BankingBlend Announces Third Quarter 2022 Financial Results

Total revenue of $55.4 million led by Platform revenue resilience, offset by lower Title365 revenue
BusinessWire BusinessWireNovember 11, 202220 min

Blend Labs, Inc. (NYSE:BLND), a leader in cloud banking software, today announced its third quarter 2022 financial results.

“Blend’s third quarter results reflect steady progress, including important customer wins, high revenue retention, and an increase in mortgage banking market share amidst extremely challenging economic conditions,” said Nima Ghamsari, Head of Blend. “We are executing well on what we can control as we strengthen our positioning, including managing our costs, enhancing our pricing, diversifying our revenue sources through growth in our Consumer Banking & Marketplace offerings, and bringing exciting new products to our platform like Instant Home Equity. Our focus is on aligning strength with strength, delivering our broadening Blend Platform to the industry leaders best-positioned to win going forward.”

Financial Highlights

  • Consolidated revenue of $55.4 million for the quarter
  • 3Q22 Blend Platform segment revenue of $36.1 million, up by almost $1.0 million, or approximately 3%, as compared to 3Q21, against a 63% decline in mortgage market volume in the same period, as measured by the Mortgage Bankers Association. Within Blend Platform:
    • 3Q22 Mortgage Banking revenue of $19.9 million, down by $7.4 million, or 27%, as compared to 3Q21
    • 3Q22 Consumer Banking & Marketplace revenue was $15.3 million, up by $8.7 million, or 132%, as compared 3Q21, led by $6.1 million in migration of software-enabled title revenue, primarily from the transition of Mr. Cooper title volume to the Blend platform
  • Title365 segment revenue was $19.3 million, down $35.2 million from 3Q21, or 65%, reflecting the increase in interest rates and the corresponding decrease in refinance transactions year-on-year as well as the transition of Mr. Cooper title volume to the Blend platform
  • In 3Q22, Blend recorded a $57.9 million impairment of intangible assets and goodwill related to the Title365 segment, resulting in a full write off of these assets as of September 30, 2022

Third Quarter Customer and Product Achievements; Cost Saving Initiatives

  • Continued expansion of customer base by adding SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union, the fifth largest credit union in the U.S., as measured by assets
  • Launched Instant Home Equity, a new consumer banking product, and signed Mountain America Credit Union, one of the largest home equity lenders in the country to that product
  • Blend’s market adjusted net revenue retention increased to 190%, reflecting continued adoption of multiple product lines, with 75% of the total customer base using two or more products as compared to 62% in 3Q21
  • Grew total consumer banking transactions by 145,000 transactions year-on-year to approximately 229,000 in 3Q22, driven by higher home equity volumes and the launch of additional customers on the consumer banking platform
  • Disciplined cost management, including through workforce reduction initiatives this year that eliminated over 500 positions in aggregate, or nearly a quarter of our workforce (as of January 1, 2022), with a focus on streamlining the Company’s title operations in alignment with changing market conditions

Third Quarter Financial Summary

Total third quarter revenue was $55.4 million, with Blend Platform segment revenue of $36.1 million dollars, up 3% year-over-year, and Title365 segment revenue of $19.3 million dollars, down 65% year-over-year, reflecting continued decline of industry refinance volume and migration of software-enabled title revenue from the Title365 segment to the Blend Platform segment.

Mortgage Banking revenue decreased by $7.4 million, or 27% as compared to the same period in the prior year, despite an estimated 63% decline of mortgage origination volume during this period. Consumer Banking and Marketplace revenue was $15.3 million for the third quarter, up from $6.6 million in the prior-year period, primarily from the migration of $6.1 million of software-enabled title revenue from the Title365 segment, and to a lesser extent, revenue from personal and home equity loans and Blend’s verification of income product. Professional Services revenue was slightly lower at $0.9 million, as compared to $1.2 million in the prior year period.

Third quarter cost of revenue was $34.2 million, down $15.0 million, or 30% year-over-year, primarily reflecting the decrease in title volume.

Third quarter GAAP gross profit was $21.1 million, down $19.2 million, or 48% year-over-year. Current-period gross profit includes $19.4 million attributable to Blend Platform and $1.7 million to Title365.

Third quarter non-GAAP gross profit was $21.6 million, down $19.0 million, or 47% year-over-year. Current-period non-GAAP gross profit includes $19.8 million attributable to Blend Platform and $1.8 million to Title365.

GAAP loss from operations was $129.9 million for the third quarter of 2022, compared to $70.5 million in the third quarter of 2021. GAAP loss from operations includes a $57.9 million non-cash impairment charge to the intangible assets and goodwill within our Title365 reporting segment. The impairment was the result of a decline in the fair value of the Title365 reporting unit as of September 30, 2022 as compared to its carrying amount.

Non-GAAP loss from operations was $37.1 million for the third quarter of 2022, compared to $21.1 million in the third quarter of 2021.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

As of September 30, 2022, Blend had cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities totaling $400.8 million, with total debt outstanding of $225.0 million in the form of the Company’s five-year term loan. Blend’s $25.0 million revolving line of credit remains undrawn.

Full Year 2022 Revenue Guidance

Blend updated its 2022 revenue guidance as follows:

$ in millions

Blend Platform

Title365

Blend Labs, Inc. (Consolidated)

Full Year 2022 Revenue Guidance

$134 – 136

$101 – 104

$235 – 240

Blend’s updated 2022 revenue guidance reflects the following:

  • Total consolidated revenue range of $235 million to $240 million.
  • We are narrowing the range of consolidated revenue, reflecting the strength of our performance amidst the expected reduced industry mortgage volumes. Full year guidance now reflects 56% yearly decline in full year mortgage volumes from 2021 to 2022 as projected by the Mortgage Bankers Association, compared to 41% projected decline as of last quarter.
  • We note that economic conditions, including those affecting the levels of real estate and mortgage activity, remain highly uncertain.

Webcast Information

On Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 4:30 pm ET, Blend will host a live discussion of its third quarter 2022 financial results. A link to the live discussion will be made available on the Company’s investor relations website at https://investor.blend.com. A replay will also be made available following the discussion at the same website.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements may relate to, but are not limited to, quotations of management, and the “Full Year 2022 Revenue Guidance” sections above, expectations of future results of operations or Blend’s financial performance, market size and growth opportunities, macroeconomic and industry conditions, capital expenditures, plans for future operations, competitive position, technological capabilities, strategic relationships, Blend’s opportunity to increase market share and penetration in its existing customers, projections for a sharp decrease in mortgage loan origination volumes, declines in refinancing volumes and the expected impact on Blend’s Platform and Title365 businesses, Blend’s ability to create long-term value for our customers, and Blend’s expectations for changes in revenue, as well as assumptions relating to the foregoing. Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, some of which cannot be predicted or quantified. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “could,” “would,” “intend,” “target,” “project,” “contemplate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential” or “continue” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology that concern Blend’s expectations, strategy, plans or intentions. You should not put undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements should not be read as a guarantee of future performance or results and will not necessarily be accurate indications of the times at, or by which such performance or results will be achieved, if at all.

Forward-looking statements are based on information available at the time those statements are made and/or management’s good faith beliefs and assumptions as of that time with respect to future events and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual performance or results to differ materially from those expressed in or suggested by the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include the risks that: changes in economic conditions, such as mortgage interest rates, credit availability, real estate prices, inflation or consumer confidence, adversely affect our industry, markets and business, we fail to retain our existing customers or to acquire new customers in a cost-effective manner; our customers fail to maintain their utilization of our products and services; our relationships with any of our key customers were to be terminated or the level of business with them significantly reduced over time; we are unable to compete in highly competitive markets; we are unable to manage our growth; we are unable to make accurate predictions about our future performance due to our limited operating history in an evolving industry and evolving markets; we are unable to successfully integrate or realize the benefits of our acquisition of Title365; our restructuring actions do not result in the desired outcomes or adversely affect our business, or impairment charges on certain assets have an adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations. Further information on these risks and other factors that could affect our financial results are set forth in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2022, our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2022, and our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2022 that will be filed following this press release. In light of these risks and uncertainties, the forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this press release may not occur and actual results could differ materially from those anticipated or implied in the forward-looking statements. These factors could cause actual results, performance, or achievement to differ materially and adversely from those anticipated or implied in the forward-looking statements. Moreover, we operate in a very competitive and rapidly changing environment. New risks and uncertainties emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict all risks and uncertainties that could have an impact on the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Except as required by law, Blend does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments, or otherwise.

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