Online lender Prosper Marketplace Inc. is in advanced talks with a group of investment firms to sell them roughly $5 billion worth of loans over the next two years, people familiar with the matter said.
The loans would be bought at face value, but the firms are also in discussions to receive equity warrants in Prosper as they make the purchases, the people added. The potential buyers are also talking to banks about borrowing money to support their loan purchases, and a deal could wrap up in the coming weeks, they said.
If one were forced to come up with a single-word description for the week that the remaining executive team at Lending Club has just lived through, we imagine “brutal” would be the winner.
As of a week ago, the “highlights” of the Lending Club’s Icarus narrative were well-known to anyone with a functioning Internet connection: An external audit of Lending Club turned up some seriously disturbing irregularities and compliance problems that ended with the founding CEO (and several other members of the executive team) either resigning or being terminated by Lending Club’s board.
Unfortunately, for Lending Club, the warm sunshine of transparency did a number on the wax holding its wings together. And the five days following the big reveal were marked by the sight of Lending Club’s share price crashing to the ground in a most spectacular fashion.
And that, as it turns out, was just the opening act.
A proposed class action against LendingClub Corporation is credit negative for asset-backed securities (ABS) backed by consumer loans originated through online platforms using a partner bank origination model, Moody’s Investors Service says in a new report. The lawsuit confirms that the owners of such loans face legal challenges over whether the loans are exempt from state usury limits.