Ablrate Review

Ablrate

3.8

RATE OF RETURN

4.5/5

OVERALL SAFETY

3.5/5

ASSET SECURITY

3.5/5

TIME IN BUSINESS

4.0/5

LAZY INVESTOR RATING

3.5/5

PROS 👍

  • Great Returns - returns of 12% - 15% on secured assets with good LTV's.
  • Interesting Diverse Loans – loaning on items like private jets and boats is out of the norm for Peer to Peer lending.
  • Good Default Recovery - Ablrate Peer to Peer have a good history of recovering on defaults.

Cons 👎

  • Smaller Loan Book - typically well vetted loans so not many of them.
  • Low New Loan Flow – Loan flow is very sporadic.
  • Manual Investing Only - time consuming and requires due diligence to pick out the best loans.
Last Updated on 18th September 2021 by Mark

My Personal Lending Experiences & Actual Investment Results Published Monthly Below in my Ablrate Review

What is Ablrate?

Ablrate is a medium size Peer to Peer lender based in the United Kingdom.

Providing loans mostly to businesses on a selection of interesting assets from private jets, luxury yachts and power generating stations, to property development and bridging loans.

Offering annual returns of up to 15% on secured loans, they have a unique spin on Peer to Peer lending and offer some of the best rates in the business for secured lending.

Ablrate’s loan flow is unfortunately quite slow, so it’s hard to diversify into a lot of different loans. This means you will need to do due diligence on each loan you decide to invest in to ensure you are comfortable with the asset value provided and the terms available for the loan. 

That being said, they have a very good reputation and history with the Peer to Peer lending community and their loans are known as some of the safer asset secured loans where borrowers are vetted very well by Ablrate with very in-depth due diligence.

Ablrate are also known for having very good default recovery success on the limited number of loans that have defaulted on their platform.

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Easy-Info Table© – Ablrate Review

Overall Rating*:3.8 out of 5 stars (3.8 / 5)
Who can invest:Small UK Flag e1536500725428
Loan Currencies:£  GBP 50 e1559643199723
Estimated Return:6% to 15%
Target Annual Return
(Platform Number):
12.00%
My Calculated XIRR: pubchart%3Foid%3D1556135415%26format%3Dimage
My Current Investment:
(click to see amount in £)
See My Investment £
Risk Rating*:5/10 -Medium    5 out of 10 stars
Early Exit:Yes.
Secondary Market.
Min. Investment:£1 for account.

Min Amt Per Loans Varies.
Deposit Funds:By Bank Transfer or Debit Card.

Usually same day.
Auto-Invest:No
Manual Invest:Yes
Lending To:Agreements directly with borrowers
Loan Types:Various Asset Secured Loans.

Corporate Aircraft, Generating Stations,
Property Development etc.
Default Rates:Not Published.
Loans Amortize:Some do but not all.

Some interest only.
Loan Security:Yes, most loans asset secured.
Provision Fund:No
Time to Invest:Manual
Time to Mange:Manual
Lender Fees:No.
Payments Received:Interest or Interest and Capital Received Monthly.

Depending on loan type.
Amount Lent:Not Published.
Number of Investors:Not Published.
Loan/Dflt Stats:Not Published.
Regulated:Yes: FCA
Location: Henley-on-Thames, UK Small UK Flag e1536500725428
Launched:August 2014
Website:www.ablrate.com
Email:[email protected]
Telephone:01491 410 400 (UK)
IFISA/IRA:Yes. ISA
Cashback**:Yes! £50 for £1000 Investment
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My Experience with Ablrate

I have been lending with the platform for a couple of years before writing my Ablrate review (since 2019), and they have always delivered what they say they will. Returns have been very good except through the COVID pandemic where a few got delayed or went in to default.

Most were fine though and the lending team did a good job of working with their borrowers to implement short term adjustments to payments to help them through the economic downturn and lockdowns.

Overall they seem to be getting back to normal now and have released several new loans which appear to be very well vetted and asset secured.

I didn’t lose any invested capital through the pandemic, and most interest is being repaid in a timely manner now. I do have a few loans still “paused” but slowly they seem to be coming back on line.

My latest lending experiences can always be found in my Monthly Portfolio Updates.

My Ablrate Strategy.

The investment strategy I use is based mostly on the trust I have of the team and platform. When initially investing in the primary and secondary market, I took one loan from each borrower (many borrowers on the platform have multiple loans associated with them). The only real due diligence I did was to look at historical payments to ensure they were all on-time (on the secondary market). The asset security, LTV ratios and what the asset valuations looked like (just really a Google & guess as I’m no professional in that area).

I also Google’d the borrowers company to see what else I could find on them, as well as the locations of any assets to see if I could identify them on Google earth (just inquisitive). I checked with Companies House to make sure all filings had been done in a timely manner & to see the latest company accounts. Then I put around £500 into each loan (one loan from each borrower as I mentioned previously). I could have diversified more by putting a smaller amount into multiple loans from each borrower.

I figure if the loan I’m in goes bad, the lender will likely cover any losses providing they are still in business. If not, then I’m guessing being in a lot of loans would help to diversify, but I just didn’t have the time to check out every loan. There are a lot of them. You can see the list of my current loans on the screenshot earlier in this Ablrate review. 

As with many of the higher paying/higher risk platforms, I drew down much of my investment capital when the COVID19 pandemic hit. I’ve since been watching waiting to see how they did an for any changes and adjustments in their lending strategy.

Things seem to be almost back to normal now, so I’ll likely start increasing my investment again soon. It takes a little time to look at loans and get invested, so I need to sit down and start going over some of the new information. I still believe (as I did when I started lending with them), they should be part of my Peer to Peer lending portfolio to help raise the overall XIRR. After all, who doesn’t like 12%+ returns on secured lending?

Ablrate Investment Return Charts

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What Annual Returns Can I Expect With Ablrate?

If we choose the loans carefully, there is good reason to conservatively expect Ablrate annual returns of between 10% & 15%. My returns over the time I was investing before COVID averaged around 14%. Since then, they have dropped significantly, however that’s more to do with the fact that I haven’t been reinvesting or have had the time to do research & choose loans. If you put in the time, you should be able to easily average above 10%.

Detailed Overview – Ablrate Review

 Abltate Plaform History

Ablrate’s Peer to Peer business was incorporated in February 2014 and their platform was launched in July 2014 in Henley-on-Thames in the United Kingdom.

The platform does not publish their lending figures as far as amounts lent out and default statistics. So I am unable to publish that information for this lender, however as far as I understand, default rates are very low. Default recovery has been very well handled.

Their last filed financial accounts are publicly available from Companies House.  

Is Ablrate Regulated?

Ablrate P2P (AKA Aviation and Tech Capital Ltd.) are regulated by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) with full permissions under FCA number 724444  

They gained FCA permissions in March, 2017.

It’s important to note in this Ablrate Review that the FCA is not the same as the FSCS (Financial Services Compensation Scheme), so capital is not protected as it would be in a bank.

FCA Auth Screenshot

How to Signup with Ablrate & Open An Account.

Opening an account with Ablrate is fairly easy. Just the usual ID and anti-money laundering checks.

If they can verify you though one of the UK’s credit agencies, you may be approved immediately. If not, you may need to send them a copy of your passport or driving license, and a utility bill or bank statement.

Any resident of the United Kingdom who is 18 years old or over can signup with Ablrate if they can pass the ID checks & anti-money laundering checks.

A U.K. bank account is also required to signup. 

Signup Screenshot - Ablrate Review

How Are Deposits & Withdrawals Made?

Deposits are made by bank transfer from a UK bank or a debit card drawn on a UK bank.

Typically card deposits are in your account immediately and bank transfers show up in your account the same or next working day depending on the time you send them.

Withdrawals are directly to a UK bank and can typically take 1 – 2 business  days.

P2P Deposit Screenshot - Ablrate Review
Withdraw Screenshot

How Long Does It Take Become Invested with Ablrate?

Ablrate P2P loans are all self-select manual investments. No auto-invest accounts. So loans must be selected and invested into individually.

When you choose “Available Loans” from the main screen menu, you can see loans that are still available for investment on the primary market.

Ablrate P2P Available loans Screenshot - Ablrate Review

As you can see in the screenshot above, there are currently only two loans available for investment. One of the loans is a standard Self Select Loan, and the other is an Ablrate Portfolio Loan.

Portfolio Loans are a new type of loan offered by the platform. The description of how these loans work are here on Ablrate’s website and an overview is below.

Ablrate Peer to Peer Portfolio Loan Description

Who Are We Lending To With Ablrate?

Ablrate is a true Peer to Peer platform.

Lenders are lending directly to borrowers who are typically small to medium size British businesses.

Loan agreements are directly between the lender and the borrower. The platform just acts as a middle man, managing loans, payments and debt collection etc.

What Loan Security Do Abrate Loans Offer? – Is Ablrate Safe

The platform provides very good and detailed information about their loans & loan security. Including detailed explanations of the deal and descriptions of assets, including LTV’s and all documents associated with the valuation.

Also available are borrower credit documents and all other documentation relating to a specific asset such as ecological reports and flood assessments depending upon the asset in question.

Ablrate P2P Loan Details Screenshot - Ablrate Review
Ablrate Peer to Peer Lender - Available Loan Documents Screenshot

Here is a list of a few of my current loans:

Ablrate Loan List - Ablrate P2P Reivew

You can see the top-level information on each loan. And when you drill down, you can see the detailed information is still available, and it is updated regularly.

I know this is probably one screenshot too many for this Ablrate review, but I wanted to show the different loans available, and who doesn’t want to brag that they own (part of) a private jet. Even if it is being broken up for parts 🙂

You’ll notice below the red number “1” indicating a new document is available for this loan. 

Again if you switch to the “Documents” tab, you’ll see that a new document is available for download (in this case the document was added in 2018 but it was after the loan was established).

Ablrate Peer to Peer Loan Details Screenshot 2 - Ablrate Review
Ablrate P2P Loan Details Screenshot - Ablrate Review

When Do Ablrate Loans Start To Pay Interest?

Many (but not all) loans pay what they call “Instant Returns” which means they start paying interest as soon as you invest, before the loan is even drawn down by the borrower. Others loans start to pay interest after the loan is drawn down.

You can always see on the loan thumbnail and loan details if this loans is an “Instant Returns” loan.

Ablrate Instant Returns Screenshot

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Do Ablrate Loans Amortize?

Many loans amortize, meaning you receive capital and interest payments every month. Many loans are interest only though, mostly the shorter term bridging loans and capital equipment loans. The interest only loans tend to have higher return rates associated with them as they are typically classed as higher risk.

When loans amortize, it reduces the risk compared to a non-amortizing loan, in which neither capital or interest is received until the end of the loan, or only interest is received monthly and then the capital repaid at the end of the loan period.

Amortization is paying off a debt with a standard repayment schedule in regular amounts over time. It is an book keeping technique used to reduce the cost value of an intangible asset little by little through scheduled payments.

It’s easy to see if loans amortize from the detail on the loans listing screen where it is clearly marked.

Ablrate P2P Amortizing Loan Detail Screenshot - Ablrate Review

How To Sell Loans & Withdraw Capital Early From Ablrate.

Selling loans is done through the Ablrate Secondary Market. They have a very active secondary market where you can buy and sell loans.

There is even the ability to bid on loans at a price you want to pay. Or offer loans you want to sell at a price you’re comfortable with. 

Ablrate Peer to Peer Lender Secondary Market Screenshot - Ablrate Review
Ablrate P2P Secondary Market Screenshot - Ablrate Review

The Ablrate P2P secondary market is a little complicated. However once you get the hang of using it, it’s not so bad.

It is actually very versatile once you understand it. Enabling you to name the price you want to pay for a loan through bidding.

I actually bought most of my loans on the secondary market.

I placed low-ball bids on some loans which got accepted after a couple of weeks. This makes the actual return rate higher than it would have been purchasing the loans when they were initially offered. You can see on the bids and offers screen what rates are equivalent to different sales and purchase prices.

How Easy Is It To Diversify With Ablrate Loans?

Because loans are all self-select loans, diversification is a manual process.

As mentioned previously, although loans are very well secured, the loan flow is not huge. So if you have a lot of capital to invest, you’re going to end up with more than you would probably like to have in each loan.

So best to make sure you do due diligence to a level your comfortable with before investing any of your hard-earned capital.

Does Ablrate Have A Provision Fund Or Buyback Guarantee? 

There is no provision fund or buyback guarantee with Ablrate.

You are relying on the Ablrate lending team’s due-diligence, your ability to seek out safe profitable loans, and the asset security on the loan itself in case of default. 

Is There an Ablrate ISA for Tax Efficient Investing?

Their Innovative Finance ISA (Ablrate ISA) was launched in August 2017 for residents of the United Kingdom enabling tax free investments for Peer to Peer lenders.

Ablrate P2P ISA Screenshot - Ablrate Review

What Is The Ablrate Website Like?

Ablrate’s website is relativity easy to use. Everything makes sense and is easy to access.

All of the account information is right there in front of you on the main account screen all laid out in a manner which is self explanatory.

Ablrate Account Screenshot - Ablrate P2P Review

Summary – Ablrate Review

All loans are secured by assets typically with good LTV’s (Loan to Value ratios). So even if you were to make a mistake on a loan, you would likely still get your capital back. It just might take a while if it has to go through a long legal situation. Ablrate have an excellent history of low defaults, but more importantly of recovering capital promptly when things go bad. 

I hope you found my Ablrate review useful. There are not too many high-return lenders out there who are genuinely focused on investor capital preservation and ensuring the best returns possible for their lenders. I believe Ablrate P2P are one of the better platforms with these qualities and I intend to slowly increase my investment as new loans come up moving forward. 

Points to Consider When Investing With Ablrate

Thumbs Up Points

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  • Great Returns – returns of 12% – 15% on secured assets with good LTV’s.
  • Interesting Diverse Loans – loaning on items like private jets and boats is out of the norm for Peer to Peer lending, so it enables you to diversify away from the typical bricks & mortar assets.
  • Low minimum investment – There is no minimum to open an account. Minimum investment in loans is on a case-by-case basis but is typically small.
  • Good Default Recovery – Ablrate Peer to Peer have a good history of recovering on defaults, which is good to know when things go bad.
  • Tax Free Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA) – the Ablrate ISA is available for tax free investing.
  • Financial Conduct Authority – (FCA) Regulated.

Thumbs Down Points

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  • Smaller Company – but focused on a unique offering. Founded in 2014 and survived one of the biggest economic downturns in a generation. Surviving for several years in the Peer to Peer sector is no small feat.
  • Low New Loan Flow – Loan flow is very sporadic.  I’ve only been lending with them for a couple of years now but loans have averaged only one to two new loans per month so far.
  • Smaller Loan Book – This is really just a function of the last bullet point, not many loans with too many investors trying to get them.
  • Secondary Market Complex – can take a while to get familiar with using the secondary market. Although once you do, it’s very flexible and enables you to increase your return rates if you’re patient enough to bid on loans.
  • Manual Investing Only – time consuming and requires due diligence to pick out the best loans.

Obvious Investor Risk Rating*

5 out of 10 stars – 5/10 – Medium

Low to Med Risk Traffic Light

Is Ablrate Safe? I consider the platform to be in the middle area of the risk scale.

Even taking in to consideration that loans are asset secured, they are still a smaller company. Plus with a smaller loan-book, it’s harder to diversify to minimize risk. There is a very active secondary market to help with diversifying capital though, as well as being able to increase returns by bidding on loans.

Who Can Invest with Ablrate?

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Residents of the United Kingdom with a U.K. bank account can invest with Ablrate. Contact them for further information.

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Ablrate

3.8

RATE OF RETURN

4.5/5

OVERALL SAFETY

3.5/5

ASSET SECURITY

3.5/5

TIME IN BUSINESS

4.0/5

LAZY INVESTOR RATING

3.5/5

PROS 👍

  • Great Returns – returns of 12% – 15% on secured assets with good LTV's.
  • Interesting Diverse Loans – loaning on items like private jets and boats is out of the norm for Peer to Peer lending.
  • Good Default Recovery – Ablrate Peer to Peer have a good history of recovering on defaults.

Cons 👎

  • Smaller Loan Book – typically well vetted loans so not many of them.
  • Low New Loan Flow – Loan flow is very sporadic.
  • Manual Investing Only – time consuming and requires due diligence to pick out the best loans.
Last Updated on 18th September 2021 by Mark

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4 thoughts on “Ablrate Review”

  1. Hi Tony,

    Thanks for the comment!

    I think Ablrate is probably a little more risky than say Assetz Capital or Kuflink, however probably not as risky as you would think. Pretty much all of their loans are asset secured and they have very few defaults, and a great record of collecting on defaults when they do happen.

    The returns they offer certainly are worth the risk in my opinion. I’ve done quite a bit of research on Ablrate and the consensus is that their returns are about the best of the UK lenders for the risk taken. This is from seasoned Ablrate lenders who I’ve had discussions with.

    There is indeed plenty of information available on each loan, so you’ll need to do your research to ensure you understand what you’re getting into. The biggest issue with Ablrate is their number of loans. It’s difficult to get diversified, so if you’re going to invest a lot of capital, you’ll really need to pay attention to the details on each loan.

    I hear Ablrate are profitable, however because they are a smaller company they don’t need to file much information with Companies House, so I don’t have any figures proving that they are profitable.

    Hope that helps,

    Mark

    1. Tony @ OneMillionJourney

      Hey Mark,

      Thanks that’s very helpful. It’s good to confirm that there are profitable from David’s comment. I’ve registered through your link.

      1. Hi Tony,

        Yes indeed. It’s good that they could confirm that info. for us.

        Thanks for using my link to register!

        Cheers,

        Mark

  2. Hi [email protected]

    Thanks for the comment and clarification on the numbers!

    It’s good to know you guys are keeping an eye on the review. It helps to keep me honest 🙂

    Please feel free to comment if anything else is not accurate. I’ll be happy to update the review accordingly.

    Cheers,

    Mark

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