NEW YORK & CHARLOTTE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sunlight Financial, a premier, technology-enabled point-of-sale financing company in the process of completing a business combination with Apollo-affiliated Spartan Acquisition Corp. II (NYSE: SPRQ), today announced that more than $4 billion in loans have been originated through Sunlight’s proprietary technology platform, Orange®.
“We are proud to have surpassed the $4 billion milestone in funded loan originations through our proprietary Orange® platform, and excited to help homeowners transition to clean energy and save money,” said Sunlight Financial Chief Executive Officer Matt Potere. “Our platform continues to deliver best-in-class credit quality and industry-low default rates to our capital providers, which in turn reduces Sunlight’s cost of capital and facilitates the Sunlight process and product innovations that help our partner contractors grow.”
Sunlight’s integrated end-to-end platform, driven by advanced automated underwriting and loan processing, delivers instant credit decisions and affordable solar and home improvement loans to homeowners nationwide. Through disciplined risk management, Sunlight has achieved exceptional loan performance and industry-low credit losses for its broad and diverse set of capital providers.
More than 15,000 professionals use Sunlight’s technology to simplify and streamline the sale and installation of residential solar systems and other home improvements. The approximately 125,000 solar systems financed through Orange® will produce enough solar energy to avoid the emission of more than 12.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
Sunlight partners can download the latest version of Orange® via iOS and Android. Prospective partners can learn more about Sunlight and apply to partner with Sunlight at https://sunlightfinancial.com/enroll/.
On January 23, 2021, Sunlight entered into a business combination agreement with Spartan Acquisition Corp. II (NYSE: SPRQ). The business combination is expected to close during the second quarter of 2021. Upon closing of the transaction, the combined public company will be named Sunlight Financial Holdings Inc. Sunlight Financial LLC will be the new public holding company’s sole operating subsidiary and Sunlight’s existing management team will continue to lead the business. Sunlight will be listed on NYSE and has reserved the ticker “SUNL” for use by the Company post-completion of the business combination with Spartan.
About Sunlight Financial
Sunlight Financial is a premier, technology-enabled point-of-sale finance company. Sunlight partners with contractors nationwide to provide homeowners with financing for the installation of residential solar systems and other home improvements. Sunlight’s best-in-class technology and deep credit expertise simplify and streamline consumer finance, ensuring a fast and frictionless process for both contractors and homeowners. For more information, visit www.sunlightfinancial.com.
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Important Information for Investors
In connection with the transactions (the “Transactions”) contemplated by that certain Business Combination Agreement, dated as of January 23, 2021, by and among Sunlight Financial LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (“Sunlight”), Spartan Acquisition Corp. II, a Delaware corporation (“Spartan”), and their subsidiaries and affiliates party thereto, Spartan has filed a Registration Statement on Form S-4 (File No. 333-254589) (the “Registration Statement”) with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), which includes a preliminary proxy statement/prospectus of Spartan. Additionally, Spartan will periodically file other relevant materials with the SEC in connection with the Transactions. After the Registration Statement has been cleared by the SEC, a definitive proxy statement (the “Proxy Statement”) will be mailed to Spartan’s stockholders. Copies will be accessible free of charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. SECURITY HOLDERS OF SPARTAN AND SUNLIGHT ARE URGED TO READ (1) THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT, (2) THE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS (INCLUDING ALL AMENDMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTS THERETO), (3) OTHER DOCUMENTS RELATING TO THE TRANSACTIONS THAT WILL BE FILED WITH THE SEC BY SPARTAN, AND (4) ADDITIONAL PRESS RELEASES FROM SUNLIGHT AND SPARTAN FOUND ON THEIR RESPECTIVE WEBSITES, CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE, BECAUSE SUCH DOCUMENTS WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE TRANSACTIONS. The information contained on, or that may be accessed through, the websites referenced in this press release is not incorporated by reference into, and is not a part of, this press release.
Participants in the Solicitation
Spartan and its directors and officers may be deemed participants in the solicitation of proxies of Spartan’s shareholders in connection with the proposed business combination. Security holders may obtain more detailed information regarding the names, affiliations and interests of certain of Spartan’s executive officers and directors in the solicitation by reading Spartan’s preliminary proxy statement/prospectus in the Registration Statement and Spartan’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, filed with the SEC on March 11, 2021 and the other relevant materials filed with the SEC in connection with the business combination when they become available. Information concerning the interests of Spartan’s participants in the solicitation, which may, in some cases, be different than those of their stockholders generally, is set forth in the preliminary proxy statement/prospectus relating to the business combination.