Ok, the subject is not that accurate as Mintos is not a real p2p marketplace in the classic sense, as there already funded loans are securitized and sold to investors. I was a little upset with Mintos beginning this year aus the rules often changed (interest rates up/down, foreign curriencies etc).It is not that this situation would not persist to today, but it has its advantages.
Mintos offers the broadest loan supply
As other platforms like Viainvest, Swaper and Robocash serve (mostly) as financing platforms for their respective loan originators, Mintos is some steps ahead.. At Mintos there are several unrelated loan originators on bord which use the platform as funding source. This opens a lot of possibilities for investors to invest broadly. It is clear that at some point problems occur with a loan originator, as the eurocent case shows us. As I wrote before, I believe that this case is good for us (except for the investors who lose money though) and strengthens Mintos’ business model and helps the platform to further develop. It would be a misbelief that this is the only time a loan originator struggles. This is valid for all platforms, not only Mintos. So do not back everything on the wrong horse, diversify!
Mintos related loan originators (Mogo, Lendo etc)
Here you find an overview of Mintos Originators, for further information, click on their logo. Even though Mogo is not considered as a related party according to IAS 24 (which doesn’t mean it isn’t related, might be different under other accounting standards), I still think it is possible that it is somehow related to Mintos. Mintos and Mogo share the same physical adress with their headquarters for example. Lendo ist the Georgian subsidiary of Banknote, the Latvian payday loan originator (related to Mintos). Even if such structures have been critisized before, this doesn’t deter me. Free market economy has a lot of examples of related enterprises. The only disadvantage I see is that if one party has control over the other party a domino effect could take place in case of problems with one party (accounting tricks etc). This is just hypothetically thinking. If we hit a recession, then the whole economy is involved anyway and one firm pulls down the other (ok, in the case of related firms, this could of course be more drastic and take place quicker, but the principle is the same). From this point of view I have no problem with Mintos’ structure. I always believe that the entrepreneurs want to make profit and not to be involved in “criminal activities”. Of course a can’t exclude such motivation completely (but it should be clear to any investor that such high yields come with high risks). At least Mintos is operational for more than 1000 days, so I guess the business model is succesful. I do hope that Mintos has a deep insight knowledge about their related originators and tries to avoid a default there as this would hit the company double. 😉
There are nice yields available at the moment
Last week I invested in Lendo payday loans which yielded at 13.5% (Euro not Lari of course) and have a duration of 24 to 36 months which seems rather unusual. I can only remeber to have seen durations of up to 12 months before. I don’t care about the longer duration as I expect most loans not to reach maturity anyway. The buyback comes in play much earlier as down the road most loans will redeem early, amend the contract or just don’t pay up. In this case they are bought back prematurely. This leads to much shorter duration of these loans then at the point of issuance. I estimate that more then 90% of these loans won’t reach the set maturity. I cannot prove this number, it is only a estimate. How do I get to this number? When I check my buyback quotas of the shorter loans I see a buyback rate of about 50%, given the longer duration, I guesstimate that the buyback figure will be significantly higher.
Bargaining is getting tougher on the secondary market
Someday in the past I had nearly reached 20% yield (NAR not XIRR) with Mintos, due to nice transactions on the secondary market. Right now I have fallen back which comes from 2 reasons. Firstly I was not able to sell everything like I wanted and used to and secondly there is a lot more competition on the market. In the beginning I was able to manually grab some snaps, but that got a lot harder as since some weeks some IT guys created their bots to do the heavy lifting. Sadly I am not able to write a bot myself, so I have to rely on some luck. Consequently this means that my yield will be somewhere around 14 and 15 percent, which is still a great return. If you would like to start with Mintos, use this link to register and get 1% cashback on your average investments during the first 3 months.
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