Klarna and Sezzle highlight Q4 profitability progress following challenging 2022

The news: Klarna’s and Sezzle are making progress toward profitability, according to their most recent financial statements.


  • The firm’s Q4 gross merchandise volume (GMV) increased 19% year over year (YoY), per its annual report.
  • Klarna’s net losses of SEK 1.9 billion ($188 million) were an improvement from SEK 2.2 billion ($217 million) in Q3 and SEK 4.6 billion ($455 million) in Q4 2021.
  • CEO Sebastian Siemiatkowski said in December that the firm expects to achieve monthly profitability by August or September 2023.


  • The company’s underlying merchant sales (UMS) declined 19% YoY in Q4, per its earnings presentation.
  • Sezzle attributed the dip in UMS to ending unprofitable merchant relationships, tightening customer underwriting, and competition.
  • Sezzle reported net income of about $600,000 in the fourth quarter, compared with a nearly $26 million net loss during the same period in 2021.

How we got here: Stronger economic headwinds, tighter competition, and evolving ecommerce trends affected growth and profitability for Klarna and Sezzle last year.

What’s next? BNPL demand remains strong, especially as consumers embrace payment flexibility during economic uncertainty. But BNPL players are thinking differently about what success means.

The “growth at all costs” mentality has dissipated, and now, many providers are focused on preserving their balance sheets and improving profitability. Looking ahead, providers will need to find ways to sustain customer loyalty through innovation while maintaining efficient cost structures.

Related content: Check out our US Buy Now, Pay Later Forecast 2022 spotlight report to learn about the factors driving growth in the sector.

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