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Dorsey's Square reports 41.5 percent jump in quarterly revenue

Aug 4, 2016

Square Inc, the mobile payments company co-founded and run by Twitter Inc Chief Executive Jack Dorsey, on Wednesday reported a 41.5 percent jump in revenue and diminishing losses as more merchants turn to Square's products to help run their businesses.

Square stock was up more than 9 percent to $11.40 in after-hours trading following the company's report of its second-quarter earnings. The closing price was $10.44.

Shares are down steeply from three months ago, when they topped $15, but have rebounded from their initial public offering price of $9.

Square's revenue reached $438.5 million, up from $310.0 million a year earlier. It processed $12.5 billion in payments, up 42 percent, mostly due to new and larger retailers using Square, the company said.

About 42 percent of total payments is coming from larger retailers, said Sarah Friar, Square chief financial officer.

"Large sellers are joining Square," Friar said on a call with journalists.

The company's losses narrowed to $27.3 million from $29.6 million during the same period last year.

On a per share basis, Square lost 8 cents. Research firm FactSet had projected a loss of 3 cents.

Square, which went public in November, facilitates payments between businesses and customers with a credit card reader that turns a mobile phone into a payment terminal. The company also offers services for businesses such as point-of-sale registers, invoice software and loans.

The company made $189 million in loans through Square Capital, its lending arm, a 123 percent increase over last year, despite increased scrutiny over lending practices by tech companies, fueled by troubles at online lending platforms LendingClub and Prosper Marketplace.

Friar attributed the growth to Square's familiarity with borrowers - the company lends to merchants it has already done business with - and the low cost of the program, which distinguishes it from other lenders.

"We have millions of sellers on our platform," she said. "So our customer acquisition cost is effectively zero."

Friar said Square has added another five investors to the loan program. The default rate is around 4 percent.

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