Debitum Network’s overview
Debitum Network offers to invest in business loans and invoice financing; the interest rates vary between 6% and 11%, with durations from a few days to two years. Most loans are secured by a buyback guarantee.
My opinion on Debitum Network
Being a speculative investor, I find Debitum Network‘s returns too low; however, their very solid risk management will strongly appeal to conservative investors.
Debitum Network’s pros & cons
- A large volume of loans
- Risk management seems to be taken seriously
- The website’s ergonomics has improved a lot
- Low returns
Overview of Debitum Network’s loans
All loans (called assets at Debitum Network) are in Euro. As of January 2020, interest rates are below 10%; they range from 7% to 9.5%, a rather low figure.
The loans duration can be as short as a few days, and as high as two years.
Depending on the loans term, interests may be repaid monthly or at end of term. Unfortunately, as we’ll see below, this aspect can’t be used to configure auto-invest.
The minimal investment amount is € 10.
As I’m writing this review in January 2020, there are more than 50 loans available in the platform. The financed amounts can be very small, especially for invoice financing (sometimes as little as € 1,000; the largest loan is around € 300,000.
Many loans are short-term, with a duration below three months; however, it’s also possible to invest in a few long-term loans, which have a duration of up to two years.
For each of them, many statistics are provided regarding the available assets and overall portfolio size.
In addition, the platform has conducted a detailed evaluation of each originator. It’s an interesting read, which provided many details regarding the LO’s financials. Moreover, this evaluation is regularly updated.
Several peer-to-peer or P2B lending platforms provide ratings, either for the loan originators or the borrowers. For example, Mintos rates each originator. Debitum Network is similar to Iuvo, which grants a rating to each individual borrower. However, the way the rating is handled by the platform is its main selling point. Indeed, these ratings aren’t computed by Debitum Network, but by independent credit rating agencies. This results in a more objective evaluation.
In Autumn 2019, both Mintos and Viventor suffered from late repayments from the loan originator Aforti Finance. Investors at Debitum Network didn’t have to worry about it : indeed, while this loan originator was added in late April, all their assets were removed shortly thereafter, in late July. Indeed, the platform investigated Aforti Finance’s financial situation and didn’t find it satisfying, so it bought back all loans (including accrued interests). This kind of proactive move is unfortunately too rare, and it shows a very high level of professionalism regarding Debitum Network’s risk management team !
Loans on Debitum Network come with a buyback guarantee. Unfortunately, the delay is rather long; indeed, it only triggers after 90 days.
Platform’s transparency and reliability
Debitum Network‘s risk management policy seems to be very trustworthy – I especially appreciate the fact that the rating of the originators is outsourced -.
Regarding the platform itself, the whole team is introduced on the website, along with links to their LinkedIn profiles. Most employees have a rather extensive experience in finance, which is rather reassuring. Statistics regarding loan volumes and number of investors are also publicly available.
The platform was funded through an ICO (Initial coin offering); while I always usually regard crypto-based operations with a lot of suspicion, all operations on the platform take place through fiat currencies (although it’s still possible to invest through DEB tokens) and thus provide a normal level of traceability.
The great level of detail provided for each loan originator, as well as the explanations regarding the methodology are more than satisfying.
Finally, I appreciate the presence of a second level of authentication through apps like Google Authenticator. It’s mandatory to activate it before withdrawing funds, which makes investors’ account safer.
Impact of Covid-19 outbreak on Debitum Network
Compared to other platforms, Debitum Network has communicated very little during the Covid-19 outbreak. On the other hand, it was already regarded as a reliable platform which handles risk management in a serious manner.
The main change triggered by the economic downturn was that they switched from a quarterly to a monthly review for the loan originators.
According to Debitum Network’s figures, the amount managed by the platform actually increased between March and April 2020, unlike what happened for most competitors. It shows a strong confidence from investors towards the platform !
There’s no secondary market or early exit option. Debitum Network plans to add a feature to sell late loans.
Manual investing at Debitum Network
Although it’s not the most comfortable option (auto-investing is more convenient), investing manually is an option. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to view several loans at the same time in different browser tabs.
The loans descriptions are detailed and extremely readable.
It’s rather easy to configure Debitum Network‘s auto-invest. It’s possible to select the credit score, interest rates range, loan originators. In addition, the portfolio size and minimum/maximum loan size has to be configured.
One useful feature is that the number of loans matching the selected criteria is displayed in real-time, which helps to adjust the settings in a painless way.
Website’s ease of use
Debitum Network’s registration process
Signing-up to Debitum Network was straightforward.
Account funding and funds withdrawal
Deposits can be made via a SEPA transfer. The currency can be either euro, British pounds or US dollars depending on the investor’s nationality; however, the transferred amount will be converted to euros.
Although the minimal amount invested in a project is € 10, the minimum deposit amount is € 100.
Website’s design and ergonomics
The initial version of Debitum Network‘s website was truly awful. It was both ugly and very hard to use; even Omaraha‘s website was a pleasure to use in comparison ! Fortunately there’s been a larger upgrade which greatly enhanced the usability.
Available languages & translations quality
The translations on Debitum Network‘s website are great.
The reporting provided by Debitum Network is rather complete. The portfolio overview is detailed, the transactions list is very readable.
The documentation mostly consists of a large FAQ.
it’s possible to get in touch with the platform either by e-mail or phone. I didn’t use any of these options.
Communication from the platform
Debitum Network communicates rather actively, and investors can expect to receive around one e-mail per week regarding special offers, new originators or large assets added.
Actual performance of my Debitum Network portfolio
At the end of April 2020, the XIRR for my Debitum Network portfolio was 10,24%.
The performance of my Debitum Network portfolio is much lower than most competitors; it's the price to pay for safer originators.
Don't hesitate to read my most recent crowdlending portfolio review for detailed platforms performance comparison as well as historical performance.
Portfolio creation date
I created my Debitum Network portfolio in January 2019.
Debitum Network's main competitors
For a detailed comparison of the different real-estate and business crowdlending platforms, check out this article.
Debitum Network's facts & figures
Number of investors
Loans amount financed
As of May 2020
Who can invest at Debitum Network
Debitum Network FAQ
Debitum Network operator is established in Latvia, but the platform is open for global investors all around the world where lending platforms comply with the local legislation.
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