Key features of the bond:
5, 6 or 7 Years
7, 7.5 or 8%
Bullet (principal repaid at end of term)
Maximum issue size
It is important to note that this product should not be confused with another innovative product that Wellesley have in their stable. The company also boast an ISA eligible listed bond. At the launch back in February 2015 this product was one of the few ISA eligible methods of investing in the sector and remains almost unique ahead of the introduction of the Innovative Finance ISA in April 2016.
Wellesley delivered solid origination growth in 2015. The platform originated £152m of new lending over the course of the year having delivered just under £140m in 2014. Interestingly there has been some evidence of a moderation in their growth trajectory. According to AltFi Data forecasts, based on an analysis of recent growth momentum, the platform is scheduled to grow year on year origination volume by just 2% in 2016. However the platform does still boast what it calls a ‘100% track record’ underlining that ‘no investor has ever lost any of their funds’. It could be that a new injection of capital at the company level is just what Wellesley needs to re-invigorate their growth rate.
Whilst mini-bond launches have enjoyed considerable success in the past year or so there are signs that appetite may be slowing. Crowdcube recently launched the Pocket Land Bond as a follow up to their hugely successful Pocket Living bond. Whilst the first issue reached the maximum target issue size of £1.5m the current attempt to raise £1.25-£2.5m is struggling at £350k with just three days to go. It will be extremely interesting to see if Wellesley can repeat the huge success of series 1 with this larger follow on issue.