SoFi shares opened 20% up on Wednesday: this is why

By: Wajeeh Khan
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on Jan 19, 2022
  • SoFi Technologies won regulatory approval to become a bank holding company.
  • It will complete the proposed acquisition of Golden Pacific Bancorp in February.
  • Mizuho's Dolev says the buyout will be accretive to SoFi Technologies' earnings.

SoFi Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: SOFI) secured regulatory approval on Wednesday to become a bank holding company, resulting in a close to 20% increase in the stock price this morning.

SoFi to acquire Golden Pacific Bancorp

SoFi had proposed to buy Golden Pacific Bancorp Inc in March 2021 to become a national bank. The proposition received approval from the U.S. Federal Reserve and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the California-based company said in a press release today.

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The Nasdaq-listed firm expects the transaction to complete in February, subject to remaining customary closing conditions. CEO Anthony Noto said:

We will now be able to lend at even more competitive interest rates, provide our members with a high-yielding interest in checking and savings, and enhance our financial products and services to ensure they efficiency meet the needs of our customers while upholding a high bar of regulatory standards.

SoFi’s earnings will benefit from the acquisition

Mizuho’s Dan Dolev expects the acquisition to be accretive to SoFi Technologies’ earnings. The deal, he wrote in a note on Wednesday, will lower funding costs to result in up to $300 million in incremental adjusted EBITDA for the personal finance company.

It’s a major step forward as SoFi moves inside the federal bank regulatory framework, where it’ll be subject to comprehensive supervision and bank regulations – an advantage over competitors. It’ll help improve credibility and trust, but first and foremost, it’ll help lower SoFi’s cost of capital.

Dolev, however, slashed his price target on the stock to $17 from $30. Including the price action on Wednesday, SoFi Technologies is still down about 40% from its high of $23 a share on November 4th.

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