Affirm Holdings Inc. website home screen on a laptop computer in an arranged photograph taken in Little Falls, New Jersey.
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Shares were down more than 17% after hours.
In his letter to shareholders Wednesday, Founder and CEO Max Levchin called the decision “the single most difficult one” of all the cuts the company chose to make, and said the layoffs would be effective that day.
In a message Levchin sent to employees earlier on Wednesday that he later shared publicly, he said that during the early part of the pandemic, the company “consciously hired ahead of the revenue required to support the size of the team,” with revenue growth justifying the strategy.
“Everything changed in mid-2022,” Levchin said, pointing to Federal Reserve policy that he said has “dampened consumer spending and increased Affirm’s cost of borrowing dramatically.”
“The root cause of where we are today is that I acted too slowly as these macroeconomic changes unfolded,” Levchin wrote.
The company reported a loss per share of $1.10 for its fiscal second quarter of 2023, while analysts were anticipating a loss of 98 cents per share, according to Refinitiv. It also missed on revenue expectations, reporting $400 million in revenue for the quarter compared to analyst estimates of $416 million, according to Refinitiv.
Levchin told shareholders Affirm expects to keep headcount “essentially flat for the foreseeable future.”
“In FQ2’23, we redirected the substantial majority of our R&D efforts towards margin-improving projects, repeat consumer engagement, and Debit+ and plan to continue executing this focused roadmap for several quarters,” Levchin said.
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