Better.com, valued at $ 4 billion, braces for IPO in 2021
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The digital lender, led by CEO Vishal Garg, selected Bank of America and Morgan stanley prepare a first public offering scheduled for 2021, according to sources cited by Bloomberg.
The company will be looking to beat the $ 4 billion valuation it was awarded in its last $ 200 million Series D round of funding, according to anonymous Bloomberg sources. Better.com could go public as early as January.
In early October, as rumors circulated that Better.com was raising a big fundraiser ahead of an IPO, Garg said. FinLedger that Better.com has gone from wasting money to achieving “enviable profit margins”. This is largely explained by the increase in loan volumes, mainly due to refinancing.
As for the IPO, “we’ll do it when it’s right,” he told FinLedger editor-in-chief Mary Ann Azevedo at the time.
Garg said clients would not be left out during the IPO.
“One of the fundamentals of American capitalism is the ability for your customers to buy your stocks,” he said. “If I like Coca Cola, I can buy Coca Cola shares. If I use Microsoft products or Apple products, I can buy Apple shares. I think this tendency of startups to hold on until the growth slows down and the consumer can’t participate in the disruption is actually bad, and I think that leads to bad results.
Better.com, founded in 2014, raised $ 235 million last year and has been in the midst of hiring ever since. It now has over 3,000 employees, many of whom, around 500, are non-commissioned loan officers. Its sponsors include L Catterton, Activating Capital, Allied financial, Goldman Sachs, Kleiner Perkins, Ping An Insurance, Citi and American Express. Better.com has raised $ 410 million since its inception.
The New York-headquartered company is looking to gobble up market share through its technology platform and the convenience it offers to potential borrowers. Better.com sells its mortgages to Fannie Mae and Freddie mac then partners with sub-contractors to manage the loan department.
By data of Recursion companies, Better.com issued about $ 4.6 billion in third-quarter mortgages, making it the nation’s 32nd largest lender. Only nine other lenders sent more loans to Fannie Mae in the third quarter, according to data from Recursion.
Like a number of its competitors, Better.com may find it difficult to maintain such enviable profitability due to stronger market forces in the mortgage industry. Most observers believe 2021 will go from a refi to buy environment.
Beyond that, Better.com competes with resurgent retail banks and a large number of newly capitalized independent mortgage banks.
Since Rocket companies became the first IMO to tap public procurement in August, several others have followed suit. Guild Mortgage debuted in October, although market volatility has Caliber home loans and AmeriHome Mortgage to delay their IPOs.
United Wholesale Mortgages is expected to debut via a blank check company in the fourth quarter, with a valuation of $ 16.1 billion.
Loan deposit This week also announced that it is pursuing an IPO, although it has yet to announce the number of shares that will be sold or the price target. Bloomberg previously said the California lender was targeting an IPO that would value it between $ 12 billion and $ 15 billion.
James Kleimann is HousingWire’s mortgage writer. Write to him at [email protected]