Weekly Lending Review: week 33

Week 33: 12 – 18 August 2013

There were nearly £3.5 million worth of new lending opportunities on the marketplace last week and the majority of loans were allocated to the C risk band. 11 of the new loans were in the property and construction sector and most businesses were located in the South East.

New loans

There were 46 new business loans listed last week and there are currently 28 auctions on the marketplace.

The total value of the new listed loans was £3,472,300; that’s an average of £75,485 per loan. The largest loan value was £235,000 and the smallest loan value was £10,000.

Business loans still available for bidding on for the next 3 days or more:

Recycling equipment manufacturer is looking for a £100,000 loan

Haulage company needs a £150,000 loan

Dorset-based chain of beauty salons requires a £65,000 loan

Property company is looking for a £150,000 loan

Construction company needs a £50,000 loan

Medical equipment supplier requires a £20,000 loan

Windscreen wiper manufacturer is looking for a £100,000 loan

Weekly marketplace trends

These graphs show the most recent activity on the marketplace. The average gross yield graph is reported weekly and shows a rolling two week average. Number of loans, value of loans and secondary market are reported weekly. The dates on the graph should be read as ‘week beginning’, for example: 12-Aug represents the week of 12th – 18th August.

Weekly average gross yield (2 weeks rolling)


Number of listed loans per week


Listed loan value per week


Change to minimum bid rates

We committed to a monthly review of the minimum bid rates, with two weeks’ notice before they are adjusted. A number of factors were considered when reviewing the rates, including general economic conditions and costs of alternative borrowing products. The outcome of the first review is a 0.2% increase in the A, B and C risk bands. The new rates will come into effect for loan requests listed after 9am on Monday 2nd September. The new rates are as follows:

A+: 6% (no change)

A: 7.2% (+0.2%)

B: 8.2% (+0.2%)

C: 9.2% (+0.2%)

C-: 11.5% (no change)

News you should know

Following feedback from you, our investor community, we have improved the information provided in the loan book which can be downloaded from the statistics page.

For our latest success story video we visited Saber Powersports in Southampton; a powerboating company who borrowed £20k to buy a new engine for one of their jet boats in May. You can watch the video, packed with action shots from the boat on our blog.

Community Discussions

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This week we’re welcoming more users to the community forum. You can introduce yourself or welcome new people to the community here.

Loans defaulted last week

No loans were defaulted.

You can read last week’s Weekly Lending Review here.

Enjoy lending, The Funding Circle team

Jack Pritchett

Senior Communications Manager