SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- LendingClub (NYSE: LC), America's largest online marketplace connecting borrowers and investors, today announced that it has closed a first-of-its-kind transaction in marketplace lending -- a whole loan transaction structured as a tradeable, pass-through security called a CLUB Certificate*. This first milestone transaction totaled $25 million with an institutional investor seeking a liquid vehicle with which to access the consumer credit asset class.
The CLUB Certificate transaction consisted of whole loans structured as a pass-through security. The instrument trades in the over-the-counter market with a CUSIP and is efficiently cleared through the Depository Trust and Clearing Company (DTCC).
"This milestone is a perfect example of LendingClub's innovation to meet the needs of our customers on both sides of the platform," said Scott Sanborn, CEO of LendingClub. "We're leveraging all of the capabilities we've developed to quickly react to the needs of both our borrowers and our diverse investor base."
"By pooling loans in a pass-through security, we've completed an unprecedented transaction in marketplace lending," added Patrick Dunne, LendingClub's Chief Capital Officer. "The transaction provided efficient access to our asset class in a product that met the investor needs in a single fixed income security that offers the potential for greater liquidity."
By continually innovating on products, LendingClub will further deepen and broaden investor access in 2018 and beyond through a variety of new products and structures.
*For the transaction, Consumer Loan Underlying Bond (CLUB) Certificate Issuer Trust I (the "Master Trust"), a Delaware statutory trust, established a series of the Master Trust (a "Series Trust"). LendingClub Corporation (the "Depositor") contributed certain loans to the Series Trust, and such Series Trust issued a certificate collectively representing 100% of the entire beneficial interest in such Series Trust (the "Certificates") to the Depositor. The Depositor then sold 95% of the Certificates to the institutional investor.
LendingClub was founded to transform the banking system to make credit more affordable and investing more rewarding. Today, LendingClub's online credit marketplace connects borrowers and investors to deliver more efficient and affordable access to credit. Through its technology platform, LendingClub is able to create cost efficiencies and passes those savings onto borrowers in the form of lower rates and to investors in the form of solid returns. LendingClub is based in San Francisco, California.
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