Geoff Zimpfer and Sarah Wheeler on UWM’s $16B IPO

In today’s Daily Download episodeMortgage Marketing Radio’s Geoff Zimpfer and HousingWire Editor in Chief Sarah Wheeler discuss the significance of mortgage companies like Rocket and United Wholesale Mortgage going public.

For some background on the interview, here’s a brief summary of HousingWire’s latest article on United Wholesale Mortgage’s $16B acquisition from Gores Holdings IV Inc. :

United Wholesale Mortgage, the largest wholesale lending firm in the country, is joining the blank-check company craze and will make its public debut via an acquisition.

The Detroit-headquartered UWM will merge with businessman Alec Gores’ special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Gores Holdings IV Inc in a deal that will value the new UWM at $16.1 billion, the company said in a statement Wednesday morning. That’s roughly 9.5X the company’s estimated 2021 adjusted net income of $1.7 billion.

The acquisition will enable UWM to retain roughly 94% of the combined company. As part of the deal, UWM will receive about $425 million in cash held in Gores’s trust account, plus $500 million from a private placement. The combined company will be listed on the Nasdaq under the ticket symbol “UWMC.” The Wall Street Journal first reported the news.

UWM’s CEO Mat Ishbia, who took over the family business from his father in 2003 and transformed it into the largest wholesale lender in the nation, will be head of the combined company.

The Daily Download examines the most compelling articles reported from the HousingWire newsroom. Each afternoon, we provide our listeners with a deeper look into the stories coming across our newsroom that are helping Move Markets Forward. Hosted by the HW team and produced by Alcynna Lloyd and Victoria Wickham.

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