Square Beats Revenue Estimates with $439 Million; Lending Business Grows 70%

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Square Inc’s stock jumped 7 percent on Wednesday, thanks to upbeat earnings reported Tuesday.

The Jack Dorsey-led company recorded a loss of $32 million for the third quarter, compared to $52 million in the comparable period last year, and beat analysts’ revenue estimates of $430 million, with a 32 percent jump in revenue totaling $439 million.

Square processed $13.2 billion worth of transactions through its point of sale devices, up 39 percent since last year and the company’s lending business, Square Capital grew 70 percent annually, extending $208 million through 35,000 loans. With this, it has originated over $1 billion in two years.

Square's Jack Dorsey

Above, Square CEO Jack Dorsey, right, talked payments at Money2020

Square Capital loans are made by Celtic Bank and loan offers are presented using the Total Cost of Capital method, where cost is disclosed as a precise dollar amount so that potential borrowers will know exactly how much they will have to pay. By enforcing a fixed 18 month term, Square differentiates its loan product from a merchant cash advance or a purchase of future sales.

Square CFO Sarah Friar told CNBC that there is still a lot of room for growth in the Square ecosystem with existing merchants, even as the company extends credit to businesses that do not use Square for payments. Friar also said that the company is  “executing on all cylinders” to beat estimates for revenue and growth.

Last modified: December 18, 2016

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