Open Lending, LLC (“Open Lending”), a leading provider of lending enablement and risk analytics solutions to financial institutions, and Nebula Acquisition Corporation (NASDAQ: NEBU) (“Nebula”), a special purpose acquisition company sponsored by True Wind Capital, L.P. (“True Wind”), today announced that they have entered into a definitive business combination agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, Nebula will acquire Open Lending through a new Delaware holding company (the “Company”), which will become a publicly-listed entity with an implied estimated enterprise value at closing of approximately $1.3 billion.
The consideration payable to the stockholders of Open Lending will consist of a combination of cash and shares of common stock of the Company. In addition to the $275 million of cash held in Nebula’s trust account (assuming no redemptions), additional investors have committed to participate in the transaction through a $200 million private placement of common stock at $10.00 per share anchored by True Wind and several noteworthy and leading fundamental investors.
Open Lending is a lending enablement platform for the automotive finance market powered by proprietary data, advanced decisioning analytics, an innovative insurance structure and scaled distribution. The platform enables near-prime consumers, approximately 50% of borrowers today, to finance their vehicles at more attractive rates when compared to traditional lending alternatives, while presenting a similar risk profile to the lender as that of a prime borrower. Furthermore, Open Lending’s technology platform unlocks value for a diverse partner ecosystem, benefitting dealers, lenders, insurers and OEM’s. Through the platform, Open Lending facilitated over $1.7 billion of automotive loans in 2019 for over 275 financial institutions, taking no balance sheet risk. Open Lending management expects EBITDA margins to exceed 50% and organic revenue growth to top 80% in 2020, representing over 140,000 loans facilitated.
Upon the close of the transaction, the Company intends to change its name to Open Lending Corporation and is expected to trade on The Nasdaq Stock Market under a new ticker symbol. Open Lending’s management team, led by John Flynn, Co-Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer and Ross Jessup, Co-Founder, CFO, and COO, will continue to lead the Company. Open Lending’s management team is expected to roll 70% of their existing equity interests in the business. Open Lending’s existing minority investor, Bregal Sagemount (“Bregal”), a prominent growth equity firm, will continue as a public stockholder. To facilitate the transaction and maximize future public market performance, Nebula’s sponsor and management team have agreed to forfeit all of their founder warrants and Nebula intends to launch a solicitation to retire all outstanding public warrants.
John Flynn, Co-Founder, President, and CEO of Open Lending, commented, “We are immensely proud of Open Lending’s accomplishments since our founding over 15 years ago, and we are excited to lead the next stage of development alongside the True Wind team. We believe there is significant runway for new growth opportunities within our existing base of credit unions and banks as well as through untapped opportunities such as OEM captive partnerships.”
Adam Clammer, Co-CEO of Nebula and Founding Partner of True Wind, said, “Open Lending’s ability to demonstrate consistent organic growth and high levels of profitability represents an exciting investment opportunity within the risk-based analytics ecosystem. John and his team have developed a highly-scalable technology platform that helps hard working consumers get into a new or used car at the best rate possible. We look forward to partnering with Open Lending’s management team and Bregal at this exciting inflection point in the company’s growth.”
The transaction reflects an implied estimated enterprise value at closing of $1.3 billion, representing a 12.2x multiple to 2020 expected EBITDA of $109 million. The cash component of the purchase price to be paid to the equity holders of Open Lending is expected to be funded by Nebula’s cash in trust, up to $225 million of privately rated institutional debt financing, and a $200 million private placement raised at $10.00 per share. The balance of the consideration payable to the existing Open Lending equity holders will consist of shares of common stock of the Company. Existing Open Lending equity holders have the potential to receive an earnout of additional shares of common stock of the Company, if certain stock price targets are met as set forth in the definitive business combination agreement. Open Lending management, Bregal, and other existing equity holders will remain majority owners of the Company. Current shareholders of Nebula will also become shareholders of the Company and will exchange their shares of Nebula common stock for common stock of the Company on a share for share basis.
The transaction has been unanimously approved by the boards of both Open Lending and Nebula. Completion of the transaction is subject to approval by the stockholders of Nebula and Open Lending and certain other closing conditions. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2020.
Additional information about the transaction will be provided in a Current Report on Form 8-K that will contain an investor presentation to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and available at www.sec.gov. In addition, the Company intends to file a registration statement on Form S-4 with the SEC, which will include a proxy statement/prospectus of Nebula, and will file other documents regarding the proposed transaction with the SEC.
Financial Technology Partners and FTP Securities (“FT Partners”) served as strategic and financial advisor and Goodwin Procter LLP as legal counsel to Open Lending in connection with the transaction. Deutsche Bank Securities and Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC are acting as capital markets advisors, financial advisors, and private placement agents, and Greenberg Traurig, LLP is acting as legal counsel to Nebula in connection with the transaction. On the concurrent debt financing, UBS Investment Bank is acting as sole arranger.
Conference Call Information
At 10:00am ET on January 6, 2020, Nebula will be holding an investor conference call to discuss the transaction. For those who wish to participate, the domestic toll-free access number is (888) 820-4544 and the international toll-free access number is (470) 279-3876. Once connected with the operator, please provide the Conference ID number of 269278 and request access to the Nebula and Open Lending Investor Call.
A replay of the call will also be available from 1:00pm ET on January 6, 2020, until 11:59pm ET on March 31, 2020. To access the replay, the domestic toll-free access number is (855) 213-8235 and the international toll-free access number is (571) 982-7683 and participants should provide the pin code of 269278# and request access to the Nebula and Open Lending Investor Call.
About Nebula Acquisition Corporation
Nebula Acquisition Corporation, sponsored by True Wind Capital and led by Adam H. Clammer and James H. Greene, Jr., is a blank check company formed for the purpose of entering into a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses in the technology industry.
About Open Lending
Open Lending, through its flagship product, Lenders Protection, offers loan analytics, risk-based pricing, risk modeling and default insurance, ensuring profitable auto loan portfolios for financial institutions throughout the United States. For more information, please visit www.OpenLending.com.
About True Wind Capital
True Wind Capital is a San Francisco-based private equity firm focused on investing in leading technology companies with a broad mandate including software, data analytics, tech-enabled services, internet, financial technology, and hardware. True Wind Capital is a value-added partner, providing support and expertise that is rooted in its teams’ 75+ years of collective investing experience. Mr. Adam H. Clammer and Mr. James H. Greene, Jr., are the founding partners of True Wind Capital.
About Bregal Sagemount
Bregal Sagemount is a growth-focused private capital firm with $3 billion in committed capital. The firm provides flexible capital and strategic assistance to market-leading companies in high-growth sectors across a wide variety of transaction situations. Bregal Sagemount invests $15 million to $250 million per transaction into targeted sectors including software, digital infrastructure, healthcare IT / services, business and consumer services, and financial technology / specialty finance. For more information, please visit www.sagemount.com.
Important Information and Where to Find It
A full description of the terms of the transaction will be provided in a registration statement on Form S-4 to be filed with the SEC by the Company that will include a proxy statement for the stockholders of Nebula that also constitutes a prospectus of the Company. Nebula urges investors, stockholders and other interested persons to read, when available, the preliminary proxy statement/prospectus as well as other documents filed with the SEC because these documents will contain important information about Nebula, Open Lending and the transaction. After the registration statement is declared effective, the definitive proxy statement/prospectus to be included in the registration statement will be mailed to stockholders of Nebula as of a record date to be established for voting on the proposed transaction. Stockholders will also be able to obtain a copy of the proxy statement/prospectus, without charge, by directing a request to: Nebula Acquisition Corporation, Four Embarcadero Center, Suite 2350, San Francisco, CA 94111. The preliminary and definitive proxy statement/prospectus to be included in the registration statement, once available, can also be obtained, without charge, at the SEC’s website (www.sec.gov).
Participants in the Solicitation
Nebula, Open Lending and the Company and their respective directors and executive officers may be considered participants in the solicitation of proxies with respect to the potential transaction described in this press release under the rules of the SEC. Information about the directors and executive officers of Nebula is set forth in Nebula’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, which was filed with the SEC on February 15, 2019. Information regarding the persons who may, under the rules of the SEC, be deemed participants in the solicitation of the stockholders in connection with the potential transaction will be set forth in the proxy statement/prospectus when it is filed with the SEC. These documents can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above.
This press release is not a proxy statement or solicitation of a proxy, consent or authorization with respect to any securities or in respect of the potential transaction and shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy the securities of Nebula, Open Lending or the Company, nor shall there be any sale of any such securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such state or jurisdiction. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.