among multiple investors.[12] Loans range from a minimum of $1,000 to a maximum of $25,000, which has increased from an earlier maximum loan of $15,000.[12]

Peerform Loan Analyzer[edit]

The Peerform Loan Analyzer is the unique algorithm used to determine if a person can qualify for a Peerform personal loan. According to Peerform, FICO scores cannot solely determine whether or not someone can qualify for a loan. FICO is one of many factors used in determining this qualification as well as in setting the borrower's interest rate, but other factors, such as a borrower's total current debt-to-income ratio and the number of recent credit inquiries into the borrower's credit history, are taken into account among other things.[13] The Peerform Loan Analyzer also uses empirical methods instead of standard filters in determining a borrower's APR rate, which the company believes will better calculate consumer credit risk.[14]

Board of Directors and Management[edit]

In addition to Rapaport and Benichou, Gregg Schoenberg joined Peerform's Board of Directors in April 2012 and serves as its Executive Chairman. Abigael Saal serves as Peerform's CTO, Catheryn Robinson as Head of Business Development and Ari Afilalo as General Counsel. Charles-David Ohayon joined the Peerform Board of Directors in April 2014. Fred Smajda recently joined Peerform as their new Chief Risk Officer.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Alley Watch | Peerform Raises $1M in Seed Funding for Its Peer-to-Peer Lending Platform
  2. ^ a b Lend Academy | Peerform Making a Comeback With a New Underwriting Model
  3. ^ Lend Academy | New P2P Lender to Take on Lending Club and Prosper
  4. ^ "Peerform is Back With an Interesting New Investment Partner Random Forest Capital". Lend Academy. 2017-08-31. Retrieved 2020-09-03.
  5. ^ "Lending Club Besting P2P Borrowing Peers Ahead of IPO". Time. Retrieved 2020-09-03.
  6. ^ "Brief: Versara Lending Acquires P2P Marketplace Lender Peerform". Crowdfund Insider. 2016-11-15. Retrieved 2020-09-03.
  7. ^ Looking Glass Investments | Partners
  8. ^ "Lending Club Besting P2P Borrowing Peers Ahead of IPO".
  9. ^ Peer-to-Peer Lending Platforms in the US: Market Research Report
  10. ^ Peerform | Rates and Fees
  11. ^ a b Lend Academy | An Update on Peerform
  12. ^ a b Crowdfund Insider | P2P Lending Platform Peerform's Gregg Schoenberg: 'You Are Creditworthy'
  13. ^ QuickandDirtyTips.com | 5 Best Ways for Making Loans to Family and Friends
  14. ^ Peerform.com | Peerform's Loan Analyzer

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