Portico Capital Advises AUTOPAY on its Completed Merger with RateGenius to Form The Savings Group

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Portico Capital Advisors is pleased to announce that it served as the exclusive financial adviser to AUTOPAY Direct, Inc. (“AUTOPAY”) on its completed merger with RateGenius Loan Services, Inc. (“RateGenius”).

On July 16, 2021, AUTOPAY and RateGenius completed their previously announced merger of equals in an all-stock transaction and will become the operating units of a newly formed company, The Savings Group. The strategic combination creates the most diversified consumer marketplace for automotive finance and refinance, while marrying market-leading innovation, best-in-class operations, and proven scale.

The combined company provides a differentiated experience for its marketplace participants; consumers get access to one of the broadest lending marketplaces through an end-to-end digital lending process, while channel partners and lenders benefit from aggregated loan supply and demand via APIs and embeddable co-branded and white labeled user experiences. 

“The combination of AUTOPAY and RateGenius represents an incredibly exciting and game changing opportunity within the automotive finance and refinance marketplace,” said Eric Denlinger, Partner at Portico Capital Advisors. “It has been a pleasure working with AUTOPAY, and we think the sky is the limit for this management team moving forward!”  

Jeff Hutcheson, Co-CEO of The Savings Group and Co-Founder of AUTOPAY, added, “Portico adapted quickly to the market conditions, and their flexibility and responsiveness helped get this deal over the finish line.

A more detailed description of the transaction is included with the Company’s press release below:

RateGenius, AUTOPAY Merge as Main Operating Subsidiaries of New Company ‘The Savings Group’

The combined company will provide even more choices to auto borrowers to obtain the market’s best interest rates and loan savings as consumers increasingly embrace digital lending

AUSTIN and DENVER — RateGenius Loan Services, Inc. (“RateGenius”) and AUTOPAY Direct, Inc. (“AUTOPAY”) today announced the companies have successfully completed their merger transaction. Upon closing this all-stock merger of equals, the two companies became operating units of The Savings Group, creating the most diversified consumer marketplace for automotive finance and refinance.

The Savings Group will be led by Co-CEOs and AUTOPAY Co-Founders Jeff Hutcheson and Seth Meyer, while the previous RateGenius CEO Christopher Speltz will take over as Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board. The Savings Group will provide even more choices to borrowers with the market’s best lending rates, loan savings and vehicle protection plans, while also delivering volume growth to its lender network and business partners.

“This merger represents years of growth on behalf of both companies, and now is the perfect time to make this move as consumers have increasingly embraced digital lending and as auto finance activity has shifted outside the dealership,” said Chris Speltz. “We’re very excited to complete the merger agreement with AUTOPAY and together lead the way to offer the best rates and products to consumers.”

“We’re incredibly fortunate to merge with a company in RateGenius that shares our passion for helping consumers save money on their auto loans,” said Jeff Hutcheson. “We’re excited for this new venture that will provide even more options for consumers to secure the best rate and terms possible.”

“In The Savings Group, we’re positioned to become the market leader in auto finance and refinance, combining resources from two of the industry’s leading platforms under one company with expanded offerings,” said Seth Meyer. “More options increase a consumer’s confidence in making the right decision when picking the best loan terms. There are expanded options for everyone and that is what matters most.”

The Savings Group will now employ more than 550 team members split between their existing office hubs in Austin and Denver. With an expanded network of 180+ lenders representing all 50 states, the combined company will facilitate over $2 billion in automobile financing transactions in 2021.

The merger was unanimously approved by each company’s board of directors.

Portico Capital Advisors served as the exclusive financial advisor to AUTOPAY throughout the transaction. AUTOPAY is a portfolio company of FM Capital, while RateGenius is a portfolio company of Tritium Partners.

About RateGenius
RateGenius is a technology company that has created a proprietary, web-based platform that has assisted hundreds of thousands of consumers nationwide in refinancing auto loans to more favorable terms. By utilizing its network of more than 150 lenders, RateGenius has successfully facilitated more than 400,000 loans worth more than $9 billion. The company’s proprietary LOS (loan origination system), educational content, and customer-experience-focused business approach have been instrumental in its success. RateGenius’s online application is quick, simple, and available from the comfort of your home at apply.rategenius.com.

AUTOPAY offers a mobile-friendly auto loan finance platform that utilizes API plugins and easily embeddable white-label user experiences to deliver consumers from online sources, direct marketing campaigns, channel partners, and proprietary distribution channels. Our solution is a full-service technology and service platform providing finance solutions from pre-qualification to title perfection to loan servicing. Learn more at autopay.com.

About The Savings Group
The Savings Group, parent company of RateGenius and AUTOPAY, is the most diversified consumer marketplace for automotive finance, refinance and protection plans. Through a network of more than 180 lenders across all 50 states, The Savings Group provides consumers even more choices for their origination and refinanced auto loans, while also delivering loan volume growth to its lender network and partners through a proprietary, web-based platform. The combined company will facilitate over $2 billion in automobile financing transactions in 2021, with more than 550 employees between its Austin and Denver office hubs.

About Portico Capital Advisors
Portico Capital Advisors provides independent strategic and financial advisory services in the areas of mergers & acquisitions (M&A), recapitalizations, and capital raisings exclusively to private and public companies providing verticalized software, data, and analytics. The firm, founded in 2000, has offices in New York, Greenwich, and London. For more information, please visit www.porticocap.com.

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