A Look at the Expansive Growth of GreenSky Credit

Located in Atlanta, Georgia, GreenSky Credit is a growing financial technology company, according to Wikipedia. The company was established in 2006. Between 2012 through 2016, approximately $5 billion was lent to consumers via the company’s lending program and technology.

GreenSky Credit: Financial Technology for Banks and Merchants

At the heart of GreenSky Credit’s services is providing technology to aid banks and merchants in lending to consumers for targeted expenditures. These include home improvement, solar, elective healthcare and other purchases.

The home GreenSky Credit mobile app allows consumers to seek financing for specific purchases from a wide array of merchants. Indeed, at the present time, approximately 12,000 merchants of different types are connected to the company’s lending technology. These merchants includes retailers of different types, including Home Depot, to numerous contractors.

At the present time, the firm has over 1,000 employees. As with so many things associated with GreenSky, its workforce has been increasing in number with each passing year. The company is headed up by its co-founder, David Zalik. Zalik holds the title of chief executive officer. Gerry Benjamin is the vice chairman of the enterprise. Tim Kaliban is the president of GreenSky. The management team gets high marks from financial publications like Forbes.

Capitalization and Valuation of GreenSky Credit

By 2016, the CEO of the company announced that the enterprise was profitable. A valuation of the company occurred in 2016. According to the Wall Street Journal, the valuation placed GreenSky Credit on the list of the most valuable privately-held financial technology startup enterprises in the United States.

In May 2018, the company set its IPO terms. The established IPO terms were 34.09 million shares at between $21 and $23.

GreenSky Technology Remakes the Lending Scene

GreenSky truly is tacking a leadership role when it comes to lending in the United States. The firm joins other companies in taking on traditional lending structures in the country. Although firms like Greensky are only a small percentage of overall lending in the country, that percentage edges upward with each passing year. This is a trend that is expected to continue into the future.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/laurengensler/2017/08/08/greensky-billionaire-david-zalik-home-improvement-loans/#4bee93c16876

Sahm Adrangi Remains Intent on Shorting St. Joe’s

Today, Sahm Adrangi is the Chief Investment Officer of Kerrisdale Capital, but it was in 2011 that he burst onto the investment scene by shorting several prominent Chinese companies, while also exposing their fraudulent practices. In a recent report, Sahm Adrangi and Kerrisdale Capital set their sites on St. Joe Company, which was recently given a valuation of $1 billion. In Sahm Adrangi’s report, he cites much of the land owned by St. Joe Company, as “over-valued and over-hyped,” as the majority of the land is separated from the prime real estate locations of the Panama Beach area. According to Sahm Adrangi’s assessment, St. Joe Company is 40 percent less valuable than what is being publicly projected. While this possibility presents a major blow to the shareholders of St. Joe Company, a number of new issues regarding their primary shareholder, Fairholme Fund, as well as the longstanding stagnation regarding commercial development, complicate the whole of the problem exponentially.

St. Joe Company was recently given this high valuation due to the potential of their plan to commercialize the Panama Beach area, building a new retiree destination. The major is issues lies in the fact that, much of the land to be commercialized by St. Joe Company, is swampland located in remote areas. These areas are not likely to be commercialized in the near future, and much of St. Joe Company’s prime real estate, has already been used.

Fairholme Fund currently owns 22.7 million shares of St. Joe Company stock, making them the largest shareholder. New regulations implemented by the Securities and Exchange Commission will require that 10 million of Fairholme Fund’s St. Joe Company shares, be liquidated. According to Sahm Adrangi, this liquidation process would need to be completed by December 1, 2018, but with the number of trading days left on the calendar, this would be a virtual impossibility without affecting the share price of St. Joe Company. The role of Bruce Berkowitz also presents a major problem for St. Joe Company, being that he is both, the fund manager of Fairholme Fund, and the chairman of the board at St. Joe Company.

https://endpts.com/kerrisdales-sahm-adrangi-leads-a-brutal-new-biotech-short-attack-as-trial-results-loom/

Shervin Pishevar’s Vision For American Infrastructure

There is some fascinating economic news pouring out of the twitter account of Shervin Pishevar. The capitalist knows the economy. He was an early investor in Uber which has seen incredible success and he founded Sherpa Capital.

But Shervin Pishevar has been in hiding of late. Enemies that he has picked up along the way are attempting to harm his image. They have flung sexual harassment accusations at him which has made it difficult for the capitalist to run his own company. He resigned his post at Sherpa Capital because he doesn’t want his enemies to harm his company while they try to defame his image. He’s been silent ever since.

You can certainly tell that he misses his work. His tweet storm centers around the economy, the stock market, technology, investments and more. It seems the messages revolve around everything he would be talking about at Sherpa Capital. Instead, he has the Twitter-verse as a captive audience.

One of the most fascinating messages that came out of the 21-tweet storm concerns infrastructure. It’s long been a promise of President Trump to invest money into infrastructure. That has not happened. Instead, American infrastructure has been left to rot and decay. But Shervin Pishevar thinks the American people should start thinking about the long term.

His tweets point to technology innovated by Elon Musk. Shervin Pishevar believes that the American people should invest in something called a hyperloop. This type of transportation essentially uses the same technology that keeps a table hockey puck afloat. But the air pressure can be used to send a train to another city at an unbelievable speed. Engineers believe that they can get a train from Los Angeles to San Fransisco in less than 30 minutes. That’s quicker than a flight from LAX to SFO.

This forward thinking concerning infrastructure is the only way forward. Shervin Pishevar believes that the country needs to stop stalling, living in the past or looking back. Rather, he says the country needs to embrace the technologies of the future, and we need to stop deriding those who innovate these ideas.

http://baltimorepostexaminer.com/elon-musk-shervin-pishevars-hyperloop-maps-d-c-baltimore-route/2018/04/03