Business Loans

Feb
13

Big lending fall shows businesses need to investigate crowdfunding options

A significant drop in lending activity during December has illustrated the need for business owners to investigate other ways raise growth funds, including crowdfunding, according to a major Australian crowdfunding platform. According to Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures which were released today, the value of lending commitments to businesses fell by 9.7 per cent in seasonally adjusted terms in the month of December 2018. This included commercial finance commitments dropping by 9.8 per cent and lease finance falling by 5.7 per cent. The fall in business lending outstripped the reduction in household lending commitments, which went down 4.4 per cent. In the year to December 2018, business lending commitments […]

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Feb
07

Neo-lender Wisr sees increase in banking defectors amid Banking Royal Commission

Neo-lender Wisr (ASX:WZR) has launched a bold new campaign targeting disillusioned customers of big banks, following the Hayne Royal Commission handing down its findings into consumer lending practices. The ‘Australia’s Getting Wisr’ campaign taps into the prevailing sense of unfairness that Australians feel towards the big banks and how customers can make smarter choices when seeking personal loans. The campaign in the coming months will showcase the company’s personal loan, financial wellness programs and new smartphone application. It is the first brand campaign undertaken by Wisr since launching the brand in March 2018 and will appear nationally on television and online from this week. Earlier this week the Hayne Royal […]

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Jan
29

Prospa contributes $3.65 billion to Australian GDP

Prospa, Australia’s number one online lender to small business, today revealed new research into the economic impact of its lending to small business in Australia. Prospa undertook the economic impact assessment in partnership with RFi Group and the Centre for International Economics (CIE). The project considered the value of funds lent by Prospa over the period 2013 – 2018 and assessed how funds have benefited Prospa’s customers through increases in revenue and employment and the flow-on effects of these funds to the wider economy. The results of the research showed: For every $1m in lending by Prospa there is a corresponding $4m increase in GDP Since 2013, Prospa has contributed […]

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Jan
24

Lending Express gets over regulatory hurdle to expand its offering

The fintech also exceeded its own growth expectations, surpassing $100 million in loans matched on its platform. Fintech loans platform Lending Express has today announced it has exceeded $100 million in loans facilitated between small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and online lenders. The platform, which matches businesses looking for finance using an innovative LendingScore to online lenders that can provide finance, launched in 2016 and is currently available in Australia and the US. CEO and co-founder Eden Amirav said that the company’s work ethic is designed around rapid and efficient action, so they did expect to grow faster than the average fintech. “But in the end, we saw that we […]

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Jan
21

US firm triples its stake in Radium

Rocketing growth at a fledgling Perth fintech has prompted its US financial partner to buy a bigger slice of the firm under “a multimillion-dollar” deal. New York-based Brevet Capital has tripled its stake in Radium Capital to 50 per cent by buying stock from the WA group’s seven other shareholders led by company promoter Tony Brennan. Mr Brennan’s son David founded Radium with schoolmate David Weir nearly two years ago to give cash-poor companies quick access to the Federal Government’s research and development rebate. While others also operate in the same space, Radium believes it is differentiated from those rivals by its sole focus on the R&D rebate, proprietary technology […]

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Jan
17

Capify secures $135 million from Goldman Sachs for SME loans

Capify, a leading Australian alternative SME finance provider has secured a $135 million credit facility from Goldman Sachs Private Capital (“Goldman Sachs”) to support its future growth plans and provide working capital to thousands of Australian SMEs over the coming years. The Sydney-based fintech company will use the new facility to accelerate the growth of its lending business to Australia SMEs through its business loan and merchant cash advance (MCA) products. Capify has been active in Australia since 2008, executing over 7,500 transactions for Australian SMEs seeking business financing and most recently celebrated its ten-year anniversary. “This is a landmark achievement for Capify and we are very pleased that we […]

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Jan
08

Afterpay is different from competitors, says co-founder

Afterpay has rejected rival Zip Pay’s call for industry-wide responsible lending checks, saying the government shouldn’t take a one-size-fits-all approach to the buy-now, pay-later sector. The rift comes ahead of Afterpay and Zip’s scheduled appearance before a Senate committee later this month in Brisbane where Young Rich listers, Zip’s Larry Diamond and Afterpay’s Nick Molnar, will give evidence. Zip’s co-founder Peter Gray said the buy-now, pay-later providers should comply with a limited version of responsible lending obligations, by verifying customers’ identity, income and credit history.But in a statement, Afterpay executive chairman and co-founder Anthony Eisen said there were “distinct differences” in the products offered in the buy-now, pay-later sector and […]

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Dec
03

APAC Alternative Finance report shows impressive growth

Australia is second only to China in market volume. The alternative finance industry continues to thrive according to the 3rd Asia Pacific Region Alternative Finance Industry Report by KPMG and the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) released this week. The global fintech sector has seen $117 billion invested in the last year, with $28 billion invested in Asia Pacific alone. Across the region, over 100,000 small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) used alternative finance in 2017 and SMEs accounted for 61% of all alternative finance volume. The Australian market was 2nd only to China for the 3rd year running, raising over $1.14 billion in 2017, an increase of 88% on […]

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