When p2p lending service Isepankur opened up to investors from all EU countries five month ago, I started lending there. In this post I continue the series of posts reviewing the development of my loan portfolio. I have deposited 7,500 Euro (approx. 9,700 US$) since starting. My investment is spread out over more than 400 loan parts. Together the loans add up to 7,859 Euro outstanding principal. Loans in the value of 276 Euro are late, meaning they (partly) missed one or two repayments. 133 Euro are in loans that are more than 60 days late. I already received 1,233 Euro in repaid principal back.
Chart 1: Screenshot of loan status
Most of the money in my account is working to earn interest. Only 98 Euro are currently held in cash. 245 Euro are tied in bids on current loan listings and will originate in the next few days.
Chart 2: Screenshot of account balance
How I used the secondary market
Looking at my account balance (see chart 2) you will notice the relative large amount (2,032 Euro) of sold loans. This is due to 2 developments.
When the Isepankur secondary market launched in the end of March, I listed neary all my overdue loans for sale. Not only did I succeed to sell them within days, I also managed to sell them at 3 to 5% premium prices meaning I sold them at 1.5 to 3.5% profit (that is after 1.5% resale fee).
Secondly the resale market has been very active. I used that as I adapted my strategy and I am now investing in 2-3 parts of interesting new loans rather than just one as I would have before the introduction of the resale market. Immediately after the new loan is issued I list the surplus loan parts for sale at a 4 to 5% premium on the market. There are currently over 1,200 loan parts listed for sale on the resale market. Even disregarding the late loans, there is still a mass of over 1,000 parts for sale. This might lead to the expectation that it is hard to sell parts at premium.
Quite to the contrary I often manage to sell loan parts within 1-2 days. Even allowing for 1-2 days bidding phase and another 2-3 where the money sits idle waiting to bid, this means that I make around 3% profit in about 6 days. Extrapolating that results in a staggering annual yield.
Chart 3: Loans I recently sold
Return of Invest
Currently Isepankur shows me a 25.4% annual ROI. As chart 4 shows the ROI figure rose considerably over the past weeks. In my own calculations, using XIRR in Excel, I currently get a 16.3% ROI.
Chart 4: Statistics on ROI and funded volume
My current strategy
I primarily invest in loans with the top credit score (A1000). I often invest in two or three parts of 40 Euro each and then list all but one for sale. Even if they do not sell, my risk exposure to one loan stays limited and I continue to have a very diversified portfolio.
Isepankur originated a record loan amount in May
In May Isepankur originated a new record amount of loans. Over 400,000 Euro in one month. This figure needs to be seen in perspective to the borrower market Isepankur operates in. Estonia has a population of only 1.3 million. For comparision the UK has a population of 63 million – 48 times bigger. So if you compare Isepankur with a UK p2p lending sites, it would be like that site originating 19 million Euro loans in one month (which is rougly the volume Zopa originates per month).
Isepankur is offering jobs in preparation to the the planned expansion into serving borrowers in Finland, the Netherlands and Spain.