February 12, 2019 / 1:17 PM / 5 months ago

Thoma Bravo to take Ellie Mae private in $3.7 billion deal

(Reuters) - Private equity firm Thoma Bravo LLC is acquiring Ellie Mae Inc for $3.7 billion, the mortgage software company said on Tuesday.

Ellie Mae shareholders will receive $99 in cash for each share they hold, representing a premium of 21 percent to the stock’s Monday closing price.

Ellie Mae shares jumped 21 percent to $99.10 in early trade following the news.

The Pleasanton, California-headquartered company provides a cloud-based platform for the mortgage finance industry and enables lenders to originate loans. Its partners include Equifax Inc, Genworth Mortgage Insurance, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac.

The deal, which includes a 35-day period in which Ellie Mae can solicit buyout offers from other parties, will likely close in the second or third quarter of 2019, Ellie Mae said in a statement.

JPMorgan was Ellie Mae’s financial adviser and Jefferies advised Thoma Bravo. Cooley LLP gave legal advice to Ellie Mae, while Thoma Bravo was advised by Kirkland & Ellis.

Jefferies provided financing for the deal.

Reporting By Aparajita Saxena and Sonam Rai in Bengaluru; Editing by Sai Sachin Ravikumar

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