Brian Johnson was the lead singer of the heavy metal band AC/DC. His signature raspy rock’n’rollin shrill loomed over many adolescent experiences for those of us young enough to remember growing up in the 1970s and 80s. That black sleeveless T-shirt with the thunderbolt logo and four letters emblazoned across the front tempted and taunted, exuding pure coolness. One felt a strong urge to jump in and embrace the heavy metal persona, rebellion, the future. But it was slightly uncomfortable, perhaps because it was…unknown, new and ahead of its time? Remember Moneytalks, AC/DC’s 1990 hit single? Talk about foresight, as the ensuing three decades were marked by explosive wealth creation.
Fast forward to 2020, and we are now in the middle of another explosion: one centered around the digitization of financial services and markets. Small businesses and consumers alike are adopting FinTech-based solutions to address a variety of needs, including capital. At the heart of this is digital private credit: small balance, short duration amortizing loans originated through marketplace lenders, payment systems, and other online channels.
Direct lending and private debt funds have generated considerable interest from capital allocators. Yet when we compare them to digital private credit, we find that the features of the latter asset class present a more compelling investment proposition. Hallmarks stand out across all major idiosyncratic risk factors – average size, diversification, cash generation, and duration, making the asset class better suited to generate strong risk-adjusted performance through the business cycle. For example, digital private credit’s duration is approximately 1 to 1.5 years relative to 3 to 5 years for a typical direct lending fund, and average loan size of $10,000 is orders of magnitude lower than a typical $50 million direct lending issue.
In the “Before Covid” (BC) world, many still claimed unfamiliarity, discomfort or disbelief with conducting seeking capital online. In 6 months, we have moved to an “After Digital” (AD) reality, one that has seen digital adoption soar –particularly when it comes to online financial transactions and especially among older adults. And in this AD world, digital private credit is thriving – driven by frenzied growth in e-commerce and online living. Should traditional lenders be Thunderstruck?
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