Moncera review

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Moncera's overview

Moncera offers mostly medium and long-term consumer loans. Their interest rates commonly vary from 7% to 9% – a level much lower than for most competitors -. A buyback guarantee is provided by the loan originator.

In addition, real-estate loans were introduced on the platform in March 2021.

My opinion on Moncera

I appreciate the opportunity to build a diversified portfolio by investing directly in loans from reliable originator Placet Group without using Mintos. However, the very low interest rates will mostly appear to more conservative investors. Those seeking higher returns will prefer Robocash or Afranga.

Detailed ratings

Actual performance

The performance is lower than for many competitors. It’s the price to pay for the loan originator’s reliability !

Loans liquidity

Due to the platform’s popularity, it’s getting harder to invest in the highest-yielding loans.

Reporting

Like most P2P platforms, Moncera offers basic but useful reporting features.

Transparency & reliability

The platform is now part of Placet Group, a very reliable financial company with a high level of transparency.

Website ergonomics

The platform’s website is well designed.

Moncera's pros & cons

Pros

  • Very reliable loan originators
  • The platform is now part of Placet Group
  • Early exit options is available
  • Real-estate loans come with a buyback guarantee

Cons

  • Small fee for early exit
  • Consumer loans yield lower interest rates than Lendermarket's CreditStar, Robocash or Afranga
  • Similarly, interest rates for real-estate loans are lower than EstateGuru's

Loans characteristics

Loans durations

Medium-term : one month to one year

Long-term : more than one year

Loans kinds

Individual

Real-estate

Minimal investment

€10

Buyback guarantee

Buyback guarantee available

Currencies

EUR – Euro

Overview of Moncera's P2P loans

Moncera offers mostly consumer loans in Euro. Like its direct competitor Lendermarket, interest rates on the platform vary from one country to another. As of September 2021, they range between 7% and 9%. These figures are much lower than for most competitors :

  • Interest rates at Afranga stand at 14%
  • At Lendermarket, they vary between 12% and 15%
  • Most loans at Robocash yield around 12% annually

Another difference with these two competitors is the lack of short-term loans. Indeed, apart from a few exceptions, most loans are medium or long-term. The maximum duration is a record 90 months ! Moreover, only a few very long-term loans (81 months) yield 9%; all other currently yield 7%.

Geographically, borrowers are located either in Estonia or Lithuania. It looks like Placet Group also offers consumer loans in Poland, but they currently aren’t available on the platform.

Finally, the minimal investment amount is €10. This is the standard amount for P2P loans.

Moncera's real-estate loans

In addition to consumer loans, the platform has introduced real-estate loans in Spring 2021. There used to be only a small number of such loans on the platform. However, now that Moncera is part of Placet Group, the loans volume seems to be larger.

As loans offered by Placet Group are somehow substantially different from the previous ones, I will mostly focus on loans currently available.

The funded amounts for the two first loans are rather small – roughly 345k€ and 140k€ -. In both cases, these funds will be used to renovate properties. Their interest rates are extremely low, even compared to EstateGuru. Indeed, one loan yields 7% annually, while the other only yields a pitiful 6% – a 1% bonus will be granted for investments larger than €2,000, though -.

However, the third available loan seems to be much more interesting. The borrower is Farmada; this large real-estate development company also funded several projects on EstateGuru. The loan amount is €1,200,000, and the interest rate is a nice 11% – plus 1% for investments above €3,000. –

All these loans are long-term, with a duration of either 18 or 24 months.

In terms of investment’s safety, they’re all secured by a 1st-rank mortgage. The LTV The LTV (Loan-To-Value ratio) is simply the ratio between the loan amount and the collateral value, expressed as a percent. Smaller values indicate safer loans, where the collateral value greatly exceeds the borrowed amount. LTV values around 50% – 60% are usually regarded as safe. is rather low – between 47% and 55% -.

Moreover, Placet Group provides a buyback guarantee for the two first loans. This added safety partly compensates the low interest rate. The delay for the buyback guarantee is 90 days. I normally don’t trust buyback guarantees on real-estate or business loans, as all platform which supposedly offered those turned out to be scams. However, in Placet Group’s case, it’s hard to doubt its reliability !

Both loans yield interests monthly. Surprisingly, the minimal investment amount for real-estate projects is the same than for consumer loans : € 10. Most platforms have a much higher threshold, often € 50 or even € 100.

I wasn’t a big fan of Moncera’s previous real-estate projects, as I doubted the platform’s ability to do a proper due diligence, or recover funds. However, now that the platform belongs to Placet Group, I tend to view them much more favorably. The Farmada loan in particular really looks like a great complement to EstateGuru‘s loans.

Loans volume

As of September 2021, the amount of consumer loans is extremely reduced : slightly more than 60 loans, for a total amount of €50,000. This is a much smaller amount than in Spring. The fact that the demand greatly exceed the supply in spite of the low interest rate is a strong testimony of Place Group’s perceived reliability.

Buyback guarantee

The buyback guarantee A buyback guarantee is a guarantee provided by the platform or a loan originator. If repayment of a loan is delayed by more than a given delay (usually 30 or 60 days), the platform or loan originator will buy back the loan. The guarantee may cover only part of the capital, or in a much more interesting case, both the capital and accrued interests. As the conditions vary from one platform to another, it’s very important to check this point. provided by Placet Group triggers after 30 days for consumer loans. Both principal and interests are covered. This delay is identical to Robocash‘s. On the other hand, Lendermarket‘s guarantee requires a longer delay of 60 days to trigger.

For real-estate loans, the delay is 90 days.

Platform’s transparency and reliability

The financial solidity of the platform’s loan originators is excellent. I also appreciate the large volume of information available about the platform.

Moncera’s background and team

Moncera was founded in 2019 by two ex-employees of loan originator Placet Group. Dmitri Pavlov worked at CreditStar before joining Placet Group and subsequently founding Moncera. The other co-founder and CIO was Aleksei Telitsyn.

In August 2021, Moncera became part of Placet Group, just like Robocash is part of Robocash Group, or Afranga belongs to StikCredit.

This is great news for investors, as this lending group is extremely reliable.

The fact that Moncera now belongs to Placet Group could be pointed out more clearly on the website. Indeed, there’s only been a slight change, from “Our partner : Partnership with Placet Group” to “Ownership: Partnership with Placet Group”. However, one more noticeable change is the introduction of the new members of the management board.

Licensing & regulation

In Summer 2020, Moncera’s CIO & founder cited licensing as a priority for 2021/2022. However, unlike many competitors, there’s been no follow-up on this topic. After Placet Group acquired the platform, they mentioned that they would apply for a loan intermediary license.

Track record

Moncera is barely one year old, so talking about a track record is rather meaningless. However, the financial solidity of Placet Group bodes well for the platform’s future.

Loan originators reliability

Placet Group and its subsidiary Nordecum UAB (which operates in Lithuania) are regarded as very reliable. As of August 2021, Placet Group is the second highest rated originator on ExploreP2P’s ratings for Mintos originators, with a score of 79 out of 100. It stands right after Robocash (82 of of 100). Mintos granted this loan originator a risk score of 8 for Estonia, and 7 for Lithuania.

2020 financial reports for both entities are directly available on Moncera‘s website. They were audited by Ernst & Young, which makes them reliable. They show that Placet Group has been profitable for several years. Additional data regarding the loan originators is available as well; I appreciate this large amount of information.

Reporting & statistics availability

Moncera‘s financial reports for 2020 are available. They show a tiny profit.

Although the loans list is only available for registered users, Moncera reports the total loans volume funded and number of investors.

Loans descriptions

Descriptions for real-estate loans provide a lot of details. There’s also some supporting documentation, but it isn’t translated in English.

When it comes to consumer loans, unlike most other P2P platforms, only very basic data is provided about the borrower.

However, it’s now a big deal, as P2P loans are rather standard.

Moncera versus Mintos

As of September 2021, a few loans from Placet Group are still available on Mintos. Let’s review the pros and cons of investing directly through Moncera.

First, interest rates on Mintos are even lower than at Moncera; they indeed yield only 6%.

Selling loans on Mintos’ secondary market incurs a 0.85% fee. Using Moncera’s “One click Exit” will cost only 0.5% of the selling value, which is more interesting. However, Mintos will pay interests which accrued until the selling date, whether the seller will lose them on Moncera. One advantage of Moncera is that selling loans is instantaneous. On Mintos, the seller may have to wait until there’s a buyer.

On Mintos, the grace period for Nordecum Lithuanian loans is 2 days; this will reduce returns if many borrowers are late. Funds in transit may also decrease your portfolio’s performance slightly. On the other hand, when investing on Moncera, there’s no grace period, and reimbursements are credited without delay.

The buyback guarantee delay is 30 days on Moncera, but is twice as long when investing at Mintos ! In all fairness, it’s not a big deal, as interests get paid by the loan originator in both cases.

Overall, there’s little incentive to invest on Placet loans on Mintos. The only advantage is to manage a diversified portfolio from different originators using a single platform.

Platform's features

Early exit

Early exit available

Investing methods

Auto-invest

Manual investing

Manual investing

For peer-to-peer loans, I advocate using auto-invest in order to save time. However, investors who want to invest manually at Moncera can easily do so.

Available loans can be filtered out using various criteria.

  • Interest rate
  • Borrower’s country
  • Remaining loan term

One additional available criterion is the borrower’s rating. This makes sense when the buyback guarantee doesn’t exist, or doesn’t cover interests. For example, Iuvo‘s buyback guarantee only covers the principal. Defaulted loans won’t yield interests, and thus it may be interesting to focus on the highest-rated borrowers in order to preserve the performance. However, as Placet Group’s buyback guarantee covers both capital and interests, it doesn’t make much sense to focus on the rating. In consequence, I include all of them when investing at Moncera.

Auto-invest

Moncera‘s auto-invest is only available for consumer loans.

It’s extremely easy to configure. The available filters are the same as when investing manually.

In addition, it’s necessary to indicate the target portfolio size, the maximum investment in a single loan, and enable or disable automatic reinvesting.

One handy feature is that the screen displays how many loans match the current criteria.

Secondary market

Investors who want to sell all or part of their portfolio can use the One click exit feature. Loans will be bought back directly – and immediately – by the platform. The associated fee is 0.5%, and the accrued interests will be lost.

An interesting Moncera feature is the cooling-off period. It allows to resell loans during 14 days after buying them; there’s no incurred fee. However, accrued interests will be canceled, just like when using the One click exit.

Website’s ease of use

Languages

English, Estonian, German, Lithuanian

Funding methods

Available languages & translations quality

Moncera‘s website is available in several languages : English, Estonian, German and Lithuanian. The English translation is excellent.

Moncera's registration process

Registering my Moncera account was very quick. Because of KYC KYC (Know Your Customer) checks are procedures used by financial businesses in order to verify the identity of their clients. Most Crowdlending platforms will require a copy of an identification document (identity card, passport, driving licence); an utility bill or bank statement may be necessary as well. regulations, prospective investors have to verify their identity. Unlike my bad experience on a few competing platforms, I don’t even remember doing so at Moncera. I take it as a sign that their process is well streamlined !

Account funding and funds withdrawal

Account funding is done via a SEPA transfer. Funds are processed by the platform immediately. As a result, they’re typically available the next business day after I transfer them.

Website’s design and ergonomics

In a purely subjective way, I’m not a big fan of Moncera’s color scheme. But that’s a minor detail; overall, the website is well designed and easy to navigate.

Reporting

The dashboard displays the usual array of statistics about the loans portfolio :

  • Account value
  • Loan statuses and remaining duration
  • Total income and accrued interests

In addition, a handy cash flow forecast – broken down either by year or month – is available.

Unfortunately, Moncera is among the many platforms which don’t display a XIRR. It still puzzles me why such a useful figure isn’t widely available !

The account statement can be filtered and downloaded as an Excel spreadsheet. The same features are available for the list of loans in portfolio.

Documentation

The FAQ A FAQ is simply a compilation of Frequently Asked Questions contains few items, but its contents is well detailed. In contrast, the “How it works” page is rather succinct.

Communication & support

Moncera is a small operation and communication obviously wasn’t their main focus until now. Indeed, the platform doesn’t have a blog, and all e-mails I received were automated account summaries. Their frequency are configurable on the website; it’s also possible to enable or disable notifications on account change, as well as commercial information.

A good way to get in touch with the platform is to use Moncera’s Telegram channel.

Support

Support is available by phone or e-mail. Until now, I didn’t need to contact the platform so I can’t vouch for the support’s quality.

Actual performance of my Moncera portfolio

10,58%

At the end of August 2021, the XIRR for my Moncera portfolio was 10,58%.

After slightly less than one year on the platform, the performance of my Moncera portfolio is getting close to its theoretical value. It took several months to reach double-digits !

Although these returns are lower than for my Robocash or Lendermarket portfolios, I consider them to be in line with Placet Group's reliability.

Don't hesitate to read my most recent crowdlending portfolio review for detailed platforms performance comparison as well as historical performance.

For a detailed comparison of the different p2p-lending marketplaces, check out this article.

Portfolio creation date

I created my Moncera portfolio in May 2020

Moncera's main competitors

Moncera's facts & figures

Location

Tallinn, Estonia

Founding year

2019

Number of investors

2,650

Loans amount financed

€7,170,000

As of September 2021

Who can invest at Moncera

To become an investor you need to be at least 18 years old, be a resident of a European Economic Area (EEA) country and have a bank account in your name opened in an EEA country. An individual is recognized as a resident if he or she is a citizen, has a residence permit or is registered as a tax payer in an EEA country.

Moncera's FAQ

In conclusion...

Moncera offers a great way to diversify a portfolio with consumer loans from one of the most reliable originators. It's a pity that interest rates have decreased so much ! However, the inclusion of Moncera inside Placet Group is a very strong selling point.

Disclosure

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