NEW YORK, June 23, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Pomerantz LLP announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed against Upstart Holdings, Inc. (“Upstart” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: UPST) and certain of its officers. The class action, filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, and docketed under 22-cv-03668, is on behalf of a class consisting of all persons and entities other than Defendants that purchased or otherwise acquired Upstart securities between March 18, 2021 and May 9, 2022, inclusive (the “Class Period”) against Upstart and certain of its officers (collectively “Defendants”) seeking to pursue remedies under Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) and Rule 10b-5 promulgated thereunder.
If you are a shareholder who purchased or otherwise acquired Upstart securities during the Class Period, you have until July 12, 2022 to ask the Court to appoint you as Lead Plaintiff for the class. A copy of the Complaint can be obtained at www.pomerantzlaw.com. To discuss this action, contact Robert S. Willoughby at [email protected] or 888.476.6529 (or 888.4-POMLAW), toll-free, Ext. 7980. Those who inquire by e-mail are encouraged to include their mailing address, telephone number, and the number of shares purchased.
Upstart is a financial technology firm that uses artificial intelligence (“AI”) and data science to underwrite consumer credit. The Company partners with banks to offer credit to consumers, either through the Upstart website or through banking partner websites embedded with Upstart technology. Upstart claims that its underwriting process allows banking partners to originate credit with higher approval rates, lower loss rates, and a high degree of automation.
The complaint alleges that, throughout the Class Period, Defendants claimed that the lack of loans the Company retained on its balance sheet ensured it only was exposed to limited credit risk. In reality, as investors learned after markets closed on May 9, 2022, the Company’s highly touted, AI underwriting model was unable to adequately assess credit risk in changing macroeconomic conditions. As a result, Upstart had been increasingly underwriting progressively less creditworthy loans throughout the Class Period.
Investors learned the truth during the Company’s first quarter 2022 earnings call with analysts when Upstart admitted that the loans the Company had been forced to retain on its balance sheet had more than doubled in a single quarter. Specifically, Chief Financial Officer Sanjay Datta (“Datta”) reported that the “balance of loans, notes, and residuals at the end of the quarter was . . . up to $604 million from $261 million in Q4.” Datta attributed the increase of loans on the Company’s balance sheet to “rising interest rates and rising consumer delinquencies putting downward pressure on conversion.” Datta acknowledged that “historically, [the Company’s] balance sheet has been almost exclusively for the purposes of R&D,” but in the first quarter of 2022, the Company used the balance “to do . . . sort of a market clearing mechanism.” He further stated that Upstart had “started to selectively use [its] capital as a funding buffer for core personal loans in periods of interest rate fluctuation where the market clearing price is in flux.”
Reporting on the Company’s results, one analyst dismissed the Company’s purported “market clearing” justification and explained that the increase in loans on the Company’s balance sheet represented a “divergence” from the Company’s “capital-light business model” that indicated the Company had “few alternatives other than to hold more loans due to funding issues.” In response to this disclosure, the price of Upstart common stock cratered 56% the following trading day, from a closing price of $77.13 on May 9, 2022, to a closing price of $33.61 on May 10, 2022.
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Robert S. Willoughby
888-476-6529 ext. 7980