Magazine article American Banker

Prosper Reports $35M Loss as Revenue Plummets

Magazine article American Banker

Prosper Reports $35M Loss as Revenue Plummets

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Byline: Kevin Wack

Prosper Marketplace in San Francisco reported a $35 million loss in the second quarter, adding to the struggles of the entire marketplace lending sector.

The firm, which specializes in consumer installment loans, said in a securities filing Monday that its operating revenues plunged to $27.1 million during the second quarter -- more than 50% lower than they were during the first quarter, and 44% lower than during the second quarter of 2015.

Loan originations at Prosper totaled $445 million, down 56% from the first quarter and down 51% from the same period a year earlier.

The company's net loss of $35 million compared with a loss of $17.5 million in the first quarter and a $6 million loss in the second quarter of 2015.

Prosper, similar to its rival Lending Club, runs an online marketplace where consumers looking to borrow between $2,000 and $35,000 get matched with loan buyers.

Both firms enjoyed rapid growth during the first half of the decade, as hedge funds and other institutional investors were eager to buy their high-yielding loans. But those sentiments reversed earlier this year, as buyers began to have doubts about the credit quality of loans being originated and saw more attractive opportunities in other investment markets.

In May, Prosper announced 170 layoffs, which amounted to 28% of the company's staff -- part of an effort to adjust to the industry's new reality.

During the second quarter, Prosper recorded $14.1 million in one-time restructuring charges. Those charges contributed to expenses totaling $63. …

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