Following hot on the heels of the Lending Club IPO last week comes another online lender going public. Last night, OnDeck Capital priced its IPO at $20/share which was above the expectations of $16 – $18 per share. At $20/share OnDeck raised about $200 million and was valued at around $1.3 billion.
This morning its shares began trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ONDK and like Lending Club it received a solid first day bump. Shares opened at $26.50 and traded up throughout the day, closing at $27.98 – a 39.9% increase over the IPO price.
While OnDeck is an online lender like Lending Club, the two companies have very different business models. OnDeck’s focus is purely on small business lending and they are not a true marketplace. They primarily fund their loans off their own balance sheet. Having said that, they do have the OnDeck Marketplace where institutional investors can purchase whole loans and that program continues to grow. When I had OnDeck CEO, Noah Breslow, on the Lend Academy Podcast back in June he said that he was seeing increased demand from investors and that there was a waiting list for investors looking to deploy capital on the OnDeck Marketplace.
Speaking of growth, OnDeck has been on a tear lately. According to their S-1 in the first nine months of this year they originated $788 million in loans, a 171% increase over the same period last year. Their total loan volume originated since inception stood at just over $1.7 billion as of September 30, 2014.
While last week belonged to Lending Club this week it is OnDeck that is in the spotlight. Today, there have been articles about the OnDeck IPO in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily and Fortune just to name a few. I also happened to catch Noah Breslow being interviewed on CNBC’s Squawk on the Street this morning where he talked about this seminal time for the online lending industry and the opportunity now for stock market investors to participate in fast growing lenders like OnDeck as well as Lending Club.
Peter Renton is the chairman and co-founder of Fintech Nexus, the world’s largest digital media company focused on fintech. Peter has been writing about fintech since 2010 and he is the author and creator of the Fintech One-on-One Podcast, the first and longest-running fintech interview series.