Katapult Announces Double-Digit Preliminary Gross Originations and Revenue Growth for Fourth Quarter 2023
Gross Originations Increase 13% and Revenue Increases ~19% Year-Over-Year
Results Exceed Company Outlook
PLANO, Texas, Feb. 01, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Katapult Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: KPLT), an e-commerce-focused financial technology company, today announced preliminary gross originations and revenue for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2023.
Based on preliminary unaudited results, Katapult expects to report gross originations of approximately $67.5 million for the fourth quarter, an increase of 13.0% year-over-year and above the 3-5% growth outlook the company provided on November 8, 2023. This is expected to be the fifth consecutive quarter of year-over-year gross originations growth and the second highest level of gross originations volume in the company’s history. Katapult also expects to report approximately $58.0 million in revenue for the fourth quarter, an increase of 18.7% year-over-year, which exceeds the 13-15% growth outlook the company provided on November 8, 2023. Fourth quarter revenue is expected to be the highest since the first quarter of 2022.
“We ended 2023 on a high note, with gross originations and revenue well above our previous outlook,” said Orlando Zayas, CEO of Katapult. “Heading into the fourth quarter, we were cautious about our outlook given the uncertain macroeconomic backdrop consumers were facing and the impact this could have on the holiday shopping season. Despite these potential headwinds, we delivered strong double-digit preliminary gross originations and revenue growth, driven by the power of our direct merchant integrations and Katapult Pay™. Specific to Katapult Pay, we also successfully launched a new major retailer earlier than expected, which contributed to strong performance during the quarter. We are excited about the year ahead and look forward to discussing our full financial results in early March.”
Katapult’s financial close procedures for the quarter and year ended December 2023 are not yet complete. This release includes preliminary financial results for gross originations and revenue for the quarter ended December 31, 2023 that are based on information available at this time. These preliminary financial results have also not been audited or reviewed by Katapult’s independent registered public accounting firm. Katapult intends to report its finalized financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2023 in early March 2024. Until that time, the preliminary gross originations and revenue results described in this press release are estimates only and are subject to revisions that could differ materially.
Katapult is a technology driven lease-to-own platform that integrates with omnichannel retailers and e-commerce platforms to power the purchasing of everyday durable goods for underserved U.S. non-prime consumers. Through our point-of-sale (POS) integrations and innovative mobile app featuring Katapult Pay™, consumers who may be unable to access traditional financing can shop a growing network of merchant partners. Our process is simple, fast, and transparent. We believe that seeing the good in people is good for business, humanizing the way underserved consumers get the things they need with payment solutions based on fairness and dignity.
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These forward-looking statements are provided for illustrative purposes only and are not intended to serve as, a guarantee, an assurance, a prediction or a definitive statement of fact or probability. Actual events and circumstances are difficult or impossible to predict and will differ from assumptions. Many actual events and circumstances are beyond the control of Katapult. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including execution of Katapult’s business strategy, launching new product offerings, new brands and expanding information and technology capabilities; Katapult’s market opportunity and its ability to acquire new customers and retain existing customers; the timing and impact of our growth initiatives on our future financial performance and the impact of our new executive hires and brand strategy; anticipated occurrence and timing of prime lending tightening and impact on our results of operations; adoption and success of our new mobile application featuring, Katapult Pay™, general economic conditions in the markets where Katapult operates, the cyclical nature of consumer spending, and seasonal sales and spending patterns of customers; risks relating to factors affecting consumer spending that are not under Katapult’s control, including, among others, levels of employment, disposable consumer income, inflation, prevailing interest rates, consumer debt and availability of credit, pandemics (such as COVID-19), consumer confidence in future economic conditions and political conditions, and consumer perceptions of personal well-being and security; risks relating to uncertainty of Katapult’s estimates of market opportunity and forecasts of market growth; risks related to the concentration of a significant portion of our transaction volume with a single merchant partner, or type of merchant or industry; the effects of competition on Katapult’s future business; unstable market and economic conditions, including as a result of the conflict involving Russia and Ukraine and the Israel-Hamas conflict; reliability of Katapult’s platform and effectiveness of its risk model; protection of confidential, proprietary or sensitive information, including confidential information about consumers, and privacy or data breaches, including by cyber-attacks or similar disruptions; ability to attract and retain employees, executive officers or directors; meeting future liquidity requirements and complying with restrictive covenants related to long-term indebtedness; effectively respond to general economic and business conditions; obtain additional capital, including equity or debt financing; ability to service our indebtedness; anticipate rapid technological changes; comply with laws and regulations applicable to Katapult’s business, including laws and regulations related to rental purchase transactions; stay abreast of modified or new laws and regulations applying to Katapult’s business, including rental purchase transactions and privacy regulations; maintain relationships with merchant partners; respond to uncertainties associated with product and service developments and market acceptance; anticipate the impact of new U.S. federal income tax law; that Katapult has identified material weaknesses in its internal control over financial reporting which, if not remediated, could affect the reliability of its consolidated financial statements; successfully defend litigation; litigation, regulatory matters, complaints, adverse publicity and/or misconduct by employees, vendors and/or service providers; and other events or factors, including those resulting from civil unrest, war, foreign invasions (including the conflict involving Russia and Ukraine), terrorism, or public health crises, or responses to such events; and those factors discussed in greater detail in the section entitled “Risk Factors” in Katapult’s periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including Katapult’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022 and the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2023.
If any of these risks materialize or our assumptions prove incorrect, actual results could differ materially from the results implied by these forward-looking statements. There may be additional risks that Katapult does not presently know or that Katapult currently believes are immaterial that could also cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. Undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements in this Press Release. All forward-looking statements contained herein are based on information available to Katapult as of the date hereof, and Katapult does not assume any obligation to update these statements as a result of new information or future events, except as required by law.