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Wells Fargo Agrees to Sell Private Student Loan Portfolio

2020-12-18 17:15 ET - News Release

SAN FRANCISCO -- (Business Wire)

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) announced today it has entered into an agreement to sell its private student loan portfolio to investors, with Firstmark, a division of Nelnet (NYSE: NNI), assuming responsibility for servicing the portfolio upon the sale.

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External view of a Wells Fargo building with a glass front and individuals walking by on the sidewalk. (Photo: Business Wire)

Wells Fargo notified customers in September of its intention to exit the private student loan business. The company will continue to accept new student loan applications from existing private student loan customers until January 28, 2021.

As of September 30, 2020, the principal balance of the private student loan portfolio was $10.0 billion. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2021.

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC served as exclusive financial advisor, and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP served as legal counsel, to Wells Fargo in connection with the transaction.

More information is available for Wells Fargo student loan customers here.

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.92 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through 7,200 locations, more than 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 31 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 30 on Fortune’s 2020 rankings of America’s largest corporations. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.

Additional information may be found at www.wellsfargo.com | Twitter: @WellsFargo

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Manuel Venegas, 213.269.2723

Investor Relations
John Campbell, 415.396.0523

Source: Wells Fargo & Company

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