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LendingClub's Lender Demand Issues Still Persist

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LendingClub's Lender Demand Issues Still Persist

LendingClub Corp (NYSE: LC) filed its 10-Q on May 16, including further details regarding the events that led to the resignation of the CEO, as well as details regarding slowing loan growth since the announcement. The 10-Q also included disclosure of additional regulatory and legal risks.

Slowing Lender Demand

Goldman Sachs’ Heath P. Terry maintained a Neutral rating on the company, while lowering the price target from $7.00 to $4.40, “to reflect the slower growth trajectory relative to the comp group and increased uncertainty on investor demand.”

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Although Terry expects loan demand to recover over time, investors are likely to require proof of such recovery before the stock multiple reflects it.

According to the 10-Q filing, since the announcement of the resignation of the CEO and internal review on May 9, the company has experienced “a slowdown in a significant amount of investment capital.”

2Q Originations

According to ThinkNum, based on LendingClub’s SEC filings, stand loan originations grew 16 percent year on year in April, while declining 8 percent year on year May-to-date.

The 2016-2018 revenue and EBITDA estimates have been lowered by 8 percent and 34 percent, respectively, on an average, to reflect the slower loan growth during 2016 and the subsequent decline in profitability.

Latest Ratings for LC

DateFirmActionFromTo
Jul 2019MaintainsEqual-Weight
May 2019UpgradesNeutralOutperform
Aug 2018MaintainsNeutralNeutral

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