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Iress sells UK mortgage business, advancing transformation strategy

By Reporter
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In a strategic move to streamline operations and strengthen its balance sheet, Iress has announced the sale of its UK Mortgage Sales & Originations business.

In an ASX announcement on Friday, Iress said it is selling its UK mortgage business to Bain Capital Tech Opportunities LP for £85m ($AU164.3m).

This divestment, the third and largest under Iress’ transformation strategy, signifies a significant step forward for the company.

Iress acquired the UK mortgage business over 10 years ago, during which time it has become a leading provider of mortgage origination software in the UK.

Iress Group CEO, Marcus Price, said: “MSO is recognised as the most advanced end-to-end software of its kind and has changed mortgage lending in the UK with its scalable, customer-focused value proposition".

"Our decision last year to focus on our core strengths means now is the right time for the Mortgages business to build on the strength of its product platform under new ownership," Price noted.

“It is perhaps the most significant milestone achieved to date in Iress’ transformation, which sets out our plans to simplify our structure, create a more transparent and sustainable business and find new owners for businesses which are no longer strategically aligned to Iress’ objectives."

The proceeds of the transaction are expected to make a "material difference" to Iress’ net debt position, strengthening its balance sheet and providing greater ability to double-down and invest for growth in its core businesses of wealth, trading and market data, and superannuation.

Net proceeds from the sale are expected to be approximately £70-73m ($AU135-141m ), with the completion of the sale anticipated by the middle of the year.

The transaction follows the divestments of the MFA and Platform businesses, as part of Iress’ strategy of simplifying its operations and divesting non-core businesses to retire debt.