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Loan book performance

At Squirrel, we believe in transparency and we aim to provide you with all the information and statistics you need to make informed decisions about investing with us.

Here's our open loan book so you can take a look what's inside.

With that said, please note that past performance does not guarantee similar performance in the future.

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Default rates

The risk of borrower default is one of the most significant risks for Investors in peer‐to‐peer consumer finance loans. Borrower default can occur for a variety of reasons including the borrower falling on hard times, death or serious illness and on occasion unscrupulous behaviour. Broader environmental factors such as recessions etc. can also influence the prevalence of borrower default.

We report a loan as being in default when:

  • It is no longer reasonably expected to be paid; and
  • It is no longer reported to investor(s) as due to them.

Once a loan gets to this stage, it is written off with the outstanding interest and principal repaid to the investor(s) in that loan via the Reserve Fund (so long as there are sufficient funds available in the Reserve Fund). Our debt collection processes will continue, usually via an external debt collection agency and may involve legal action, to seek a recovery on the written off amount from the borrower. Any recoveries made are paid into the Reserve Fund.

The values and rates shown in the tables and charts below are the life‐to‐date values as of 28 February 2019.

Loan origination, default and arrears statistics by risk grade

Approved borrowers on our Platform are allocated a risk grade based on their strength across our credit criteria. Their risk grade helps determine the level of reserve levy that applies to their loan and therefore contributes to the overall borrower interest rate.

The table below shows the performance of loans within each risk grade to date:

Risk Grade A B C D E Total 
Number of loans originated 269 755 596 162 25 1,807
Value of loans originated 6,114,131 13,171,593 8,952,616 1,932,239 276,766 30,447,345
Number of active loans1 156 473 368 101 12 1,110
Active loan balance 2,592,023 6,427,571 4,388,670 867,063 116,575 14,391,901
Number of loans in default 1 9 16 7 3 36
Value of loans in default (34,413) (105,696) (190,422) (49,125) (18,016) (397,672)
Recoveries on defaulted loans 34,413 1,196 1,939 2,585 6,673 46,806
Gross default rate 0.6% 0.8% 2.1% 2.5% 6.5% 1.3%
Net default rate2 0.0% 0.8% 2.1% 2.4% 4.1% 1.2%
Number of loans in arrears3 3 9 18 10 - 40
Value of loans in arrears2 67,300 107,120 196,225 96,380 - 467,026
Arrears rate2 2.6% 1.7% 4.5% 11.1% 0.0% 3.2%

Loan origination, default and arrears statistics by secured and unsecured

Loans made via our Platform may be secured or unsecured (depending on product and loan value). Secured Loans are secured over an asset which provides some opportunity for recovery in the case of borrower default. Any security provided by the borrower will be held by the Squirrel P2P Trustee in accordance with the terms of the borrower agreement and the loan agreement. Where the loan is covered by a Reserve Fund, the security is taken for the benefit of the Squirrel P2P lending platform and the Reserve Fund and not for any investor individually.

The table below shows the performance of our secured and unsecured loans to date:

  Secured Unsecured Total % Secured
Number of loans originated 770 1,037 1,807 43%
Value of loans originated 17,034,483 13,412,862 30,447,345 56%
Number of active loans1 488 622 1,110 44%
Current balance of active loans  8,582,225 5,809,676 14,391,901 60%
Number of loans in default 6 30 36 17%
Value of loans in default (102,838) (294,834) (397,672) 26%
Recoveries on defaulted loans 41,086 5,720 46,806 88%
Gross default rate 0.6% 2.2% 1.3% n/a
Net default rate (after recoveries)2 0.4% 2.2% 1.2% n/a
Number of loans in arrears3 14 26 40 35%
Value of loans in arrears3 260,704 206,322 467,026 56%
Arrears rate3 3.0% 3.6% 3.2% n/a

Gross default rate by loan cohort

The chart to the right track’s the development of the gross default rate (i.e. excluding recoveries) for each loan cohort over time.

The table below contains the loan volumes and default and arrears statistics for each of our loan cohorts:

Loan cohort4 Loans originated Active balance3 Loans in default Defaults recovered Gross default rate Net default rate2 Loans in arrears3 Arrears rate
2015-H2 863,880 90,799 (17,264) - 2.0% 2.0% (14,106 15.5%
2016-H1 3,175,633 356,592 (133,219) 4,293 4.2% 4.1% (44,564) 12.5%
2016-H2 3,479,230 604,422 (34,148) 6,673 1.0% 0.8% (36,506) 6.0%
2017-H1 4,805,525 1,535,538 (93,480) 1,196 1.9% 1.9% (80,362) 5.2%
2017-H2 6,502,837 2,794,936 (115,908) 34,644 1.8% 1.2% (161,430) 5.8%
2018-H1 5,095,458 3,236,399 (3,654) - 0.1% 0.1% (100,252) 3.1%
2018-H2 5,238,064 4,498,301 - - 0.0% 0.0% (29,807) 0.7%
2019-H1 1,286,719 1,274,914 - - 0.0% 0.0% - 0.0%
Total 30,447,345 14,391,901 (397,672) 46,806 1.3% 1.2% (467,026) 3.2%


1An active loan is one that has not been fully repaid or written off.
2Net default rate includes the written off loan amount less any recoveries made on those loans.
3Loans in arrears are defined as loans that are the equivalent of at least 1 monthly repayment behind schedule.
4A loan cohort is the group of loans that were originated within a specific six-month period..

The Reserve Fund helps protect against defaults

The Reserve Fund has been put in place help protect your investment in the event of a late borrower repayment or borrower default. It is funded by applying a reserve levy to the borrower interest rate which is aligned to their risk grade and corresponding probability of default.

Whilst the Reserve Fund has ensured that all investor principal and interest due has been repaid in full to date, the Reserve Fund is not an insurance product and we cannot guarantee or warrant that it will have sufficient funds available to enable you to be compensated in event of late borrower repayment or borrower default.

For further detail about how the Reserve Fund operates, including what would happen if the Reserve Fund was depleted, click here.

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