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SoFi Becoming Publicly-Traded via Merger with Social Capital Hedosophia

Aaron Neuwirth
·3 min read

This article was originally published on ETFTrends.com.

On Thursday, Social Finance, Inc. (“SoFi”), a leading next-generation financial services platform, entered into a definitive agreement with Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings Corp. V (“SCH”) (NYSE: IPOE), a publicly-traded special purpose acquisition company, to bring a major consumer-focused financial technology business to the public markets. The transaction values the Company at an equity value of $8.65 billion post-money.

SoFi’s one-stop-shop, multi-product strategy, and leading technology platform, Galileo, place the company at the epicenter of the digital revolution in financial services.

As Anthony Noto, Chief Executive Officer of SoFi, explains, “SoFi is on a mission to help people achieve financial independence to realize their ambitions. Our ecosystem of products, rewards, and membership benefits all work together to help our members get their money right.

He continues, "With the secular acceleration in digital-first financial services offerings, SoFi is the only company providing a comprehensive solution all in one app. The new investments and our partnership with Social Capital Hedosophia signify the confidence in our strategy, the momentum in our business, as well as the significant growth opportunity ahead of us. We look forward to helping more people get their money right in the years to come.”

A Major Transaction

The transaction is expected to deliver up to $2.4 billion of gross proceeds to the combined company, including the contribution of up to $805 million of cash held in SCH’s trust account from its initial public offering in October 2020. The combination is further supported by a $1.2 billion PIPE at $10 per share led by Palihapitiya, with commitments from funds and accounts managed by BlackRock, Altimeter Capital Management, Baron Capital Group, Coatue Management, Durable Capital Partners LP, and Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP). SoFi also received a previous anchor investment from funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc.

“SoFi’s innovative, member-first platform has demystified financial services for millions of Americans and simplified the process for those looking to apply for loans, invest their money, obtain insurance and refinance their debt, among many other tasks that were previously arcane and needlessly complicated," states Chamath Palihapitiya, Founder and CEO of Social Capital Hedosophia V.

He continues, "Additionally, the acceleration of cross-buying by existing SoFi members has created a virtuous cycle of compounding growth, diversified revenue, and high profitability. We look forward to partnering with Anthony and his team as they help even more members to achieve financial independence.”

Existing SoFi shareholders will roll 100 percent of their equity into the combined company. Concurrent with closing, $150 million of the transaction proceeds will be used for strategic secondary transactions that will help structure SoFi’s pro forma capitalization table in a way that is more conducive to obtaining an OCC national bank charter. All references to available cash from the trust account and retained transaction proceeds are subject to any redemptions by the public shareholders of SCH and payment of transaction expenses.

The transaction, which has been unanimously approved by SCH’s board of directors and the independent directors of SoFi’s board of directors, is expected to close in the first quarter of 2021 and is subject to approval by SCH's shareholders and other customary closing conditions, including any applicable regulatory approvals. SoFi’s world-class management team, led by Noto, will continue to lead SoFi following the transaction.

To learn more about Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings, visit www.socialcapitalhedosophiaholdings.com.

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