The Tightly-Knit Mortgagetech Sector Gets Even Tighter as Ellie Mae Acquires Capsilon

Ellie Mae announced today it has acquired fellow mortgagetech company Capsilon for an undisclosed amount. This news comes after Ellie Mae was acquired by Thoma Bravo earlier this year for $3.7 billion.

With a mission to “automate everything automate-able” when it comes to the mortgage process, Ellie Mae sees today’s acquisition as a step forward. “This is a significant day for the mortgage industry, as with the acquisition of Capsilon we are bringing together two market-leading companies and adding to our platform the pioneer of AI-powered intelligent automation leveraged by some of the largest lenders and servicers in the industry,” said Ellie Mae President and CEO Jonathan Corr.

Ellie Mae will combine its Encompass digital lending platform with Capsilon’s technology to create a more fully digital mortgage solution. Specifically, Ellie Mae will leverage Capsilon IQ, which is used by six of the top 10 mortgage loan originators to automate manual tasks; and Capsilon Instant Underwriter, which the company launched earlier this year to bring consistency and accuracy to the underwriting process.

“By joining forces with Ellie Mae, we are excited to extend our capabilities and deliver unprecedented functionality through deep integrations with the Encompass Digital Lending Platform,” said Sanjeev Malaney, CEO and Founder of Capsilon.

Mortgagetech is one of the least crowded sub-sectors in fintech, and partnerships among players are common. In the past few years both companies have partnered with Finicity, while Capsilon has partnered with Blue Sage, Home Point Financial, and Optimal Blue; and Ellie Mae has teamed up with AI Foundry, Roostify, First Data, Blend, and Lender Price.

Founded in 1997, Ellie Mae demonstrated Encompass Consumer Connect at FinovateSpring 2017. The online lead generation tool turns consumer interest into a mortgage application by letting the borrower complete an application, provide and receive information, and order services from a single platform. Ellie Mae is headquartered in California.

Founded in 2004, and with eight offices around the globe, Capsilon processes 15% of U.S. mortgages. At FinovateSpring 2019 the company demoed how its instant, digital underwriting solution helps lenders make more informed decisions.

Capsilon, which processes 2 million pages of mortgage documents per day, has 450 employees and 100,000+ users. The California-based company has raised $21 million.

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AI Foundry and Ellie Mae Leverage AI to Accelerate Lending

The partnership between AI Foundry and Ellie Mae announced today is the latest sign of how digital transformation is sweeping through the mortgage industry.

The two companies – a provider of advanced AI solutions to streamline business processes and a residential mortgage software specialist – will integrate their technologies to help reduce the most labor-intensive aspects of the mortgage origination process. Together, AI Foundry and Ellie Mae seek to bring greater efficiency and easier compliance for the thousands of lenders who rely on Ellie Mae’s Encompass digital mortgage solution.

“By integrating our technology with an innovative industry leader such as Ellie Mae, we can dramatically expand AI Foundry’s reach into lenders, and help them speed mortgage originations through increased productivity and accuracy,” VP of Business Development for AI Foundry Clark Brett said. “For their customers, this translates into mortgage application approvals in hours rather than weeks.”

Lenders using Ellie Mae’s Encompass will be able to leverage AI-powered automation to lower the amount of time it takes to identify, collect, and organize borrower documents; proactively spot and act on missing and/or incomplete documentation; and conduct real-time validation and verification of data extracted from the documents.

The new capabilities, including AI Foundry’s visual cognitive document automation technology, will give users of the Encompass platform better processing efficiency, as well as improved risk and quality management.

“Our technology integration will provide the 3,000 mortgage lenders who use Ellie Mae solutions an onramp to Encompass that will significantly improve their productivity and drive their lending business forward,” founder and General Manager of AI Foundry Steve Butler said.

AI Foundry demonstrated its Agile Mortgages solution at FinovateFall 2018. The technology uses both AI and machine learning to help FIs automate and streamline manual processes, improving efficiency and transforming the customer experience. Founded in 2016 and headquartered in Wakefield, Massachusetts, AI Foundry was named to CIOReview’s 20 Most Promising Banking Technology Solution Providers last summer.

Ellie Mae made headlines earlier this month when it announced that the company had agreed to be acquired by Thoma Bravo for $3.7 billion. The Pleasanton, California-based company was founded in 1997, and demonstrated its Encompass Consumer Connect and Developer Connect solutions at FinovateSpring 2017.

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Thoma Bravo to Acquire Ellie Mae in $3.7 Billion Deal

Private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo will acquire US-based lendtech Ellie Mae for $3.7 billion, reports Antony Peyton of Fintech Futures (Finovate’s sister publication).

Ellie Mae provides a cloud-based platform for the mortgage finance industry. The deal is an all-cash transaction.

Holden Spaht, a managing partner at Thoma Bravo, said: “Ellie Mae is leading the digital transformation of the residential mortgage industry and we look forward to building on the company’s successes and to our partnership through this next chapter of growth.”

Ellie Mae’s board of directors unanimously approved the definitive agreement and recommended that stockholders vote their shares in favor of the transaction.

Ellie Mae’s headquarters will remain in Pleasanton, California, with regional offices across the US.

Closing of the transaction is subject to approval by Ellie Mae stockholders and regulatory authorities and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. The transaction is expected to close in the second or third quarter of 2019 and is not subject to a financial condition.

Some of Ellie Mae’s recent deals include an integration with Roostify, and a partnership with First Data.

Back in June 2018, Thoma Bravo acquired another mortgage software company, California-based MeridianLink.

Founded in 1997, Ellie Mae demonstrated its Encompass Consumer Connect and Encompass Developer Connect solutions at FinovateSpring 2017.

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Ellie Mae Builds Data Lake on AWS

Ellie Mae is moving its infrastructure to Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) cloud to rebuild its core applications and create new digital products for homebuyers, reports Antony Peyton of Fintech Futures (Finovate’s sister publication).

The firm will use the “breadth and depth” of AWS services, including compute, storage, database, serverless, and containers, for the loan process for its customers and partners. Ellie Mae built a company-wide data lake on AWS using Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) for digital lending.

Satheesh Ravala, SVP, cloud engineering and operations at Ellie Mae, said, “AWS gives us an unmatched set of cloud services and a highly reliable infrastructure to work with.”

The company uses AWS Lambda to run code without provisioning or managing servers, Elastic Container Service for Containers to develop micro services, and Amazon Simple Queue Service (Amazon SQS) to decouple and scale microservices, distributed systems, and serverless applications on AWS.

AWS states that it offers over 125 services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR), media, and application development, deployment, and management within 19 regions around the world. These include the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the U.K.

Founded in 1997, Ellie Mae demonstrated Encompass Consumer Connect at FinovateSpring 2017. The online lead generation tool turns consumer interest into a mortgage application by letting the borrower complete an application, provide and receive information, and order services from a single platform. During the demo, presenter Jonas Moe, SVP of Market Strategy, demonstrated the company’s API by showing off an Alexa integration with Encompass Plus– asking questions such as, “What loans have rate lock expirations this week?” and “Search for a better rate.” Ellie Mae is headquartered in California. Jonathan Corr is president and CEO.

Last month, the company teamed up with fellow Finovate alum Roostify, creating a bi-directional integration between the two firms to increase efficiencies in the mortgage application process. In August, Ellie Mae partnered with First Data to enhance security of lending payments.

Roostify Teams Up with Ellie Mae to Boost Efficiency in Mortgage Lending

A bi-directional integration between Roostify and Ellie Mae announced last week is a boon for lenders who will be able to seamlessly pass information between the two systems. The partnership, in the words of Roostify VP of Products, Sandeep Aji, “makes it easier than ever for lenders to move loans forward faster with fewer manual touches, reducing operating costs and further improving the consumer experience.”

Applications created in Roostify will automatically appear in Ellie Mae’s Encompass platform thanks to the new integration, and documents created in Encompass can be read and signed in Roostify. Uploaded documentation such as bank statements also will be accessible on both platforms.

“We believe our customers will benefit significantly from this industry-leading integration that will improve the loan process for consumers and lenders alike,” Mark McLaughlin, SVP of Business Development for Roostify, said.

Founded in 2014, Roostify demonstrated its digital home lending platform at FinovateSpring 2018. The company’s solutions help firms from enterprise banks to independent brokerages close faster, reduce excess paperwork, and give mortgage consumers a smoother, end-to-end experience. Supporting digital customer acquisition with a self-service component that enables loan applicants themselves to fulfill much of the loan process, Roostify’s platform has transacted billions of dollars in mortgages and helped close thousands of home loans across the U.S.

This August, Roostify unveiled Adapt, a tool to help mortgage lenders with complex workflows to improve process management, and announced a new Chief Financial Officer, Eric Amblard. The previous month, Roostify partnered with Colonial National Mortgage, improving the online experience for customers of the Texas-based FI. Honored this spring at the MBA Insights 2018 Tech All-Star Awards, Roostify has raised $33 million in funding, and includes Cota Capital and USAA among their investors. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

A provider of cloud-based mortgage financing solutions, Ellie Mae processes 35% of all U.S. mortgage applications. Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Pleasanton, California, the company participated in our developers conference, FinDEVr New York 2017. At the event, the company’s VP for Platform Engineering, Jeff Collins, introduced Ellie Mae Encompass Developer Connect, which enables developers to leverage RESTful APIs to access loan data, real-time web-hook notifications on the loan file, and launch Ellie Mae Network services.

In August, Ellie Mae announced a partnership with First Data to make it easier for Ellie Mae customers to securely accept payment for loan origination and other costs. In May, the company teamed up with fellow Finovate alum, Blend, which will integrate Ellie May’s electronic disclosure delivery technology. Other partnerships forged this year include pacts with Lender Price, Pacific Union, and COCC.

Ellie Mae trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “ELLI” and has a market capitalization of $2.8 billion. Jonathan Corr is CEO.

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