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US private equity-backed loan originator from Romania joins Mintos p2p marketplace

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The Mintos marketplace just got bigger as Credius now offers personal loans for investment in Romania. Credius is one of the five largest alternative lenders in Romania and it is backed by a private equity group from the United States, and you can invest in its personal loans listed in EUR now!

Credius is part of the American investment group of private equity funds New Century Holdings (“NCH”). NCH manages approximately USD 3 billion of capital through a network of nine offices in Eastern Europe, Russia and Brazil. NCH has been active on the Romanian market since 1994, particularly in such industries as real estate and finance & banking services.

“Romania, the leader of GDP growth in the European Union in 2017, is experiencing a transition from an offline to an online economy. Credius is both taking advantage of this opportunity and is one of the most important drivers of this transition”, says Andrey Buzgan, Credius CEO.

Credius is a lending company focused on the segment of instalment loans to individuals. The average Romania-issued loan on Mintos from Credius is EUR 750 with a repayment period of 12 to 24 months. You can expect a net annual return of up to 9.5%.

To align its interests with those of investors, Credius will retain 10% of each loan placed on Mintos on its balance sheet. All Romania-issued loans from Credius come with a buyback guarantee and Credius will undertake the obligations of repurchasing delinquent loans.

Credius started its operations in Romania in 2013. It is currently in the top five alternative finance market leaders in the country when comparing the number of customers, monthly volumes of new loan origination, and the size of its loan portfolio. Credius is a leading market player both with its innovative online technologies and in terms of sales volumes. Its branch network is one of the largest in Romania with more than 80 offices. The company’s activities are regulated by the National Bank of Romania.

Since its inception, Credius has issued 53 000 loans worth more than EUR 33 million. The company maintains a very strong balance sheet with no external debt on its books. In 2017 the company reached EUR 19 million in revenues and EUR 2 million in net profit. As of the end of June 2018, its loan portfolio of EUR 9.5 million had been financed exclusively by its shareholders through the injection of equity capital and subordinated loan as well as through the reinvestment of internally generated cash flows. Historically, the average part of its non-performing loan portfolio being overdue more than 60 days has been around 10%.

To obtain exposure to Credius loans, investors will be able to invest in loans issued by Mintos Finance to Credius, where repayments depend on the borrower’s payments. Each loan issued by Mintos Finance to Credius will be pegged to a respective loan issued by Credius to the final borrower. Mintos Finance is a Mintos group company.

Loans issued by Mozipo in Romania now available on Mintos marketplace

Well known for being one of Lithuania’s biggest online consumer lenders, Mozipo Group is expanding their presence on the Mintos marketplace by offering to invest in personal loans issued in Romania.

Mozipo Group has been operating for more than a decade and has established a strong reputation for being reliable, transparent and a responsible non-bank financial institution. Currently, Mozipo Group works in Denmark, Lithuania and Romania, and plans to expand to five additional markets in the near future.

Since Mozipo Group joined the Mintos marketplace in March 2017 with loans issued in Lithuania, more than EUR 5.3 million of those have been funded through Mintos.

“We find Mintos marketplace a convenient and flexible tool to grow the portfolio. We are happy to work with the team of professionals who are aware of the needs of fast-growing fintech companies. So, now that we are confident about funding, we can concentrate on the core business and enter new markets,” says Mozipo Group CFO Aušrius Banaitis.

Romanian-issued Mozipo Group loans on the Mintos marketplace will range from EUR 22 to 3300, with a repayment period of up to five years. The average net annual return to investors is expected to range from 9 to 14%. Initially, the loan originator will list loans in euro; loans denominated in Romanian lei (RON) will be added to the Mintos marketplace soon.

Mozipo Romania will offer a buyback guarantee for loans that are delinquent for more than 60 days. The obligations of Mozipo Romania will be guaranteed by Mozipo Group. The company prides itself on the use of efficient technologies and has a unique risk scoring system, reducing the number of non-performing loans issued. The share of non-performing loans of Mozipo Romania historically is below 20%.

To retain its skin in the game, Mozipo Romania will keep at least 10% of each loan on the Mintos marketplace on its balance sheet.

Since its inception, Mozipo Group has served more than 230 000 customers. The typical client of Mozipo is a 36-45-year-old city resident with an average monthly income. The loans are primarily used to cover daily and unexpected expenses. The company has issued 660 000 loans worth over EUR 135 million.

In 2016, Mozipo Group earned EUR 3.9 million in revenue, with a net profit of EUR 526 000. Their loan portfolio was EUR 9.3 million.

Mozipo Group started operations in Romania in April 2015. Loans worth more than EUR 1 million have been issued to date.

To obtain exposure to Mozipo Romania loans, investors will be able to invest in loans issued by Mintos Finance, a Mintos group company, to Mozipo Romania where repayments depend on the borrower’s payments. Each loan issued by Mintos Finance to Mozipo Romania will be pegged to a respective loan issued by Mozipo Romania to the final borrower. A detailed description of the structure is available in the Mintos Finance loan agreement and assignment agreement.

Reap the benefits of Mozipo Group’s forward-thinking business structure by investing in its loans. If you use Auto Invest on the Mintos marketplace and want to invest in Mozipo loans issued in Romania, make sure to adjust your Auto Invest settings accordingly.

Extra Finance has started financing real estate projects

Romanian alternative lending company Extra Finance has started a new line of business financing small- to medium-sized residential real-estate projects. Extra Finance will offer these loans to investors on the Mintos marketplace.

On average, projects financed by Extra Finance amount to EUR 0.8 million and have a one year repayment term. Prior to granting financing, all projects are carefully assessed and verified by an external real-estate company.

New loans listed by Extra Finance on the Mintos marketplace will have an interest rate of over 12% and a minimum of 10% skin in the game.

Extra Finance is a Romanian non-banking lender that has been operating for more than eight years. The company has branches in two Romanian cities. Last year, Extra Finance had a revenue of EUR 20.5 million, with a net profit slightly below the EUR 2 million mark. Their loan portfolio was EUR 14.6 million.

Extra Finance joined the Mintos marketplace at the beginning of 2017. So far, the company has financed loans worth more than EUR 300 000 through the marketplace.


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