Aussie Home Loans merges with Lendi

The Commonwealth Bank has announced the merger of its Aussie Home Loans business with online platform Lendi

Aussie Home Loans merges with Lendi
Aussie Home Loans merges with Lendi

The online digital home loan platform Lendi and Aussie Home Loans have announced they have entered into an agreement to merge.

It has been mooted for a month.

The financial press had advised Aussie has 200 outlets and a $70 billion loan book that makes $50 million a year profit while Lendi is a loss maker, recently advising a $37 million loss with an $8 billion book.

Aussie has around 1000 brokers, and Lendi has around 200.

They intend for the proposed merger to "create a market leader in the Australian home loan market."

Lendi shareholders will hold the majority shareholding of 55 percent in the merged business, while Aussie’s current owner, CBA, will hold a 45 percent shareholding.

It will continue to provide funding for the Aussie Select branded home loan product.

The CBA chief executive officer, Matt Comyn said the combined business will have a stronger platform to offer "enhanced digital capabilities for Aussie brokers and a superior experience for customers."

Lendi CEO and co-founder David Hyman suggested it was an "exceptional opportunity" to drive the growth and digitisation of the two companies, both of which had "led disruptive change" in the Australian home loan market. 

Aussie CEO James Symond suggested the merger was another important step in the almost 29-year evolution of Aussie as Australia’s leading retail mortgage broker.

"We are currently posting record lending volumes through our network of over 970 brokers and over 210 stores and, by underpinning Lendi’s technology across our national broker network, we will further accelerate this growth and momentum.”

Completion of the transaction is subject to ACCC approval and other customary conditions.

It is expected to occur by mid calendar year 2021.

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of our authors. Jonathan has been writing about property since the early 1980s and is editor-at-large of Property Observer.

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