Strengthens existing open banking capabilities with Finicity’s proven technology and talent

Enhances collaboration and co-creation efforts with fintechs and financial institutions

Furthers commitment to consumer-centric data protection and practices

 

PURCHASE, N.Y. – June 23, 2020 – Mastercard (NYSE: MA) today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Finicity, a leading North American provider of real-time access to financial data and insights. The purchase price is US$825 million, and Finicity’s existing shareholders have the potential for an earn-out of up to an additional $160 million, if performance targets are met.

The addition of Finicity’s complementary technology and teams strengthens the existing Mastercard open banking platform to enable and safeguard a greater choice of financial services, reinforcing the company’s long-standing partnerships with and commitment to financial institutions and fintechs across the globe.

Open banking gives people and businesses more control over their financial data. This includes determining how and where third parties – such as fintechs or other banks – can access that information to provide new services like money management programs or initiate payments on their behalf.

Mastercard has increasingly invested in this space over several years, including the 2019 launch of a set of comprehensive open banking solutions in Europe. The combination of these efforts with the Finicity technology powering platforms such as Quicken Loans Rocket Mortgage and Experian Boost has the potential to shape the next generation of open banking services.

“Open banking is a growing global trend and a strategically important space for us. With the addition of Finicity, we expect to not only advance our open banking strategy, but enhance how we support and accelerate today’s digital economy across several markets,” said Michael Miebach, president of Mastercard. “Finicity has a proven business, built on partnerships with thousands of banks and fintechs, similar to us. Finicity also shares our commitment to consumer-centric data practices, ensuring consumers have a say in how and where their information should be used. It’s through the use of next generation open banking APIs and clear consumer approvals that this financial information can deliver streamlined loan and mortgage processes, rapid account-based payment initiation and personal financial management solutions.”

“Since our founding, Nick Thomas and I have focused on developing industry-leading technology and building an organization that empowers consumers and organizations to better understand, manage and use their financial data to improve their financial lives,” said Steve Smith, chief executive officer and co-founder of Finicity. “Enabling people to access and control their data, while ensuring best practices to protect that data, will continue to drive tremendous innovation that increases financial literacy, inclusion and health.  This partnership with Mastercard helps us accelerate this mission globally.”

 

Strategic Rationale 

Advances Mastercard as a Strong Open Banking Partner for Fintechs, Financial Institutions. Finicity’s technology and dedicated employees will enhance Mastercard’s existing open banking solutions by enabling them to expand in North America and other key geographies. Today, Mastercard open banking services in Europe feature connections to more than 1,800 financial institutions. With a direct connection to the North American banking, lending and wealth management ecosystem, Mastercard will extend Finicity’s reach to be a one-stop partner for any consumer, bank, merchant, fintech or government’s data, payment and open banking needs.

Strengthens Capabilities and Offerings to Consumers and Businesses. Following the completion of the transaction, Mastercard’s existing technology and expertise combined with Finicity’s new analytics platforms, will help streamline the credit decisioning process for consumers and small businesses. Additionally, the integration of Finicity’s account owner verification tools to Mastercard’s New Payment Platform capabilities will deliver an improved ACH and real-time payments experience to consumers, merchants and businesses.

Enhances Commitment to Responsible Data Practices. Finicity shares Mastercard’s commitment to safe and secure data practices centered around the individual. Finicity’s co-founders have played a critical role in the advancing the discussion of best practices across multiple industries. Finicity has a strong commitment to deliver best-in-class data management practices by partnering with banks and their customers to ensure secure connectivity is established.

 

“Bank of America is a strong believer in giving people control over their financial information and the ability to share it securely,” said Mark Monaco, head of Enterprise Payments at Bank of America.  “We’ve worked with both Finicity and Mastercard, as well as industry groups such as Financial Data Exchange, to accelerate the adoption of the highest standards of privacy and security for data sharing, and to eliminate the retention and storage of individuals’ financial details by third parties. We look forward to continuing our work with Finicity and Mastercard to further improve the customer experience.”

“Finicity has been a strong partner of Rocket Mortgage during the mortgage industry’s tech revolution. Fast, easy access to consumer-permissioned data is critical to lenders who are making well-informed mortgage real time decisions. We are happy for the Finicity team in joining Mastercard and look forward to a continued partnership,” said Scott Elkins, senior vice president of Investments at Rocket Mortgage.

“Brex’s innovative offering uses Finicity’s connectivity, giving us access to the best quality business-permissioned data to power our platform,” said Henrique Dubugras, chief executive officer, Brex. “The combination of Finicity’s capabilities with Mastercard’s products and services will enable us to create innovative solutions to enhance our Brex offerings.”

“We are pleased to see the combination of Finicity and Mastercard,” said Craig Boundy, chief executive officer of Experian North America. “We look forward to collaborating with them in our ongoing mission to help consumers.”

As with past acquisitions, Mastercard does not expect this acquisition to be incrementally dilutive to its business for greater than 24 months. This dilution is driven by investments in the business, including its international expansion, as well as the impact of purchase accounting and integration related costs.

The transaction, which is anticipated to close by year’s end, is subject to regulatory review and other customary closing conditions.

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About Mastercard Incorporated (NYSE: MA), www.mastercard.com

Mastercard is a global technology company in the payments industry. Our mission is to connect and power an inclusive, digital economy that benefits everyone, everywhere by making transactions safe, simple, smart and accessible. Using secure data and networks, partnerships and passion, our innovations and solutions help individuals, financial institutions, governments and businesses realize their greatest potential. Our decency quotient, or DQ, drives our culture and everything we do inside and outside of our company. With connections across more than 210 countries and territories, we are building a sustainable world that unlocks priceless possibilities for all.

 

About Finicity

Finicity’s mission is to help individuals, families and organizations make smarter financial decisions through safe and secure access to fast, high-quality data. The company, which launched its first financial product in 2000, has since grown to provide financial data APIs, credit decisioning tools and financial wellness solutions. Finicity partners with influential financial institutions and disruptive fintech providers alike to give consumers a leg up in a complicated financial world. It has played a key role in innovative solutions like Experian’s Boost™ and it helps Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans access consumer-permissioned data for mortgage decisions. Finicity was awarded API World’s Finance API of the Year and has been an American Banker Best Places to Work in Fintech the past three years. Finicity is headquartered in Salt Lake City, UT and has approximately 500 employees worldwide. To learn more or test drive its API, visit www.finicity.com.

 

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  All statements other than statements of historical facts may be forward-looking statements.  When used in this press release, the words “believe,” “expect,” “could,” “may,” “would,” “will,” “trend” and similar words are intended to identify forward-looking statements.  Examples of forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements that relate to Mastercard’s future prospects, developments and business strategies, as well as Mastercard’s acquisition and operation of Finicity. We caution you to not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, as they speak only as of the date they are made.  Except for the company’s ongoing obligations under the U.S. federal securities laws, the company does not intend to update or otherwise revise the forward-looking information to reflect actual results of operations, changes in financial condition, changes in estimates, expectations or assumptions, changes in general economic or industry conditions or other circumstances arising and/or existing since the preparation of this press release or to reflect the occurrence of any unanticipated events.

Many factors and uncertainties relating to the proposed transaction, our operations and our business environment, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are outside of our control, influence whether any forward-looking statements can or will be achieved.  Any one of these factors could cause our actual results or the impact of the acquisition to differ materially from those expressed or implied in writing in any forward-looking statements made by Mastercard or on its behalf.  Such factors related to the completion and impact of the acquisition include, but are not limited to, whether all necessary conditions will be met, and whether the transaction will close on agreed terms and in a timely manner.

For additional information on other factors related to Mastercard’s overall business that could cause Mastercard’s actual results to differ materially from expected results, please see the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, and any subsequent reports on Forms 10-Q and 8-K.

 

Mastercard Investor Relations Contact

Gina Accordino, 914-249-4565

investor.relations@mastercard.com

 

Mastercard Communications Contact
Seth Eisen, 914-249-3153

Seth.Eisen@mastercard.com

 

Finicity Communications Contact

Andy Capener, 801-984-4231

andy.capener@finicity.com

 

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — February 5, 2020 — Finicity has been named one of the 2020 Best Places to Work in Financial Technology by Arizent and the Best Companies Group. This is the third consecutive time Finicity has received this Best Place to Work in Financial Technology award. Finicity is one of 10 companies to have been included on every Best Places to Work in Financial Technology list.

At Finicity, the company culture centers around one word — Uplift. Our uplift values include urgency, purpose, leverage, insight, focus and teamwork. Read about how Finicity develops a meaningful culture across our entire company and keeps team members  inspired and motivated by the work they do.

The 2020 list was published by Arizent brands American Banker, National Mortgage News, PaymentsSource, Financial Planning and Digital Insurance.

“The competition for talent in technology is intense and companies named to Arizent’s Best Places to Work in Financial Technology are setting the standard in terms of cultures that help people thrive,” said Richard Melville, Group Editorial Director at Arizent. 

This annual survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best employers in the financial technology industry. Companies recognized on this year’s list operate in and serve companies and consumers in a wide range of financial services including banking and mortgages, insurance, payments and financial advisory. 

To be considered for participation, companies must provide technology products, services, or solutions that enable the delivery of financial services. Companies must also have been in business for at least one full year and employ at least 15 people in the U.S. 

For more information on Arizent’s Best Places to Work in Financial Technology program, including full eligibility criteria, visit www.BestPlacestoWorkFinTech.com.

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About Finicity:

Finicity’s mission is to help individuals, families and organizations make smarter financial decisions through safe and secure access to fast, high-quality data. The company, which launched its first financial product in 2000 and has since grown to provide financial data APIs, credit decisioning tools and financial wellness solutions, partners with influential financial institutions and disruptive FinTech providers alike to give consumers a leg up in a complicated financial world. Finicity was awarded API World’s 2016 Finance API of the Year and is a 2018, 2019 HousingWire Tech100 winner. To learn more or test drive its API, visit www.finicity.com.

Leading asset verification available in Point of Sale platform and Loan Officer portal

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH and WOBURN, MASS.January 13, 2020Finicity, a provider of real-time financial data access and insights, announced that it has integrated its digital Verification of Assets solution into Volly’s Point Of Sale platform and Loan Officer portal. Volly is an industry-leading provider of SaaS-based marketing automation, CRM and POS solutions for banks and mortgage companies.

The partnership dramatically improves loan officer productivity, streamlines back-office processes, improves employee and partner experiences, enhances accuracy and reduces funding times. Finicity’s solution enables borrowers to rapidly share bank and brokerage asset data and eliminates the overly manual process of locating, downloading and uploading bank statements. It also provides a more secure process for asset verification.

“This integration brings our industry one step closer to a completely digital mortgage experience,” said Jerry Halbrook, CEO of Volly. “It also enables mortgage lenders to reduce originating costs, makes loan officers more productive and enhances the customer journey.”

“Today’s consumers expect a painless mortgage process powered by modern technology,” said Steve Smith, CEO of Finicity. “Our asset verification on Volly’s technology platform improves operational efficiency and the borrower experience.”

Finicity delivers asset verification through consumer-permissioned data, providing borrowers more control and insight over data used in the decisioning process. Finicity is known for high-quality data, which is accessed direct from financial institutions to verify asset balances, transaction data and account details.

Finicity is an authorized, integrated provider of asset verification reports for Fannie Mae’s Day 1 Certainty™ initiative and is a Freddie Mac Asset and Income Modeler (AIM) service provider.

Finicity’s verification solution is also delivered under the CRA framework, which allows borrowers to directly obtain information on reports or resolve discrepancies. Finicity’s status as a registered CRA is a symbol of its consumer-centric model as well as its dedication to the requirements of the lending space.

About Volly
Volly is powering the dream of home ownership through industry-leading technology and dynamic marketing that drives the customer journey. The Volly Platform is a fully integrated, cloud-based Software-as-a-Service platform that combines Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Point of Sale (POS), Marketing Automation and Custom Websites, all integrated with digital and print marketing capabilities and industry-leading creative marketing services. For more information, visit www.MyVolly.com or call (866) 435-7050.

About New Capital Partners
New Capital Partners (NCP) is a private equity firm headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. NCP partners with niche, tech-enabled services companies in the healthcare, financial and business services industries. Leveraging its extensive operational experience, NCP helps create significant value in portfolio companies by focusing on one core goal: building great companies. For more information, please visit www.newcapitalpartners.com.

About Finicity
Finicity’s mission is to help individuals, families and organizations make smarter financial decisions through safe and secure access to fast, high-quality data. The company, which launched its first financial product in 2000 and has since grown to provide financial data APIs, credit decisioning tools and financial wellness solutions, partners with influential financial institutions and disruptive FinTech providers alike to give consumers a leg up in a complicated financial world. Finicity was awarded API World’s 2016 Finance API of the Year and is a 2018, 2019 HousingWire Tech100 winner. To learn more or test drive its API, visit www.finicity.com.

Digital verification report speeds up lending process while improving digital experience for lenders and borrowers

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Dec. 4, 2019 – Finicity, a provider of real-time financial data access and insights, and Ellie Mae®, the leading cloud-based platform provider for the mortgage finance industry, today announced that Finicity’s digital Verification of Assets (VoA) solution is now available through Ellie Mae’s Encompass® Consumer Connect, part of the Encompass® Digital Lending Platform. 

Today’s consumers expect an increasingly simple, fast and accurate application process. This has been made possible by digital solutions such as Finicity’s Verification of Assets which can shorten the application process by as many as 6 days. Now borrowers can access this solution through Encompass Consumer Connect matching an automated, enhanced customer experience with the efficiency of digital verification.

“We believe that consumer expectations are driving the mortgage lending experience to one that is simple and intuitive,” said Steve Smith, CEO and co-founder of Finicity. “We’re excited to partner with Ellie Mae through the Encompass Consumer Connect platform to deliver a next gen experience to borrowers while helping lenders create a more efficient origination process.”

Tedious applications and piles of paperwork detracts from the excitement of buying a first home. Integrating the Finicity solution into Consumer Connect streamlines the application and origination process for borrowers and helps lenders be more efficient and engaging while closing loans faster.

In addition to the availability of digital verification functionality in Consumer Connect, the companies have enabled data mapping for required fields into the 1003 application and loan officer notifications, as well as other enhancements, in Encompass.

Finicity is an authorized, integrated provider of asset verification reports within Fannie Mae’s Desktop Underwriter® (DU®), giving lenders a validated asset report through Fannie Mae’s Day 1 Certainty™ initiative, and the company is part of Fannie’s Single Source Validation (SSV) pilot. Finicity is also an authorized Freddie Mac Asset and Income Modeler (AIM) validation report provider within Freddie Mac’s Loan Product Advisor.

Finicity VOA reports in Encompass and Consumer Connect are available from our resellers including through our Experian partnership and their CRA resellers. To stay up to date on all Finicity company and product announcements, visit the website at www.finicity.com.

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 About Finicity:

Finicity’s mission is to help individuals, families and organizations make smarter financial decisions through safe and secure access to fast, high-quality data. The company, which launched its first financial product in 2000 and has since grown to provide financial data APIs, credit decisioning tools and financial wellness solutions, partners with influential financial institutions and disruptive FinTech providers alike to give consumers a leg up in a complicated financial world. Finicity was awarded API World’s 2016 Finance API of the Year and is a 2018, 2019 HousingWire Tech100 winner. To learn more or test drive its API, visit www.finicity.com.

Report will help lenders with more actionable data earlier in the application process

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – October 28, 2019 – Finicity, a provider of real-time financial data access and insights, announced today the release of its new AssetReady Report that will rapidly identify a borrower’s assets using consumer-permissioned data during a lender’s pre-qualification process.  As a result, lenders will more easily qualify borrowers and generate a higher quality sales funnel for loan officers while enabling a seamless transition into other necessary asset, income, and employment verifications needed in the loan origination process. 

Lenders have the option to receive balances and other data without having to ask for or include consumer SSN or date of birth. Fast, high-value data with less friction on lower probability applicants can provide lenders with better insights on how to strategically move borrowers forward in the application process without asking for detailed verification reports.

Once leads have been qualified, borrowers can seamlessly permission their data for Finicity’s other digital verification solutions like assets, income, and employment required for the origination process. This single-source solution model for verification optimizes lender workflows to maximize ROI. 

“Now lenders can receive more data earlier in the application process than ever before,” said Steve Smith, Finicity CEO. “This report will provide the opportunity for even more customization and better experiences for borrowers from their first interaction to close.”

“Getting a verified snapshot of borrower assets during the pre-qualification stage is key to speeding up our business processes,” Bill Cosgrove, President & CEO of Union Home Mortgage, said. “Once a borrower has engaged with our digital pre-qualification solution the stage is set for a seamless transition into Finicity’s full suite of asset, income and employment verification tools.  A single-source solution provider is a great fit for our business model.”

The pre-qualification report includes current account balances and average balances over the previous two and six months, as well as the number of negative balances in the past six months and the most recent negative balance. The report also provides account owner and other account details.

Finicity is working with leading mortgage ecosystem platform providers to simplify lender access to the digital tools they need to improve the origination experience. 

“Providing lenders high-value data along with the insights it provides earlier in the origination process will make lenders much more efficient and enable better decisioning,” Dawar Alimi, Lender Price CEO said. “We’re always looking to streamline the lending process while simplifying the borrower experience and a digital pre-qualification solution helps us do that.”

To learn more about Finicity’s other reports for lending, visit https://www.finicity.com/credit-decisioning/

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About Finicity:

Finicity’s mission is to help individuals, families and organizations make smarter financial decisions through safe and secure access to fast, high-quality data. The company, which launched its first financial product in 2000 and has since grown to provide financial data APIs, credit decisioning tools and financial wellness solutions, partners with influential financial institutions and disruptive FinTech providers alike to give consumers a leg up in a complicated financial world. Finicity was awarded API World’s 2016 Finance API of the Year and is a 2018, 2019 HousingWire Tech100 winner. To learn more or test drive its API, visit www.finicity.com.

Finicity provides asset verification solution to reduce process from weeks to minutes

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah and PARSIPPANY, New Jersey – October 10, 2019 – American Financial Resources, Inc. (AFR) announced today it is working together with Finicity—a leading provider of real-time financial data access and insights, to provide its business partners and their borrowers with a faster, simpler and more secure way to verify assets and income while originating loans.

American Financial Resources serves thousands of mortgage professionals nationwide with their residential financing needs through industry leading technology, a diverse program catalog, educational resources, dedicated industry experts, and dependable, best-in-class client service.

“We’re thrilled to partner with providers that simplify and accelerate the loan process for our business partners and the mortgage applicant.,” said Bill Packer, Executive VP and COO of AFR. “Finicity is at the forefront of the industry and its technology plays an important part in turning a time-intensive process into a simple, customer-friendly and therefore more satisfying experience for borrowers and their loan officers.”

Through Finicity’s verification platform, borrower assets can be confirmed within minutes, without the need to find, copy and scan piles of paper documents for verification. This can reduce the mortgage origination time by more than a week while eliminating the hassle of paper documents and manual processes.

“Today’s consumers expect simple, rapid experiences on their computers and phones, and the mortgage process should be no different,” said Steve Smith, CEO of Finicity. “AFR is embracing their role as a mortgage industry innovator, focused on meeting the expectations of the next gen consumer.”

Finicity is an authorized, integrated provider of asset verification reports for Fannie Mae’s Day 1 Certainty and Freddie Mac’s Asset and Income Modeler (AIM) programs. Finicity recently announced a breakthrough in digital verification of income and employment.  The solution uses its patent-pending TXVerify™ technology to extract a borrower’s pay statement data from the paystub and then cross-verifies that key data with their income transactions from their financial institutions for a real-time picture of an applicant’s income and employment status.

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About American Financial Resources:

American Financial Resources, Inc. (AFR) is the leading FHA 203(k) lender for sponsored originations in the country and an innovator in the construction and renovation lending area, as well as being ranked among the nation’s leading mortgage lenders. AFR utilizes the latest technology and delivers educational resources to mortgage brokers, loan originators and their customers. American Financial Resources, Inc. is an Equal Housing Lender: Lender NMLS 2826 at nmlsconsumeraccess.org. For more information, visit http://www.afrcorp.com/.

About Finicity:

Finicity’s mission is to help individuals, families and organizations make smarter financial decisions through safe and secure access to fast, high-quality data. The company, which launched its first financial product in 2000 and has since grown to provide financial data APIs, credit decisioning tools and financial wellness solutions, partners with influential financial institutions and disruptive FinTech providers alike to give consumers a leg up in a complicated financial world. Finicity was awarded API World’s 2016 Finance API of the Year and is a 2018, 2019 HousingWire Tech100 winner. To learn more or test drive its API, visit www.finicity.com.

Company Demonstrates Breakthrough Solution for Verification of Income and Employment

LAS VEGAS — Sept. 25, 2019 – Finicity announced today that it won the LendingTree Innovation Challenge Best in Show award at Source Media’s Digital Mortgage Conference 2019 for its Verification of Income and Employment (VOIE) with TXVerify™ solution. 

For the second year in a row, the LendingTree Innovation Challenge highlighted innovation in the digital mortgage ecosystem at the conference which was held September 23-24 at the Wynn Las Vegas. The challenge featured 36 live demos showcasing the mortgage industry’s most innovative digital technologies.

“We are truly thrilled by the reception of our VOIE solution,” said Steve Smith, CEO and co-founder of Finicity. “This award is another acknowledgement that income and employment verification was ripe for innovation. Until now, no one had figured out how to deliver an automated solution that addressed the majority of the market.”

A panel of three judges scored all the demo presentations. Finicity received the high honor by receiving a score of nine out of 10 from all three judges for its inventive approach to verification of income and employment.  Additionally, attendees were able to weigh in through an audience voting process. 

Finicity’s VOIE solution digitally extracts a borrower’s pay statement data from a paystub and then cross-verifies that key data with direct deposit transactions within their bank accounts. Enabled by its patent-pending TXVerify™ technology, this detailed vetting process creates a real-time picture of an applicant’s income and employment for fast, accurate reports. The solution does this using consumer-permissioned data – direct from banks – along with a scan, photo or PDF of a borrower’s paystubs for the most current and accurate verification. This process significantly shifts the current paradigm from a mostly manual process to one that is fully digital, all while reducing fraud and increasing confidence in the underwriting process.

Sharing the Best in Show award this year was CoreLogic. 

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About Finicity:

Finicity’s mission is to help individuals, families and organizations make smarter financial decisions through safe and secure access to fast, high-quality data. The company, which launched its first financial product in 2000 and has since grown to provide financial data APIs, credit decisioning tools and financial wellness solutions, partners with influential financial institutions and disruptive FinTech providers alike to give consumers a leg up in a complicated financial world. Finicity was awarded API World’s 2016 Finance API of the Year and is a 2018, 2019 HousingWire Tech100 winner. To learn more or test drive its API, visit www.finicity.com.

Product sets new benchmark for income and employment assessment success, while adding to Finicity’s suite of digital verification solutions

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – September 18, 2019 – Finicity, a leading provider of real-time financial data access and insights, announced today the release of its new Verification of Income and Employment (VOIE) solution using patent-pending TXVerifyTM technology that will speed up borrower verifications and further advance the industry shift toward a fully digital experience.

The Finicity VOIE solution digitally extracts a borrower’s pay statement data from the paystub and then cross-verifies that key data with their income transactions from their financial institutions. Enabled by its TXVerify technology, this detailed vetting process creates a real-time picture of an applicant’s income and employment for fast, accurate reports. The solution does this by leveraging the highest value data – direct from banks – along with a scan, photo or PDF of a borrower’s paystubs. This process significantly shifts the current paradigm from a mostly manual process to one that is fully digital, all while reducing fraud and increasing confidence in the underwriting process.

“Our VOIE is expected to become the new gold standard of income and employment verification,” said Steve Smith, Finicity CEO. “We know it will be met with fast adoption by key industry players who aim to be on the cutting edge of lending technology. With VOIE building upon our current Verification of Assets solution, lenders will now be able to use Finicity as a one-stop-shop for digital verification.”

Legacy solutions have been marked with low success rates and at times return outdated information. Such solutions rely on payroll data supplied by employers, many of whom do not report information frequently. Additionally, employers that report data usually represent only the largest enterprises, while the majority of Americans work for small to mid-sized businesses. Finicity’s VOIE technology accesses real-time data gathered directly from an employee’s bank accounts. Finicity uses direct deposit payroll data, which represents over 90% of American workers, to dramatically improve the success rate of an automated income and employment verification. While the success rate for existing automated solutions hovers around 15% to 25%, Finicity’s VOIE solution is anticipated to provide successful income and employment verification coverage of over 70%. Digital verifications can shave as much as 12-14 days off the origination process, helping to push the industry to a rapid closing with increased accuracy, while improving profitability.

Industrial Strength

While available to lenders servicing all credit decisioning markets such as auto, personal loans and credit cards, the Finicity VOIE solution was designed to stand up to the highest levels of scrutiny and stringent requirements of the U.S. mortgage market. Because this market involves high dollar decisioning, strict regulatory oversight, and demanding investors – including government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) – it is considered the ultimate proving ground for credit decisioning processes and products. Finicity’s VOA report and data already power the vast majority of digital asset verifications in the mortgage market due to their high data quality and certified connections to the broadest range of financial institutions. Finicity’s VOIE solution builds on this technical and data leadership track record.

Working with Freddie Mac

Freddie Mac Loan Product Advisor® asset and income modeler (AIM) leverages data from third-party service providers, like Finicity, to automate the manual processes of assessing borrower assets and income to simplify the loan origination process, drive efficiency and improve the experience for lenders and borrowers.

Today, AIM leverages Finicity technology to obtain data for borrower asset assessment and direct deposit income assessment (limited release). By adding the Finicity VOIE offering to AIM (limited release), it augments direct deposit information with paystub data to further help expand a lender’s ability to more easily assess borrower capacity, reduce their documentation burden and save time and money.

“Adding Finicity’s VOIE solution is the next step in the evolution of AIM,” said Kevin Kauffman, Senior Director of Technology Integration at Freddie Mac. “And our partnership with Finicity has helped to create a waterfall-like approach by adding paystub data to our AIM capability using accurate and verifiable data that meet our underwriting standards. This means more opportunities for representation and warranty relief and greater cost savings for lenders all while delivering a better lending experience to borrowers.”

What the Industry is Saying

Finicity customers and partners are already weighing in on VOIE:

Quicken Loans

“We are always looking for ways to simplify the mortgage process, taking away the apprehension that can come with a complicated financial transaction,” said Heather Lovier, Executive Vice President of Client Experience for Quicken Loans.  “To help achieve this, we create game-changing innovations and engage with forward-thinking partners like Finicity. VOIE is a critical next step in the evolution of the mortgage process and we look forward to seeing it more widely implemented throughout the industry.”

Experian

“Consumer permissioned data, like Finicity’s new VOIE and Experian Boost, empowers consumers to take control,” said Michele Bodda, general manager at Experian Mortgage. “This innovative digitization of data and analytics is an important step in modernizing the mortgage process and enabling a solution that helps streamline the process for more borrowers than ever before.”

Ellie Mae

“Source validation solutions are increasingly important for our customers who seek faster, more convenient digital application processes,” said Parvesh Sahi, senior vice president of Business Development for Ellie Mae. “In July we announced that Finicity’s digital Verification of Assets (VoA) solution was available through our Encompass Digital Lending Platform. With their launch of their VOIE solution, they are further improving digital verification solutions for a faster and more accurate process.”

MortgageHippo

“We’re very excited to offer Finicity’s new VOIE solution to our lender clients. This solution will provide a variety of benefits for both lenders and borrowers,” said Michael Salichs, president & COO of MortgageHippo. “Not only will it reduce manual work and fraud for our lenders, but borrowers will see faster closing times, less frustration and greater accuracy.”

SimpleNexus

“Digital lending solutions are increasingly important for lenders who seek faster, more convenient application processes,” said Matt Hansen, CEO, Simple Nexus. “In the future, this process can help borrowers through a verification experience that is 100% digital without any of the tedious manual labor required today. Finicity’s Verification of Income and Employment solution helps lead the industry much closer to that goal.”  

Synergy One

“We have seen great success over the past year in offering a consumer-enabled digital asset verification as a key part of simplifying the mortgage application and approval process,” said Steve Majerus, president of Synergy One Lending. “Income and employment is the next step in digital verifications and we like the innovation Finicity is demonstrating with the introduction of their solution.”

Vellum Mortgage

“Fincity’s VoIE program is a great leap forward in the digital verification of income and employment,” said Patrick Gardner, principal Vellum Mortgage.  “Not only is the borrower experience faster and simpler, it improves processing and underwriting times as well. Partnering with Finicity has been critical in Vellum’s goals of implementing technology that delivers results for our customers.”

See It In Action

Finicity will be demoing the solution at:

To learn more about Finicity’s digital verification suite, visit https://www.finicity.com/credit-decisioning/

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About Finicity: Finicity’s mission is to help individuals, families and organizations make smarter financial decisions through safe and secure access to fast, high-quality data. The company, which launched its first financial product in 2000 and has since grown to provide financial data APIs, credit decisioning tools and financial wellness solutions, partners with influential financial institutions and disruptive FinTech providers alike to give consumers a leg up in a complicated financial world. Finicity was awarded API World’s 2016 Finance API of the Year and is a 2018, 2019 HousingWire Tech100 winner. To learn more or test drive its API, visit www.finicity.com.

Technology from Finicity to integrate into repayment platforms for accurate, secure authentication and payment

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – August 13, 2019 – Finicity, a leading provider of real-time financial data access and insights, announced today the rollout of its Student Loan Account Verification product, which will simplify employer benefit repayment programs, where employers are looking to contribute to or help repay employee’s student loans. 

More companies are expanding their benefits programs to include student loan repayment plans. Through the new solution, repayment platforms can use Finicity’s ACH endpoint to confirm accounts and routing numbers and make payments on behalf of employers for their employees. This adds an extra component of accuracy and security in the student loan repayment process, while also streamlining the process through a digital experience. 

“Student loans have become a major concern for individuals and families, with 3 out of 4 graduates burdened by debt,” said Andy Sheehan, President and COO of Finicity. “We are excited to contribute to an emerging trend in employer contributions to student debt by delivering a solution that eases the process and increases efficiency.”

Several repayment platforms are already utilizing the new solution with their employer-paid student loan contribution programs including Vault.

“Companies are rapidly evolving their benefit offering to meet the needs of the modern workforce,” says Matt Beecher, Vault’s CEO.  “We chose Finicity to enhance our user experience within our student loan repayment benefit because of the technology’s superior coverage and capabilities.”

Student Loan Account Verification will leverage Finicity Connect, an embeddable web application, which enables an intuitive experience for employees and is easily integrated into the repayment platforms. Repayment platforms can present the white-labeled Finicity application to individual employees to identify the correct student loan processor for their account and connect to it. Finicity’s solution will then validate the payment details, including the amount and specific payment number.

Finicity, known for strong coverage of financial institutions and data quality, has built out its connections to student loan lenders, refinancers, and servicers to provide exceptional student loan account coverage.

To stay up to date on all Finicity company and product announcements, visit the website at www.finicity.com.

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About Finicity:Finicity’s mission is to help individuals, families and organizations make smarter financial decisions through safe and secure access to fast, high-quality data. The company, which launched its first financial product in 2000 and has since grown to provide financial data APIs, credit decisioning tools and financial wellness solutions, partners with influential financial institutions and disruptive FinTech providers alike to give consumers a leg up in a complicated financial world. Finicity was awarded API World’s 2016 Finance API of the Year and is a 2018 and 2019 HousingWire Tech100 winner. To learn more or test drive its API, visit www.finicity.com.

Integration to speed up lending process while improving digital experience for lenders and borrowers

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah and PLEASANTON, California – July 29, 2019 – Finicity, a provider of real-time financial data access and insights, and Ellie Mae®, the leading cloud-based platform provider for the mortgage finance industry, today announced that Finicity’s digital Verification of Assets (VoA) solution is now available through Ellie Mae’s Encompass® Digital Lending Platform.

Modern consumers expect an increasingly seamless, fast and accurate application process. This has been made possible by digital solutions such as Finicity’s Verification of Assets which can shorten the application process by as many as 6 days. Now lenders can access this solution through Encompass for faster and more precise insights that reduce friction for customers.

“We believe that consumer expectations are driving the mortgage lending experience to one that is as simple and seamless as they’re having in other parts of their life, like e-commerce, ride-sharing, and more,” said Steve Smith, CEO and co-founder of Finicity. “We’re excited to partner with an organization like Ellie Mae, that shares this vision and is pushing innovation in the mortgage space.”

Drawn-out closing times and piles of paperwork detract from the excitement of buying a first home. Integrating the Finicity solution into Ellie Mae’s Encompass platform streamlines the origination process for lenders enabling them to eliminate once-manual tasks and devote more time to customer service and business development. With over 230,000 users and thousands of providers, Ellie Mae’s partner network processes approximately one-third of all the residential loans originated in the United States. As part of the partner network, Finicity will provide Ellie Mae customers with fast, frictionless asset verification.

“With the integration of Finicity’s digital Verification of Assets through our Encompass Digital Lending Platform, we are further enabling loan officers, processors and other key lender participants to reduce cycle-times and offer a more complete digital mortgage experience for their customers.” said Parvesh Sahi, senior vice president of business development for Ellie Mae. 

The integration enables lenders to request a digital asset verification report. Once a request has been made, borrowers are asked to complete a simple online process to permission financial data they want included in the report. Lenders can then review the bank-validated report in near real-time, shortening the verification process from days to minutes. 

“Since implementing this integration, our closing times have been significantly reduced,” said Torrey Larsen, Synergy One CEO. “Our loan officers are spending less time trying to verify assets and more time focusing on what really matters — our customers’ futures.”

Finicity is an authorized, integrated provider of asset verification reports within Fannie Mae’s Desktop Underwriter® (DU®), giving lenders a validated asset report through Fannie Mae’s Day 1 Certainty™ initiative, and the company is part of Fannie’s Single Source Validation (SSV) pilot. Finicity is also an authorized Freddie Mac asset validation report provider, and Freddie Mac and Finicity are partnering on new methods to validate income using payroll deposit data from bank statements.

To stay up to date on all Finicity company and product announcements, visit the website at www.finicity.com.

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About Finicity:

Finicity’s mission is to help individuals, families and organizations make smarter financial decisions through safe and secure access to fast, high-quality data. The company, which launched its first financial product in 2000 and has since grown to provide financial data APIs, credit decisioning tools and financial wellness solutions, partners with influential financial institutions and disruptive FinTech providers alike to give consumers a leg up in a complicated financial world. Finicity was awarded API World’s 2016 Finance API of the Year and is a 2018, 2019 HousingWire Tech100 winner. To learn more or test drive its API, visit www.finicity.com.

About Ellie Mae:

Ellie Mae is the leading cloud-based platform provider for the mortgage finance industry. Ellie Mae’s technology solutions enable lenders to originate more loans, reduce origination costs, and shorten the time to close, all while ensuring the highest levels of compliance, quality and efficiency. Visit EllieMae.com or call 877.355.4362 to learn more.