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Nontraditional Lender OnDeck raises $200 million in IPO


Tech-enabled lender OnDeck Capital Inc. priced its initial public offering at $20 per share Tuesday night, it said, valuing the company at $1.32 billion as it prepared to trade on the New York Stock Exchange on December 17, the New York Business Journal said.

The price exceeded its expected range disclosed last week of $16 to $18. By offering 10 million shares, the nontraditional lender raised $200 million. Shares are expected to trade under the ticker symbol ONDK.

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After a day of trading, shares closed up 38 percent to $27.67, the report said.

OnDeck’s IPO is the New York startup scene’s most prominent exit of the year, culminating seven years of building the company, which struggling through the recession but then soared as credit for small businesses remained tight even as the economy recovered.

Founded by Mitch Jacobs and now led by CEO Noah Breslow, OnDeck creates its own credit rating for small businesses and promises to make lower-level loans banks don’t want to. On Deck makes loans of between $5, 000 and $250, 000 to small businesses with terms of three to 24 months, according to the Journal.

OnDeck’s IPO follows shortly on the heels of the debut last week of Lending Club, a similar non-bank lender that started by making loans to individuals but then expanded into commercial lending, the report said.

OnDeck Capital and Lending Club hope to do to banking what Amazon did to publishing. But they differ in important ways, the San Francisco Business Times said on December 18.

New York City-based OnDeck lends to small businesses, using an in-house data analysis tool that generates an “OnDeck Score” to evaluate the business prospects of the company. Banks usually use little more than the owner’s personal credit rating. OnDeck specializes in short-term, working capital loans. San Francisco-based Lending Club started with personal loans to people consolidating credit card debt, and only recently got into business lending, the Times said.

OnDeck carries most of its loans on its own balance sheet. Lending Club acts a peer-to-peer marketplace, matching up customers with willing lenders and taking a cut. Literally anybody is allowed to lend money through Lending Club, while OnDeck’s capital comes from institutions generally, according to the report.





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