WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Velocity Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VEL), (the “Company,” “Velocity,” “we” or “our”) today announced that it has reached an agreement to issue and sell $45 million of Series A Convertible Preferred Stock and warrants to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock to investment funds affiliated with Snow Phipps Group, LLC (“Snow Phipps”) and TOBI III SPE I LLC (“TOBI”).
“Over the past week, we worked closely with our original sponsors, Snow Phipps and TOBI, and warehouse repurchase lending partners to quickly react to unprecedented markets conditions by strengthening the Company’s balance sheet and liquidity profile,” said President and CEO, Chris Farrar. “We are pleased to have their continued support as we navigate these difficult times.”
The issuance of the Series A Convertible Preferred Stock and warrants and the agreements in connection therewith were unanimously approved by a transaction committee (the “Transaction Committee”) comprised solely of independent and disinterested members of the Company’s board of directors.
Velocity’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission this morning includes additional information regarding the terms of the Series A Preferred Stock and warrants and the proposed sale. In addition, the Company has entered into amendments with the lenders on its existing warehouse repurchase agreements. The amended agreements provide the Company with a more flexible and stable financing solution for its recently originated whole loans.
While the first quarter 2020 just ended and Velocity’s financial results for the first quarter are not yet available, the Company expects to report members equity of approximately $152.8 million as of December 31, 2019, and estimates stockholders’ equity of approximately $250 million as of March 31, 2020.
The Transaction Committee is being advised by JMP Securities LLC as financial advisor and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP as legal counsel.
Conference Call and Webcast
Velocity Financial, Inc. will host a call today, April 6, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time / 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss the recently completed agreements and provide an operational update. The number to dial in order to listen to the conference call is 1-866-807-9684 in the U.S. and Canada. International callers must dial 1-412-317-5415. Callers should ask to be joined into the Velocity Financial, Inc. investor call. A replay of the call will be available through midnight on April 13, 2020, and can be accessed by dialing 1-877-344-7529 in the U.S. and in Canada 855-669-9658 or 1-412-317-0088 internationally and entering access code #10142017.
The live conference call will also be webcast in listen-only mode in the Upcoming Events section of Velocity Financial’s website under “Events and Presentations.” To listen to the webcast, please go to Velocity Financial’s website at least 15 minutes prior to the call to register and download and install any needed audio software. An audio replay of the call will also be available on Velocity Financial ‘s investor relation website following the call.
About Velocity Financial, Inc.
Based in Westlake Village, California, Velocity is a vertically integrated real estate finance company that originates and manages investor loans secured by 1-4 unit residential rental and small commercial properties. Velocity originates loans nationwide across an extensive network of independent mortgage brokers it has built and refined over 15 years.
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For a further discussion of these and other factors that could cause future results to differ materially from those expressed or contemplated in any forward-looking statements, see the section titled ‘‘Risk Factors” the Company previously disclosed in its prospectus filed with the SEC on January 17, 2020, as such risk factors may be updated from time to time in the Company’s periodic filings with the SEC. Such filings are available publicly on the Company’s Investor Relations web page at www.velfinance.com. The Company’s website and the information contained therein or linked to its website are not incorporated into this press release.
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