KENNESAW, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--LendingPoint, the company working to revolutionize access to consumer credit, announced it closed an increase of its mezzanine financing, bringing the total of the facility to $52.5 million.
Paragon Outcomes Management LLC provided the financing that closed earlier this month. Paragon and LendingPoint have been building upon a successful relationship started with their first mezzanine credit facility in January 2017 of just $20 million, which was upsized just seven months later, and now has been upsized again to $52.5 million.
The credit facility provides advance rate enhancement with LendingPoint’s other credit facilities for more efficient equity usage while also providing swingline support.
Today’s announcement comes on the heels of more than a billion dollars worth of senior credit financing LendingPoint has closed in less than one year. The company secured an up to $500 million Senior Credit Facility in August 2017 and an up to $600 million Senior Credit Facility last month, both arranged by Guggenheim Securities.
“We are delighted by the continued show of confidence from our friends at Paragon Outcomes,” said Tom Burnside, LendingPoint co-founder and CEO. “Their support has been critical as we grow our origination volume and balance sheet, and march towards profitability next year. We’re proud that LendingPoint’s performance to date means companies like Paragon Outcomes want to be part of our future.”
The upsized mezzanine allows LendingPoint to more efficiently manage its equity by warehouse financing its originations before selling them into its Senior Credit Facilities. This helps optimize line utilization and portfolio balancing between the Senior Credit Facilities.
“We continue to be impressed with the performance of the LendingPoint team,” said Frank Tripoli, Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer. “When we met them they told us they were a ‘credit first’ company and everything we have seen them do since continues to validate that description. We at Paragon Outcomes look forward to LendingPoint’s continued success and being a part of the LendingPoint story as it unfolds.”
LendingPoint uses proprietary risk models to allow it to paint more complete financial pictures of customers and approve loans for people who otherwise may be overlooked by traditional FICO results. While the company lends to individuals across the credit-score spectrum, from 580 to 850, it focuses on NearPrime borrowers, those with FICO scores below 700. It provides both online personal loans as well as point-of-sale loans via retailers and service providers who participate in the LendingPoint Merchant Solutions platform that debuted in March of this year.
LendingPoint processed more than 850,000 applications arising from borrowers requesting more than $9.2 billion in loans during the first quarter of 2018. Since it issued its first loan in 2015, LendingPoint and its Merchant Solutions platform has originated more than 70,000 loans totaling in excess of $500 million.
About Paragon Outcomes Management LLC
Founded in 2009, Paragon Outcomes Management LLC is a New York City-based SEC-registered private investment firm.
Paragon invests across the capital structure emphasizing capital preservation and cash yield. Focused on real asset and credit oriented opportunities, Paragon partners with competitively advantaged and established management teams. The permanent nature of Paragon's capital provides for a duration-agnostic approach to underwriting and structuring, with investment horizons of 1 to 10 years. For more information, visit https://www.paragonoutcomes.com.
LendingPoint is a FinTech balance sheet lender working to revolutionize access to credit. The company is creating a better lending and borrowing experience by looking for more reasons to say “yes” -- helping consumers across the credit spectrum unlock access to affordable loans and live better financial lives. Its LendingPoint Merchant Solutions platform provides merchants and other service providers a fully integrated, one-stop retail financing in-a-box solution to convert more customers at the point of sale.
LendingPoint was named in 2018 one of the nation's best consumer loan companies by U.S. News & World Report, one of the Best Personal Loans by NerdWallet, the fastest-growing private company in metro Atlanta by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, one of the GA Fast 40 by the Atlanta Chapter of The ACG, and one of the Top Workplaces by the Atlanta Journal Constitution. It is a privately held company headquartered in Kennesaw, Ga. with offices in San Diego. For more information, visit https://www.lendingpoint.com.
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