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PeerBerry review

PeerBerry’s overview

PeerBerry allows to invest in individual loans, with interest rates around 10%. These loans are secured by a buyback guarantee.

My opinion on PeerBerry

Thanks to the large selection of reliable loan originators A loan originator is the firm that originally provides the loan to the borrower.
They usually lend a small percent of the amount using their own funds, while the
remaining is put on sale on loans marketplaces. The part of the loan kept by the
originator is called called skin in the game; it’s typically 5%-10% of the
loan amount, and is supposed to encourage originators to provide quality loans.
, overall ease of use and good returns, I’ve decided to increase PeerBerry’s overall rating.

Detailed ratings

Actual performance

The performance of my PeerBerry portfolio is slightly lower to for most most competitors.

Loans liquidity

There’s a large amount of loans, and until now I never witnessed a cash drag.

Reporting

The statistics are basic but overall sufficient.

Transparency & reliability

I appreciate the recent improvements in terms of transparency.

Website ergonomics

Although the investing process could be improved, PeerBerry’s website is overall user-friendly.

PeerBerry’s pros & cons

Pros

  • Extremely regular performance
  • Great diversification thanks to the many loans originators
  • Many loan originators belong to the profitable Aventus Group, which makes them rather reliable

Cons

  • No secondary market
  • Auto-invest screen could be slightly improved; it’s also the case for the manual investing or the transactions list’s interface
  • Actual performance is slightly lower than what I get at Swaper or Robocash

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

Individual

Minimal investment

€ 10

Buyback guarantee

Buyback guarantee available

Currencies

EUR – Euro

Overview of PeerBerry’s loans

PeerBerry offers only loans in Euro. They all yield interests monthly.

Most loans (around 60%) are short-term loans, followed by leasing (slight less than 15%) and long-term loans (10%). The remaining is spread between real-estate and business loans.

Their duration vary greatly; there are payday loans with a duration shorter than one month as well as car loans for a 3 years duration.

Interest rates used to be in the 11% – 13% range. However, during the Covid-19 outbreak, most originators on the platform drastically reduced their loans volume by focusing only on low-risk borrowers. Moreover, at the same time PeerBerry’s investors base grew thanks to their great crisis management. In consequence, the loans demand now greatly overcomes the supply. These two factor combined have brought interests down, and now most available loans have interest rates around 10%.

Most borrowers are located in Ukraine, followed a large share of Polish loans. Other countries include Russia, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Denmark, Kazakhstan and Republic of Moldavia.

The minimal investment is € 10.

PeerBerry’s Customer Loyalty Program

Investors with a large portfolio will be rewarded by a greater interest rate after 3 months on the platform. The bonus starts at an additional 0.5% for portfolios larger than € 10,000, and can be as high as 1% for € 40,000 portfolios.

PeerBerry's loyalty program
PeerBerry's loyalty program

Compared to Swaper‘s Loyalty Bonus, PeerBerry’s offer is less generous, as it requires a larger portfolio and the final interest rate is lower. Indeed, Swaper’s interest rates are bumped by 2% for portfolios larger than € 5,000.

Loans volume

I didn’t notice any actual cash drag at PeerBerry since I started investing, which is a great advantage over competitors Swaper and Robocash. However, since the Covid-19 outbreak, the loans supply has clearly decreased. The following graph that the loans volume was divided by two compared to January 2020 !

Buyback guarantee

The buyback guarantee covers both capital and accrued interests. It triggers after a 60 days delay.

Platform’s transparency and reliability

Thanks to their great management of the Covid-19 crisis, PeerBerry is considered as a very reliable platform. Moreover, the fact that most loan originators on the platform are subsidiaries of the large, profitable Aventus Group is a very positive aspect.

PeerBerry’s background and team

PeerBerry has its offices in Vilnius, Lithuania but is registered in Riga, Latvia. It was originally launched by Aventus Group in order to funds its loans portfolio. This is quite similar to Robocash or Swaper.

However, since January 2018, it’s owned by two private individuals. Another change is that it started to provide loans from other originators. In this regard, it’s now a loans marketplace comparable to Mintos or Viventor.

PeerBerry’s website lists 10 employees, and provides links to their LinkedIn profiles. Current CEO Arunas Lekavicius has a long experience in lending and banking.

To date, the total volume invested on the platform is close to € 300,000,000. Although it’s a respectable figure, it’s nearly twenty times smaller than at Mintos ! The number of investors is slightly larger than 25000.

The platform published its latest annual report in July 2020. Unlike the one provided by Mintos or EstateGuru, it didn’t get audited. It shows a small profit of € 280,000.

Loans descriptions

Like most competitors, PeerBerry displays many details about the borrower and loan purpose. However, while having information about the borrower is crucial for business and real-estate loans, it doesn’t matter much for P2P loans.

Loan details at PeerBerry
Loan details at PeerBerry

Loan originators reliability

There are currently more than 25 loan originators at PeerBerry. The largest share of loans on the platform (around 80%) come from originators which are subsidiaries of Aventus Group. Another 15% are issued by subsidiaries of Gofingo, while the remaining 5% mostly come from LitHome, an issuer of real-estate loans. Finally, another real-estate development group called SI Baltic started provided loans in August 2020.

Description of Aventus Group and list of several loan originators belonging to this group
Aventus Group description and related loan originators

I used to dislike the lack of information provided about the loan originators, as well as the poor readability of the data. Fortunately, the related screens have been totally re-designed. They now contain a lot of useful data for each loan originator :

  • A short description of the company
  • Country of operation
  • Creation date, number of employees
  • Portfolio size
  • Loan kind and average interest rate
Statistics for Automoney loan originator in Kazakhstan
Detailed description for one of PeerBerry's loan originators

PeerBerry also published several blog posts about Aventus Group and Gofingo. In September 2020, an interview of Aventus Group’s CEO revealed that in spite of the Covid-19, the group’s loans volume increased by 66% in the first half of 2020 compared to one year ago !.

One drawback of the platform is the lack of rating for originators, so it’s hard to evaluate their reliability. Their financial reports aren’t available either. However, a great source of independent ratings is Explore P2P’s ratings for PeerBerry’s loan originators. Although most originators initially received low ratings, many of them are now rated 60/100. While ratings on loans marketplaces such as Mintos which vary greatly from one originator to another, they tend to be more uniform here thanks to the group guarantees provided by both Aventus and GoFingo.

New loan originators are regularly added to the platform. The most recent one was Credit 7 RU, which is part of Aventus Group. It offers short-term loans yielding 10%; this rather low interest rate unfortunately seems to be the new standard.

Reporting & statistics availability

PeerBerry provides statistics about the platform’s loan book. It’s possible to visualize it by loan type, loan originator. More importantly, we can see that around 90% of the loans on the platform are current. It’s an excellent figure, and it didn’t even decrease much during the Covid-19 outbreak in Spring 2020.

Track record

Several Mintos originators are suspended or defaulted; the same happened at Viventor. By contrast, PeerBerry investors didn’t have to suffer any loss. Indeed, unlike its competitors, this platform seems to be much more cautious about which loan originators are accepted on the platform. It’s also helped by the rather conservative politics of Aventus Group, which focuses on trustworthy borrowers instead of providing loans with a high interest rate but a large default risk.

Communication & support

PeerBerry communicates regularly through their blog. In addition, Rita (who’s the platform’s Head of Marketing and Communications) is very active on several Facebook groups related to P2P investments, which I think is a great move.

It’s possible to reach PeerBerry by live chat during business hours. The platform’s website also includes their phone number, and an e-mail address.

I got in touch with the support twice as I had questions about the buyback guarantee. The delay to reply was a bit long (usually 2 business days), but the answer was precise.

When it comes to e-mail communication, I welcome the opportunity to configure the frequency of the account overview e-mail; it can also be disabled. Similarly, it’s possible to opt-out of the monthly newsletter.

Configuration of the account summary frequency and communication from PeerBerry

Impact of Covid-19 outbreak on PeerBerry

As mentioned previously, the Covid-19 epidemics has lead to decreased interest rates on the platform.

Another consequence was a better communication from the platform, mostly regarding their originators. For example, the platform published an interview with the CEO of Aventus Group.

As many investors are concerned about the safety of their investments, both Aventus Group and Gofingo decided to provide a group guarantee for all the related originators. This is a very positive outcome, which will also make it easier to invest. Indeed, before this decision was taken, only a handful of originators were regarded as reliable as most of them are often rather small and don’t have much track record.

Also, as expected, the loans volume on the platform has decreased (minus 20% in April compared to March).

Overall, investors seem greatly satisfied by the way PeerBerry handled the crisis. According to a quality survey conducted by the platform, “95% of investors have assessed (our) performance during the crisis as perfect”. While marketing claims always should be taken with a pinch of salt, this reflects the opinion of most investors on Telegram or Facebook.

Platform’s features

Early exit

Early exit NOT AVAILABLE

Investing methods

Auto-invest

Manual investing

Manual investing at PeerBerry

Although investing automatically is much more convenient, it’s possible to invest manually at PeerBerry. The loans list can be filtered using a variety of criteria :

  • interest rate
  • remaining loan term
  • investment amount
  • country
  • loan originator
  • loan type
  • presence of a buyback guarantee

This last criterion is actually useless, as all loans on the platform come with a buyback guarantee.

PeerBerry's loans list
PeerBerry's loans list

As the assignment agreement has to be accepted by clicking a checkbox for each individual loan, it takes many clicks to invest in a single loan.

Auto-invest

Like the remaining of the website, the auto-invest screen is rather easy to use. It’s definitively much easier to use than the one at Mintos, but less readable than at Swaper.

A few minors improvements are possible, though. For example, it’s not possible to quickly check if all originators or countries are checked without clicking on the combo box. Also, several labels are rather small, which makes them hard to read.

Part of PeerBerry's auto-invest screen

Secondary market

There’s currently no secondary market; according to the FAQ, it’s a planned feature for long-term loans.

Website’s ease of use

Languages

English, German, Spanish

Funding methods

PeerBerry’s registration process

Registering a PeerBerry account is quick and easy. Since summer 2020, all investors must now complete a KYC procedure. Like many competitors, the platform uses Veriff, which provides a quick and streamlined identity verification process.

Account funding and funds withdrawal

Website’s design and ergonomics

While PeerBerry’s website won’t win design awards, it’s very easy to use.

Available languages & translations quality

PeerBerry’s website is available in English and German as well as Spanish. Overall the English translation is good, although some sentences could be rephrased.

Reporting

The usual array of reporting screens is available at PeerBerry : account balance, transactions list, investments list.

The layout of the transactions list could be slightly improved : indeed, the top of the screen displays the transactions filters, the account summary… but it’s necessary to scroll down to see the transactions themselves.

On the dashboard, investors will be able to see their portfolio’s net annual return; however, this is the value for the expected XIRR, not the current one !

Documentation

Overall, the documentation could be improved. For example, the FAQ doesn’t mention the buyback guarantee. It would also benefit from a re-ordering; indeed, it currently starts with mentioning the Loyalty program, but it would be more logical to start with the registration process. The How it works page is quite succinct.

Actual performance of my PeerBerry portfolio

11,63%

At the end of August 2020, the XIRR for my PeerBerry portfolio was 11,63%.

The performance of my PeerBerry portfolio is slightly lower than expected, although extremely stable. Overall I consider that it's a great result when taking the platform's reliability into account !

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 PeerBerry portfolio in January 2019.

PeerBerry's main competitors

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

PeerBerry's facts & figures

Location

Riga, Latvia

Founded in

2017

Number of investors

25,962

Loans amount financed

€ 297,179,078

Historical return

10.49%

As of September 2020

Who can invest at PeerBerry

In order to start the investing on P2P the user must be at least 18 years old. We are very welcome the international investors and the place of residence does not play the significant role of becoming our investor.

PeerBerry's FAQ

In conclusion...

Although PeerBerry is a smaller marketplace than Mintos, it has several advantages over its largest competitor. The reliability of the loan originators - especially subsidiaries of Aventus Group - first comes to mind. The auto-invest feature is also much easier to configure.

In consequence, PeerBerry is great for intermediate investors, as well as those seeking to decrease the risk of their P2P loans portfolio compared to Mintos or Viventor.

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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