Funding Circle to raise £300m with listing

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Samir Desai, chief executive and co-founder of Funding Circle

Funding Circle, the peer-to-peer lender, plans to raise £300 million by listing on the stock market in London.

The firm offers loans to small businesses in the US, Germany and the Netherlands as well as the UK and the funds will be used to expand in new markets.

Funding Circle said the listing would help “engender trust” with investors, borrowers and regulators.

The venture was founded in London in August 2010.

Under its business model, small firms can apply to borrow money from a pool of funds supplied by individuals or firms.

The arrangement cuts out banks, hence the term peer-to-peer.

‘Better deal’

Since 2010 Funding Circle has lent more than £5bn in loans to 50,000 small businesses from 80,000 investors – including some £1bn in the first half of this year.

Revenue jumped to £63m in the first half of 2018, up from £41m in the same period last year.

Loans under management as at the end of June were more than £2.5bn.

Samir Desai, chief executive and co-founder of Funding Circle, said: “By combining cutting-edge technology with our own proprietary credit models and sophisticated data analytics, we deliver a better deal for small businesses and investors around the world.”

Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley are acting as advisers for the IPO.

As part of the share sale, Danish billionaire Anders Povlsen will take a 10% stake in the firm.