Latest OFF3R Index Data Reveals Significant Increase in Equity Crowdfunding Investments in March 2017

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OFF3R, the investment comparison site, today released their latest installment of the OFF3R Index. The data revealed that just over £40 million was invested in early stage businesses in March 2017 via the leading Equity Crowdfunding platforms in the UK.

The latest OFF3R Index data makes for very interesting reading for investors in the sector. There certainly feels that there is strong momentum behind the industry as we head towards the summer months.

This record breaking figure smashed the previous monthly high, set back in July 2015, by over £13 Million. This made March 2017 the most successful month for the total amount raised via equity crowdfunding platforms in the young life of the asset class in the UK.

According to the data from OFF3R, equity crowdfunding had a very strong finish to 2016 but had so far had a slow start to the year. The OFF3R Index delivers a monthly view on the amount raised via some of the leading equity crowdfunding platforms in the UK (including Crowdcube, SynidcateRoom, Angels Den and Seedrs).

The other section of the OFF3R Index is focused on the total amount lent via some of the leading P2P Lending platforms in the UK. The data revealed that March 2017 was a strong month for the sector. Just over £300 Million was lent in March via the platforms that form the P2P element of the OFF3R Index, including Zopa, Ratesetter and Funding Circle. This was marginally higher than February’s data but slightly down from January’s year to date high.

Brewdog’s Recent Success

The strong equity crowdfunding figures follow on the heels of the news that Brewdog have raised £213 Million from American private equity firm, TSG Consumer Partners. The deal values the Scottish brewer at over £1bn, making it one of the first equity crowdfunding supported “unicorns.” Brewdog has over 55,000 shareholders from equity crowdfunding and according to figures release at their AGM; the value of shares held by those that invested in their first ever round have increased by over 2,800%.

Comment from OFF3R

Lex Deak, CEO at OFF3R, commented that “the latest OFF3R Index data, coming on the back of the Brewdog deal, makes for very interesting reading for investors in the sector. There certainly feels that there is some very strong momentum behind the industry as we head towards the summer months.”

He went on to say that “we are seeing that equity crowdfunding continues to move more mainstream and investors are now starting to see some early returns. Investors need to continue to be mindful that equity crowdfunding is a long term and illiquid investment but this data does provide the industry with a real shot in the arm.”

About OFF3R

OFF3R is an online marketplace and discovery tool that lets investors compare dozens of investment opportunities and platforms. The website also is home to Learn with OFF3R where investors are given access to the latest guides and news about the industry.

Investors compare opportunities from over 40 different platforms across a variety of different asset classes, including:

  • Equity Crowdfunding – Where investors invest in start-up businesses.
  • Peer to Peer Lending – Where investors lend money to small businesses and individuals.
  • Innovative Finance ISA – Where investors invest in P2P Lending or Bond products that are wrapped in a tax wrapper allowing investors to lend money and receive interest and capital gains tax-free.
  • Robo-Advisors – Where a company will invest investor’s money on their behalf in a portfolio of investments
  • Property Crowdfunding – Where investors invest in the property market alongside other investors.

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