he company financed 348 projects with a total loan volume of 50.2 million euros. In the first quarter of 2021, 239 projects with a volume of 46.2 million euros were financed. Assets under management recorded the strongest growth with an increase of 80 percent: the value of the loan portfolio rose from 139 million euros to a record level of 251 million euros.
The investor community plays an important role in the continuous growth of the fintech company, and rising inflation and volatile stock markets once again underline investors’ need for above-average, uncorrelated returns. In Q1, Estateguru attracted 16,300 new investors. The total number of worldwide investors now stands at 129,000. With their investments in Estateguru, they generated interest payments totalling 4.5 million euros, compared to 2.9 million euros in the same quarter last year. The average return on repaid loans was 9,64 per cent.
Marek Pärtel, Co-founder and Chairman of Estateguru, says: “We continue our steady growth path and aim to double our loan volume this year. These solid first quarter results and record level assets under management demonstrate that even in a challenging environment the demand for alternative financing remains unbroken. Now more than ever, SME companies across Europe are looking for flexible financing options and reliable partners, who understand the specifics of real estate business. Going forward we will put an increased focus on institutional investors, because the demand for real estate loans has reached a level where it can no longer be met by private crowd investors alone. With funds from professional investors, we will see more growth in the coming month and can help even more SMEs take advantage of alternative lending options.”
To facilitate Estateguru’s growth trajectory, in Q1 the company expanded its expert team as well as its geographical reach: In March Judith Tan joined the team as Head of Capital Markets. She will focus on providing institutional investors access to the European SME property lending market that is estimated to be worth 400 billion euros. In line with this, Estateguru welcomed the European Investment Fund (EIF) as a cornerstone investor for its Senior Secured Credit Fund, a vehicle designed specifically for institutional investors.
Further highlights in Q1 include the opening of a technology hub in Armenia, the first UK office in Manchester and the cooperation with Raisin Bank as a fronting service provider on the German market.
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