LendingClub Corp. (NYSE: LC), the first peer-to-peer lending site to go public, looked like a serious financial sector disruptor in December 2014 after its stock shot up 56% with its initial public offering (IPO).
Eight months later, I warned my readers about LendingClub's pitfalls in "Storm Clouds Are Gathering Around Peer-to-Peer Lending." And again, only two days after the one-year anniversary of LC's IPO, I released another piece inspired by LendingClub, "I Warned You about 'P2P Lending' – And I Was Right."
I hope you listened to me.
Not only has LC's stock collapsed, but the company's also reeling from regulatory hits, it just announced a lawsuit with the Federal Trade Commission, and it's facing a class-action lawsuit over lack of material disclosures that should have warned shareholders the stock was vulnerable to investigations.
Here's how tight the vice clenched around LendingClub really is…
The Numbers Don't Lie
LendingClub sure looked like a new-era disruptor to reckon with at the time of its IPO on Dec. 10, 2014.
While the first range suggested for the stock's coming-out party was $10 to $12, it got bumped up to $12 to $15 a day before its IPO. It was priced at $15 the night before breaking out onto the New York Stock Exchange and soared 56% that Thursday.
Coming out at the high end of its expected range and continuing to rocket upwards was even more impressive given the Dow Jones Industrials had sunk 200 points the day before.
The IPO raised $870 million for the company and gave it a capitalization of $8.5 billion.
But the IPO day's high watermark of $24.75 was about as close to the sun as LC would fly.
Eight months later, when I warned about troubles in paradise, the stock was already down 36%, trading at just about $15. It was still hanging around that level when I warned about it again in December 2015.
Today (Tuesday, May 8), LC's stock is trading pennies above its all-time low of $2.57, down 89% from its opening day achievement, and down 82% from where I warned about the tough road ahead.
That sky-high market cap of more than $8.5 billion has dwindled down to just $1.12 billion.
Another Day, Another Scandal
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