How One Online Lender Auto-Funds Loans with Ekata

Success Story

By using Ekata to identify the best applicants at top of the funnel, one online lender automatically speeds their best customers through—achieving a lower cost per fund and stellar conversion rates.

For servicers of consumer loan portfolios, finding the balance between thoroughly vetting applications and providing an excellent customer experience is critical. In their quest to achieve this balance, one online lender has developed a unique auto-fund program designed to connect their best customers with loans even faster.

With their auto-fund program, the online lender can originate a loan without ever having to physically speak with a consumer—or even review a bank statement. That’s because they’ve analyzed important data from Ekata, previously funded applications, and other third-party data in order to identify the lowest risk 10% of all applications they approve. These top 10% of applications, which have the highest confidence for both identity and the willingness and ability to pay, are then labeled for automatic funding.

Auto-funding loans may seem risky, but this online lender has found a way to do it quickly—and with as little risk as possible—by using Ekata at the top of the application approval funnel.

The online lender’s Chief Risk Officer explains why Ekata has allowed them to make this business move.:

Ekata offers a lot more visibility with the variables they return than other solutions we tested—and they’re much more descriptive. With Ekata, we understand exactly what a variable means, which gives us even more understanding when doing manual fraud reviews, creating rules, or evaluating leads. It’s not just a generic score and a couple of flags. This lets us test deeper into our applicant pool to auto-fund even more applicants as our models get refined and improved.


2.5x better conversion rates

The auto-fund program has a 50% conversion rate — a 2.5x improvement over the 20% conversion rate in the rest of the portfolio.


10% of applications become 20-25% of new loans

Even though the auto-fund population is only 10% of the total applications, they make up a significantly higher percentage of the actual loan portfolio: about 20-25%.


65% reduction in cost per fund

Because of the higher conversion rate and drop in manual review time, the CPF for the auto-fund portfolio is only 35% of the rest of the portfolio — a 65% reduction in cost.

We’re constantly refining our underwriting rule sets to determine whether an application is high risk, whether the consumer is who they say they are, and the overall attractiveness of a given marketing lead. The better we can get at weeding out fraud, the lower our bad debt is and the lower we can make our rates, which is better for the consumer and better for us!

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