Elevate Credit, Inc., a Fort Worth, Texas-based fintech company, announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 12,400,000 shares of common stock at a price to the public of $6.50 per share.
In addition, Elevate has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 1,860,000 shares.
The company’s stock began trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol “ELVT” on Thursday, April 6, 2017 with the offering expected to close on April 11, 2017, subject to customary closing conditions.
Net proceeds, after deducting estimated underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated offering expenses payable by us, will be approximately $69m, or $81m if the underwriters’ option to purchase additional shares is exercised in full. The company will use approximately $15m of the net proceeds to repay a portion of the outstanding amount under its convertible term notes, approximately $53m of the net proceeds to repay a portion of the outstanding amount under its financing agreement and the remainder, if any, for general corporate purposes, including to fund a portion of the loans made to its customers.
Victory Park Capital, one of the company’s lenders, has agreed to acquire 2.3 million shares in the offering at the public offering price.
UBS Securities LLC, Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, and Jefferies LLC are acting as joint book-running managers and as representatives of the underwriters for the offering. Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated and William Blair & Company L.L.C. are also acting as joint book-running managers for the offering.
Led by Ken Rees, CEO, Elevate (NYSE: ELVT) provides online credit solutions to non-prime customers rewarding borrowers’ good financial behavior with features like interest rates that can go down over time, free financial training and free credit monitoring. To date, the company has originated $4 billion in nonprime credit to more than 1.6 million consumers to date.