Corporate: Small business financier N1 has $10m to lend out – but not to property developers
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The small business lending space has another player on the block N1 Holdings (ASX: N1H). This morning the company announced it has secured $10 million for small business lending.
Of this, $3.8 million came from N1H’s own funds and $6.2 million from a fund operated by the company. The latter figure was raised in the first three months of its operation.
While the company will continue to raise money through investors and is targeting $25 million, the business was proud of reaching the $10 million milestone.
N1H CEO Ren Hor Wong said: “We are pleased to be reaching the milestone…Our focus is to continue the momentum by raising further capital.”
Although N1H only has a market cap of $8.2 million, Wong said the company could lend out money without increasing operational costs.
“We have developed the infrastructure and internal systems to be able to deploy more capital while maintaining appropriate risk control mechanisms.”
He also noted it only lent to businesses with assets it could take security over and stays clear of construction and property development businesses. The average loan size is currently $478,000.
While the company has lost $38,000 to date in the 2019 financial year, its most recent quarter had a positive cash flow of $321,000.
Shares opened unchanged this morning at 10 cents.
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