The reality is that most fintech companies today in the US are private. We often learn of key milestones through press releases, but we often don’t get full transparency into what is happening in the business. This is why we’ve always taken great interest in the publicly traded online lenders. Today, OnDeck, GreenSky and Lending Club all reported their Q2 2018 earnings. Below we share the highlights of each from our perspective.
GreenSky went public just a few months ago on May 24, 2018. Their IPO was significant for a couple of reasons. One was the lack of US based fintech IPOs over the last few years and the second was that GreenSky is a wildly successful business. Last year they reported $139 million in net income on revenues of $326 million.
In the second quarter of 2018, the company grew revenue 28.3% to $105.7 million quarter over quarter and adjusted EBITDA was $52.1 million. In the prepared statement as part of the press release, CEO David Zalik noted that crossing $100 million in revenue and $50 million in adjusted EBITDA were milestones for the company. The company also increased transaction volume by 36% with the increase of home improvement merchants and elective health care providers utilizing the platform. Pro forma net income for the quarter was $33.5 million and the company ended the quarter with $236.6 million in cash.
Also of significance was a strategic partnership that was announced yesterday with American Express. This will further Greensky’s reach by accessing merchants who accept American Express. Under the partnership, customers will have access to point of sale loans for large purchases. What’s also interesting is the two companies are piloting a direct-to-consumer installment loan offering to some American Express Card Members. This will be first focused on the home improvement space in select markets, but if this pilot goes well it wouldn’t be surprising to see this partnership being the first example of a fintech and credit card company teaming up to tackle the broader personal loan category.
OnDeck reported net income of $5.8 million for the quarter with gross revenues of $95.6 million, up 10% year over and 6% from the previous quarter. Originations grew to $587 million, up 26% from the prior year period, but down slightly from the previous quarter. The company’s trend of increasing the number of loans funded and decreasing the average loan size continues. [Read more…]