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PPDAI Group Inc. Announces Updates on Fourth Quarter 2018 Institutional Funding and Loan Origination Volume Growth

SHANGHAI, Jan. 29, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- PPDAI Group Inc. ("PPDAI," "Paipaidai," or the "Company") (NYSE: PPDF), a leading online consumer finance marketplace in China, today announced updates on its growth in institutional funding and loan origination volume for the fourth quarter of 2018.

The Company's loan origination volume facilitated with institutional funding increased significantly by 71.2% to RMB3.6 billion in the fourth quarter of 2018 from RMB2.1 billion in the third quarter of 2018.

Benefiting from the rapid growth in institutional funding, the Company's total loan origination volume in the fourth quarter of 2018 increased by 19.2% to RMB17.6 billion from RMB14.8 billion in the third quarter of 2018. In the fourth quarter of 2018, the proportion of loans facilitated with institution funds to total loan origination volume was 20.4%, compared to 14.3% in the third quarter of 2018. As a result, for the full year 2018, the Company achieved total loan origination volume of approximately RMB61.5 billion.

Mr. Jun Zhang, the chairman and a co-chief executive officer of PPDAI, commented, "We have been embracing regulations and made further efforts to strengthen our institutional funding capabilities. We are encouraged with our solid progress over the last few quarters and have developed a diversified institutional investor base covering a range of financial institutions. Looking forward, we are confident in our ability to attract more institutional investors and further diversify our funding source."

About PPDAI Group Inc.

PPDAI is a leading online consumer finance marketplace in China with strong brand recognition. Launched in 2007, the Company is the first online consumer finance marketplace in China connecting borrowers and investors. As a pioneer in China's online consumer finance marketplace, the Company benefits from both its early-mover advantages and the invaluable data and experience accumulated throughout multiple complete loan lifecycles. The Company's platform, empowered by its proprietary, cutting-edge technologies, features a highly automated loan transaction process, which enables a superior user experience, as evidenced by the rapid growth of the Company's user base and loan origination volume. As of September 30, 2018, the Company had over 83 million cumulative registered users.

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For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

In China:
PPDAI Group Inc.
Jimmy Tan / Sally Huo
Tel: +86 (21) 8030 3200 Ext. 8601

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Ross Warner
Tel: +86 (10) 5730-6202

In the United States:
The Piacente Group, Inc. 
Brandi Piacente
Tel: +1-212-481-2050

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