A huge step for Lending Club. Yesterday they launched loans to businesses. Lending Club business loans will range from 15,000 US$ to 100,000 US$ initially, with plans to increase to 300,000 US$ in the future. The loans carry fixed interest rates starting at 5.9% with terms of one to five years and no prepayment penalties. While Lending Club already offered loans that were used for “business purposes” in the past, these were actually consumer loans – the borrower was an individual rather than a company. Obviously the application process and the evaluation of creditworthyness needed to be redesigned for this type of loans.
This will have a big impact on the p2p lending market in the US. It vastly increase the potential market size and will enlarge the choice of loans that investors can lend to.
For more detailed coverage see:
- The Lending Club blog post announcement – which has a nice inforgraphic
- Peter Renton’s detailed post: Lending Club Expands into Small Business Loans
- Businessweek: Who Needs Banks