Aura, a mission-driven financial technology company that offers affordable loans to hard-working families, today announced it has closed $28.7 million in residual debt financing from Angel Island Capital (“AIC”) to help the company grow and keep pace with the demand for its loans.
This new financing comes at a time of rapid growth for Aura, in which the company has provided approximately $500 million in loans to more than 400,000 borrowers at over 1,200 partner locations since its founding in 2014. Aura uses technology that goes beyond the credit score to determine borrowers’ ability to repay and enables local businesses to administer credit applications.
“Aura will use this expansion loan to scale and expand into new markets,” said James Gutierrez, CEO of Aura. “Aura has received more than 1 million applications for our loans, and this number grows every day. By partnering with AIC, we can keep up with the demand and help fulfill our mission of providing affordable loans to millions of families in America.”
“Aura has created a unique model to target a niche lending market through their innovative approach and data-driven platform. By leveraging proprietary analytics, Aura provides loans at scale with a high degree of confidence to borrowers with limited or no credit histories,” said Dev Gopalan, CEO of Angel Island Capital. “We’re pleased to partner with Aura to support their growth as they provide fair and accessible loans to even more families.”
Millions of working families in America lack access to safe and affordable loans and are vulnerable to predatory lenders. By partnering with financial institutions like AIC, Aura is able to provide this underserved population with affordable loans that have helped save them hundreds of millions of dollars in additional fees and interest by avoiding predatory options. Two-thirds of Aura’s borrowers have grown their credit score by an average of 285 points from their first to second loan.
Aura loans are made possible by its innovative social bonds program, which enables banks and other financial institutions to invest in loans to low-income individuals, while generating compelling returns. In total, Aura has raised over $431 million in social bonds across 16 bond issuances.
Aura is a technology-powered, Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that provides small, affordable loans to working families in America. Aura’s mission is to build financially healthy low-income communities by providing empowering financial services to America’s 66-million underbanked and unbanked. Aura has pioneered a cloud-based lending technology that enables trusted local businesses to submit credit applications for centralized review and approval by its proprietary scoring algorithms.
Currently available in nearly 1,200 locations across California, Texas, Illinois and Arizona, Aura has provided hundreds of thousands of credit-building, responsible loans to low-income households since launching in 2014. Aura was founded in 2012 by James Gutierrez, Kevin Kang, and Randy Wong. All three founders helped create and scale Oportun, a CDFI and one of Time Magazine’s Top 50 Most Genius Companies in 2018. Last week, Oportun filed a registration statement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission for an Initial Public Offering (IPO).
About Angel Island Capital:
Angel Island Capital (AIC) is a multi-strategy credit platform based in San Francisco that was established in 2008 as a specialty finance portfolio company of Golden Gate Capital (“GGC”) to target corporate debt investments that are highly complementary to GGC’s traditional private equity practice. AIC, through its investment advisor affiliate Angel Island Capital Management, LLC, manages approximately $3 billion in assets across a range of credit strategies. For more information, visit www.aicap.com.