How We Measure Net Annualized Return
Our investors have earned an average net annualized return of over 9.5% as measured since June 2007 (first loan origination).
Net Annualized Return is based on funds actually received each month, net of our service charge of 1%. We make deductions to account for any defaulting loans. We refer to these deductions as "default status" amounts. As explained below, default status amounts are equal to the outstanding principal amount of any Note for which the corresponding member loan is 120 days or more delinquent.
Why We Display Net Annualized Return
Net Annualized Return reflects only actual funds received to date. There is no forward-looking projection of performance. Therefore, we believe it gives you a more accurate measure of the performance of your total investment versus considering only the stated interest rate on the Notes you have purchased.
How We Calculate Net Annualized Return
Net Annualized Return is the output of a formula where the numerator is composed of interest received, plus late fees received, minus the 1% service charge paid. If a Note does not get paid, the interest received that period will be zero. If a Note is in "default" status, we subtract the entire principal amount of the Note from the numerator. Next, we divide this result by the outstanding principal amount of the Note for that period. This yields a fraction for the period.
This calculation is performed for each period, taking into account all interest received, late fees received, service charges paid, and all defaults relative to the principal outstanding in each period. Doing so means we account for performance on investments that begin in different periods, have different payment dates, and so forth. The final step in the calculation involves annualizing the result. We take the sum of (1 + the dollar-weighted average performance for all periods), raise it to the 12th power, and subtract 1. This result is the Net Annualized Return, which is expressed as a percentage.
Example of a Net Annualized Return Calculation
The calculation for a group of Notes can be illustrated as follows. Assume, for example, that an investor purchases 50 Notes, each with an original principal amount of $200 and each bearing interest at 8.00%. Assume that all of the member loans corresponding to the 50 Notes fully perform for 12 months. The Net Annualized Return at the end of 12 months would be 7.83%.
Now assume, for example, that an investor purchases 50 Notes, each for a principal amount of $200 and each bearing interest at 8.00%. In this example, assume that 45 of the member loans corresponding to the 50 Notes fully perform for 12 months. Assume that five member loans fully perform for the first two months they are outstanding, but in the third month, cease performing and enter default status in the seventh month. Because these five member loans have entered default status, we subtract the principal amounts of the five corresponding Notes in the monthly calculation for the seventh month. The result is a negative number, and the Net Annualized Return at end of 12 months would be -4.19%.
The Limitations of Net Annualized Return
Net Annualized Return is just one way you can calculate the return on funds you have invested through the Lending Club platform. We think it is the most useful and accurate way to measure investment performance because it takes into account both our service charge and delinquent corresponding member loans. However, there are other methods for evaluating the historical or potential investment return on fixed-income securities that you could choose to use instead, and you may want to consider such methods as well.
Net Annualized Return can be expressed as this formula, for any period from month 1 to month N, where i is the recurring monthly period:
Net Annualized Return measures the performance of our investors; it does not reflect the performance of loans held by Lending Club as an investment. Lending Club Notes are only offered by Prospectus.