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Redfin Shares Slump as It Sells $110 Million in Stock

By Eric Volkman - Mar 30, 2020 at 6:06PM

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An investment firm run by a longtime Redfin investor is buying a mix of the company's common and preferred shares.

Redfin (RDFN 6.69%) will collect $110 million from the sale of its stock, but investors aren't exactly welcoming the cash infusion. 

The online real estate brokerage announced Monday that it has agreed to sell the stock to Durable Capital Partners, a privately held investment firm. For its money, Durable will receive $70 million worth of Redfin common stock at $15.61 per share, and $40 million in convertible preferred stock

The latter security is convertible into Redfin common stock; the conversion price is $19.51 per share if the buyer exercises its option. But it will convert automatically after three years if and when Redfin's common shares close above $27.32 per share for 30 consecutive trading days. If neither of these events occur, the preferred stock is to redeem on Nov. 30, 2024, either in common stock or cash as per the buyer's choice.

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Durable is led by investor Henry Ellenbogen, who has invested in Redfin at various times and through various means since 2013.

In its press release announcing the Durable deal, Redfin said of Ellenbogen that "[i]n chaotic times, he understands our long-term commitments to our culture and our technology, and why those commitments position us to take share in a housing market that is being transformed by this pandemic to be more virtual, convenient and efficient." 

Although Redfin's Q4 results smashed analyst estimates, the company is wading into an uncertain future given the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the real estate business.

Investors didn't cheer Redfin's latest news, likely because that $15.61 common-stock price was under the company's Friday market close of $16.09. On Monday, in contrast to the broader market and the performance of certain top stocks, Redfin's shares declined, albeit marginally.

 

Eric Volkman has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Redfin. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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