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LendingClub: Lending Club Reports Third Quarter 2015 Results

The following excerpt is from the company's SEC filing.

Q3 operating revenue up 104% year-over-year to $115.1 million

Lending Club

(NYSE: LC), the world’s largest online marketplace connecting borrowers and investors, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2015 and again raised its outlook for the remainder of the year.

Quarter Ended September 30,

Nine Months Ended September 30,

($ in millions)

% Change






Operating Revenue

Adjusted EBITDA

Adjusted E BITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. Please see the discussion below under the heading "Non-GAAP Measures" and the reconciliation at the end of this release.

“We had another spectacular quarter, with revenue growth re-accelerating from 98% to 104%, and EBITDA jumping 181% year-over-year to reach 18.4% margin ,” said Lending Club founder and CEO Renaud Laplanche. “With over 1.2 million customers, continuously high customer satisfaction, strong credit performance, increased marketing efficiency and lower customer acquisition costs, we are continuing to observe tremendous network effects and benefits of scale. Our results this quarter combined with our raised Q4 outlook lead us to forecast a near doubling of revenue again this year and look toward 2016 with high confidence.”

Third Quarter 2015 Financial Highlights

Originations –

Loan originations in the third quarter of 2015 were $2.24 billion, compared to $1.17 billion in the same period last year, an increase of 92% year-over-year. The Lending Club platform has now facilitated loans totaling over $13.4 billion since inception.

Operating Revenue –

Operating revenue in the third quarter of 2015 was $115.1 million, compared to $56.5 million in the same period last year, an increase of 104% year-over-year. Operating revenue as a percent of originations, or revenue yield, was 5.15% in the third quarter, up from 4.85% in the prior year.

Adjusted EBITDA was $21.2 million in the third quarter of 2015, compared to $7.5 million in the same period last year. As a percent of operating revenue, Adjusted EBITDA margin increased to 18.4% in the third quarter of 2015, up from 13.3% in the prior year.

Net Income –

GAAP net income was $1.0 million for the third quarter of 2015, compared to a net loss of $7.4 million in the same period last year. GAAP net income included $13.5 million of stock-based compensation expense during the third quarter of 2015, compared to $10.5 million in the prior year.

Earnings Per Share (EPS) –

Basic and diluted earnings per share was $0.01 for the third quarter, compared to basic and diluted EPS of ($0.12) in the same period last year.

Adjusted EPS

Adjusted EPS was $0.04 for the third quarter of 2015, compared to $0.02 in the same period last year.

Cash, Cash Equivalents and Securities Available for Sale –

As of September 30, 2015, cash, cash equivalents and securities available for sale totaled $918 million, with no outstanding debt.

“The third quarter demonstrated the operating leverage inherent in our business model, with marketing and operational efficiency delivering record contribution margin, flowing through to higher than planned EBITDA and GAAP profitability,” said Carrie Dolan, CFO. “We remain excited by the opportunity that lies ahead and will continue to invest in product, automation, risk management and channel development to strengthen our platform and continue to penetrate and further expand our addressable market. We head into the fourth quarter with strong momentum and the confidence to raise our outlook for both revenue and margin.”

Recent Business Developments

Rolled out a business line of credit product, ranging from $5,000 to $300,000, giving small businesses flexible access to affordable credit with interest rates starting at 5.9%. Business owners can draw the amount they need at any time, thus reducing the overall cost of their credit. Lending Club piloted the product with and Ingram Micro customers in the last few months, and has now made it widely available to all qualified small businesses on its platform.

Launched Lending Club Open Integration that allows online advisors and broker-dealers to effortlessly offer Lending Club investments to their clients, using a set of Application Programming Interface (API) services that integrate directly into their distribution platforms. It provides the same functionality that currently exists on, including money movement, investing, reinvesting, real-time reporting of cash and holdings, and tax reporting.

Opened to retail investors in six new states during the third quarter and another three states subsequent to quarter end: Arkansas, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Lending Club is...