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LendingClub's (LC) CEO Renaud Laplanche on Q2 2015 Results - Earnings Call Transcript


Welcome to the Lending Club's Second Quarter 2015 Earnings Conference Call. [Operator Instructions]. I would now like to turn the conference over to James Samford. Please go ahead

James Samford - IR

Thank you. Good afternoon and welcome to Lending Club's second quarter of 2015 earnings conference call. Joining me to talk about our results are Renaud Laplanche, Founder and CEO and Carrie Dolan, CFO. Before we get started I'd like to remind everyone that our remarks today will include forward-looking statements and actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by these forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause these results to differ materially are described in today's press release, the related slide presentation, on our investor relations website and our Form 10-K filed with the SEC on February 27, 2015.

Any forward-looking statements that we make on this call are based on assumptions as of today and we undertake no obligation to update these statements as a result of the new information of our future events. During this call we present both GAAP and non-GAAP measures. A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP measures is included in today's earnings press release. The press release and the accompanying investor presentation are available on our website at And now I'd like to call turn the call over to Renaud.

Renaud Laplanche - Founder & CEO

Thank you, James. Welcome to our Second quarter conference call. This was another great quarter. We generated operating revenue growth of 98% year over year, accelerating from 17% quarter over quarter in Q1 to 19% in Q2, faster than our initial plan as we saw opportunities to efficiently accelerate as the quarter developed. Given the strong momentum we're seeing in our core business and the progress we're making in our new business initiatives, we have again decided to raise both our revenue and EBITDA outlook for the year and the dollar and percentage basis.

I'll begin today's call with our Second quarter results and progress on key initiatives, then we'll talk about repeat customers in [indiscernible], discuss the regulatory framework we operate in and talk about an addition we're making to our Executive team. I will then turn the call over to Carrie for more details on our financial results, third quarter guidance and an updated full year outlook. At that point, we'll turn the call over to Operator for questions.

Let's get started. Loan originations in the second quarter increased 90% year over year to $1.91 billion compared to $1 billion in the same period last year. Since we closed the Springstone acquisition on April 17 last year, this quarter was our first quarter we brought in year-over-year growth on the fully comparable basis. About $11.2 billion in consumer and small business loans have now been issued through our platforms since we launched over eight years ago including $6.1 billion just in the last 12 months. Currently, our marketplace remains neither supply nor demand constrained.

We set our growth plans each quarter in a way that optimizes for long-term shareholder value creation for delivering a great user experience that helps build customer satisfaction and the long-term value of our band into managing risks and operating efficiency. As the quarter progressed, we saw that internal and external conditions supported a faster growth than initially planned and took that opportunity. As I mentioned in introduction, operating revenue in the second quarter jumped 98% year over year to $96 million with growth accelerating quarter over quarter from 17% sequential growth in Q1 to 19% in Q2. Adjusted EBITDA in the second quarter was $13.4 million, up 235% year over year.