creditshelf Aktiengesellschaft, a pioneer in the field of digital SME financing in Germany, published its figures for the third quarter of 2018 today. creditshelf was able to continue its growth course from the first half of the year and increased revenues to EUR 1.5m in the first nine months of 2018 (previous year: EUR 0.7m). The loan volume brokered, which nearly doubled from EUR 15.4m as of 30 June 2018 to EUR 30.0m as of 30 September 2018, made a significant contribution.
creditshelf was also able to arrange its largest digital SME financing transaction this September in the amount of EUR 4.75m. Demand for creditshelf loans remained consistently high in the third quarter. As of the reporting date, the company recorded requests amounting to EUR 750.6m, more than twice as much as in the first nine months of 2017. As of the 30 September 2018 reporting date, creditshelf has received loan applications totalling around EUR 1.4bn since the digital SME financer launched in 2015.
As expected, earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) for the third quarter of 2018 amounted to EUR -4.5m (prior-year period: EUR -0.7m). This is particularly attributable to increased expenses for personnel of EUR 3.1m (prior-year period: EUR 0.8m) as well as higher other expenses – primarily marketing expenses for brand awareness and operating costs after the IPO – totaling EUR 3.4m (prior-year period: EUR 0.9m).
creditshelf CEO Dr Tim Thabe comments on the business development: “We can look back on an intense, successful third quarter. In the third quarter of 2018, we were able to continue consistently exploiting the potential of a dynamically growing market for digital SME financing. We are also continuously investing in the improvement of our software, the establishment of bank cooperations and the expansion of our product portfolio. We have our sights firmly set on our goal of being able to finance loans of EUR 500m per year in the medium term.”
iThe release for the third quarter of 2018 is available for download as of today from the Investor Relations website ir.creditshelf.com.