Press Release

Lending Club Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Results

Fourth Quarter operating revenue up 108% year-over-year to $69.6 million

Company Release - 2/24/2015 4:03 PM ET

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Lending Club (NYSE:LC), the world's largest online marketplace connecting borrowers and investors, today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2014.

Lending Club is the nation's leading online marketplace for consumer credit.

 



Quarter Ended

Fiscal Year Ended


December 31,

December 31,

($ in millions)

2014

2013

% Change

2014

2013

% Change

Originations

$1,415

$698

103%

$4,378

$2,065

112%

Operating Revenue(1)

$69.6

$33.5

108%

$213.4

$98.0

118%

Adjusted EBITDA(1)(2)

$7.9

$6.5

22%

$21.3

$15.2

40%

 (1) Fourth quarter 2014 First Call consensus operating revenue and EBITDA were $66.7 million and $6.6 million, respectively, as of February 23, 2015.  EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA exclude stock based compensation expense and other non-recurring charges. 

(2) Adjusted EBITDA 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 have continued to expand our reach through 2014 by doubling the size of the business again, while continuing to invest heavily in future growth and risk management," said Renaud Laplanche, CEO and founder of Lending Club. "Our IPO in December was an important milestone in the life of the company, and everyone at Lending Club is excited about the next 5 to 10 years and committed to delivering more value and a great experience to our customers. 2015 is going to be another investment year, and we intend to continue growing originations and revenue at a fast, yet deliberate pace."

Recent Business Highlights

  • Expanded addressable market by launching super prime loans in the fourth quarter with interest rates starting at 3.99% (4.97% APR (Annual Percentage Rate)) for consumers with excellent credit.
  • Continued the integration of Springstone and launched a "true no interest" product for 6, 12, 18 or 24 months, delivering a transparent, consumer friendly no-interest patient financing experience.
  • Completed a $1 billion initial public offering (IPO), the fourth largest US-based Internet IPO, and began trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "LC" on December 11, 2014.
  • In the first quarter of 2015, announced three strategic partnerships with Google, Alibaba and BancAlliance, a national consortium of 200 community banks.

Fourth Quarter 2014 Financial Highlights

Originations – Loan originations in the fourth quarter of 2014 were $1,415 million, compared to $698 million in the same period last year, an increase of 103% year-over-year. The Lending Club platform has facilitated loans totaling over $7.6 billion since inception.

Operating Revenue – Operating revenue in the fourth quarter of 2014 was $69.6 million, compared to $33.5 million in the same period last year, an increase of 108% year-over-year. Operating revenue as a percent of originations, known as our "revenue yield", in the fourth quarter was 4.92%, up from 4.79% in the prior year.

Adjusted EBITDA(3)  – Adjusted EBITDA was $7.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, compared to $6.5 million in the same period last year.

Net Income/Loss– GAAP net loss was ($9.0) million for the fourth quarter of 2014, compared to a net income of $2.9 million in the same period last year. Lending Club's GAAP net loss included $11.3 million of stock-based compensation expense during the fourth quarter of 2014.

Earnings (Loss) Per Share (EPS)  - Basic and diluted loss per share was ($0.07) for the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to EPS of $0.00 in the same period last year.

Adjusted EPS(3) Adjusted EPS was $0.01 for the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to $0.02 in the same period last year.

Cash and Cash Equivalents - As of December 31, 2014, cash and cash equivalents totaled $870 million, with no outstanding debt.

"We are entering 2015 with strong momentum on many fronts, and we intend to continue to execute on our strategy of fast yet disciplined growth," said Carrie Dolan, CFO of Lending Club. "We will also continue to aggressively invest in product development, engineering, process automation, and the buildup of support and risk management functions to pave the way for our long term growth opportunity."

Outlook

Based on the information available as of February 24, 2015, Lending Club provides the following outlook:

First Quarter 2015 



Operating Revenues in the range of $74 million to $76 million.


Adjusted EBITDA(3) in the range of $6 million to $9 million.



Fiscal Year 2015 



Total Revenues in the range of $370 million to $380 million.


Adjusted EBITDA(3) in the range of $33 million to $42 million.



(3) Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EPS are non-GAAP financial measures. Please see the discussion below under the heading "Non-GAAP Measures" and the reconciliations at the end of this release. 

About Lending Club

Lending Club's mission is to transform the banking system to make credit more affordable and investing more rewarding. The company's technology platform enables it to deliver innovative solutions to borrowers and investors. Lending Club has been prominently recognized as a leader for its growth and innovation, including being named one of Forbes' America's Most Promising Companies three years in a row, a CNBC Disruptor two years in a row, a 2012 World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, and one of The World's 10 Most Innovative Companies in Finance by Fast Company. Lending Club is based in San Francisco, California. More information is available at https://www.lendingclub.com. Currently only residents of the following states may invest in Lending Club notes: CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, KY (accredited investors), LA, ME, MN, MS, MT, NH, NV, NY, RI, SD, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, or WY.

Conference Call and Webcast Information

The Lending Club Fourth Quarter 2014 webcast and teleconference is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Tuesday, February 24th, 2015. A live webcast of the call will be available at http://ir.lendingclub.com under the Events & Presentations menu. To access the call, please dial +1 (888) 317-6003, or outside the U.S. +1 (412) 317-6061, with conference ID 4117710, ten minutes prior to 2:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (or 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time). An audio archive of the call will be available at http://ir.lendingclub.com. An audio replay will be also available the evening of February 24, 2015, until March 3, 2015, by calling +1 (877) 344-7529 or +1 (412) 317-0888, with Conference ID 10060086.  

Non-GAAP Measures

Our non-GAAP measures have limitations as analytical tools and you should not consider them in isolation or as a substitute for an analysis of our results under GAAP. There are a number of limitations related to the use of these non-GAAP financial measures versus their nearest GAAP equivalents. Contribution, contribution margin, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, and adjusted EPS should not be viewed as substitutes for, or superior to, net income (loss), and basic and diluted EPS, as prepared in accordance with GAAP. Other companies, including companies in our industry, may calculate these measures differently, which may reduce their usefulness as a comparative measure. Contribution, contribution margin, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin and adjusted EPS do not consider the potentially dilutive impact of stock-based compensation. Although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized may have to be replaced in the future and adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA margin do not reflect cash capital expenditure requirements for such replacements or for new capital expenditure requirements. Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA margin do not reflect tax payments that may represent a reduction in cash available to us. Please see the "Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures" tables at the end of this release.

In evaluating contribution, contribution margin, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin and adjusted EPS, you should be aware that in the future we will incur expenses similar to the adjustments in this presentation.

Safe Harbor Statement

Some of the statements in this above are "forward-looking statements." The words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "outlook," "plan," "predict," "project," "will," "would" and similar expressions may identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. The Company may not actually achieve the plans, intentions or expectations disclosed in forward-looking statements, and you should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Actual results or events could differ materially from the plans, intentions and expectations disclosed in forward-looking statements. The Company does not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

Information in this press release is not an offer to sell securities or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such jurisdiction.

Additional information about Lending Club is available in the prospectus for Lending Club's notes, which can be obtained on Lending Club's website at https://www.lendingclub.com/info/prospectus.action.

 

















LENDINGCLUB CORPORATION

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)




















Three months ended December 31,


Year ended December 31,




2013

2014


2013

2014

Operating revenue















Transaction fees 


$

30,616


$

63,289



$

85,830


$

197,124


Servicing fees



1,466



5,233




3,951



11,534


Management fees



1,000



1,794




3,083



5,957


Other revenue (expense)



403



(765)




5,111



(1,203)



Total operating revenue



33,485



69,551




97,975



213,412



Net interest income (expense) after loss provision and fair value adjustments



12



(1,430)




27



(2,284)

Total net revenue



33,497



68,121




98,002



211,128

Operating expenses(1):















Sales and marketing 



12,460



26,470




39,037



87,278


Origination and servicing



6,173



12,151




17,217



38,286


General and administrative:
















Engineering and product development



4,782



11,714




13,922



34,701



Other



7,224



26,492




20,518



82,367



Total operating expenses



30,639



76,827




90,694



242,632

Income (loss) before income taxes



2,858



(8,706)




7,308



(31,504)

Income tax expense 



-



331




-



1,390

Net income (loss)


$

2,858


$

(9,037)



$

7,308


$

(32,894)

Basic net income (loss) per share attributable to common stockholders


$

0.00


$

(0.07)



$

0.00


$

(0.44)

Diluted net income (loss) per share attributable to common stockholders


$

0.00


$

(0.07)



$

0.00


$

(0.44)

Weighted-average common shares - Basic



54,818,852



127,859,281




51,557,136



75,573,742

Weighted-average common shares - Diluted



83,324,440



127,859,281




81,426,976



75,573,742

















(1)Includes stock-based compensation expense as follows:




















Three months ended December 31,


Year ended December 31,




2013

2014


2013

2014


Sales and marketing


$

547


$

1,029



$

1,313


$

6,058


Origination and servicing



255



713




424



2,140


General and administrative:
















Engineering and product development



1,151



1,824




2,171



5,311



Other



983



7,695




2,375



23,641


Total stock-based compensation expense


$

2,936


$

11,261



$

6,283


$

37,150

 





















LENDINGCLUB CORPORATION

OPERATING AND FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS 

(in thousands, except percentages and number of employees, or as noted)

(Unaudited)





















Three months ended


Change


December 31, 2013

March 31,
2014

June 30,
2014

September 30, 2014

December 31, 2014


Q4-2014 vs
Q3-2014

Q4-2014 vs
Q4-2013




















Operating highlights:

Loan originations (in millions)


$

698


$

791


$

1,006


$

1,165


$

1,415


21%

103%

Operating revenue


$

33,485


$

38,702


$

48,621


$

56,538


$

69,551


23%

108%

Contribution(1)


$

15,654


$

14,578


$

21,915


$

26,881


$

32,672


22%

109%

Contribution margin(1)



46.7%



37.7%



45.1%



47.5%



47.0%


n/m(2)

n/m

Adjusted EBITDA(1)


$

6,514


$

1,866


$

4,002


$

7,517


$

7,916


5%

22%

Adjusted EBITDA margin(1)



19.5%



4.8%



8.2%



13.3%



11.4%


n/m

n/m

Adjusted EPS - diluted(1)


$

0.02


$

0.00


$

0.01


$

0.02


$

0.01


n/m

n/m




















Standard Program Originations by Investor Type:

Managed accounts, individuals



59%



57%



46%



44%



48%




Self-managed, individuals



27%



27%



23%



25%



19%




Institutional investors



14%



16%



31%



31%



33%




     Total



100%



100%



100%



100%



100%























Originations by Program:



















Standard program



92%



90%



81%



75%



78%




Custom program



8%



10%



19%



25%



22%




    Total



100%



100%



100%



100%



100%























Balance Sheet Information (in millions, at end of period):

Cash and cash equivalents


$

49


$

65


$

69


$

83


$

870


n/m

n/m

Loans, at fair value


$

1,829


$

2,110


$

2,326


$

2,534


$

2,799


10%

53%

Total assets


$

1,943


$

2,229


$

2,582


$

2,815


$

3,890


38%

100%

Notes and certificates, at fair value


$

1,840


$

2,120


$

2,337


$

2,552


$

2,814


10%

53%

Total stockholders' equity


$

68


$

69


$

137


$

142


$

973


n/m

n/m




















Condensed Cash Flow Information:



















Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities


$

(15,063)


$

20,094


$

2,043


$

13,258


$

14,525


10%

n/m




















Net cash flow from loan-related investing activities



(332,118)



(305,525)



(242,789)



(241,279)



(304,472)


26%

-8%

Net cash flow from all other investing activities



(6,159)



(8,764)



(116,739)



(10,382)



(27,125)


161%

340%

   Total net cash used in investing activities



(338,277)



(314,289)



(359,528)



(251,661)



(331,597)


32%

-2%




















Net cash flow from note and certificate-related financing activities



336,763



304,954



242,759



248,802



301,593


21%

-10%

Net cash flow from all other financing activities



3,690



4,541



119,085



3,317



802,585


n/m

n/m

   Total net cash provided by financing activities



340,453



309,495



361,844



252,119



1,104,178


338%

224%




















   Total net change in cash and cash equivalents


$

(12,887)


$

15,300


$

4,359


$

13,716


$

787,106


n/m

n/m




















Other operating metrics:

Employees and contractors (at end of period)



426



475



628



742



843


14%

98%




















Servicing Portfolio by Method Financed (in millions, at end of period):

Notes


$

688


$

792


$

881


$

983


$

1,055


7%

53%

Certificates



1,172



1,350



1,481



1,601



1,797


12%

53%

Whole loans sold



407



638



981



1,373



1,874


36%

n/m

    Total


$

2,267


$

2,780


$

3,343


$

3,957


$

4,726


19%

109%




















Notes:

(1) Represents a Non-GAAP measure.  See Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP measures.

(2) Not meaningful.

 

























LENDINGCLUB CORPORATION

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP MEASURES

(In thousands, except percentages and per share data)

(Unaudited)

























Three months ended


Year Ended


December 31,
 2013

March 31,
2014

June 30,
2014

September 30, 2014

December 31, 2014


December 31, 2013

December 31, 2014
























Contribution reconciliation:

Net income (loss)


$

2,858


$

(7,299)


$

(9,187)


$

(7,371)


$

(9,037)



$

7,308


$

(32,894)

Net interest expense (income) and other adjustments



(12)



(16)



396



474



1,430




(27)



2,284

General and administrative expense:























    Engineering and product development



4,782



5,722



8,030



9,235



11,714




13,922



34,701

    Other



7,224



12,311



20,951



22,613



26,492




20,518



82,367

Stock-based compensation expense



802



3,860



1,085



1,511



1,742




1,737



8,198

Income tax expense 



-



-



640



419



331




-



1,390

Contribution 


$

15,654


$

14,578


$

21,915


$

26,881


$

32,672



$

43,458


$

96,046

Total operating revenue


$

33,485


$

38,702


$

48,621


$

56,538


$

69,551



$

97,975


$

213,412
























Contribution margin



46.7%



37.7%



45.1%



47.5%



47.0%




44.4%



45.0%
























Adjusted EBITDA reconciliation:

Net income (loss)


$

2,858


$

(7,299)


$

(9,187)


$

(7,371)


$

(9,037)



$

7,308


$

(32,894)

Net interest expense (income) and other adjustments



(12)



(16)



396



474



1,430




(27)



2,284

Acquisition and related expense



-



1,141



1,378



301



293




-



3,113

Depreciation and amortization:























    Engineering and product development



577



791



1,088



1,447



1,868




1,336



5,194

    Other



155



216



245



322



383




327



1,166

Amortization of intangible assets



-



-



1,123



1,388



1,387




-



3,898

Stock-based compensation expense



2,936



7,033



8,319



10,537



11,261




6,283



37,150

Income tax expense



-



-



640



419



331




-



1,390

Adjusted EBITDA


$

6,514


$

1,866


$

4,002


$

7,517


$

7,916



$

15,227


$

21,301

Total operating revenue


$

33,485


$

38,702


$

48,621


$

56,538


$

69,551



$

97,975


$

213,412
























Adjusted EBITDA margin



19.5%



4.8%



8.2%



13.3%



11.4%




15.5%



10.0%















































Adjusted net income (loss) and net income (loss) per share:

GAAP net income (loss) 


$

2,858


$

(7,299)


$

(9,187)


$

(7,371)


$

(9,037)



$

7,308


$

(32,894)

Acquisition and related expense



-



1,141



1,378



301



293




-



3,113

Stock-based compensation



2,936



7,033



8,319



10,537



11,261




6,283



37,150

Amortization of acquired intangible assets



-



-



1,123



1,388



1,387




-



3,898

Income tax effects related to acquisitions



-



-



640



419



331




-



1,390

Adjusted net income


$

5,794


$

875


$

2,273


$

5,274


$

4,235



$

13,591


$

12,657
























GAAP diluted shares



83,324



55,781



57,971



59,844



127,859




81,427



75,574

Diluted effect of preferred stock conversion (1)



240,195



240,195



249,029



249,351



195,608




241,905



235,745

Other dilutive equity awards(2)



-



28,397



27,469



27,993



39,488




-



40,767

Non-GAAP diluted shares



323,519



324,373



334,469



337,188



362,955




323,332



352,086
























Adjusted net income per diluted share


$

0.02


$

0.00


$

0.01


$

0.02


$

0.01



$

0.04


$

0.04















































Notes:

(1)

Gives effect to the conversion of convertible preferred stock into common stock as though the conversion had occurred at the beginning of the period under the "if converted" method.


(2)

In Q4'13, Other dilutive equity awards were included in GAAP diluted shares as the Company had reported net income.

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