LendingClub co-founder Soul Htite leads funding of Credible

San Francisco-based Credible, which operates a platform for borrowing and refinancing student loans, raised a $10 million Series A round of funding led by Soul Htite, founder and CEO of Dianrong.com and co-founder of LendingClub. Ron Suber, president of Prosper, also participated in the round, along with peer-to-peer lending investor Scott Langmack. The company previously raised $2.7 million in seed funding from multiple investors and individuals, including Carthona Capital, Redbus Group, Mark Goines and Bruce Gibney. PRESS RELEASE Credible Closes $10 Million in Series A Funding, Signaling a New Era of Transparency in Student Lending Credible answers the increasing demand for choice in online lending San Francisco, CA (September 29, 2015) – Credible (credible.com), the multi-lender student loan marketplace, allows borrowers to receive competitive loan offers from its vetted lending partners. Credible’s goal is to empower borrowers with more options to finance and refinance their student loans. The $10 million in Series A funding is led by Soul Htite, Founder & CEO of Dianrong.com and Co-founder of LendingClub, with participation from Ron Suber, President of Prosper, and online lending pioneer Scott Langmack. “We’re building Credible for the future of online lending – providing borrowers with choice, better information, and simplicity of process”, said Stephen Dash, Founder & CEO of Credible. “Simply put, we are making student loans more fair. In Soul, Ron and Scott, we have three of the most experienced individuals in online lending which will allow us to accelerate our growth.” As an independent, multi-lender marketplace that has been adopted by some of the most prestigious organizations in the country, including the American Medical Association, the American Pharmacists Association, and Georgia Tech Alumni Association, Credible provides borrowers with unbiased information and multiple offers from its lending partners. “The speed of innovation occurring in financial services has created a once in a generation opportunity” said Soul Htite. “Credible’s unique model is fundamentally changing the dynamics of the loan selection process. We see Credible as a core fixture of the next phase of online lending.” About Credible Credible’s founding principle is to provide borrowers the level of transparency they deserve. As a multi-lender marketplace that allows borrowers to receive competitive loan offers from its vetted lenders, Credible empowers consumers to take control of their student loans. Borrowers can fill out one form, then receive and compare personalized offers from numerous lenders and choose which best serves their individual needs. Credible is fiercely independent, committed to delivering fair and unbiased solutions in student lending. Existing investors include Mark Goines, Carthona Capital, Redbus Group, and Bruce Gibney.

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Littlejohn’s Wellfleet Credit closes debut CLO on $360 mln

Wellfleet Credit Partners, the performing credit business of Littlejohn & Co., closed its debut collateralized loan obligation on $360 million. The CLO will be backed by a portfolio of broadly syndicated senior secured loans. Littlejohn funds and its partners are investors in the CLO, which has a two-year non-call and four-year investment period with a final maturity of 12 years. Littlejohn Debt Management formed Wellfleet earlier this year to invest in broadly syndicated loans and related fixed income investments. Press Release Wellfleet Credit Partners (“Wellfleet”) announced today the closing of a $360.0 million collateralized loan obligation (“CLO”), referred to as “Wellfleet CLO 2015-1.” Wellfleet CLO 2015-1 represents the debut CLO issuance for Wellfleet, the performing credit business of Littlejohn & Co., LLC (“Littlejohn”), a private investment firm. The CLO will be backed by a diversified portfolio of broadly syndicated senior secured loans. Eight classes of notes rated Aaa through B3 by Moody’s and three classes of notes rated AAA by Fitch totaling $331.0 million were placed. Littlejohn funds, as well as its partners, are investors in the CLO. The CLO vehicle will have a two-year non-call and a four-year reinvestment period with a final maturity of 12 years. “Despite a volatile market environment, we are delighted by the strong reception that the CLO received from prominent CLO investors,” said Brian Ramsay, President of Littlejohn. Earlier this year, Littlejohn Debt Management formed Wellfleet as a new, dedicated performing credit group to invest in broadly syndicated loans and related fixed income investments. The Wellfleet team includes a dedicated group of credit analysts and is led by Scott McKay and Dennis Talley. Richard Maybaum, a Littlejohn Partner, stated “Dennis and Scott have been a great addition to our debt platform as Littlejohn is already seeing the benefits of extending its reach into performing credit. We are excited about having a performing credit investment product to offer investors.” Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC acted as the arranger for the CLO. Dechert LLP acted as legal advisor. The securities offered in the CLO have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or any state securities laws, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or pursuant to an exemption from the registration under the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws. This release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any such securities. About Littlejohn & Co., LLC Littlejohn & Co. is a Greenwich, Connecticut- based private equity firm investing in middle-market companies that are undergoing a fundamental change in capital structure, strategy, operations or growth that can benefit from its operational and strategic approach. The firm is currently investing from Littlejohn Fund V, L.P., which has $2 billion in capital commitments. For more information, visit www.littlejohnllc.com.

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Littlejohn’s Wellfleet Credit closes debut CLO on $360 mln