CBANC acquires Lendwell
CBANC, a professional networking platform for banks, has acquired fellow Austin-based fintech Lendwell in a deal this week, reports Julie Muhn at Finovate.
Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
“Our acquisition of Lendwell is the next step in our strategy of unlocking the power of cooperation and the collective purchasing power of thousands of financial institutions within the CBANC Network,” says Bryan Koontz, CBANC CEO. “The Lendwell platform will help our network members reduce the cost of lending operations while improving their ability to serve their customers.”
This is CBANC’s first acquisition, but as the company seeks to add value to its platform and give members more reasons to log on, today’s purchase may not be its last.
Lendwell, a mortgage settlement services company, helps credit unions and community banks with the mortgage settlement process, primarily with refinances, second mortgages, home equity loans, and home equity lines of credit. The company offers a range of products including property condition reports, appraisals, title insurance, closing services, and more to serve as a one-stop shop for loan settlement products.
Lendwell’s SaaS loan aggregation offering gives banks access to quality mortgage settlement services at cost savings that add up to 20%. As a result of the acquisition, CBANC’s 8,000 financial institution members will have access to the Lendwell platform at no cost.
Lendwell founders Gabe Flores and Mike DeBonis have joined CBANC as the GM of Lendwell and as SVP of engineering, respectively.
Founded in 2009, CBANC serves as an online platform where financial institutions can connect to share ideas, get their questions answered, build their brand and reputation, and publish reviews and insights on new products and services.
Earlier this month, the company hired on Mike Snavely as its chief commercial officer. CBANC has raised more than $7 million from Adams Street Partners.