• Investors Include Uprising, John Mack, Vikram Pandit, Arthur Levitt, Dan Doctoroff, Eric Schwartz and Others
  • PeerIQ's Analytics Platform Will Enable Institutional Investors to Better Analyze, Access, and Manage Consumer Credit Risk
  • Will Provide P2P Lending Industry's First Independent, Standardized Benchmarks and Credit Models to Drive Liquidity in Emerging ABS Markets

NEW YORK, April 9, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PeerIQ, a financial information services company that connects peer-to-peer ("P2P") lending to the capital markets by helping institutional investors analyze, access and manage risk, today announced that it has raised $6 million of seed funding. Uprising and John Mack, former chairman and CEO of Morgan Stanley, led the round and were joined by Vikram Pandit, former Citigroup CEO; Arthur Levitt, former SEC Chairman; Dan Doctoroff, former CEO of Bloomberg LP; and Eric Schwartz, former co-CEO of Goldman Sachs Asset Management, among other prominent capital market and technology investors.

PeerIQ will use the funds to further build out its risk analytics platform, grow its institutional investor client base, and expand its team.

PeerIQ's analytics platform aggregates industry data from leading online P2P marketplaces and offers sophisticated credit risk analytics and independent benchmarks that allow investors to: assess loan performance, generate cash flows, value and manage portfolios, run scenario analyses, and price credit instruments. More broadly, the company's offering aims to enhance the efficiency of securitizations and other asset-backed transactions that will fuel the next phase of P2P lending growth.

"Institutional investors have played an important role in the category by investing at scale via online lending marketplaces. Yet, future growth increasingly depends on expanding access to liquid ABS markets, which will unlock new sources of capital and lower funding costs," said Ram Ahluwalia, co-founder and CEO of PeerIQ. "PeerIQ is supporting this next phase by providing the independent, institutional-grade analytics needed for efficient deal structuring and better understanding of P2P across new capital markets."

"As more and more institutional investors embrace P2P lending, they are looking for advanced analytics solutions," said John Mack, former chairman and CEO of Morgan Stanley. "PeerIQ is creating the first risk analytics platform designed to meet their deal structuring needs, while also helping to drive standards for this maturing asset class."

"We are incredibly impressed by the technical depth and market sophistication of the PeerIQ team and share their vision of the vital role that better data, intelligence and standardization will play in P2P lending," said Andy Lam, Managing Partner at Uprising. "By addressing the investment requirements for many large lenders, PeerIQ will enable efficient capital to enter the sector, create new opportunities for P2P platforms, and generate substantial impact by helping more borrowers achieve their financial goals."

About PeerIQ

Founded by a team of seasoned capital markets and technology executives, PeerIQ is a financial information services company that provides institutional investors with tools for analyzing, accessing, and managing risk in the peer-to-peer lending market. PeerIQ's analytics platform aggregates industry data from leading P2P platforms and offers sophisticated credit analytics and independent benchmarks to enhance efficiency and increase liquidity across this emerging asset class. More information is available at www.peeriq.com.

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