Funding Societies Optimistic that P2P Financing will Reach RM 1 Billion This Year

Funding Societies Optimistic that P2P Financing will Reach RM 1 Billion This Year

by January 6, 2020

2019 was a strong year for Malaysia’s peer-to-peer (P2P) financing industry as total financing increased to RM521 million cumulatively and is expected to continue to thrive in 2020 with RM 1 billion in total financing, according to Funding Societies Malaysia.

It further stated that in 2019, Funding Societies has disbursed RM 400 million in financing to SME, an almost 250% increase from the year prior. The company claims to have now captured over 60% of market share in the P2P financing industry, they also shared that in South East Asia, they have disbursed more than RM 3 Billion in financing.

Wong Kah Meng, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Funding Societies Malaysia, said,

Wong Kah Meng, co-founder and CEO, Funding Societies Malaysia

Wong Kah Meng

“2019 was a strong year for us as we grew steadily and safely to support SMEs and investors. We also successfully launched a number of notable partnerships with Lazada, Fave, MyTukar, MUV, CarList, Carsome and Slurp. These collaborations have enabled us to reach out to more creditworthy but unbankable MSMEs, by leveraging on our partners’ MSME network and alternative data, with consent, and offering them tailored financing solutions. As one of the key pillars of the fintech industry, P2P financing is a key ingredient for enabling inclusive growth for digitally-inclined MSMEs.”

On the investor front, Funding Societies Malaysia has onboarded more than 40,000 investors to-date. Whilst 2019 has seen an increase in the number of defaults, Funding Societies has maintained a 2% default rate.

“Whilst the risk of default is natural for all businesses, we have successfully maintained a 2% default rate through our robust risk management, due diligence and collections processes. We have also been proactively and regularly updating our investors to ensure them a peace of mind whilst investing. To that end, we have successfully recovered or restructured more than RM10 million, benefitting investors, after thorough negotiations and disciplined follow-ups with SMEs,”

Kah Meng commented further.

Securities Commission recently standardized the default rate definition for P2P financing to ensure better consistency and transparency across platforms to enable investors to make better-informed decisions.

Outlook for 2020

As the Malaysian government seeks to boost MSMEs’ GDP contribution from 38% to 50% by 2030, MSMEs are being supported through various incentives announced during Budget 2020, with more than RM1 billion in budget allocation to drive SME growth and activities.

“In addition to the RM 100 million in government financing through the My Co-Investment Fund (MyCIF) Scheme to support start-ups and SMEs, we expect greater interest in P2P financing in 2020 from institutional investors as the awareness and maturity of the P2P financing industry grows,”

remarked Kah Meng.

“Based on our recent growth and outlook for 2020, we expect to disburse RM 500 million in financing this year, supported by robust demand from MSMEs and investors. With greater awareness and on-going education and engagement efforts, we anticipate P2P financing to play a more proactive role in helping to address the SME financing gap in Malaysia,”

he concluded.