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1. Can I invest on the PROFITUS platform?

Yes, both natural and legal persons can. You can start investing even in small amounts. As a licensed platform under the supervision of the Bank of Lithuania we need to verify your investment knowledge and properly identify you after the registration. If you invest more, we may ask you to justify your source of income.

2. Can a legal entity invest on the PROFITUS platform?

Yes, a legal entity can invest on the platform through a representative, that is, a person working within the company and acting under the authority of the director of the company. We would like to emphasize that filling in the application form will also require the information of the company director.

3. From what amount can I invest?

Profitus platform aims to make the investment accessible to everyone even in small amounts, so the minimum investment is only EUR 100.

4. What is the maximum amount you can invest?

You can invest different amounts of money. If you invest more than EUR 50,000, you become a Profitus nominal investor. In this case, please contact us by e-mail info@profitus.lt or phone +37063760776.

5. How do I confirm my identity?

To verify your identity, you must select one of the verification methods on the Profitus self-service page. You can currently do this through Paysera or Ondato systems. With Paysera verification, you need to have an account with this electronic money institution and make all investments through it. Transfers on the Paysera system are free of charge. By selecting Ondato’s verification, you will be able to use the Trustly payment system and make investments from major Lithuanian and foreign banks. Transfers and withdrawals via Trustly cost 1.5% of the amount, but not more than EUR 9.

6. What are the benefits of becoming a Nominal Investor?

If you invest EUR 50,000 or more, you become a Profitus Nominal Investor. In this case, please email us info@profitus.lt or call +37063760776. You will be able to earn even more due to special conditions and attend Nominal Investors meetings. We will, of course, personally give you our full attention.

7. What platform fees apply to the investor?

There are no platform fees for the investor, but payment partners may charge some transfer fees. You can read more about platform here.

8. What projects can I invest in?

All projects you can invest in are listed in here. Today we offer you to invest in pledged real estate projects and receive interest on the loan amount in return and repay the entire loan amount.

Read more about these types of projects in the section “How does it work?”.

9. How do I invest?

This is very simple:

  1. Register. Create your investor account on the Profitus platform and verify your identity.
  2. Add money to your account. Make sure this account has enough money for the investments you want.
  3. Invest. Choose the project that suits you best and invest. You can do this with one click of the button.
  4. Make money. Every month or quarter, the borrower will pay you interest. You will be able to re-invest the received amount in other projects and make even more money!

Read more about these types of projects in the section “How does it work?”.

10. Why invest in Profitus?

Because here:
  • Investing in business loans with real estate collateral can earn 8-14% annual interest;
  • Investments start from EUR 100;
  • Can always visit the real estate pledged to you;
  • You earn additional income every month or quarter;
  • Profitus, as a platform operator, is listed in the public list of crowd-funding platform operators and overseen by the Bank of Lithuania.

11. How is the risk of a real estate project assessed?

The risk assessment is based on an assessment algorithm validated on the Profitus platform. The algorithm consists of the assessment of project owner’s creditworthiness, the project risk, and of the collateral. The score that assigns a project risk to the risk rating is calculated (A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D). Risk is calculated and assessed by team members with years of experience in real estate. Also, in order to objectively assess the project, the project owner’s data is checked through various registers, such as Creditinfo and other sources.

12. How is my income received on the Profitus platform taxed?

If you are investing as a natural person, the interest earned is included in Class B income, which you must declare on Form GPM308 and in the attachment “Taxable Income” to this form. You must pay 15% personal income tax on this income. We will provide the State Tax Inspectorate with the required data on your interest earned during the calendar year.

Any additional questions will be answered by e-mail or by telephone +37063760776.

13. How are my investments protected?

Your investment is protected by a mortgage on real estate, as well as other collateral (such as a surety or guarantee). Different projects have different safeguards, which you can see in the self-service, next to each project.

14. When can I withdraw my invested money?

According to the payment schedule, the project owner regularly transfers the indicated amounts. At the end of the contract you will be reimbursed the full amount invested, plus interest paid during the contract period, for example, you have invested EUR 1000. According to payment schedule, you will receive a monthly payment of EUR 10. If the contract period is 12 months, you earn EUR 120 (10 x 12 = 120 euros). Calculate how much you can earn here. You will also be reimbursed EUR 1000 at the end of the contract period.

15. Where can I find information about my investments?

You can find all your investment information by logging in to the self-service section “My investments” as well as in the section “Documents”.

16. How much can I earn on the Profitus platform?

Your earnings on the Profitus platform depend on the amount invested and the risk and profitability of the project. You can assess all this at any time using Calculator. You will always see all your investment information in the Profitus platform self-service.

17. I have invested in the project. When will I earn?

Each project offers a different income that you will see on the payment schedule. You will also find a deadline for the project owner to pay you regular contributions.

18. What happens if a borrower wants to repay a loan prematurely?

The early repayment terms are defined in each loan agreement. For new contracts and new projects, the condition that, if the borrower repay the money prematurely, investors receive 1 month interest on the actual maturity date. However, this cannot be less than 3 months of interest from the beginning of their calculation.

19. What would happen if the project owner extended the loan repayment period?

If the terms of the loan agreement between Profitus and the project owner permit, this is possible. In most cases, the project owner will not be able to extend the loan repayment term. If the loan is extended, we will inform you immediately of the following contacts. Of course, we are always looking for maximum value for investors.

20. What would happen if the loan was not collected in full within the allotted time?

If the full amount of funding within the target period is not collected, we will refund you the full amount invested by the end of the following day. The likelihood of this happening is very low. So you have nothing to lose in this case.

21. What would happen if the project owner were late in paying the contributions?

The borrower is encouraged to fulfil his obligations according to pre-established rules.. If the payment or payments are not made within the time limit, the recovery process is initiated. You will be informed of the progress through the contacts listed. You can find more details here.

Remember that your investments are protected by real estate pledged to you. In the event of late payment, recovery will be made from these assets, which means that the property will be sold and the investment repaid to you.

22. What is my investment risk?

Investing always comes with the risk of losing some or all of your investment, but real estate is always pledged as a guarantee. To assess the risks, you can find them in a separate document prepared by us “Investment risks“.

23. Can I lose the entire investment?

Since all projects are secured by real estate pledge, a complete loss of investment is a virtually impossible situation. However, investing always carries the risk of losing part of your investment.

24. What else should I know before investing?

Before investing, be sure to familiarize yourself with the investment risks, study the details of a specific project, calculate the return on your investment, and only then invest. It is important to understand that you are responsible for your investment decisions.

25. Do I have the opportunity to sell my investment before the scheduled term?

There is currently no such opportunity, but we plan to have it.

26. Is it possible to invest in Profitus outside Paysera?

Yes. You can also invest from major Lithuanian and foreign banks using Trustly payment partner.

27. Are the investments protected by coverage provided for by the law on deposits and liabilities?

Investments through crowd-funding platforms are not subject to the insurance requirement of the Law on Insurance of Deposits and Liabilities to Investors of the Republic of Lithuania. However, your investment is protected by a mortgage on real estate, as well as other collateral (such as a surety or guarantee).

28. How is the safety of investors’ money ensured when crowd-funding?

All investors’ money is held in the technical accounts of payment partners Paysera and Trustly, with Profitus as the manager (but the Profitus platform is not considered the owner of the funds). The account is intended solely for the technical administration of payments between investors and project owners, i. y. to collect investors’ funds for the project, to secure full funding, and to pay the collected amount to the project owner. When the project owner, respectively, pas back the interest and investments, payments are made into the technical account to be distributed to the investors. Profitus does not hold its own or any other funds in the technical account, the funds of the clients are not part of the assets of Profitus, and are the property of the clients.

29. How do I get my investment back if there is not enough collateral?

The borrower is encouraged to fulfil his obligations according to pre-established rules. If the payment or payments are not made within the time limit, the recovery process is initiated: a notarial order is obtained and transmitted to the bailiff. The bailiff performs the recovery from the collateral.

If the pledged property is insufficient, the bailiff will continue to recover the property belonging to the project owner.

If the funds are still not sufficient to cover the investment and Profitus expenses, the debtor’s insolvency proceedings may be initiated, which may include bankruptcy, consideration of shareholders’ and manager’s liability, if the debtor is mismanaged or intentionally insolvent.

Read more in our Debt Recovery Procedure.

30. What happens if a borrower goes bankrupt or undergoes restructuring?

During the bankruptcy proceedings, the interests of investors are protected by the value of the pledged assets, i.e. regardless of the number of creditors, the proceeds of the sale of the pledged assets, after deduction of the bankruptcy administrator’s expenses, will be used to serve the interests of the investors.

If the pledged assets are insufficient, the investors will join the common line of creditors and their claims will be settled in the following way: third row (first row – employees, second row – state tax claims, third row – all other).

In the event of restructuring, creditors’ claims will be met by a recovery plan prepared by the debtor and approved by the creditors, which will include the terms and methods of sale and settlement. As in the case of bankruptcy, the proceeds from the sale of the pledged assets will be directed specifically to the interests of the investors, regardless of the number of creditors in the company. If the assets are insufficient, the outstanding debt claims will be settled on the basis of a defined payment plan in the row of the creditors described above.

31. What steps should a legal entity take before investing?

Before investing, make sure that you have completed all required verification steps:
- Verified the identity of their manager/authorized representative;
- Linked/approved the legal entity account with the Platform;
- Submitted additional documents: copy of the personal identity document of the manager/authorised representative, the Articles of Association, the decision of the manager/shareholders/board of directors to invest (if applicable according to the Articles of Association), filled in the legal entity form.

Please be informed that in case of verification of identity Profitus will contact the State Enterprise Centre of Registries (Register of Legal Entities and Information System of Legal Entity Participants), where it will obtain extract from the Register of Legal Entities and list of participants of a legal entity.

32. What is LTV and how is it calculated?

LTV stands for loan-to-value ratio. It shows the percentage of loan in the pledged property. So if the borrower seeks to raise EUR 70,000, its pledged real estate to investors must be at least EUR 100,000, in which case LTV will be 70%.

The lower the LTV percentage, the better, as it means more real estate is pledged to investors. However, it should be borne in mind that the mortgaged property is a primary mortgage.