SmartRent.com, Inc. (“SmartRent”) has entered into a definitive business combination agreement with Fifth Wall Acquisition Corp. I (NASDAQ: FWAA) (“FWAA”), a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) sponsored by an affiliate of Fifth Wall, the largest venture capital firm focused on the global real estate industry and proptech. Upon the closing of the transaction, the combined company will be publicly traded.
SmartRent: Bringing Accessibility and Efficiency to the Real Estate Industry
SmartRent is the category-leading smart home operating system for residential property owners and managers, homebuilders, home buyers, and residents. Founded in 2017, SmartRent is a proptech company that provides the real estate industry with deeply integrated, brand-agnostic hardware and software solutions.
SmartRent’s IoT operating system enables property owners, operators, and developers to decrease the complexities of property management, lower operating costs, and increase revenue. Before SmartRent, the real estate industry lacked an integrated software management platform that could deliver a smart home experience for real estate operators. Using their breadth and depth of experience as real estate operators, SmartRent’s founding team members pioneered an open-architecture, hardware-agnostic operating system for residential owners while also launching a fully employed national field services team to execute installations for both new construction and retrofitted properties, making SmartRent’s product highly attractive to real estate owners across all property types, segments, and regions.
As a clear industry leader, SmartRent has more residential units installed and states served than all of its competitors combined. In addition, SmartRent intends to leverage Fifth Wall’s investor base of international real estate owners as the company expands into Western Europe, Japan, Southeast Asia, and more.
Sustainability-Minded Owners Value SmartRent
Residential real estate is the nation’s single-largest consumer of electricity and accounts for 21% of total U.S. energy consumption. If all rental buildings adopted SmartRent systems, U.S. energy consumption would decrease by up to 4%. Owners and residents alike value SmartRent’s sustainable model, which saves electricity by rationalizing energy consumption based on property usage, and can also reduce maintenance costs by monitoring for issues such as water leaks. As a result, owners deploying SmartRent technologies can both reduce carbon emissions and prevent catastrophic water leaks and damage to residential assets.
Expected Path to Profitability and Attractive Growth Potential
SmartRent expects to achieve positive EBITDA by 2022. Eighty percent of the company’s unit projections for 2021-2022 come from already committed units.1 It has a growing base of recurring revenue and has seen 0% customer churn since inception. As the largest proptech investor in the world, Fifth Wall intends to support SmartRent’s growth strategy of deepening its relationship and applications with existing customers; pursuing an ambitious global growth strategy with new customers and geographic markets; and evaluating an ongoing M&A strategy.
Having emerged as the category leader in the U.S., SmartRent is the only company among its peers poised to penetrate the multibillion-dollar smart home management market on a global scale across all asset classes in both retrofit and new development. From existing customers alone, SmartRent has an opportunity to generate up to $1.5 billion in annual revenue. The company’s targeted market opportunity is larger than that of its competitors, since it is looking at a broader universe of markets that currently lack comparable solutions.
The equity value of the combined company is $2.2 billion at the $10.00 per share PIPE subscription price and assuming no public shareholders of FWAA exercise their redemption rights.
The combined company is expected to have up to approximately $513 million in cash at closing, including $345 millionof cash held in FWAA from its initial public offering on February 5, 2021 (assuming no redemption requests by FWAA shareholders in connection with the transaction). The transaction is further supported by a $155 million PIPE at $10 per share from leading real estate companies, SmartRent customers, and institutional financial investors, including Starwood Capital Group, Lennar, Invitation Homes, Koch Real Estate Investments, Baron Capital Group, D1 Capital Partners L.P., Long Pond Capital, LP, and Conversant Capital LLC. After the merger, SmartRent’s existing shareholders are expected to own approximately 73% of the pro forma company at close.
SmartRent and FWAA are aligning long-term interests. The founder shares of FWAA’s sponsor are locked up for periods of up to three years. Additionally, we expect that by closing, all of the shares held by SmartRent’s existing shareholders will be subject to a six-month lockup post-closing. No SPAC warrants have been issued, and as a result, shareholders will benefit from less dilution and a simpler capital structure.
The transaction has been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both SmartRent and FWAA. It is expected to close in the third quarter 2021, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including the approval of shareholders of both parties.