Debitum Network review

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.

Detailed ratings

Actual performance

The returns – below 10% – are lower than for most competitors.

Loans liquidity

The loans amounts are rather small; them commonly range from € 10,000 to € 50,000.

Reporting

The reporting is complete and pleasant to browse.

Transparency & reliability

Risk management is taken very seriously, and the overall level of transparency is more than satisfying.

Website ergonomics

The website has much improved since its inception, and is now pleasant to use.

Debitum Network’s pros & cons

Pros

  • A large volume of loans
  • Risk management seems to be taken seriously
  • The website’s ergonomics has improved a lot

Cons

  • Low returns

Loans characteristics

Loans duration

Short-term : one month or less

Medium-term : one month to one year

Long-term : more than one year

Loans kinds

Business

Minimal investment

€ 10

Buyback guarantee

Buyback guarantee available

Currencies

EUR – Euro

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.

Part of Debitum Network's loans list
Part of Debitum Network's loans list

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.

Loans volume

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.

Loan originators

There are currently five loan originators on Debitum Network.

Loan originator details at Debitum Network
Loan originator details at Debitum Network

Debitum Network’s main selling point is the way they handle risk management. Indeed, each loan is assigned a credit score (from A+ to F). While other competitors such as Mintos (and more recently Grupeer) also provide ratings, they only rate originators, not projects. Moreover, these ratings aren’t computed by Debitum Network, but by independent credit rating agencies. This helps ensure that the evaluation is more objective.

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 !

Buyback guarantee

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.

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.

Platform’s features

Early exit

Early exit NOT AVAILABLE

Investing methods

Auto-invest

Manual investing

Buyback

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.

Detail of a loan at Debitum Network
Detail of a loan at Debitum Network

Auto-invest

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.

Debitum Network's auto-invest screen
Debitum Network's auto-invest screen

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

Languages

English, German, Spanish, Czech

Funding methods

Debitum Network’s registration process

Signing-up to Debitum Network was straightforward.

Account funding and funds withdrawal

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.

Reporting

The reporting provided by Debitum Network is rather complete. The portfolio overview is detailed, the transactions list is very readable.

Debitum Network's transactions timeline
Debitum Network's transactions timeline

Documentation

The documentation mostly consists of a large FAQ.

Support

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

10,40%

At the end of February 2020, the XIRR for my Debitum Network portfolio was 10,40%.

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

Location

Riga, Latvia

Founded in

2017

Number of investors

3,209

As of November 2019

Who can invest at Debitum Network

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.

Debitum Network FAQ

Disclosure

Please note that this review may contain affiliate links. It means that I will earn a commission if you decide to invest after clicking through the link – at no additional cost to you, of course -. Please understand that I have experienced all of these companies, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the commissions I make if you decide to invest through my links.

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