China Online Lending Industry Report, 2014
With the continuous expansion of scale, China’s small and medium-sized enterprises are seeing rapid growth in capital requirements, but often shut out by large commercial banks on the grounds of unsound financial system, lack of pledged assets, etc.. Thus, a variety of private lending models have emerged, and online lending industry following the development of internet technology came into being.
Since the establishment of the first domestic peer-to-peer (P2P) unsecured online petty-sum lending platform – PaiPaiDAI in Shanghai in August 2007, China has experienced swelling online lending platform and market size. Based on statistical data, the number of online lending platforms grew from 50 in 2011 to 800 or so in 2013, accompanied by transaction size of about RMB100 billion in 2013.