Sezzle (ASX: SZL) seems to be a shell of its former self, delivering just 6.2% revenue growth to US$27.6m in the March quarter.
The weak top-line figure was the least of its worries.
The US-based BNPL hopeful continued to ramp up operating expenses, burning through cash as if interest rates were back at zero.
Expenses across the board jumped significantly, notably:
Transaction expenses: US$11.8m, up 32%
Marketing and advertising: US$5.3, up 248%
General and admin: US$7.7m, up 225%
Provision for uncollectible accounts: US$10.5m, up 22%
From an operational standpoint:
Underlying merchant sales of US$450.5m, up 20.1%
Active merchants of 49,000, up 44%
Active customers of 3.46m, up 33%
For the March quarter, Sezzle reported a net loss of -US$28m compared to -US$11.4m a year ago.
Management said that the implementation of cost saving plans and proceeds from line of credits will allow the company to remain solvent through to at least May 16, 2023.
Among the company cost saving initiatives, management said it was exploring scaling back its international operations to further reduce future expenses.
The merger agreement between Zip (ASX: ZIP) and Sezzle is still in place. Though, subject to both Sezzle and Zip shareholder approval.
The proposed transaction will offer Sezzle shareholders 0.98 Zip shares for every Sezzle stock owned.
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