Apr

25

Russia’s Sovcombank Will Use Psychometric Scoring from FICO and EFL to Increase Credit Portfolio

Interview-based scoring is a way to increase financial inclusion

MOSCOW — April 25, 2017

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Russia’s Sovcombank is using survey-based credit scoring from EFL and FICO to attract young people looking for their first credit card
  • The EFL score uses psychometrics and behavioral data to measure a person’s credit risk based on their answers to questions in an online assessment
  • FICO, the developer of the world’s leading credit score, markets the EFL score in Russia and other markets

Russia’s Sovcombank is using a new form of credit scoring to attract young people looking for their first credit card. The score, developed by Entrepreneurial Finance Lab (EFL) and marketed by Silicon Valley analytics firm FICO, uses an interactive online assessment to evaluate an individual’s credit risk. Sovcombank, a universal bank with more than 2 million customers, is using the score to “gamify” the credit application process.

More information: https://www.eflglobal.com/

“We are using the EFL score to give young people a new way to get their first credit card,” said Sergey Khotimskiy, deputy CEO at Sovcombank. “Moving forward, we intend to use the score to rate the risk of people who don’t have a FICO Score because they are new to credit, and so don’t have a credit history to score. This is an innovative way for us to grow our market.”

Unlike the FICO® Score in Russia — which scores credit information from the National Bureau of Credit Histories (NBKI), Russia’s leading credit bureau — the EFL Score gathers applicant-contributed data in an interactive online survey to assess a person’s attitudes toward credit and willingness to pay. EFL’s psychometric scoring and behavioral data analysis technology was born out of more than a decade of empirical research, initially at Harvard, and validated by over a billion dollars of lending across the world.

“EFL uses a very different method from FICO, but the goal is the same — to instantly and reliably determine a person’s likelihood of repaying credit,” said Jim Wehmann, executive vice president of Scores at FICO. “It’s an incredibly useful tool to use when there isn’t sufficient data to calculate a FICO Score, and that’s the case for around 3 billion credit ‘invisibles’ around the world.”

“Our score is perfect for a bank like Sovcombank, which wants to build its portfolio among young people who may not have traditional FICO Scores,” said Jared Miller, CEO at EFL. “Our technology can score anyone, it’s simple to use and can even be engaging for the applicant. As a first-mover in the Russian market, Sovcombank is pioneering an approach that will reshape the way people worldwide get into the credit mainstream.”

FICO’s partnership with EFL Global is part of its FICO® Financial Inclusion Initiative, which aims to help lenders make affordable credit available to the estimated 3+ billion unbanked and underbanked adults worldwide. These “credit invisibles” benefit from credit scores that leverage multiple data sources to assess credit risk and assist responsible lending. FICO offers EFL’s psychometric scoring alongside its own credit scoring products in Russia, Turkey, and Mexico.

More than half of the top Russian banks use FICO® Scores delivered by NBKI. The FICO® Score is the most used credit score in the world, and the standard measure of U.S. consumer credit risk.

About EFL
EFL helps lenders in emerging markets safely approve more people. With 10 years of experience enabling over one billion dollars in loans globally, EFL is the alternative credit scoring platform with the strongest track record serving financial institutions across Latin America, Asia and Africa. EFL’s cutting edge behavioral data science can be applied universally – to any prospect – and online to help responsibly turn a 'No' into a 'Yes'.

For more information, please visit http://www.eflglobal.com/.

Join the conversation at https://twitter.com/eflglobal & https://www.eflglobal.com/blog/

About FICO
FICO (NYSE: FICO) powers decisions that help people and businesses around the world prosper. Founded in 1956 and based in Silicon Valley, the company is a pioneer in the use of predictive analytics and data science to improve operational decisions. FICO holds more than 170 US and foreign patents on technologies that increase profitability, customer satisfaction and growth for businesses in financial services, telecommunications, health care, retail and many other industries. Using FICO solutions, businesses in more than 100 countries do everything from protecting 2.6 billion payment cards from fraud, to helping people get credit, to ensuring that millions of airplanes and rental cars are in the right place at the right time.

Learn more at www.fico.com.

Join the conversation at https://twitter.com/fico & http://www.fico.com/en/blogs/

FICO is a registered trademark of Fair Isaac Corporation in the US and other countries.

Media Contact:
Georgia Hart for FICO
Catalysis
+44 (0)20 7759 2011
fico@catalysis.co.uk
Investors/Analysts:
Steven Weber
FICO
+1 800-213-5542
investor@fico.com

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