Opendoor, the well-funded iBuying startup, is officially set to go public after merging with Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings Corp. II, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), it was announced Sept. 15. The transaction gives Opendoor an enterprise value of $4.8 billion.
“We founded Opendoor to make it simple and instant to buy and sell a home, to delight customers and make their lives less stressful, and to build an iconic, once in a generation company,” Opendoor CEO Eric Wu, said in a statement. “This is one of many milestones towards our mission and will help us accelerate the path towards building the digital one-stop-shop to move.”
Social Capital II is a SPAC or “blank-check” company, which is already publicly listed. Employing an SPAC has become trendy for tech companies in the current economic climate. A SPAC is essentially a shell company that acquires another company with the sole purpose of taking it public and has no other business.
It’s CEO Chamath Palihapitiya, is also the chairman of Virgin Galactic, another company Social Capital took public, through what he calls the “IPO 2.0 platform.”
“We created the IPO 2.0 platform to identify and partner with iconic technology companies with proven management teams and assist in their transition to the public markets,” Palihapitiya said. “Opendoor perfectly embodies this vision.”
“The Company is transforming the $1.6 trillion residential real estate market by combining a superior user experience, streamlined operations and machine learning to create a seamless digital experience.”
The release also gave some of the first insight into Opendoor’s operations. In a statement, the company revealed that it sold more than 18,000 homes, generating $4.7 billion in revenue in 2019. For comparison, Zillow’s homes segment — the area of the business under which Zillow Offers, Opendoor’s top competitor, operates — generated $1.3 billion in revenue in 2019.
Since its founding, Opendoor has served more than 80,000 customers and sold an estimated $10 billion in homes.
Opendoor, according to its U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing, posted an adjusted net loss of $327 million in 2019, up from the adjusted net loss of $192 million in 2018. In the first quarter of 2020, it posted an adjusted net loss of $56 million.
The public listing will give Opendoor an estimated $1 billion influx of capital, which the company plans to use to grow market share in existing markets, expand to new markets and launch new products with the goal of becoming a “one-stop-shop” for consumers, according to a spokesperson.
Opendoor has ambitious short-term revenue goals, with projections to hit $9.8 billion in revenue in 2023 and 37,689 homes sold in 2023.
The investor presentation does give some insight into how deeply the initial wave of COVID-19 impacted the company. Despite reaching $4.7 billion in revenue in 2019, Opendoor only projects to hit $2.5 billion in revenue in 2020 and $3.5 billion in revenue in 2021.
The company, like its competitors, was temporarily forced to suspend the homebuying aspect of its platform in March, before returning to all markets, in mid-August. It also laid off approximately 35 percent of its workforce at the height of the pandemic.