Envestio – An excellent crowd-lending platform

Envestio – An excellent crowd-lending platform

Envestio’s overview

Envestio offers speculative business and real-estate loans, with interest rates usually between 15% and 20%. Recent projects come with a buyback guarantee which covers at least 90% of the capital.

My opinion on Envestio

The performance of my Envestio portfolio is excellent, and if it weren’t for the much reduced loans volume in summer 2019, it would be hard to find something negative to say about this platform. With an improved liquidity, I’d bump their rating back to 4.5 stars with no hesitation !

Detailed ratings

Performance

My portfolio’s performance speaks for itself : Envestio is among the best platforms for business and real-estate loans.

Loans liquidity

In summer 2019, there were very few new projects on the platform.

Reporting

The statistics displayed on the platform are really useful.

Buyback guarantee

For secured debt projects (which seems to be all new projects), at least 90% of the capital is guaranteed.

Website ergonomics

The website is well designed and pleasant to use; moreover, the English translation is excellent.

Envestio’s pros & cons

Pros

  • Very interesting interest rates
  • Financed projects belong to various industries
  • Ability to sell back your investments to Envestio
  • A partial buyback guarantee is provided

Cons

  • Much decreased liquidity in summer 2019, making it hard to invest

Special offer

Get a €5 bonus plus 0.5% cashback at Envestio ! If you register by using the links in this article, you’ll get the following advantages :

  • €5 “first deposit bonus”. This bonus is paid within 24h after the moment, when at least EUR 100 big first deposit of the invited participant reaches Envestio bank account.
  • 0.5% “timespan or activity bonus”, which is calculated as a percentage of the net amount, invested through the Envestio platform during 270 days from the date of completing the registration. This bonus is paid on a monthly basis, before the 5th date of current month for the previous month.

Loans characteristics

Loans duration

Medium-term : one month to one year

Long-term : more than one year

Loans kinds

Business

Real-estate

Minimal investment

€ 100

Buyback guarantee

Buyback guarantee available

Currencies

EUR – Euro

Overview of Envestio’s loans

All loans are in Euro. Interest rates typically range from 15% for real-estate projects to more than 20% for more speculative projects.

The financed projects can basically be broken down into four categories :

  • Real-estate
  • Energy
  • Crypto-mining
  • Other (usually industry-related)
Envestio's most recent projects in August 2019
Envestio's most recent projects in August 2019

Most loans have a duration between six month and one year. Some projects will actually be financed in several tiers; there may be as many as ten for a single project ! Fortunately, as we’ll see below, the auto-invest feature can be configured to skip the future tiers on the same project, thus reducing the exposure to a single borrower.

An interesting aspect is that all loans currently yield interests monthly; however I advise you to check the detailed payment schedule for each project.

Finally, the minimal amount to invest in a single project is € 1. One great advantage of this extremely small minimum is that it allows you to reinvest interests. It’s very convenient compared to CrowdEstate where the invested amount must be a multiple of € 100.

Overall, I really appreciate the diversity of the investment opportunities that Envestio offers; moreover, the interest rates are very interesting.

Loans volume

The involved amounts are rather large; among the recent projects, the smallest financed amount was € 250,000, while the largest one was € 1,000,000.

Unfortunately, in summer 2019, the number of new projects on the platform has dropped substantially; in spite of the large amount of the new projects, there weren’t enough of them to satisfy the demand.

Buyback guarantee

As with their competitor Kuetzal, there was initially some confusion regarding Envestio’s buyback guarantee. Indeed, in the past, the availability of this guarantee depended on the kind of loan – subordinated or secured -.

However, things have improved and all recent loans are secured debt loans. This means that at least 90% of the investment amount is secured; see this post on Envestio blog for further details.

Envestio already converted several existing subordinated loans into secured loans; this increased safety came at no cost for the investor. That’s the kind of move I truly appreciate as it shows a real commitment to investors’ safety !

Platform’s features

Early exit

Early exit available

Investing methods

Auto-invest

Manual investing

Buyback

There’s no secondary market; however, Envestio offers to buy back your investment at any time. The associated cost is generally 5%, but it may vary from one project to another. As usual, I strongly advise you to invest only funds you’re not planning to need !

Manual investing

It’s easy to invest manually at Envestio. Investors are notified of new projects by e-mail.

The projects’ descriptions are usually well-detailed; however, what is missing is a risk assessment like the one provided by CrowdEstate for its investments.

Envestio's project details

The manual investing process is straightforward; the only improvement I would suggest would be to add a confirmation of the invested amount.

The main drawback associated with manual investing is that when the loans supply is low (like in summer 2019), you may not have enough time to invest in new loans before they’re fully funded. Fortunately, Envestio finally introduced auto-invest feature.

Auto-invest

In late July 2019, Envestio announced the availability of auto-invest. Most investors will probably welcome it, as it was getting harder and harder to invest in new projects !

Like everything else on the website, this new feature is easy to use and well documented. One very interesting aspect is that it’s possible to prevent re-investing in new loans from same originators; if you choose so, auto-invest will ignore additional tiers if you already invested in previous ones.

Envestio's auto-invest screen
Envestio's auto-invest screen

While using auto-invest is comfortable, I usually prefer to be able to study real-estate and business loans before I commit my money; unfortunately, it means missing out on some projects if they get funded too quickly. CrowdEstate‘s pre-booking system is an elegant solution to this problem, and I hope that Envestio will lean towards this solution.

Website’s ease of use

Languages

English, German

Funding methods

Envestio’s registration process

Signing-up to Envestio is really trivial. It took me less than one minute to fill up my name, birth date, country of residence. One click one the confirmation e-mail later and I was done ! Overall, registering is very straightforward.

Account funding and funds withdrawal

Website’s design and ergonomics

Envestio‘s website is rather complete and overall well-designed. I initially had concerns regarding the investment process itself, as it involved browsing through several screens in a very counter-intuitive way. Fortunately, this aspect has been greatly improved. All I regret now is the lack of a confirmation when investing; make sure you input the right amount before validating !

Available languages & translations quality

Envestio‘s English version is basically perfect.

Reporting

Reporting is rather basic but adequate for the small number of projects. I appreciate the handy chart showing the diversification of investments by sector. You can also see your paid interests climbing nicely, which is always a pleasant sight for investors 🙂

Also, the dashboard displays a reimbursement schedule, a very useful feature that too few platforms provide !

Documentation

I appreciate the useful FAQ which is rather extensive and refreshingly free of marketing gimmicks : “Should I Really Invest Solely Through Envestio ? No. Investments through crowdfunding platforms remain risky ones, so you should not invest your entire savings in high-earning projects”.

On the other hand, there aren’t many details on the investing process itself; some more generic documentation would be welcome !

Support

There’s a live chat available on Envestio‘s website, as well as an e-mail contact address and phone number available.

I got in touch with them using the chat after my transferred funds didn’t appear on my Envestio account. After a quick chat and an e-mail to their accounting department, they solved the problem and credited my account. The whole process took less than five minutes and I was impressed by their efficiency.

When the validation of my wife’s ID document took too long, getting in touch with the platform also helped, as they processed it immediately.

Communication from the platform​

Envestio will send notifications for most transactions : funds transfer, interests and principal repayment. New projects are also announced via e-mail.

Actual performance of my Envestio portfolio

17,30%

At the end of September 2019, the XIRR for my Envestio portfolio was 17,30%.

This performance is nothing short of excellent. It's tempting to grow my portfolio even further, but for diversification's sake I will keep it at its current size; indeed, it currently already weighs around 10% of my portfolio.

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 Envestio portfolio in May 2018.

Envestio's main competitors

For a detailed comparison of the different real-estate and business crowdlending platforms, check out this article.

Envestio's facts & figures

Location

Riga, Latvia

Founded in

2017

Number of investors

10,833

Loans amount financed

€ 26,323,967

As of October 2019

Who can invest at Envestio

All adults may become investors at Envestio.

Envestio 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.

13 thoughts on “Envestio – An excellent crowd-lending platform”

    • Well, that’s a point that deserves to be clarified. The FAQ states that “any Envestio participant at any moment can sell an investment (…) back to Envestio”; use of “any moment” would imply that defaulted loans are included. However, I would expect the buyback conditions to be obviously unfavorable in this case, as they warn that “in some cases cost of buyback can account to substantial percentage of invested amount”.

      I will get in touch with them regarding this topic and post my findings.

    • Hmm, shame on me, I actually forgot to do it so I just sent my inquiry. Fortunately for me, they’re quick to answer !

      Here’s what they have to say about it : “First of all, yes, secured type projects are at least 90% safe. The rest depends on how resultative the debt recovery process is. For subordinated loans situation is a bit different, as there is no fixed cost of buyback in case the project goes default. It will be set up in case the default really happens (and we understand how tricky the debt recovery process might be). ”

      The difference between subordinated and secured loans is highlighted in their latest blog post, which I encourage everyone to read.

      Also, as announced inn the blog post, they’re trying to convert all projects of kind “subordinated loans” into “secured loans”, and all future projects should be secured loans. Actually, one of their projects (Construction of Modern “Slowfood” Street Market) has already been converted !

    • Honestly, I do basically zero due diligence before I invest, apart from browsing the company’s website. However, I always start by investing small amounts before eventually increasing my investments.

      Does the use of “supposed” imply that you think they’re fake ?

    • Hmm actually my reply isn’t totally accurate; I recently considered checking Kuetzal‘s borrowers before investing there, but I finally decided that it wasn’t worth the trouble.

  1. Regarding Envestio
    They do have advantages and inconvenients:
    -Project Details ( Missing real document can be obtain upon request)
    -Payments on time
    -High Returns
    -Responsive support in less than 24H

    I invested more than 1k EUROs with them!
    Till now all is okay.

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    • I only wish there were loans to invest in… 🙂 It’s a bit frustrating to see so many new opportunities at Crowdestor while Envestio is so quiet. At the same time it’s summer so it might not be easy for them to synchronize all the necessary paperwork !

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