The Mintos peer-to-peer lending marketplace is continuing to expand rapidly and they launch the first loan originator from Mexico offering loans for investment in Mexican peso (MXN). Credilikeme is one of the most innovative loan originators in Mexico, offering personal loans to Mexican citizens online and through its immersive mobile app which uses gamification features. The company offers investors the chance to invest in its personal loans from Mexico listed in MXN with expected net annual returns of 16%.
Credilikeme was established in 2012 and has issued more than 35 000 loans since then. The company is completely online and issues loans through its website and mobile app. Credilikeme prides itself on its unique business model and aims to provide a lifestyle-like experience with its mobile app.
“Partnerships between fintech companies is all about creating value for the industry. Mintos and Credilikeme are both important parts of the credit distribution value chain. Our partnership is all about liberating loan distribution and underwriting in Mexico, so we can give access to our borrowers and have a positive impact on their lives,” said Jorge Enriquez, Co-founder and CEO of Credilikeme.
Mexico-issued loans on Mintos from Credilikeme range from around MXN 3 700 to 19 000. The repayment period ranges from one to seven months and borrowers repay their loans in fortnightly instalments. You can expect a yearly net return of up to 16%.
The company will maintain 20% of each loan placed on Mintos on its balance sheet to keep its skin in the game, as well as only offer loans from repeat borrowers who have proven to be reliable in meeting their payment deadlines on the marketplace. All loans from Credilikeme come with a buyback guarantee, so loans that may become delinquent after 60 days or more will be bought back by the company.
The typical borrower of Credilikeme is a Mexican citizen aged between 21 and 45. They usually take out a loan for emergency expenses or working capital for a business.
As of February 2018, the company has distributed MXN 100 million (around EUR 4.5 million) worth of loans since its inception. In the past year, it had a revenue of MXN 11 million (around EUR 493 000). The company had an outstanding net loan portfolio of MXN 4.8 million (EUR 215 000) as of January 2018. Credilikeme is backed by well-known companies as investors, including Grupo Kaluz, a large banking and industrial group with operations in Mexico and Credito Real, one of Mexico’s largest offline payroll lenders.
According to the Americas Alternative Finance Industry Report, Mexico accounted for the highest total alternative finance market volume in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2016 (USD 114.2 million). Mexico was the third most active country in this region, following Chile and Brazil and has an annual growth rate of 730%. Marketplace and P2P Business Lending was the largest section of the alternative finance industry in Mexico.