About Net Annualized Return

NOTE ON SECONDARY MARKET TRANSACTIONS:

Lending Club separately reports annualized investor returns from Notes purchased on the Lending Club platform ("Net Annualized Return" or "NAR") and Notes purchased or sold on the Folio Investing Note Trading Platform1 ("Traded Note Net Annualized Return" or "Traded Note NAR"). Traded Note NAR factors in any discount or markup paid for a Note purchased and any gain or loss on the sale of a Note sold on the Note Trading Platform. Keep in mind that NAR and Traded Note NAR are annualized return measures and may therefore be more reflective of returns in accounts that buy and hold Notes through to their maturity.

Introduction

  • Net Annualized Return (NAR) is a measure of return on investment.
  • NAR includes borrower payments received each month, net of service fees, actual charge offs, and recoveries.2
  • Adjusted Net Annualized Return (Adjusted NAR) is a measure of return on investment that allows investors to model the impact of potential losses on Notes in their portfolio.
  • Adjusted NAR is similar to unadjusted NAR but incorporates an estimate of future losses on any loans that are in "past due" status but have not been charged off.2

Read below to learn more.

NAR and Traded Note NAR are first calculated when an investor begins to receive borrower payments, usually within 45 days of an investors’ first investment in Notes. Until that time, NAR and Traded Note NAR will display as "New" and no calculation will be available.

What is Net Annualized Return (NAR)?

Net Annualized Return (NAR) is an annualized measure of the rate of return on the principal invested over the life of an investment. NAR is based on actual Borrower payments received each month, net of service fees, actual charge offs, and recoveries. NAR is not a forward looking projection of the performance of any Note and reflects the full principal value of a Note until the corresponding loan is charged off, even if the loan is not current.2

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What Impacts NAR?

When you start investing, your NAR will approximate the interest rate of the Notes in which you have invested, less any service fees. As the average age of Notes in your portfolio increases (i.e. as your existing Notes age and the percentage of your portfolio represented by new Notes decreases), your NAR will start to decrease as the loans associated with your Notes become late.2 Please keep in mind that, as you reinvest loan proceeds or make additional Note purchases, such new investments will reduce the average age of the Notes in your portfolio, slowing the decline of your NAR by reducing the impact of maturing Notes. When a loan is charged off, the invested principal is written off and your NAR decreases.

The chart below provides an example of the effect of charge offs on the NAR of a hypothetical portfolio that makes a one-time investment in Notes each with a 36 month term and 12.80% effective interest rate3, holds those Notes through to their maturity, and makes no further investments.*

*Chart is shown for illustrative purposes only and does not represent the performance of any specific security or portfolio. It is designed to illustrate that NAR is likely to decline over time4.

In the hypothetical portfolio illustrated above, after service fees are deducted, the initial NAR is 12.34% (#1). Please note that, due to amortization, the service fee may impact NAR by more or less than 1%.

As loans are charged off, NAR decreases from 12.34% to 9.11% by the 18th month following the date of the investment (#2). During the final 18 months of the term of the loans in the portfolio, additional charge offs reduce NAR from 9.11% down to a final NAR of 8.28% (#3).2 Here’s the basic math as it applies to the hypothetical portfolio represented in the chart on the date falling 36 months after the date of investment:2

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What is Adjusted Net Annualized Return (Adjusted NAR)?

Adjusted NAR allows investors to model the impact of potential losses on Notes in their portfolio before the corresponding loan is charged off. Adjusted NAR is similar to unadjusted NAR but, unlike unadjusted NAR, it incorporates an estimate of future losses on any loans that are in "past due" status but have not been charged off.2 Investors are able to customize the Adjusted NAR calculation to factor in their own assumptions about the future performance of their loans by logging into their account and clicking the "View/Customize Adjustments" link on their Account Summary page.

To estimate future losses on loans, we apply a loss rate estimate to the outstanding principal of loans that are past due but not charged off. The loss rate estimate is based on the historical charge off rate by loan status over a nine month period (you can see historical charge off information at the bottom of this page).

To learn more about how we calculate estimated future losses, click here. To learn more about any loan status, click here.

How do Adjusted NAR and unadjusted NAR Compare?

Like unadjusted NAR, your Adjusted NAR will initially approximate the interest rate of the Notes in which you have invested, less any service fees. As the average age of Notes in your portfolio increases (i.e. as your existing Notes age and the percentage of your portfolio represented by new Notes decreases), your Adjusted NAR will start to decrease as the loans associated with your Notes enter "grace period" status and further decline (e.g. move from a status of "Late 16-30" to "Late 31-120"). When a loan is charged off, the invested principal is written off and your NAR will further decrease.2

The chart below shows an example of the effect of charge offs and past due loans on Adjusted NAR and unadjusted NAR for a hypothetical portfolio holding Notes each with a 36 month term.**

**Chart is shown for illustrative purposes only and does not represent the performance of any specific security or portfolio. The chart assumes a hypothetical portfolio that makes a one-time purchase of Notes each with a 36 month term and 12.80% effective interest rate,3 holds those Notes through to their maturity, and makes no further investments. Please note that, due to amortization, the service fee may impact NAR by more or less than 1%. The chart is designed to illustrate that NAR is likely to decline over time.4


As you can see, Adjusted NAR and unadjusted NAR result in the same final net annualized return at the end of the life of the loans in the hypothetical portfolio. Adjusted NAR is designed to accelerate the impact of potential future losses by using the loan status as an indicator of such potential future losses. As a result, Adjusted NAR will always be less than or equal to unadjusted NAR of any given portfolio.2

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Details of the Example Comparing Adjusted NAR vs. unadjusted NAR

The chart above assumes a hypothetical portfolio that makes a one-time purchase of Notes each with a 36 month term and 12.80% effective interest rate,3 holds those Notes through to their maturity, and makes no further investments. After service fees are deducted, the initial unadjusted NAR is 12.34% and the initial Adjusted NAR, incorporating estimated future losses, is lower at 10.56% (#1). Please note that, due to amortization, the service fee may impact NAR by more or less than 1%.

As loans charge off, the unadjusted NAR decreases from 12.34% to 9.11% by the 18th month following the date of the investment, while Adjusted NAR decreases even further to 8.78% as the result of its inclusion of estimated future losses (#2). During the final 18 months of the term of the loans in the portfolio, additional charge offs cause the unadjusted and Adjusted NAR to be equal to one another at 8.28%. Adjusted NAR and unadjusted NAR metrics will always result in the same final net annualized return at the end of the life of the loans in a portfolio.2

Here is the basic math as it applies to the hypothetical portfolio represented in the example above on the date falling 18 months after the date of investment: ***

18th Month Unadjusted NAR 18th Month Adjusted NAR
Realized Interest Rate 12.80% Realized Interest Rate 12.80%
Impact of 1% Service Fees -0.55% Impact of 1% Service Fees -0.55%
Annual Charge Offs -3.14% Annual Charge Offs -3.14%
9-Month Loss Estimate NA 9-Month Loss Estimate -0.33%
Unadjusted NAR 9.11% Adjusted NAR 8.78%

***This example is provided for illustrative purposes only and does not represent the performance of any specific security or portfolio. Adjusted NAR and historical performance are not a guarantee of future results. Lending Club Notes are not guaranteed or insured, and investors may lose some or all of the principal invested.


To learn more about how we calculate estimated future losses, click here. To learn more about any loan status, click here.

What are Traded Note NAR and Adjusted NAR?

Traded Note NAR is a measure of return on Notes bought or sold on the Note Trading Platform.1 It is reported separately from returns for Notes purchased on the Lending Club Platform because traded Notes may be purchased at a price other than par, which may impact investor returns.

To measure the return on a Note that was purchased or sold on the Note Trading Platform, the unadjusted NAR calculation incorporates any markup or discount (relative to the outstanding principal value of the Note and any accrued interest at the time of purchase) paid for any Note purchased, and the gain or loss on any Note sold on the Note Trading Platform. It also incorporates the impact of the timing of the trade date within the payment cycle for a Note. The resulting "Traded Note NAR" is based on actual Borrower payments received each month, net of service fees, actual charge offs, and recoveries. Because Traded Note NAR incorporates the purchase price paid for a Note and the timing of the purchase date within the payment cycle of the Note, the Traded Note NAR applicable to the Note will approximate the Yield to Maturity of such Note at the time of the purchase. When you first purchase Notes on the Note Trading Platform, your Traded Note NAR will approximate the Yield to Maturity of those Notes. As the average age of Notes purchased on the Note Trading Platform in your portfolio increases (i.e. as your existing Notes age and the percentage of your portfolio represented by newly purchased Notes decreases), Traded Note NAR will start to decrease as the loans associated with the traded Notes become late or are charged off. Please keep in mind that, as you make additional Note purchases on the Note Trading Platform, such new investments will reduce the average age of the Notes in your portfolio, slowing the decline of your Traded Note NAR by reducing the impact of maturing Notes.

If you purchase a Note at par and then sell that Note on the Note Trading Platform at a discount (e.g., at a price lower than the outstanding principal value of the Note and any accrued interest at the time of purchase), your unadjusted NAR will decrease at the time of sale to account for the loss associated with the discounted sale price. If you sell that Note at a markup (e.g., at a price higher than the outstanding principal value of the Note and any accrued interest at the time of purchase), your unadjusted NAR will increase at the time of sale to account for the gain associated with the markup.

If you purchase a Note on the Note Trading Platform at a price other than par (e.g., you purchase the Note at a markup or discount) and then sell that Note on the Note Trading Platform, your unadjusted NAR will increase or decrease to account for the gain or loss relative to what you paid for the Note, less the amortization of the markup or discount of that Note previously factored into your NAR.

If you purchase a Note on the Note Trading Platform, it will be included in your Traded Note NAR. If you purchase a Note at original issuance, it will be included in your primary account NAR. If you sell a Note on the Note Trading Platform that you purchased at original issuance, all returns on that Note will be reassigned from your primary account NAR to your Traded Note NAR at the time of the sale.

Lending Club uses the same general principles to calculate Traded Note Adjusted NAR that we use to calculate regular Adjusted NAR: both incorporate estimated future losses based on loan status.2

To learn more about how we calculate estimated future losses, click here. To learn more about any loan status, click here.

What are Combined NAR and Adjusted NAR?

Combined NAR is available for accounts with transactions on both the Lending Club platform and the Note Trading Platform. Combined NAR is an annualized measure of the rate of return on the principal invested over the life of an investment, including money invested via the Lending Club platform and money invested via the Note Trading Platform. Combined NAR is based on actual Borrower payments received each month, net of service fees, actual charge offs, and recoveries. Combined NAR also factors in any discount or markup paid for a Note purchased and any gain or loss on the sale of a Note sold on the Note Trading Platform.

Investors can use Combined Adjusted NAR to model the impact of potential Borrower losses on their portfolio before a loan is actually charged off. If an investor elects for their account returns to be calculated on an adjusted basis, then primary platform returns, traded Note and combined returns will be shown as Adjusted NAR, Traded Note Adjusted NAR and Combined Adjusted NAR, respectively. If an investor instead elects for their account returns to be calculated on an unadjusted basis, then primary platform returns, traded Note and combined returns will be shown as NAR, Traded Note NAR and Combined NAR, respectively. Please keep in mind that all NAR calculations are annualized and may therefore be more reflective of returns in accounts that buy and hold Notes through to their maturity.2

Diversification and Other Considerations

We believe that broad diversification tends to make any NAR less volatile. Accounts that are concentrated in Notes associated with any single loan or loans or single Borrower or Borrowers may have results that vary significantly from estimated returns. Broadly diversifying investments across hundreds of similarly sized Notes and Borrowers tends to decrease NAR volatility by minimizing the impact of any single charge off.4 Please keep in mind that, as you reinvest loan proceeds or make additional Note purchases, such new investments will reduce the average age of the Notes in your portfolio, slowing the decline of your NAR by reducing the impact of maturing Notes.

Adjusted NAR is just one way to calculate the return on funds you have invested through Lending Club. There are other methods for evaluating the return on fixed-income securities that you could consider.2

How are Net Annualized Returns calculated?
  • 1 FOLIOfn Investments, Inc. ("Folio Investing") is a registered broker-dealer and member of FINRA and SIPC and operates the Note Trading Platform. Folio Investing is based in McLean, VA and is not affiliated with Lending Club. Folio Investing has no role in the original issuance of the Notes and is not responsible for and does not approve, endorse, review, recommend or guarantee the Notes or the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of any data or information about the Notes. More information about Folio Investing is available at www.folioinvesting.com.

  • 2 Adjusted NAR, NAR, and all models and estimates are not guaranteed to be accurate and may differ materially from actual results. Historical performance is not a guarantee of future results. Lending Club Notes are not guaranteed or insured, and investors may lose some or all of the principal invested.

  • 3 "Effective interest rate" is equal to the borrower interest rate, reduced by Lending Club's estimate of the impact of uncollected interest prior to charge off. The estimate for uncollected interest prior to charge off is based on expected charge off rates and the typical time period prior to charge off when a borrower is not making interest and principal payments. Effective interest and charge off rates are subject to change. Expected charge off rates may not reflect actual charge off rates and individual results are likely to vary. This information is not intended to be investment advice or a promise of future results.

  • 4 This information is not intended as investment advice. You should consult your financial advisor if you have any questions or need additional information.

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