LONDON — Online lending business ID Finance plans to boost its borrowing over the next year to fund expansion in Latin America and the US.
Cofounder and CEO Boris Batin told Business Insider at the LendIt Europe conference in London on Monday that ID Finance hopes to raise around $US100 million (£76.1 million) through a series of bond issuances over the next year.
“We are somewhat underleveraged compared to other lending businesses,” he said.
ID Finance has already submitted the paperwork for a bond issue in Batin’s native Russia that should take place in November. ID Finance hopes to raise as much as $US20 million (£15.2 million) from that issuance, with more international bonds planned over the next 12 months.
ID Finance has raised $US10 million (£7.6 million) in equity funding to date and $US17 million (£12.9 million) in debt. Batin says the business also has $US10 million in retained profits.
The Barcelona-headquartered startup is an online lending business that targets people shut out by traditional lenders, using alternative data sources to assess their creditworthiness. The business, founded in 2012, lends across Russia, Spain, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Poland, Brazil, and Mexico.
ID Finance will use the proceeds from its planned bond issuances to growth in Brazil and Mexico, markets where it has only recently launched.
“You need fuel to drive the car,” Batin told Business Insider.
The business also plans to launch in Columbia and Peru, and hopes to launch into the US by the end of next year. Batin says ID Finance will target Hispanic communities in the US, many of whom are locked out of mainstream finance because of the lack of credit data. The idea is that ID Finance’s work in Latin America will help it build up data to help score them.
ID Finance lent $US19 million (£14.4 million) last year, Batin said, but is growing fast and hopes to lend $US250 million (£190.4 million) this year. The company, which lends using credit facilities from banks and from its own balance sheet, is growing at a rate of 10-15% per month. Much of the growth is coming from Spain and Poland, Batin said, but he expects the majority of growth to come from Latin America within three years.
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