Mortgage-focused start-up Blend seeks $4 billion valuation in IPO

Platform News: Mortgage start-up Blend

Blend Labs Inc, a digital banking platform focused on mortgage lending, is targeting a valuation of nearly $4 billion in its IPO in the US, seeking to cash in on the boom in demand for online financial services.

Blend aims to sell 20 million shares priced between $16 and $18 each to raise up to $360 million, it said in an amended filing on Tuesday.

The company, which had filed confidentially for its listing in April, was last valued at $3.3 billion after a funding round in January.

Blend’s cloud-based software platform digitizes banking, making it more convenient for customers to borrow money or deposit cash.

On average, more than $5 billion in transactions are processed via the San Francisco-based company’s platform every day. It had 291 customers including Wells Fargo & Co and Lennar Mortgage, as of last year.

The filing follows the busiest week of the year for US IPOs, which saw more than a dozen companies enter the stock markets.

China’s ride-hailing giant Didi Global debuted last week, while online brokerage Robinhood Markets disclosed its IPO filing.

Low-interest rates brought on due to the pandemic last year have led to a rise in demand for mortgage insurance. Higher interest rates could hurt demand for Blend’s platform, it said in the filing.

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Blend was co-founded in 2012 by Nima Ghamsari, its current head and a former employee of analytics giant Palantir Technologies Inc. Ghamsari will have 68% of the voting power after the offering, the company said.

Timothy Mayopoulos, a former CEO at mortgage finance company Fannie Mae, is the president of the start-up.

Goldman Sachs & Co, Allen & Company and Wells Fargo Securities are the IPO’s lead underwriters. Blend will list on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “BLND.”

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