FORT WORTH, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Elevate Credit, Inc. (“Elevate” or the “Company”), a leading tech-enabled provider of innovative and responsible online credit solutions for non-prime consumers, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by an affiliate of Park Cities Asset Management LLC (“Park Cities”), an alternative asset manager focused on providing flexible debt solutions.
Park Cities will acquire Elevate for $1.87 per share in an all-cash transaction at an implied value of $67 million. Pursuant to the terms of the merger agreement, 7% of shares and shares underlying equity awards held by certain members of Elevate management are permitted to rollover into equity of the acquiring entity.
Founded in 2014, Elevate has reinvented non-prime credit with online solutions that provide financial relief today, and help people build a brighter financial future. The Company, along with the banks that license its technology, has originated more than $10 billion in credit to nearly 3 million non-prime consumers.
Park Cities brings decades of experience in consumer and commercial lending, extensive corporate finance acumen and significant operating experience that will allow Elevate to continue to serve credit-constrained Americans. Park Cities has a long relationship with Elevate and currently provides corporate debt as well as financing for the Today Card product. Park Cities is also based in Texas and intends to maintain Elevate’s headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas.
“From the beginning, Elevate has strived to be the most trusted and preferred alternative credit provider for the ‘New Middle Class’—the more than 100 million credit constrained Americans,” said Jason Harvison, Chief Executive Officer of Elevate. “I am excited to build on our partnership with Park Cities and continue our work as a leader and innovator in the non-prime market. I look forward to working with the Park Cities leadership team and believe the Company will greatly benefit from their expertise and comprehensive understanding of the credit landscape.”
“Elevate fills a massive void in the lending market, both through its suite of credit solutions and its powerful AI-driven technology platform,” said Alex Dunev of Park Cities. “I am confident that we can help advance the Company’s vision while it maintains its commitment to serving the non-prime consumer.”
The transaction, which was approved by the Elevate Board of Directors by the unanimous vote of those voting, is expected to close in the 1st Quarter of 2023, subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by Elevate shareholders and receipt of regulatory approvals.
Upon completion of the transaction, Elevate’s shares will no longer trade on the New York Stock Exchange and Elevate will become a private company. The Company will continue to operate under the Elevate name and brand.
Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC is serving as financial advisor to Elevate, and Morrison & Foerster LLP is acting as legal counsel.
Haynes and Boone LLP, Wick Phillips Gould & Martin LLP, and Husch Blackwell LLP are acting as legal counsel for Park Cities.
Elevate (NYSE: ELVT), together with the banks that license its marketing and technology services, has originated $10.0 billion in non-prime credit to more than 2.7 million non-prime consumers to date. Its responsible, tech-enabled online credit solutions provide immediate relief to customers today and help them build a brighter financial future. The Company is committed to rewarding borrowers’ good financial behavior with features like interest rates that can go down over time, free financial training and free credit monitoring. Elevate’s platform powers a suite of groundbreaking credit products includes RISE, Elastic, Today Card and Swell. For more information, please visit http://corporate.elevate.com.
About Park Cities Asset Management
Park Cities Asset Management LLC is an alternative asset manager focused on deploying capital across asset classes in the Specialty Finance and FinTech sectors. Park Cities and its predecessor firm have been investing for over a decade and is led by Alex Dunev and Andy Thomas. Park Cities provides investment advice through its SEC Registered Investment Advisor, Park Cities Advisors LLC. For more information about Park Cities, please visit www.parkcitiesmgmt.com.
Source: Elevate Credit, Inc.