Online Loans in China Plunge Over 70% YoY in November, 94 P2P Platforms Withdraw

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Online lending in China continues to reel from the impact of heightened regulatory scrutiny, with a decline in volumes as well as the further withdrawal of P2P platforms.

The “2018 November National P2P Online Lending Sector Express report” (2018年11月份全国P2P网贷行业快报) released by Diyi Wangdai (第一网贷) indicates that total P2P online loan transactions in China for the month of November were 92.805 billion yuan, for a decline of 2.16% compared to October and a drop of 70.24% compared to the same period last year.

The average annualised rate was 8.98%, for a rise of 0.2 percentage points compared to the preceding month and 0.21 percentage points compared to the same period last year.

As of the end of November China’s P2P online loan balance was 1.26 trillion yuan, for a drop of 2.45% compared to October, and a decline of 24.9% compared to the same period last year.

The average loan term was 11.02 months, for an increase of 13.73% compared to the previous month, and 33.09% compared to the same period last year.

The Diyi Wangdai report further indicates that November saw the withdrawal of 94 P2P online loan platforms in China, for an increase of 28, or 42.42%, compared to October, and an increase of 23, or 32.29%, compared to the same period last year.

64 of these platforms, or 68.09% of the total, had engaged in “benign withdrawals,” while 14 of them and loan balances of over 100 million yuan, and one in excess of 1 billion yuan.

As of the end of November China was host to 1367 P2P platforms that were “fundamentally normal,” while 4190 P2P platforms had succumbed to problems including voluntary closure, withdrawal difficulties or the absconding of key contacts.

Analysts said to Securities Daily that China’s online financial risk campaign has entered a “key period” that has put many online lending platforms under heavy compliance pressure and squeezed growth to extremely modest levels.

“Looking at the data for online lending, the elimination and associated elimination rate for online lending platforms is in excess of 80%, said Hu Eryi (胡尔义) from the China P2P Online Lending Index Team (中国P2P网贷指数课题组).

“At present perhaps one out of ten will survive…there are still a considerable number of platforms which are not standardised or difficult to standardise that have made the error of entering the online lending sector and now face removal.”

Major cities and the eastern coast are leading centres for P2P lending in China, with Beijing topping the list of regions in terms of P2P platform transactions in November at 26.474 billion yuan, for an increase of 1.043 billion yuan compared to the previous month.

Guangdong province and Zhejiang province took second and third place, at 26.474 billion yuan, 21.723 billion yuan and 18.69 billion yuan respectively, for declines of 1.6 billion yuan and 2.17 billion yuan.

Beijing, Guangdong province and Zhejiang province collective accounted for 66.887 billion yuan in P2P transactions, or over 72% of the nationwide total.

As of the end of November a total of 1298 P2P lending platforms in China were directly hooked up with banks for funds depository purposes.

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