Detroit-based Rocket Companies, the new publicly traded firm that includes Dan Gilbert’s Quicken Loans, announced a massive profit Wednesday in its first earnings report since its IPO last month.
Rocket reported net income of $3.4 billion in the second quarter that ended June 30, compared to a net loss of $54 million during the same three-month period last year.
The company also did a record $72.3 billion in closed loans, which was 126% more than the same period in 2019.
Rocket closed Wednesday at $31.30, up about 2%.
“Record low interest rates are driving demand for home loans,” Rocket Companies CEO Jay Farner told Wall Street analysts.
Quicken Loans and other mortgage lenders have seen a flurry of business during the COVID-19 pandemic, largely because super-low interest rates are prompting many borrowers to refinance their mortgage.
The majority of Quicken Loan’s mortgage business is refinancing.
The stock has been on a tear since its Aug. 6 debut at $18 a share on the New York Stock Exchange.
Rocket’s initial offering was below the company’s $20 to $22 target price because, according to a report in Bloomberg, investors thought it should be priced more like a consumer or financial company, not a tech company.
The IPO amounted to selling about 8% of the company.
Rocket also reported Wednesday that prior to the IPO, it distributed $2.26 billion to its parent company Rock Holdings.
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