Costs, Losses Soar At StreetShares

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military metalStreetShares increased revenue by nearly 40% year-over-year, according to the company’s latest fiscal year 2019 filing, but costs soared and increased by almost 90%.

StreetShares reported a staggering $12.3M loss on only $4.4M in revenue. That loss was much wider than the previous year’s loss of $6.5M on $3.2M in revenue.

Whereas startups may spend heavily on sales and marketing as they prioritize growth and scale, StreetShares’ primary cost, as in prior years, continues to be payroll. The company spent approximately $7 million in payroll and payroll taxes in fiscal year 2019.

The margin by which payroll exceeds revenue is increasing (157% in FY ’19 vs 144% in FY ’18). For comparison purposes, payroll expense makes up less than 25% of revenue for StreetShares rival IOU Financial.

StreetShares’ source of funds has shifted away from institutional investors and professional investors to retail investors. Retail investors only provided 43.89% of funds in FY ’18 but provided 86.72% of funds in FY ’19.

Retail investors, permissible under Regulation A, do not invest in individual loans but rather they lend money to StreetShares for which the company can use for lending or for “general corporate purposes” or “other products at the discretion of the company.” In return retail investors receive a fixed 5% annual return.

As of May 2019, the company reported that 80% of funds they lend out go to US veteran small businesses. A veteran small business is defined as “a company that is at least 25% owned by a veteran or military spouse or has a veteran or military spouse as the co-guarantor.”

Last modified: November 16, 2019
Sean Murray


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