Prosper, a leading peer-to-peer lending platform connecting borrowers and investors, today reported financial results for the third quarter ending September 30, 2018. Quarterly originations were $640 million, down from $822 million a year ago; Net Loss was ($19.8) million, an improvement of $7.2 million from the previous year; and Adjusted EBITDA was ($5.4) million vs. $7.3 million the prior year. Prosper also announced today that it plans to launch a new digital home equity product in early 2019.
As Prosper continues to focus on meeting investors return expectations, we have tightened credit and increased borrower rates this year in a rising interest rate environment. We have also focused our efforts and resources on expanding our business beyond personal loans with the development of a new home equity line of credit product, said David Kimball, CEO, Prosper Marketplace. While the credit actions taken significantly reduced Q3 originations on the platform, Prosper will continue to emphasize this credit and pricing discipline as we prioritize a sustainable long-term business over near-term growth.
Financial highlights include:
- Total Net Revenue, which includes the non-cash impact related to warrants to purchase preferred stock, decreased to $20.7 million in Q3 2018 compared to $28.9 million in Q3 2017
- Core Revenue(1), which excludes the non-cash impact related to warrants to purchase preferred stock, decreased to $40.2 million in Q3 2018 compared to $50.6 million in Q3 2017
- Net Loss decreased to ($19.8) million in Q3 2018 compared to a Net Loss of ($26.9) million in Q3 2017
- Adjusted EBITDA(1) decreased to ($5.4) million in Q3 2018 compared to $7.3 million in Q3 2017
The following table summarizes the financial highlights from the quarter:
Key Operating and Financial Metrics (Unaudited)
|Three Months Ended Sept 30,|
|Transaction Fees, Net||28,225||37,250|
|Servicing Fees, Net||7,339||6,976|
|Total Net Revenue||20,682||28,862|
|Core Revenue (1)||40,243||50,634|
(1) Core Revenue and Adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP financial measures. The accompanying schedules to this press release provide a reconciliation of each of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. Our non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as alternatives to, or more meaningful than, our financial results prepared in accordance with GAAP.
About Prosper Marketplace
Prospers mission is to advance financial well-being. The companys online lending platform connects people who want to borrow money with individuals and institutions that want to invest in consumer credit. Borrowers get access to affordable fixed-rate, fixed-term personal loans. Investors have the opportunity to earn solid returns via a data-driven underwriting model. To date, over $13 billion in personal loans have been originated through the Prosper platform for debt consolidation and large purchases such as home improvement projects, medical expenses and special occasions.
Prosper Marketplace, Inc. was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in San Francisco. The platform is owned by Prosper Funding LLC, a subsidiary of Prosper Marketplace, Inc. Loans originated through the Prosper marketplace are made by WebBank, member FDIC. Visit www.prosper.com and follow @Prosperloans to learn more. Prosper notes are offered by Prospectus.
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Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Core Revenue and Adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP financial measures. The accompanying schedules to this press release provide a reconciliation of each of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. The non-GAAP financial measure of Core Revenue is defined as our Total Net Revenue adjusted to exclude the Fair Value of Warrants Vested on Sale of Borrower Loans. The non-GAAP financial measure of Adjusted EBITDA is defined as Net Loss adjusted for interest income on available for sale securities and cash and cash equivalents, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization, impairment of intangible assets, stock-based compensation expense, fair value of warrants vested on the sale of borrower loans, restructuring charges, and fair value adjustments for warrant liabilities.
These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as alternatives to, or more meaningful than, our financial results prepared in accordance with GAAP.
PROSPER MARKETPLACE, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF TOTAL NET REVENUE TO CORE REVENUE
|Three Months Ended September 30,|
|Total Net Revenue||$||20,682||$||28,862|
Less: Fair Value of Warrants Vested on Sale of Borrower Loans
PROSPER MARKETPLACE, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME (LOSS) TO ADJUSTED EBITDA
|Three Months Ended September 30,|
|Fair Value of Warrants Vested on Sale of Borrower Loans||19,561||21,772|
|Servicing and Origination||1,291||1,676|
|General & Administration “ Other||994||1,279|
|Amortization of Intangibles||89||177|
|Impairment of Intangibles||–||67|
|Change in Fair Value of Warrants||(9,283||)||6,323|
|Interest Income on Available for Sale Securities, Cash and Cash Equivalents||(362||)||(93||)|
|Income Tax Expense||8||85|
Sarah Cain, Prosper Marketplace