Zip (ASX: Z1P) has reported a classic BNPL result where top-line metrics hit new record highs while losses continue to widen.
Revenue of $294.1m, up 89%
Adjusted loss of -$154m versus -$140m a year ago
Total transaction volumes (TTV) of $4.45bn, up 92%
Customers of 9.9m, up 74%
Merchants of 81,800, up 113%
The net loss exceeded Bell Potter and Citi forecasts of -$123m.
At the cost of sales level, Zip experienced a sharp rise in reported bad debts and expected credit losses, spiking 403% to $148.3m.
The company said that it previously adjusted its risk settings in core markets during the course of 2021 with the objective of "maximising growth whilst balancing revenue and net bad debt write offs".
Evidently, the company is now paying the price for taking on too much risk.
At the expenditure level, segments including salaries, marketing and technology expenses all increased more than 100%.
Expenditure prior period included a $306m net adjustment relating to the acquisition of QuadPay.
In response to the disappointing bottom-line, CEO Larry Diamond said:
"Accordingly, we have refined our strategy with a focus on sustainable growth in our core markets, maintaining strong unit economics – particularly credit performance, broader cost management, right-sizing our international footprint, which accelerates our path to profitability. We have already taken decisive actions in line with this focus."
Zip expects to normalise its margins over the medium term, including:
Revenue as a percentage of TTV of 6.5-7% (1H22: 6.7%)
Cost of sales as a percentage of TTV of 3.5-4% (1H22: 5.4%)
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