SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)
November 2, 2020
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
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121 South 13th Street, Suite 100
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Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure.
On November 2, 2020, Nelnet Bank, a subsidiary of Nelnet, Inc. (the “Company”), issued a press release announcing the launch of Nelnet Bank on November 2, 2020. Nelnet Bank provides student loan refinancing, with plans to offer additional private loan options for students in 2021. A copy of the press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this report.
On November 2, 2020, the Company obtained final approval from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation ("FDIC") for federal deposit insurance and for a bank charter from the Utah Department of Financial Institutions ("UDFI") in connection with the establishment of Nelnet Bank. Nelnet Bank will operate as an internet Utah-chartered industrial bank franchise focused on the private education loan marketplace, with a home office in Salt Lake City, Utah.
As previously reported, prior to FDIC approval, Nelnet Bank, the Company (the parent), and Michael S. Dunlap (the Company’s controlling shareholder) entered into a Capital and Liquidity Maintenance Agreement and a Parent Company Agreement with the FDIC in connection with the Company’s role as a source of financial strength for Nelnet Bank. As part of the Capital and Liquidity Maintenance Agreement, the Company is obligated to (i) contribute capital to Nelnet Bank for it to maintain capital levels that meet FDIC requirements for a “well capitalized” bank, including a leverage ratio of capital to total assets of at least 12 percent; (ii) provide and maintain a revolving line of credit for the benefit of Nelnet Bank in an amount equal to the greater of either 10 percent of Nelnet Bank’s total assets or such additional amount as agreed to by Nelnet Bank and the Company; (iii) provide additional liquidity to Nelnet Bank in such amount and duration as may be necessary for Nelnet Bank to meet its ongoing liquidity obligations; and (iv) establish and maintain a pledged deposit of $40.0 million with Nelnet Bank.
On November 2, 2020, Nelnet Bank was funded by the Company with an initial capital contribution of $100.0 million, consisting of $55.9 million of cash and $44.1 million of student loan asset-backed securities. In addition, the Company made a pledged deposit of $40.0 million with Nelnet Bank, as required under the Capital and Liquidity Maintenance Agreement with the FDIC.
Nelnet Bank will operate as a subsidiary of the Company, and the industrial bank charter allows the Company to maintain its other diversified business offerings.
The above information and Exhibit 99.1 shall not be deemed filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”), nor shall such information and Exhibit be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933 or the Exchange Act, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.
The foregoing discussion under this Item 7.01 includes forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. In connection therewith, see the discussion below under the caption “Forward-looking and cautionary statements,” which is incorporated under this Item 7.01 by reference.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
(d) Exhibits. The following exhibits are furnished or filed as part of this report:
* Furnished herewith
** Filed herewith
Forward-looking and cautionary statements
This report contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities laws. The words “anticipate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “will,” and similar expressions, as well as statements in future tense, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements are based on management's current expectations as of the date of this report and are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results or performance to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such risks include, but are not limited to: risks and uncertainties of the expected benefits from Nelnet Bank obtaining an industrial bank charter, including the ability to successfully conduct banking operations and achieve expected market penetration; risks related to the severity, magnitude, and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, including changes in the macroeconomic environment and consumer behavior, restrictions on business, educational, individual, or travel activities intended to slow the spread of the pandemic, and volatility in market conditions resulting from the pandemic; cybersecurity risks, including potential disruptions to systems, disclosure of confidential information, and/or damage to reputation resulting from cyber-breaches; and other risks and uncertainties set forth in the “Risk Factors” sections of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2020 and June 30, 2020. All forward-looking statements contained in this report are qualified by these cautionary statements and are made only as of the date of this report. Although the Company may from time to time voluntarily update or revise its prior forward-looking statements to reflect actual results or changes in the Company’s expectations, the Company disclaims any commitment to do so except as required by securities laws.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Date: November 2, 2020 By: /s/ JAMES D. KRUGER
Name: James D. Kruger
Title: Chief Financial Officer