Bain Capital was the existing backer and previous investors included Access Ventures, CLSA Capital Partners Lending Ark Asia and D3 Jubilee Partners. 500 Global also participated. TBT Partners, 500 Global and IBX Partners were also involved in the extension.
The PeopleFund now has nearly $100 million in equity. PeopleFund secured $240M in debt financing in 2022 from Goldman Sachs and CLSA Lending Ark Asia. When asked, the company didn’t disclose its assessment.
The PeopleFund will be discontinued in 2021. He collected $63.4 million(75.9 Billion Won) in Series C equity, also led Bain Capital to further develop credit rating systems.
PeopleFund plans use its new capital for further development of an AI-powered credit scoring and risk management system for its users. This includes lenders and borrowers. The startup also plans to launch a B2B service in the coming year to offer AI-enabled customized credit score system services to financial institutions.
According to industry sources another reason to extend its runway would be to meet the requirements for a license for P2P lending. To operate their business, P2P lending platforms in South Korea must meet annual requirements. PeopleFund reports that it is losing profits and must have a minimum capital of $400,000 to $2.4million depending on the amount of its loans. (The PeopleFund’s remaining loan balance is the amount that borrowers have not repaid. According to the company, the PeopleFund had $264.3 million (326.8 trillion won) in loans at December 2022. This means that the needed capital for the outfit amounts to between $1.5 and $2.4 millions, according to industry sources.
Joy Kim, founder of PeopleFund, said in a statement that “2022 will be a year of turbulence in the financial technology field, with the global public market adjusting along with changes in the macro environment. The Korean consumer lending market has seen a dramatic transformation in the mobile sector, with major players like KakaoPay or Toss leading the way. This change, along with the instability in the credit market, opens up the possibility for technology-driven digital lender and their technologies to highlight our efficiency relative to traditional financial institutions.
The total volume of loans granted to borrowers has been estimated at $1.3 Billion in December. This compares to $936 Billion in October 2021. According to the startup, it has experienced a 56.7% increase in the number borrowers and 9.6% growth in the number lenders since the previous year. As of December 2013, the number of borrowers was 20,688 and the number of lenders was 2,943,883.
The Seoul-based P2P lending company was founded in 2015. It has successfully closed its extension. The impact of extremely difficult market conditions made it inevitable that there were many layoffs in technology industries in the last few months. PeopleFund confirmed that they had reduced about 10% of their staff in the fourth quarter in 2022 to “run our business efficiently and effectively” in an economic downturn. The PeopleFund was home to approximately 150 people at December 2021.
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