ThinCats The 5th P2P Site To Breach £200m
Many lenders like to assess P2P lending sites based on their size. That's why our experts looked at total P2P lending from 39 different platforms available to UK lenders since they first started. This is the fullest – and after our experts' adjustments probably the most accurate – list of UK total P2P lending anywhere. Here's what they found:
- Total all time P2P lending from 39 platforms is over £7 billion.
- 2016 lending** was £3.1 billion.
- Zopa has done the most business at over £1.9 billion.
- ThinCats recently became the fifth site to breach £200m in lending.
- Lending Works* just became the 15th to hit £40m.
- HNW Lending* was recently the 20th to breach £20m.
- Proplend* overtook Landbay* and Rebuildingsociety*, which have both slowed, while becoming the 28th P2P lending site to breach the £10 million barrier.
Now, please don't nitpick! Many of these figures below are far from official, because not all platforms reveal their lending in an easily accessible way or they don't reveal all their lending, or the figures they reveal are out-of-date or over-inflated. So there are some conservative underestimates in the table below where limited data is available.
(Updated on 27/01/2017 after receiving precise figures from some platforms.)
Total P2P lending – all-time
|P2P lending website||Total lent through P2P loans|
|MarketInvoice||£100,000,000 to £200,000,000|
|UK Bond Network||£11,631,000|
|Invest & Fund||£11,300,000|
Don't be surprised if some of those numbers look a lot lower than the headline figures some of the P2P lending websites report for themselves. 4thWay's experts make adjustments to some of the figures for accuracy's sake, which brings down total P2P lending figures.
The most significant example is invoice financing P2P company MarketInvoice. MarketInvoice reports total lending as over £1 billion. This is perfectly reasonable, since it counts every new loan it makes as…well, a new loan. Invoice financing often involves consecutive or near consecutive short-term loans to the same borrower. 4thWay experts believe it's frequently more appropriate to consider such repeated loans to all be the same, single borrowing facility, much like an overdraft. So they've made an estimate of the total facilities to bring MarketInvoice total lending down to between £100m and £200m.
The precise date the figures above were taken varies, although the majority wer taken on 31 December 2016.
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**From 37 P2P lending sites.