149% increase in Spanish claims filed to court

Welcome to another post in our monthly overview of the recovery stages. Here, we’ll show you exactly how many loans are in each stage of the recovery process and we will compare how it has changed from month to month.

While we have tried to assign all loans to a specific stage as of the date of the report, the recovery stages are sometimes not promptly updated so individual loans may occasionally fall under incorrect stages.

Where do the figures stand?

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Why is this important?

In case you missed our previous posts, you might firstly find it useful to check out our 3 step collection and recovery process. This explains everything you need to know about each stage and sub stage you see above. Soon, we aim to improve the view and reporting on your Bondora account so you can see all the information about what stage your loan is at in the recovery process along with a reminder of what happens at each stage.

149% increase in Spanish claims filed to court

A notable change (+149%) compared to the previous month is the total number of loans in the ‘We have filed the claim and the local court has not yet reached a verdict on the payment order’ sub stage in Spain. Previously, many of the cases were being prepared to be filed and as we are now working with a partner in Spain who is submitting 250-270 defaulted cases per week to the local courts, this will improve our overall efficiency of generating a cash flow from defaulted Spanish loans.

In addition to this, 518 cases were moved to the bailiff stage in Estonia where they can now begin to retrieve payments for investors.

When a claim is filed to a court via a payment order, it takes a minimum of 4 months for them to reach a verdict and can take longer depending on their total work load, available staff and processing speed.

As a reminder, a payment order is our first interaction with the courts and is a simple, fast and cost-effective process that accounts for the majority of our court cases. If the payment order does not bring any results or if the borrower objects to this, we then file a civil case.

Once the courts have reached a decision on these cases (and if they are ruled in our favor), then they will move to the bailiff stage where the bailiff will begin to work to generate a cash flow and return payments to investors.

Why is the bailiff stage important?

This is a critical step in the recovery process for a number of reasons, most importantly because the bailiff has the rights to freeze the debtor’s assets and accounts to cover the payments owed. Once successful, this stage is usually where a cash flow is generated and you will start to see payments come in to your Bondora account.

Check in again next month to see how the figures from March weigh up.