Qudian Inc. (NYSE: QD) reported third quarter financial results. The total number of registered users amounted to 78.3 million as of September 30th, 2019. Revenues for the third quarter was USD 362.5 Million, a 34.3% increase from a year ago.
“The third quarter marks our successful evolution to a balance sheet independent, technology services fee driven business. Our transaction services fee overtook as the largest in revenue scale and delivered staggering 150% growth from the previous quarter,” said Mr. Min Luo, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Qudian.
“In the face of a complex and evolving regulatory framework over the past several years we have proven our ability to lead and innovate, creating China’s leading regulatory compliant fintech company. Our past efforts in full compliance with Circular 141, restrained use of micro lending license, complete avoidance of P2P business model, 100% institutional funding base, disciplined approach to collection and respect of our customers’ data privacy have all cumulated to our open platform solution. Our open platform where the licensed and regulated financial institutions lend and assume borrowers risk while QD provides a full suite of transaction services using cutting edge technologies to enhance analytics, user experience, reduce customer acquisition and engagement cost, is likely to be the ultimate form of regulatory compliant fintech in China.”
“Our open platform technology enables high speed precision processing of micro loans while simultaneously syndicating each individual user to multiple lenders. This allows all our lender partners to lower risk while providing enhancement in credit size, allowing open platform to focus on the higher quality borrowers. As of the end of third quarter, our open-platform has bridged over 1,020,940 outstanding borrowers and 11 licensed and, regulated financial institutions, both more than doubling from last quarter. Notably, the repeat borrowing ratio was more than 70% for the quarter, demonstrating strong sustainability and user stickiness trends.”
“As a whole, our registered user base grew to 78.3 million and total outstanding borrowers reached 6.3 million, both the highest in our company’s history, illustrating the sustained demand for our services. With the right high-scale, risk-free and regulatory compliant approach to China’s exciting consumer credit opportunity, we believe Qudian remains best positioned to deliver exceptional financial results and returns to our shareholders for the long term.”
“We delivered another quarter of solid Non-GAAP net income of RMB1,061.8 million, a 52.9% year-over-year increase despite the overall industry credit deterioration driven by the macro economic environment and reduced liquidity as non-complaint player exit the credit market,” said Mr. Carl Yeung, Chief Financial Officer of Qudian. “Continuing last quarter’s momentum, our open-platform initiative has become the main growth and profit driver, generating RMB993.3 million revenue for the third quarter, which represents over 90% of our net profit, further boosting our bottom line, as it carries little marginal operational cost and zero credit risk.”
“Attracted by our affordable and seamless product offering, more than 669,000 new borrowers joined the platform with minimal acquisition costs. Our total loan balance including the risk-free open platform business has grown further to RMB38.4 billion, solidifying our strong execution capabilities to drive business development and focus on the higher quality borrowers. Building on the innovation in our open-platform, we will continue to pursue our tech-driven growth strategy to connect China’s over 300 million creditworthy but underserved consumers to more than 5,000 licensed domestic financial institutions.”
“In our risk undertaking business, we implemented a conservative strategy of reducing credit volumes and paused our credit trial program. Our proactive and prompt management of macro driven risk was effective in stabilizing the delinquency rates. To enhance comparability to peers and transparency in our disclosures, our M6+ vintage charge-off rates measured by current receivables at risk stayed below 1.6%. Although risk remains well managed, we believe the recent exit of many smaller players may create further credit liquidity pressure for the Chinese consumption credit sector. As such, we expect to continue a conservative approach on our risk-taking book into the final quarter of 2019 and thus revise our full year guidance accordingly.”
“Given a large disconnect between the strong momentum in our open-platform and risk-free fee based business model and the market value of our company which is near net assets, we have announced another US$195 million of shares under our forward stock repurchase program, bringing our total buyback amount to US$572 million since we became a public company. This reflects our confidence in Qudian’s growth prospects and upholds our commitment to creating shareholder value.”
Shares of Qudian fell over 20% on Monday, reaching a current low of day of USD 5.66.