SEOUL, South Korea, – PeopleFund (CEO Joey Kim), South Korea’s leading online lending platform focused on consumer loans, announced today the successful completion of a KRW75.9 billion Series C round of funding raising from global financial institutions, including Bain Capital, Lending Ark Asia Secured Private Debt Fund and 500 Global. The company, with a total KRW100 billion, has raised the largest amount of funding among all lending platforms in Korea. Investors now include Bain Capital, Lending Ark Asia Secured Private Debt Fund, 500 Global and KakaoPay. Global investment bank Goldman Sachs, which has obtained equity exposure and lead financing for a debt warehousing facility with Lending Ark Asia Secured Private Debt Fund for the platform.
Established in 2015 to address the structural problem involving the risk of high interest-rate loans in the near-prime loan sector with its technology and data-driven financial services, PeopleFund has been one of the first online lenders in Korea, and was granted a marketplace lending license by the Korea’s financial regulators on June 10, 2021. As of the end of October 2021, the company’s loan originations were KRW1.1666 trillion, with a delinquency rate of only 2.06%. The company accounts for 57% of the personal loan in the marketplace lending market based on loan balance. With its proprietary alternative credit-scoring system and risk management, it has maintained the industry’s lowest level of delinquency rates.
PeopleFund will spend the raised fund hiring AI engineers and acquiring alternative data to further upgrade its credit-scoring algorithm while focusing on credit scoring technology with the acquisition of MyData license set for late this year.
“While leading online lenders in the U.S. have grown to worth billions out of lending platforms such as Upstart and SoFi, Korea’s online lending is only just beginning,” said Tim Chae, Managing Partner of 500 Global that participated in all fundraising rounds since the seed round. “We strongly believe that PeopleFund will grow to become a clear winner with its proven track record, accelerating tech-driven innovations in the non-bank lending sector in Korea.”
“Today’s milestone reflects that the world’s top financial institutions see opportunities in the Korean lending market as well as the growth potential of PeopleFund,” said Joey Kim, Founder and CEO, PeopleFund. “For the past 6 years, we have been focusing on proving the performance of our data-driven risk management technology, which is the essence of consumer lending. Our ambition is to grow into the #1 player in the Korean non-bank lending market to provide better loan options for average Koreans that are underserved by the banks.
About PeopleFund Company Inc.
Founded in 2015, PeopleFund is Korea’s leading data-driven digital lender focused on consumer finance. Our mission is to give financial freedom to all consumers through more affordable loans and better investment opportunities. Leveraging its proprietary, data-driven credit model and eliminating inefficiencies with technology, PeopleFund delivers better loan rates for borrowers while maintaining an industry low loss rate to benefit retail and institutional investors. PeopleFund is the first digital lender in Korea to surpass $1B in loan originations and has provided an innovative way to invest to nearly 400,000 retail investors. To date, PeopleFund has completed its Series C round of funding with a total of $100M of equity capital raised. Major investors include Bain Capital, CLSA Capital Partners, 500 Global and Kakao Pay. Goldman Sachs, which has obtained equity exposure and lead financing for a debt warehousing facility with Lending Ark Asia Secured Private Debt Fund for the platform.