SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Lending Club (NYSE: LC), the world's largest online marketplace connecting borrowers and investors, announced today that retail investors in Oregon and New Jersey can now invest through its marketplace. This brings the total number of states open to retail investors to 43 plus the District of Columbia.
"Before Lending Club, consumer credit as an investment was only available to institutional investors," said Lending Club founder and CEO Renaud Laplanche. "We've democratized access to that asset class since 2007, and last year we expanded availability to 14 new states, allowing many of the 92 million Americans (or 29% of the U.S. population) in those states to begin investing in consumer credit. We're excited to start 2016 with two new states like New Jersey and Oregon with many of their 13 million residents now having the ability to join our investor base, which has enjoyed net annual returns of 5 to 8 percent historically since inception."
Lending Club is a two-sided marketplace that brings together borrowers looking for generally lower rates and a great experience, and investors looking for attractive returns. Investors on the Lending Club platform can invest in loans in increments as low as $25, diversifying across hundreds or thousands of borrowers, to quickly and efficiently build a portfolio that fits their investment objectives. Each fraction of a loan is invested in through a Member Payment Dependent Note issued by Lending Club. Lending Club Notes have historical returns by grade A-C of 5.23% to 8.82%.* Among investors who own 100 or more Notes of similar size representing loans to different borrowers, 99.9 percent have seen positive returns.
New Jersey and Oregon residents can now create an account at www.lendingclub.com, and choose either a traditional investment account or retirement account. Investors receive monthly payments of principal and interest as borrowers repay their loans, and can withdraw available cash at any time via a linked bank account.
*As of September 30, 2015. To be included in the Historical Returns calculation, a Note must have been originated prior to March 31, 2014. Historical Returns are Lending Club's adjusted net annualized returns (Adjusted NAR) for Notes with Grades A through C. Adjusted NAR is calculated using the formula described on our website. Adjusted NAR is based on monthly borrower payments actually received net of Lending Club's service fees, actual charge offs, recoveries, and adjustment for estimated future losses. To estimate future losses, we apply a loss rate estimate to the outstanding principal of any loans that are past-due but not charged off. The loss rate estimate is based on historical charge off rates by loan status over a 9-month period. Historical Returns are not a promise of future results. Lending Club Notes are not insured or guaranteed and investors may have negative returns. Individual portfolio results may be impacted by, among other things, the diversity of the portfolio, exposure to any single Note or group of Notes, as well as macroeconomic conditions. Notes are offered by prospectus filed with the SEC and you should review the risks and uncertainties described in the prospectus prior to investing in the Notes.
About Lending Club
Lending Club's mission is to transform the banking system to make credit more affordable and investing more rewarding. The company's technology platform enables it to deliver innovative solutions to borrowers and investors. Since launching in 2007, the Lending Club platform has facilitated over $13.4 billion in consumer loans and has more than doubled annual loan volume each year. We operate at a lower cost than traditional bank lending programs, so we're able to pass the savings on to borrowers in the form of lower rates and to investors in the form of solid returns. Lending Club is based in San Francisco, California. More information is available at https://www.lendingclub.com. Currently only residents of the following states may invest in Lending Club notes: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OK, OR, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, or WY. All loans made by WebBank, a Utah-chartered Industrial Bank, Member FDIC.
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