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The Chinese online lender issued over $2 billion loans in the quarter to over 200,000 borrowers; this represented year over year growth of 95%; 2017 total originations were $6.3 billion across nearly 650,000 borrowers; Revenue in the fourth quarter was $280.5 million and net income was $69 million. Source
For the second quarter, Yirendai reported revenue of $174.5 million, beating estimates by $16.36 million and increasing revenue 58% from the second quarter of 2016; earnings per share remained steady at $0.66 and beat earnings estimates by $0.04; the company reported loans originated of $1.2 billion in the second quarter, an increase of 80% in comparison to the second quarter of 2016. Source
Yirendai is an online lending business unit of CreditEase with stock traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: YRD); the firm is one of the most successful online lenders in China's online lending market; Lend Academy talks with the firm's CEO Yihan Fang in their podcast; Yihan Fang provides details on Yirendai's platform and gives her insight on China's online lending market. Source
The new agreement with PICC P&C would provide Yirendai with a performance bond for certain loans originated through their marketplace; PICC P&C agreed to reimburse investors should any losses occur because of due diligence issues; Yihan Fang, CEO of Yirendai, said, "We are pleased to begin working with PICC P&C on performance bond. We believe a strong alliance between our two industry-leading companies will enable us to provide higher quality products and services to our customers to better serve the large demand for personal finance." Source
China’s regulators have imposed extra cost and forced some emerging p2p lenders out of business as they look to eliminate problematic and fraudulent companies; Sara Hsu of Forbes sat down with Yihan Fang of Yirendai, and with Johnson Zhang of Hexindai at LendIt Fintech USA 2018 to discuss the current states of p2p lending in China. Source.
PPDAI plans for an IPO this month and co-founder Shaofeng Gu owns more than 25% of the business; Ning Tang of Yirendai, a US listed public company, owns 36% of the company; This year three Chinese fintech companies have gone public, raising $2.45 billion; Bloomberg provides data on the rise of the wealthiest billionaires in China. Source
Chinese online consumer lender Yirendai has announced progression toward securitization of a portfolio of consumer loans; the firm has transferred an existing trust fund of RMB300 million ($43.6 million) used to fund loans on its platform to Bohai International Trust Co., Ltd., and the firm has completed the issuance of asset-backed securities in the amount of RMB300 million through private placements. Source
Though fairly young, fintech in China has really taken off the last few years as Yihan Fang, CEO of Yirendai explained in her LendIt USA 2017 keynote; when compared to other industries like insurance, fintech has shown a great deal of promise; payments have become widespread, online lending is growing steadily and new technologies like blockchain have taken off; this has allowed Yirendai to help the underbanked and create a credit data infrastructure; after a few high profile fraud cases the government has started to regulate the industry closely and the number of lenders has been consolidated; Yihan is optimistic about the future, she expects to be lending $15 billion per year by 2020 and hopes to increase the average assets under management of each high net worth investor on their platform. Source
Yirendai is being sued by shareholders for inadequate transparency, regulatory activity and risk management regarding Chinese government regulations; the company has requested the court toss the case; the case is focused on worst case revenue predictions that the company says were never realized. Source