GreenSky defies downturn in online lending and files for IPO

GreenSky defies downturn in online lending and files for IPO

Atlanta-based online lender GreenSky has filed for an IPO with an initial offering of $100 million in shares.

The company, ranked as the third biggest fintech firm in the US behind Stripe and SoFI, acts as an intermediary between consumers needing loans to finance real estate or healthcare bills and merchants and bank providers.

Loans from bank partners such as SunTrust, Regions and FifthThird are pitched to consumers by a network of third party merchants and approved in seconds via a mobile application.

Unlike its marketplace lending peers, GreenSky profits from both sides of the transaction, charging both banks and contractors a percentage of the loan valuation.

Valued by Forbes at $4.5 billion, the company generated revenues of $326 million last year.

Initially bootstrapped by founder David Zalik, the company has in recent years raised $560 million from the likes of PIMCO, TPG and Wellington Management. Zalik remains the majority shareholder with an estimated personal wealth of $2.5 billion.

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