PNC to offer online business loan option in 2019


PNC announced that in 2019 it plans to begin offering fully digital business lines of credit, up to$100,000.

PNC will partner withOnDeck and use its Platform-as-a-Service to simplify and accelerate the conventional lending originations processes for PNC Bank’s small and medium-sized business customers.

PNC will combine its expertise with ODX’s online origination technology and professional services to create PNC Small Business Lending.

“Small and medium-sized business owners are continually searching for simpler, easier and quicker means to apply for and receive funding and to that end, PNC is investing in this new avenue to find solutions that work for them,” saidLakhbir Lamba, head of Retail Lending at PNC Bank. “Our relationship with OnDeck is PNC’s first opportunity to leverage the services of a fintech company in a platform-as-a-service model that will make it easier for businesses to borrow from us in order to support their growth.”

When the platform is fully implemented during the first half of 2019, customers and prospective customers will be able to complete an application in as few as five minutes using desktop or mobile devices and, if approved, may receive funding of up to$100,000within one to three business days. Applicants also may call at any point in the process to speak with a funding advisor.

As part of the origination process, ODX will collect and process both applicant and business information and access a variety of third-party data sources to gather credit and security information.

This agreement with OnDeck demonstrates PNC’s commitment to small and medium-sized businesses, according toMatthew Steenson, head of PNC Bank’s Business Banking unit.

“Small and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of the U.S. economy. Through PNC’s Digital Small Business Lending, we intend to create a seamless, customer-centric small business lending experience,” Steenson said.

The move to digital business lending marks a milestone for PNC, as business credit products have, up until now, only been available within the bank’s branch footprint and have required customers to complete the application process, in person.

The announcement comes as rival financial services companies expand their online platforms for business.

In Delaware, industry giant PayPal entered the online business lending space with the purchase of north Wilmington-based Swift Financial.

In its recent earnings report, Wilmington-based WSFS reported slow business loan growth, due to stepped up competition.

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