Some lenders have their own P2P sites. How solid are they? Here’s our ratings

Last updated: 13 May 2021

We've added new sites to our ratings pages

Some loan originators have set up P2P funding sites to help fund their lending operations. Some of these P2P sites sit within lending groups (such as Twino, Kviku, and Robocash).  Others have set up sites through a partnership (such as between Moncera and Placet Group).

Below we present the key financial information for each loan originator, and our rating scores for each. Our methodology is the same as used in our Mintos, Peerberry and Viventor ratings pages. Some loan originators appear on Mintos already, and therefore our scores are the same as can be seen on our Mintos ratings pages.

Key financial information

Site Loan originator Reporting period Loans Equity Profit - latest Profit - prior year Profit - 2 years prior Audited?
Lendermarket Creditstar Mar 2021 149.7 33.5 6.2 5.8 2.9
Twino Twino Dec 2019 34 20.5 3.7 6.1 -11.1
Viainvest Via SMS Group June 2020 19.2 4.6 1.2 0.4 2.8
Robocash Robocash Dec 2020 51.7 36.5 19.9 13.3 7.4
Moncera Placet Group Dec 2020 44.5 22.3 3.3 3.1 3.5
Kviku Kviku Group Dec 2020 14.6 3.1 1.1 0.8 0.6
Afranga Stikcredit Mar 2021 7.4 6.7 2.4 1.7 0.9

Loan originator rating scores

Site Loan Originator Profit Capital Size Disclosure quality Track record Total Last change
Twino SIA Twino 12 12 13 7 6 52 +13
Robocash Robocash 18 18 15 15 15 81 +3
Moncera Placet Group 15 18 15 15 16 79 0
Lendermarket Creditstar 12 12 17 17 14 72 0
ViaInvest VIA SMS Group 14 10 12 14 13 63
Kviku Kviku Holdings 13 9 10 12 13 57 +4
Afranga Stikcredit 15 14 10 14 12 65 0

Our thoughts on the loan originators

Placet Group has been operating for 15 years. It operates in Estonia, Lithuania and Poland. The company has a strong track record, consistently making profits while running with a conservative funding structure. The company makes good use of technology, and the management team communicate well. Placet Group has established a partnership with P2P site Moncera, which only lists loans from Placet Group companies. Placet has been reducing the number of loans it lists on Mintos, and we would not be surprised if it stopped listing loans on Mintos during 2021. The company is currently our highest rated loan originator in Europe, scoring 79

Robo.cash logo

Robocash has established a P2P site in Croatia to fund its global lending operations. The key lending operations of Robocash are in Russia, Kazakhstan, Spain and the Philippines. Results over the last 3 years have been spectacularly strong. The company has grown quickly, been profitable, and maintained a strong balance sheet. We are impressed with what they have achieved so far. The results published by Robocash have been audited by KPMG and Grant Thornton. We discussed them recently with the Robocash CEO here. Robocash plans to IPO in 2021, and has recently raised $US 8 million of equity in a pre-IPO capital raise. That extra capital is good news for Robocash P2P investors as it provides extra strength and size to the Robocash balance sheet. Our score for Robocash is 81.

Creditstar logo

Creditstar is a fintech consumer finance business that operates in 8 countries. Key countries include Spain, Poland, Estonia and the UK. The company has a strong track record, making consistent profits for several years. During 2020 it has had to deal with COVID-19 laws introduced in some of its key markets, that required them to provide payment deferrals to many of its borrowers. As a result, investors in those loans faced a longer repayment period than expected. However it seems to have weathered to storm reasonably well, announcing preliminary profits of €5.7m for 2020 . It has recently issued €20 million of new bonds to investors, which will provide the company with funding stability and diversification. The shareholders of Creditstar established the P2P site Lendermarket to raise funds for Creditstar. Creditstar loans can also be found on Mintos, although the rates are usually higher on Lendermarket, which also offer bonuses to new investors and other regular promotions. Our score for Creditstar is 72

Via SMS Group logo

Via SMS Group has been operating since 2009. It is based in Latvia and lends in 8 countries. It is another consumer finance lender that makes strong use of technology, and has performed well in recent years. It seems to have dealt with the challenge of COVID-19 well so far, recording a profit of €600k in the first half of 2020. Via SMS is not as big or as profitable as the loan originators above, but it still has a better financial profile than most loan originators offering loans for purchase via P2P sites. It lists its loans exclusively on its in-house P2P site, ViaInvest. Our score for the Via SMS Group is 63

Kviku logo

Kviku has been operating since 2013. It lends in 6 countries, and its key markets are Russia and Kazakhstan. The Kviku Group is not as profitable as the loan originators listed above, and the quality of its financial reporting is not as good either. Kviku says that it made a profit of €400k in the first half of 2020, which is a good result considering that Russia and Kazakhstan were significantly impacted by COVID-19 (from both the virus itself and also the drop in global oil demand and oil prices). Kviku offers its loans on its in house P2P site Kviku Finance (where bonuses and higher rates are often available), as well as Mintos, Viventor, Iuvo and elsewhere. Our score for Kviku Group is 53

Twino logo

The Twino group has been running its own P2P site for many years. Their P2P site has now become one of the largest European P2P sites. Twino's key lending markets are Poland, Latvia, Russia and Kazakhstan. It has always been very difficult to understand what has really been going on within the Twino group over the last 4 years. There have been years with massive losses, big profits, closures of subsidiaries, restructurings, management changes and a lot more. In late 2020 Twino finally published their 2019 consolidated results. We had waited so long to see them that we were a bit disappointed to notice that their balance sheet figures didn't even add up (around €40m of assets were missing). After contacting Twino they blamed this on their production team and sent us corrected figures. While mistakes can happen, this does not fill us with a lot of confidence in their finance team! We have mixed feelings about the results published. We are glad to see another year of profits being recorded (€3.6m) and a stronger looking balance sheet. We still have some slight concerns however. Twino seems to have a fairly big exposure to movements in the Russian ruble. This boosted Twino's equity by €2.5m in 2019 following a 14% appreciation of the Ruble. However in 2020 the Ruble declined significantly (25%), which could have significantly dented Twino's equity. Unfortunately it will likely be a long time until we find out, given how slow the Twino team is at reporting results. The 'headline' equity of Twino is €20.5m but this is an overstatement of the true 'cushion' that exists for Twino investors. That's because around half of that equity is allocated to minority investors or funds intangible assets. Our revised score for Twino is 52. The increase of 13 mainly relates to an upgrade of the disclosure score, which had been zero previously, due to the long delay in publishing refreshed financial information.

Afranga logo

Afranga is the brand new P2P site created by the Stikcredit group in Bulgaria. Stikcredit has stopped placing loans on the Mintos platform to focus on growing Afranga. The biggest downside about Stikcredit is that it is only a relatively small lending group. Positive factors are its conservative funding structure, and its history of operating profitably (including throughout the Covid-19 crisis). It has also made an effort to improve its financial reporting, with audited financial statements and investor presentations now available. The rates available on Afranga are currently very high - around 18%. All loans come with a buyback guarantee. It is not clear to us why the company has decided to pay such high interest rates to P2P investors. However the loans made by Stikcredit appear to have an average interest rate of around 100% so the company can still pay this and likely make a profit. Following the release of the (unaudited) 2020 results, our rating for Stikcredit has increased from 51 to 65.

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60 thoughts on “Some lenders have their own P2P sites. How solid are they? Here’s our ratings

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    • Oscar Harrington Reply

      We have asked many times for Wandoo’s financial statements and we never receive them Mathis. So we will continue to not list Swaper as a result.

  2. Osmium Reply

    Stikcredit updated company presentation and Financial Statement 1Q21:
    https://afranga.com/loan-originators

    Pitch:
    “In the first quarter of 2021, Stikcredit continued to deliver excellent results. Our strong performance is the rare combination of market expansion accompanied by improved net profit. This performance gives us the early pace to exceed our 2021 goals and beat the industry outlook.

    Some key highlights of our Q1 2021 results include:

    In February 2021 Stikcredit launched its own marketplace for investing in loans – Afranga. The marketplace has been an immediate success and we’ve already surpassed 1 million euro of outstanding investments.

    Stikcredit ended 2020 with record results achieving 2.3m EUR in net profit up 39% from the previous year.

    As the market recovered from covid-19, we’ve increased our marketing efforts and March 2021 was our strongest month in the history of the company lending 1.275m EUR.

    Our net loan portfolio increased by 6% since the beginning of the year and we have strong expansion plans on the local market for the present year.

    The net profit for the quarter is 0.66m EUR up 22% versus 1Q20.

    This progress underlines that Stikcredit continues to deliver profitability, scalability, and an excellent client experience. We are confident that our continuous investment in our technology platform, our loan marketplace, marketing efforts, and investor relations will support further our expansion strategy and will position us for a period of accelerated growth.”

    (from afranga newsletter)

    • Oscar Harrington Reply

      Hi Enrique. At the moment Iuvo platform is only doing about €3m a month of transactions. If they get bigger we will consider doing a ratings page for them. They list multiple loan originators and it’s a lot of work to keep it up to date.

      • Marcos Reply

        Thanks Oscar, What about giving an insight and rating just the loan originator Easycredit.
        Most of us invest mainly on this loan originator through Iuvo

          • ENRIQUE

            It would be great to do the ratings for Easy Credit and Viva Credit in Iuvo.

      • Hugh Reply

        If you wait long enough Oscar, I think Iuvo might pay you to review their site and send you a template to do it. If you google Is Iuvo Safe, tems of websites pop up saying “This is my independent review of Iuvo, and then proceed in near identical, not independent fashion.

  3. Johnny Reply

    Thanks a lot for your work! I really appreciate it. Could you please add Swaper to this rating?

    • Oscar Harrington Reply

      Hi Johnny. Thanks a lot. Unfortunately we can’t add Swaper at the moment. That’s because, despite us asking multiple times, the lending company Wandoo Finance refuses to provide any financial statements. So Swaper is asking you to buy loans from a company that has no transparency. That’s a big red flag to us and as a result we have chosen not to list Swaper on our site.

  4. joro Reply

    Nice work!
    Do you plan to add more platforms?

    For example iuvo group, debitum network…

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    • Oscar Harrington Reply

      Thanks Claus – we’ve added them to this page today.

  6. Enrique Reply

    Hello. I think there´s a mistake in Twino rating. Now is 52 instead 39. Anyway I prefer Twino instead Kviku,

    • Oscar Harrington Reply

      Good spot Enrique – we’ve fixed that cell in the table. Thanks

  7. Alexandre Fontaine Reply

    Hello,

    Creditstar have released their preliminary financial results for 2020, which are quite good. The current risk/reward ratio on lendermarket (16% ) is excellent, given their financial strenght. I’m only missing a proper audit company, that should materialise this year, but then, I expect the interest rate to drop to 12%, similar to the rest of one lender platforms.

    https://mcusercontent.com/dfc711ff58f5392ebe592c52c/files/90ebe3c0-77fc-4a3d-985a-3b1c0cc89e53/Creditstar_Group_AS_Interim_Report_Q4_2020.pdf

    • Oscar Harrington Reply

      Agreed Alexandre – see our new comments in the Mintos ratings page

    • Oscar Harrington Reply

      Hi Carlos. We’ve now updated the ratings and comments. Here is a link to the balance sheet that didn’t add up, for anyone wondering.

  8. Fernando Reply

    Since Lendermarket is onto the market i can see my Credistar in Mintos pending payments growing and growing. I am really concerned, worried.

  9. Matthijs Reply

    Hey there

    Im curious what you think about Twino audit report from 23-12-2020. Does it look better niet? Cant tell doe dure myself.

    Ps great site and work!

    • Matthijs Reply

      Sorry, autotranslate misfired from dutch:

      Im curious what you think about Twino audit report from 23-12-2020. Does it look better now? Cant tell for sure myself.

      • Yes Reply

        Yes, I agree 🙂 could you study and process Twino’s latest financial report?

  10. DB Reply

    Hi Hans,

    Thank you for sharing the ratings of some company-owned P2P lending sites. It seems they can be useful to reduce the risk of investing on a single loan originator / P2P platform.

    However, like some users here (and also as an investor in Lendermarket platform), I have some concerns about Creditstar auditing and current loan performance (mostly in Poland and Spain).

    For reference (Kristaps Mors blog): https://kristapsmors.substack.com/p/creditstar-no-audit-no-problem

    BR

    • Oscar Harrington Reply

      Hi DB. Agree that Creditstar has not been using a suitable auditor up to now, I’m not sure that Covid was a good enough excuse to not have made the change earlier. Glad to see that they have promised to use KPMG going forward, they are very aware now that people have higher expectations.

  11. Thommy Reply

    Hello, does Moncera offer a group Buyback for all listed Loanoriginators from Placet Group or does it matter in which one we invest

    • Oscar Harrington Reply

      The buyback is on all loans so it’s not that important from that perspective. You may want to choose maturity dates and countries that you prefer over others…

  12. Lasse Reply

    What do you make of Creditstar having more than 3M EUR in pending payments on Mintos? Should we be worried?

    And thank you for your blog. This is by far the p2p blog with the most serious content.
    I like the fact that you don’t include an affiliate link to every single platform just to earn money. I think a lot of bloggers lost their credibility with the recent scams while you just increased yours because your skepticism toward some platforms proved to be correct only with the exception of Grupeer which I don’t think anyone saw coming. P2P is not about feelings but about cold, hard facts just like every other type of investment.
    Keep up the good work!

  13. Sam Antonio Reply

    This was exellent! How about Swaper (Wandoo Finance Group) or Iuvo Group (Alfa Finance group)? It would be nice to get on list also 🙂

    • Oscar Harrington Reply

      Thanks for the suggestion Sam. We’ll consider doing Iuvo ratings if there is enough interest. We have never seen Wandoo publish any financial information, which is why we have never listed Swaper up to now. If we have missed it somehow please send us the link and we will review.

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  15. Jmn Reply

    I faced this question for Creditstar. Both sides have advantages: Mintos rates were slightly higher then for some locations, ranging 10-18 while Lendermarket has a flat 14%. And Mintos has Zloty currency and a secondary market, yet expensive (0.85% fee). But Mintos is blatantly weak at enforcing rules. Look at this pre-covid loan extended forever https://www.mintos.com/en/29013350-01
    So I prefer dedicated platforms when possible.

    • Enrique Reply

      In another area I see that you rated Aventus Group with 75 points in June. Now would it be different? And how would you rate MFG group (Iuvo own originators)?

      • Oscar Harrington Reply

        Enrique not sure I understand – Aventus is Peerberry….? Different to what? Our scores change as we get new information.

        • Sam Antonio Reply

          I was watching my email and there was 2018 audited results of Management Financial Group and also i guess now there would be available 2019 results also. Also iuvo group page have results of some lo’s q3 2020. This would be perfect add to this list also.

  16. Centrino Reply

    Thanks!
    About Creditstar, you mention ‘audited’. But as far as I know, the auditor was unknown. And I think they even went bankrupt…
    So we all wait for a real audit, by a big 4 company… 🙂
    Regards

  17. Lasse Reply

    How do you see this risks when investing on Moncera and Lendermarket vs. investing in Placet and Creditstar on Mintos?

    In other words if the interest rate was the same on the LO’s platforms and Mintos where would you invest?

    • Oscar Harrington Reply

      Great question. The platform risk is low for Mintos, yet Moncera and Lendermarket have huge strategic value to both lending companies, so there’s relatively low platform risk with them too. For Placet Group, Moncera has some nice extra features like one click exit and no pending payments.Lendermarket lacks a secondary market which gives Mintos an advantage for Creditstar loans. However Lendermarket regularly offers higher rates and bonuses so that’s a consideration to take into account.

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