Prosper Plans Open Market Loans, which is still in quiet period and not allowing new loans, made a new SEC filing yesterday. In this third amendment to the S-1 filing makes several amendments, most notably introducing securitization for initial offerings of loans.

Prosper plans “Open market loans”, which apparently are loans issued by traditional lenders which being securitized and resold to Prosper lenders. I am somewhat sceptical how many Prosper lenders will like the “open market loans” offer. To me this seems a far excursion from the peer to peer lending idea.

In the filing Prosper states that FolioFn will be the operator of the Prosper secondary market (named “Folio Investing Note Trader Platform”). FolioFn already operates the Note Trading Platform of Lending Club.

More changes in the new filing are in a review in this blog post at P2PLendingNews.

Prosper files amended S1-registration statement with the SEC yesterday announced it’s new registration filing.

The SEC filing follows an earlier one from last year that apparently did not succeed. Some speculation on the reasons Prosper’s first filing was ill-fated are on Fred93’s blog.

According to the filing, the class action lawsuit against Prosper reported previously on this blog, is currently the only class action lawsuit by lenders stated in the filing.

The sections on ‘Government regulation’ (page 73) and ‘Risks Relating to Compliance and Regulation’ (page 32) state numerous other legal risks the Prosper business model might face in the future.

For the year 2007 the filing reports that Prosper marketplace incurred a net loss of 11.8 million US$ – but still had more than 20 million US$ in cash or cash equivalents on Dec. 31st, 2007.

The following quote shows that in many attempted listings Prosper was not able to verify the income of the borrowers:

For example between September 1, 2007 and August 31, 2008, we verified employment and income for only approximately 22.6% of borrowers. …

Of the borrowers undergoing income verification for the period from September 1, 2007 to August 31, 2008:

+ approximately 56.7% provided us with satisfactory responses and received a borrower loan;
+ approximately 37.7% did not provide satisfactory responses, or did not respond, and their listings were cancelled; and
+ approximately 5.9% either withdrew their listings, or failed to receive bids totaling the amount of their requested loan.

On a side note: The document also discloses that Prosper bought the domain in 2006 for a price of 603,659 US$ (page F-14), of which 320,000 was payed in cash.

Prosper enters quite period for registration statement filing announced that it is entering a quite period:

Prosper has started a process to register, with the appropriate securities authorities, promissory notes that may be offered and sold to lenders through our site in the future.

The registration filing is a necessary step toward making the secondary lending market available to the community. This is something many of you have been asking for, and we believe the liquidity of a secondary market will make Prosper even more vibrant.

Until we complete the registration process, we will not accept new lender registrations or allow new commitments from existing lenders. If you’re an existing lender, your current lender agreements will be unaffected; your existing loans will continue to be serviced; you’ll be able to track and monitor your loans; and you’ll be able to withdraw funds from your Prosper account.

See Prosper blog announcement. Prosper seems to be copying the route already successfully completed.

Further coverage at Prosper Lending Review and Personal Loan Portfolio.

Lending Club files S-1, step towards reopening for individual lenders

On June 20th, filed a registration statement with the SEC to issue up to 600 million US$ in Member Payment Dependent Notes. The notes will be backed by loans and sold to lenders. The process for lenders remains pretty much the same as before the quiet period, only the legal setup will change to comply with regulation.

Link to SEC filing of Lending Club

Press release by Lendingclub regarding the SEC filing

Netbanker extracted some interesting data from the 100+ page Lendingclub filing.