As the global economy has slowed over the past several months, Bondora has planned on lower originations to maintain stability through this crisis period, and a positive long-term growth outlook for the future. As a result, originations came in lower in March than the previous month, totaling €9,702,500.
Spanish originations least affected
Originations in Spain were least affected on the month, with originations totaling €1,656,664, down by 15.4%. At the same time, Spain also saw its interest rate increase, up to 48.6% in March. While total originations fell in Estonia, the country took a larger share of all Bondora originations, garnering 46.2% or all originations compared to 44.1% last month.
Spanish originations were more evenly distributed in March than previous months. While F rated loans in the country still garnered the most originations, C, D, and HR rated loans held a similar share of originations in the country. Finnish E rated loans remained the most originated category, totaling €3,109,542 in March, equating to 32.1% of all Bondora originations.
Average loan amounts decrease across the board
Finnish loan amounts decreased the least, down by 2.9% to €2,960. On the flipside, Spanish loan averages fell the most, down to €1,687, a decline of 24.9% compared to a month ago.
Estonian loans averaged 48-months in duration, down by 2-months compared to February. Spanish originations held steady at an average of 52-months, as did Finnish originations, which remained at an average of 48-months for the third consecutive month.
60-month loans in Spain jumped higher to 75.5% of all loans in the country, up from 68.8% last month. Estonia had more 36-month originations, totaling 38.5% of loans in the country. The distribution of Finnish loans remained relatively consistent compared to last month.
Average ages and incomes mixed
Estonian borrowers trended downward in age, averaging 38-years old, while Finnish borrowers were, on average, older than last month, at 47-years old. Spanish borrowers remained the same at an average of 42-years old.
Incomes for Estonian borrowers rose for the second consecutive month, up by 6.1% to €1,382. Spanish incomes also rose, up by 2.4% to €1,654. However, Finnish borrowers made less money this month than in previous months, averaging €2,545, a decline of 3.7% from February.
Education levels remain the same
In Spain, more borrowers had a high school education (44.7%) in March than last month (41.4%). Otherwise, there was not much change in the education level of Bondora borrowers.
In a trend reversal, less Bondora borrowers (37.5%) were employed for more than five years than last month (41.2%). Still, 63.0% of all borrowers have been employed for up to five years or more than 5 years.
Home Ownership Status
The only category to rise in Estonia were borrowers with a mortgage, accounting for 7.5% of borrowers in the country. Significantly fewer borrowers in Finland were tenants in March (40.9%) than in February (45.9%).
Verification status remains high
The verification status of Estonian borrowers jumped higher over the month, up to 60.0% from 55.4% last month. Verification for Finnish borrowers remained above 98%, while verification of Spanish borrowers was even higher, at 99.6%.
During these times of economic uncertainty, Bondora recognizes the need to maintain financial stability. For this reason, Bondora has slowed its originations to a sustainable level, while still providing investors with solid p2p loan options for their portfolio.
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