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Intercontinental Exchange Completes Ellie Mae Acquisition

Keith Griffin
Sep 08, 2020
Ellie Mae headquarters

Intercontinental Exchange, an operator of global exchanges and clearing houses and provider of mortgage technology, data and listing services, received regulatory approval and fully completed its $11 billion acquisition of Ellie Mae from leading private equity firm Thoma Bravo.
 
“We are excited to begin the next important chapter in our journey to digitize the residential mortgage industry,” said Jeffrey C. Sprecher, founder, chairman and CEO of Intercontinental Exchange. “Ellie Mae’s industry leadership … will better enable us to further accelerate the automation of the mortgage origination workflow, which will benefit stakeholders across the production chain, including consumers.”
 
As reported last month, in February 2019, Ellie Mae was acquired by Thoma Bravo LLC, a private equity investment firm, in an all-cash transaction valued at $3.7 billion. The deal, following Intercontinental taking a majority stake in MERS in 2016, purchasing the remainder in 2018, and acquiring Simplifile in 2019, establishes the company, through its growing ICE Mortgage Services network, as a leading provider of end-to-end electronic workflow solutions serving the U.S. residential mortgage industry.
 
Ellie Mae was founded in 1997 with a mission to automate and digitize the trillion-dollar residential mortgage industry. Through its digital lending platform, Ellie Mae provides technology services to all participants in the mortgage supply chain, including its over 3,000 customers and thousands of partners and investors participating on their open network who provide liquidity to the market. Lenders rely on Ellie Mae to manage and facilitate the exchange of data across the ecosystem to enable the origination of mortgages, while maintaining strict adherence to various local, state and federal compliance requirements.
 
Intercontinental Exchange’s efforts to help automate the mortgage workflow began with its majority investment in the Mortgage Electronic Registrations System (MERS) in 2016, which it fully acquired in 2018. The strategy continued with the acquisition of Simplifile in 2019, furthering a focus on digitizing the closing and post-closing process for U.S. mortgages.
 
The core focus of Ellie Mae's technology, expertise and network is in the mortgage origination process, connecting brokers, underwriters and lenders. With all three of these entities, MERS, Simplifile and Ellie Mae working together as part of ICE Mortgage Technology, the expanded platform will, for the first time, bring together all of the key stakeholders from origination to final settlement in one digital mortgage ecosystem.
 
Key Third Quarter 2020 Financial Metrics:
Based on a closing date of Sept. 4, 2020 and an allocation to ICE based on the number of business days following completion, ICE currently expects the Ellie Mae transaction to contribute the following to its third-quarter 2020 results:
  • Revenue of $67 million to $72 million
  • Adjusted operating expense1 of $34 million to $36 million
  • Interest expense of $11 million to $12 million
  • Approximately 5 million weighted average diluted shares outstanding, which are expected to result in total weighed average diluted shares outstanding of 551 million to 554 million in the third quarter of 2020.
Published
Sep 08, 2020
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