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UI Enlyte and Exaloan launch collaboration for digital loan refinancing

UI Enlyte and Exaloan launch collaboration for digital loan refinancing

  • The combination of Digital Assets and Digital Lending paves the way to Digital Financial Products 
  • Asset managers gain completely digital access to new asset class and can develop innovative investment concepts 
  • Loans and partial loan receivables can be traded in real time via the blockchain, creating a secondary market 

Frankfurt am Main, April 11th 2022. The two FinTechs Exaloan and UI Enlyte are launching a strategic cooperation and link their platforms for digital lending and digital assets. Asset managers and institutional investors using UI Enlyte’s platform will in the future have direct access to fintech lenders and loan originators through Exaloan’s analytics platform, enabling them to develop innovative investment products.

Exaloan has successfully operated the B2B marketplace Loansweeper since 2019 on which the company connects institutional capital with digital lending platforms. Loans issued by banks and lending platforms are made available to investors through a fully digital investment infrastructure. Already today, investors can use it to access different groups of loans such as SME or consumer loans worldwide. In addition, Exaloan provides real-time independent credit scoring using Big Data and machine learning, enabling investors to compare and fund loans across platforms. As a marketplace, Exaloan links lending platforms with institutional investors, opening up lending as a new asset class for investors. 

The UI Enlyte platform launched in December 2020 and is one of the world’s first end-to-end investment platforms for digital assets, providing fund initiators and institutional investors with regulatory compliant access to digital assets. As an independent technical platform, UI Enlyte is a pioneer in Europe, offering a holistic digital approach. All main phases of the investment process can be presented digitally on one platform: from onboarding, issuance and transaction of digital assets to administration and reporting. The issuance of so-called STOs, i.e. Security Token Offerings, is one of several product dimensions that will extend to digital funds in the future.


Great digitalization potential for global lending market

“We are currently witnessing a rapid shift of lending to businesses and households into digital channels. The potential here is huge, with the global lending market estimated to be worth a total of almost $140 trillion,” explains Luca Frignani, CEO and founder of Exaloan. Although the digital lending segment is still young, during the past year alone a loan volume of more than 20 billion euros has been granted to households and small and medium-sized enterprises in Europe. Investors benefit from higher spreads of five to 15 percent and short maturities. At the same time, they can incorporate clear sustainability (ESG) criteria into the financing process.

“Combining digital assets and digital lending digitizes the entire production chain from loan origination to investment opportunity, creating huge efficiency potential,” said Daniel Andemeskel, CEO and Co-Founder of UI Enlyte and Head of Innovation Management at Universal Investment, which is a leading European fund service platform and Super ManCos driver of UI Enlyte.

Through the new infrastructure, both whole and partial loan receivables can be funded and traded. This not only digitizes the entire funding process but also creates a secondary market for the loan receivables. “In addition to getting access to the asset class of digitally originated loans, investors also benefit from increased liquidity,” says Romy Ritter, COO of Exaloan. 

The newly developed infrastructure enables unprecedented transparency and tokenization down to the individual loans. “This is also a first step to build connected ecosystems, which is one of Enlyte’s main goals. To fully link both technology platforms in such a short time has been a tour de force of both teams,” said Khai-Uy Pham, CTO & Co-Founder of UI Enlyte.


Exploiting the potential of digital platforms together

As part of the cooperation, the respective strengths of the two partners can be fully leveraged as digital B2B platforms. “UI Enlyte is a perfect partner for us because their unique holistic approach allows them to digitally cover the entire asset management value chain, from onboarding new investors to issuing and administering digital assets to custody and wallets. In addition, as part of the Universal Investment Group, they have a broad network of asset managers and institutional investors,” Frignani said. 

“With Exaloan as a strategic partner, we can provide our clients with access to digitally issued loans as a very attractive investment. This will enable the creation of innovative investment strategies and investment products for this new asset class in the future. Exaloan creates real added value, particularly through increased transparency for investors, independent real-time credit scoring and extensive analytics capabilities, and consistently exploits the enormous potential for digitization in the lending market,” says Daniel Andemeskel. As part of the cooperation, both partners will in the future offer a comprehensive end-to-end infrastructure for issuing loans as digital loan tokens.

 

About Exaloan

Exaloan is the leading technology provider for institutional investments in digital loans. Its mission is to close the global funding gap for individuals, entrepreneurs and SMEs by connecting institutional capital with digital lending platforms. By operating a global B2B marketplace, the company opens up digital lending as a new asset class.. As an independent agent and validator, Exaloan provides a fully digital investment infrastructure with a standardized risk assessment of each single loan through its Loansweeper™ platform. At the core of its business, Exaloan uses big data and predictive analytics to generate an independent real time credit analysis as well as dedicated insights and reporting for institutional investors, banks, and lending platform partners. Insights cover topics such as sustainability reporting, advanced portfolio analytics, and market research.

Behind Exaloan stands an experienced team with extensive know-how in the areas of quantitative portfolio management, capital markets, machine learning, and software development.

 

 

About UI Enlyte

UI Enlyte is one of the world’s first end-to-end investment platforms for regulatory-compliant digital assets, based on the blockchain and meeting the quality requirements of institutional investors. Founded in 2020 by Universal Investment Group together with shareholder and CEO Daniel Andemeskel, the FinTech digitally maps all main phases of the investment process: from client onboarding, digital asset issuance and administration to reporting – all on one platform as a white-label solution. UI Enlyte offers institutional investors and fund initiators, as well as partners such as neo-brokers, customized solutions in five product dimensions: STOs for alternative assets, crypto custody, §284 funds with 20 percent crypto assets, the tokenization of fund units and, in the long term, the digital fund.

 

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Exaloan & Creditshelf: How digital SME lending adds value to an investor’s asset mix

Creditshelf & Exaloan: How digital SME lending adds value to an investor's asset mix

Frankfurt am Main, Germany, November 25, 2021 ‒ creditshelf Aktiengesellschaft, the leading financier for digital SME loans in Germany, and the data scientists at Exaloan AG confirm the added value of digital SME loans for the portfolios of institutional investors in a joint study.

 

Based on ECB data and the loan book of the creditshelf Loan Fund, the joint study elaborates the potential of the new asset class in the portfolio mix. Digital SME loans, such as those arranged by creditshelf’s lending platform, show a low correlation with other asset classes like equity, real estate, corporate or government bonds, and private equity. They are therefore ideally suited for further diversification of existing portfolios.


Dr. Tim Thabe, founding partner and CEO of creditshelf, explains: “We always knew that we are offering an attractive asset class for investors. Our new study with Exaloan officially confirms this. Especially companies of the German Mittelstand rarely have access to the capital markets and are therefore difficult to invest in by institutional investors. Through our platform, we offer a simple, digital and customizable way to invest directly into the German Mittelstand.”


In a volatility comparison, digital SME loans are significantly below other asset classes, even in comparison to a similar fixed income segment like corporate bonds. At the same time, they have much greater potential in terms of net returns. With the creditshelf Loan Fund portfolio, for example, the track record showed that investor returns amounted to up to 6% per year.


“We used bank lending data from the ECB to get a clearer picture of long-term return estimates for digital SME loans. When analyzing the data, we found that SME loans could be a great asset to include in an investor’s portfolio because they offer higher returns with a shorter duration than traditional fixed income securities like corporate bonds. By taking a close look at the creditshelf Loan Fund, we were able to validate our estimates with actual data. The study shows that institutional investors can benefit significantly from adding digital SME loans to their portfolio to enhance returns in a meaningful and stable way. Having the right tools to construct a diversified loan portfolio and control default risk is key, which is what our analytics engine is built for,” explains Luca Frignani, CEO and founding partner of Exaloan.

 

About Exaloan

Exaloan is the leading technology provider for institutional investments in digital loans. Its mission is to close the global funding gap for individuals, entrepreneurs and SMEs by connecting institutional capital with digital lending platforms. By operating a global B2B marketplace, the company opens up digital lending as a new asset class.. As an independent agent and validator, Exaloan provides a fully digital investment infrastructure with a standardized risk assessment of each single loan through its Loansweeper™ platform. At the core of its business, Exaloan uses big data and predictive analytics to generate an independent real time credit analysis as well as dedicated insights and reporting for institutional investors, banks, and lending platform partners. Insights cover topics such as sustainability reporting, advanced portfolio analytics, and market research.

Behind Exaloan stands an experienced team with extensive know-how in the areas of quantitative portfolio management, capital markets, machine learning, and software development.

 

 

About creditshelf

creditshelf is the leading financier for digital SME loans in Germany. Founded in 2014 and headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, the company arranges bank-independent, flexible financing solutions via a constantly growing network. creditshelf combines complementary needs: While SME entrepreneurs can easily access attractive financing alternatives, institutional investors can invest directly in German SMEs and partners can support their clients as innovative providers of new credit solutions. The core of creditshelf’s business model is a unique, data-driven risk analysis and unbureaucratic, fast and digital processes. Thereby, creditshelf covers the entire value chain: its platform is used to select suitable credit projects, analyze the creditworthiness of potential borrowers, and provide credit scoring as well as risk-adequate pricing. For these services creditshelf receives fees from both borrowers and investors.

 

creditshelf has been listed in the Prime Standard Segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange since 2018. The experts in the creditshelf team offer many years of experience in SME financing and are trusted partners and visionaries for the entrepreneurship of tomorrow.

 

 

 

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Credit platforms and their key role in the context of global funding bottlenecks

Back in October, Exaloan became a member of the Association of German Lending Platforms, representing digital debt financing in this association. Earlier this month, we featured an article on their quarterly briefing where our CEO and co-founder, Luca Frignani together with our Business Developer for SouthEast Asia, Katharina Lentge, talked about the role of credit platforms in closing the Global Financing Gap.

Credit platforms and their key role in the context of global funding bottlenecks

 

Even before the pandemic, access to finance was considered one of the biggest growth hurdles for companies, especially in developing countries. Around half of all companies worldwide have no access to credit products. As a result, every year there is a shortfall of around $ 5.2 trillion in funding that investors could raise. In the coming months, this problem will increase further due to the difficult physical access to financial institutions and recessive tendencies. Financial inclusion as a development goal includes the responsibility to make affordable financial services available to the players in our economy according to their needs. Innovation in the form of digital marketplaces represents an opportunity to fulfil this responsibility and to close the structural gaps in our financial systems. By digitizing the credit process, credit platforms are significantly simplifying access to capital for borrowers and opening up new markets for investors. The allocation of financial resources can also be managed effectively through data-driven risk assessment and sensibly through the promotion of certain market segments…

To read the full article, please visit the Verband deutscher Kreditplattformen‘s website.

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Does Digital Lending Add Value to an Investor’s Asset Mix?

Does digital lending add value to an investor’s asset mix?

Digital lending is a hot topic. And as we commented in our last post, even a global pandemic has not mitigated the segment’s momentum. Quite the opposite in fact. However, further growth will only be sustained if institutional investors start entering the stage to fuel the supply side with bigger cheque sizes – and if some key questions about digital loan performance are addressed.

In this post, we take a closer look at why digital lending and private debt receive so much attention and whether it might be a good idea for institutional investors to have a closer look at this space (Spoiler alert: yes, it is).


In a nutshell, we modeled the investment opportunity set of traditional asset classes available to a European institutional investor and compared the results with an enhanced set that includes digital lending.


Market Data and A Lot of Number Crunching 

For our benchmark opportunity set, we created 1 million different portfolio allocations with the monthly return series of indices representing the following asset classes: equity, real estate, corporate bonds, sovereign bonds, and private equity (1). To take a more meaningful perspective across the last decade, we considered the historical return observations from January 2011 until June 2020.

Since the digital lending market is still relatively young and not standardized, a benchmark index with a long data history is unfortunately not readily available (Spoiler alert #2: we are working on it). For now,  we turned to academic research and number crunching. Following the methodology in “The Components of Private Debt Performance” proposed by Giuzio et. al. in 2018 in the Journal of Alternative Investments, we approximated the returns in digital loans on the basis of European bank lending rates. (We will shed more light on the method behind our madness in another post).

(1) For equity, we used the MSCI Europe, an index that comprises 435 European Corporates and captures roughly 85% of the market cap of European Industrial Nations. For Real Estate we looked at the MSCI Europe Real Estate Index, a free float-adjusted market capitalization index that consists of large and mid-cap stocks in the real estate sector across 15 Developed Markets (DM). Furthermore, Euro-denominated, investment-grade corporate bonds, and sovereign bonds were proxied using the iBoxx EUR Non-Financial and iBoxx EUR Eurozone bond indices. Private Equity is represented by the STOXX Europe Private Equity 20 Index, which is designed to measure the performance of the 20 largest private equity companies in Europe.

Visualizing Our Results: Digital Lending Is an Interesting Piece in the Asset Allocation Puzzle

To build the opportunity sets, we created all allocations using no-leverage assumptions & no-short-selling constraints. We also constructed the respective efficient frontiers and color-coded the Sharpe Ratio of each individual portfolio for better comparability. The results we get when constructing portfolios with varying allocations using the traditional asset classes are displayed on the left in Figure 1. On the right-hand side, digital loans are added to the mix.

Figure 1: Results with traditional assets vs. Results when adding Digital Loans

The color scale on the far right indicates the value of the Sharpe Ratios (red = high, blue = low). The results show that adding digital loans to a traditional asset mix can significantly improve the investment opportunity set as evidenced by the higher Sharpe ratios of portfolios that can be constructed. For simplicity, the risk-free rate is set to 0 in all our calculations. The results indicate that adding digital loans can help diversify an investor’s traditional asset mix,  and improve investment performance. Part of the result can be explained by the low correlation of digital lending to traditional asset classes.

For a better display, we also contrast the different opportunity sets without the noise from the individual portfolios. You can see our calculated efficient frontier in Figure 2. The direct comparison shows that the efficient frontier including digital loans clearly dominates the attainable results without digital lending.

Figure 2: Efficient frontier of Traditional Asset Mix vs. Adding Digital Loans

Our findings show that adding digital loans to a portfolio could be an interesting new way for investors looking to diversify their portfolio holdings, particularly given the backdrop of a low yield environment.

 

Exaloan is working on standardizing and automating digital loan investments for institutional clients across the globe. We are convinced that digital lending is a highly interesting and impactful emerging new asset class and with studies like these we hope to invite more interested parties to our dialogue.

Leave a comment or a question, we appreciate the input.

 

As mentioned, we will dive deeper into the return construction for digital loans in one of our next posts. Follow us to stay up to date. 

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