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LendingClub (LC) Q2 Incurs Loss as Expected, Revenues Rise

LendingClub Corporation LC reported second-quarter 2017 loss per share of 6 cents, in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Further, the figure compared favorably with the prior-year quarter’s loss of 21 cents.

The results largely benefited from top-line growth and decline in expenses. While adjusted EBITDA showed exceptional improvement, loan balance declined.

Results for the reported quarter included several significant items. Including these, net loss on a GAAP basis came in at $25.4 billion compared to net loss of $81.3 million in the year-ago quarter.

Revenue Rise, Costs Decline

Total net revenue increased 35% year over year to $139.6 million. The rise was primarily due to an increase in all revenue components, except interest income. Further, the figure outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $134.5 million.

Total operating expenses came in at $165.1 million, reflecting a decline of 12.5% from the prior-year quarter. The decrease was triggered primarily by an absence of goodwill impairment.

Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) totaled $4.5 million compared with adjusted loss before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization of $29.1 million in the prior-year quarter.

In the reported quarter, loan originations were $2.2 billion, up 9.8% from the year-ago quarter.

As of Jun 30, 2017, cash and cash equivalents were $539 million, up 1% from the prior quarter. Loans were down 6% sequentially to $3.8 billion. Total stockholders' equity was $984 million, up 1% from the Mar 30, 2017 level.

Guidance

Concurrent with the results, management provided guidance for third-quarter and full-year 2017:

Third-Quarter 2017

•    Total net revenue in the range of $154–$159 million.
•    Adjusted EBITDA in the range of $18-$22 million.
•    Net loss in the range of $12–$8 million

Full-Year 2017

•    Total net revenue in the range of $585–$600 million.
•    Adjusted EBITDA in the range of $50–$58 million.
•    Net loss in the range of $69–$61 million.

Our Viewpoint

LendingClub’s revenue growth is commendable. Also, increase in loans originations and rising adjusted EBITDA are impressive. Moreover, we are encouraged by a decline in the company’s total expenses. However, the lower loan balance in the reported quarter and dismal 2017 outlook are the headwinds.

LendingClub Corporation Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

Currently, LendingClub carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Performance of Other Finance Stocks

American Express Company AXP reported second-quarter 2017 adjusted earnings per share (EPS) of $1.47, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate by a cent. However, earnings witnessed a sharp 30% year-over-year decline.

Moody's Corporation MCO reported second-quarter 2017 adjusted earnings of $1.51 per share, which handily outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.33. Also, the bottom line improved 16% from the year-ago quarter.

CIT Group Inc.’s CIT second-quarter 2017 adjusted earnings from continuing operations of 68 cents per share compared favorably with the year-ago quarter’s adjusted earnings of 46 cents.

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