The Bahrain-based global alternative investment firm Arcapita Group Holding has acquired a significant controlling interest in US-based Nationwide Property and Appraisal Services, the second-largest real estate appraisal management company.
Nationwide is a market leader with a network of more than 15,000 licensed appraisers and a clientele that includes more than 100 blue-chip lenders and 21 of the top 25 wholesale lenders in the US.
Nationwide serves mortgage lending institutions across all 50 states from funds associated with Corridor Capital, a leading lower middle-market private equity firm. Corridor will partner with Arcapita and Nationwide, retaining an ownership stake in Nationwide.
The company has industry-leading appraisal turnaround times and accuracy rates. Having completed and integrated 5 add-on acquisitions over the past few years, the company has grown revenues at a CAGR of 14.3 present over the past four years and Nationwide management estimates revenue and an adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) of $144 million and $15 million, respectively, in 2021.
“We are extremely pleased to have completed the acquisition of Nationwide. This investment is a good fit for our US private equity investment strategy which is focused on acquiring asset-light business services and logistics companies, and also allows us to bring to bear our deep expertise in global real estate.”
“We were attracted by Nationwide’s asset-light, highly cash generative business, experienced management team, and a strong base of clients across the country,” the CEO added.
Mr. Malik further elaborated that “Close to 50 percent of Nationwide’s customers have maintained their relationship with the company for over 6 years, highlighting the longevity of its customer relationships, and the company benefits from a free cash flow conversion rate of over 99 percent. Nationwide is a strong fit within our US private equity strategy and also allows us to bring to bear our deep expertise in global real estate.”
Meanwhile, Mr. Neil Carter, Managing Director and Arcapita’s Head of US Private Equity, stated that “Residential real estate is the US’s largest asset class, with sound fundamentals driven by population growth in the primary home-buying demographics, and increasing levels of new home construction.”
“Nationwide is a leader in this sector and is well-positioned to accelerate organic growth, drive efficiency and achieve margin improvements through its tech-enabled platform, and continue to complete accretive acquisitions,” Mr. Carter added.
Nationwide CEO Mr. Sri Velamati affirmed that “We are extremely pleased to be partnering with Arcapita, a leading alternative asset manager partner, that shares a mutual vision for the future and will support Nationwide in continuing to build on its core strengths of customer service, purposeful acquisitions and technology investment.”
“Nationwide and its partners share the genuine goal of becoming a true leader in the appraisal management services industry that serves the interests of both its lender clients and appraisal vendors through the adoption of best-in-class service models and investment in technology to streamline the appraisal process. This next chapter in Nationwide’s story will yield truly industry-altering change for everyone,” the CEO added.