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PPDAI Group Inc. Reports Further Progress in Diversifying Funding Sources

SHANGHAI, Feb. 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- PPDAI Group Inc. ("PPDAI," "Paipaidai," or the "Company") (PPDF), a leading online consumer finance marketplace in China, today announced further progress in growing its institutional funding partners base.

The Company has made a solid start in 2019, with total loan origination volume in January further increasing from the average monthly level experienced in the fourth quarter of 2018. The Company has forged ahead with diversifying its funding sources, highlighted by the proportion of loans facilitated by institutional funding partners to total loan origination volume increasing to 35.1% in January from 20.4% in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Mr. Jun Zhang, Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of PPDAI, commented, "We are diversifying our funding sources through multiple partnerships, further demonstrating our capabilities in navigating the dynamic market and capturing growth opportunities. Despite some expected seasonal weakness in February due to the Chinese New Year holiday, this solid progress marks an encouraging start for 2019 as we continue to engage with a larger base of institutional funding partners and maintain a healthy funding structure."

Mr. Feng Zhang, Co-Chief Executive Officer of PPDAI, continued, "We believe increasing the proportion of institutional funding is in line with the current regulatory outlook and we are confident that we can achieve further growth in funding from institutional funding partners in 2019."

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.

For more information, please visit http://ir.ppdai.com.

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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
E-mail: ir@ppdai.com

The Piacente Group, Inc.
Ross Warner
Tel: +86 (10) 5730-6202
E-mail: paipaidai@tpg-ir.com   

In the United States:
The Piacente Group, Inc.  
Brandi Piacente
Tel: +1-212-481-2050
E-mail: paipaidai@tpg-ir.com

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