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Thoma Bravo Completes Ellie Mae Acquisition

Franklin AmericanPrivate-equity firm Thoma Bravo has completed the acquisition of California-based Ellie Mae.  The all-cash transaction, values the cloud-based platform provider for the mortgage finance industry at $3.7 billion. The acquisition was announced in February this year.

Under the terms of the agreement, Ellie Mae shareholders receive $99 in cash per share. The price per share represents a 47% premium to the company’s 30-day average closing share price and a 49% premium to its 60-day average closing price, each as of February 1, 2019. Ellie Mae’s stockholders voted their shares in favor of the transaction on April 15, 2019. With the completion of the acquisition, Ellie Mae’s common stock ceased trading and is no longer listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

“The closing of this transaction represents the beginning of the next chapter in our digital mortgage journey as we work toward our North Star of automating everything automatable for the residential mortgage industry,” said Jonathan Corr, President and CEO of Ellie Mae. “Thoma Bravo brings deep expertise and together we are committed to supporting our lenders’ success, fostering innovation and growth of the Encompass Digital Lending Platform and accelerating our value for our ecosystem of customers, partners and employees.”

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC served as the exclusive financial advisor to Ellie Mae and Cooley LLP served as the legal advisor to Ellie Mae. Jefferies LLC served as financial advisor to Thoma Bravo and Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal advisor to Thoma Bravo. Financing for the transaction was being provided by Jefferies Finance LLC.

“Thoma Bravo has long been impressed with Ellie Mae’s unique position as the leader in mortgage technology solutions. The company’s exceptional products and deep commitment to automate the mortgage process allows it to maintain its prominent position in an industry undergoing an extensive digital transformation,” said Holden Spaht, a Managing Partner at Thoma Bravo. “Our partnership can allow Ellie Mae to accelerate its momentum as it innovates on behalf of lenders and homebuyers with the ultimate goal of helping people achieve the American dream of homeownership.”

About Author: Radhika Ojha

Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas.
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