$126 million year heralds significant market challenge from peer to peer lender SocietyOne

By Tom Watson ·

Peer to peer lender SocietyOne has finished a record-breaking year on a high thanks to massive investment and borrowing growth, with November registering $15.3 million worth of lending alone.  

With a total of $126 million in lending already in 2016, the company has now recorded $200 million in loans since its inception - a benchmark Managing Director and CEO Jason Yetton attributed to the growing appeal of the peer to peer lending sector.

“2016 has been a milestone year for several reasons, not least for the fact of us reaching a total of $200 million in lending which makes us the clear leader in marketplace lending for consumer finance in Australia,” said Yetton.

The latest figures from SocietyOne highlight an increase in the number of borrowers entering the peer to peer lending market, with a 25% increase since August this year.

The company now boast 7,800 borrowing customers on their books, which Yetton suggested was a result of their distinctive model in comparison to traditional lenders.

“Australians are discovering that there is a better, trusted alternative to the one-size-fits all, higher comparison interest rates the traditional big banks offer.”

“That alternative now includes even better reasons for customers to tackle the financial issues that matter to them, whether it’s consolidating credit card debt, renovating their home, buying a car, taking that well-deserved holiday, paying for the wedding of their dreams or covering off those ever increasing school fees,” he said.

Default rates among borrowers using the company’s marketplace have also shown to be lower than the market average, sitting at 1.1% as of the end of November 2016 compared to a sector average of 2-3%.

And in a win for consumers, SocietyOne are also set to increase the borrowing limits currently imposed on customers according to Yetton.

“We are also responding to borrower demand by increasing the limit available on our personal loans from $35,000 to $50,000 which will give our customers the financial flexibility they are looking for,” he said

The comparison rate for a fixed rate personal loan with SocietyOne starts at 9.90%, and is one of hundreds of personal loans which can be compared using Mozo.

Tom Watson
Tom Watson
Finance journalist

Tom Watson is a financial journalist at Mozo, specialising in fintech, property and business banking. Whether it’s reporting on banking trends or uncovering the latest product innovations, Tom’s mission is to keep our readers up to date with breaking Australian financial news. His work is often sourced in the media and across social media channels. Tom has a degree in Journalism from the University of Technology, Sydney.