CompoSecure Partners with Bilt to Promote Homeownership to the $500 Billion a Year Rental Market
The Bilt Mastercard is the first-ever credit card that allows cardholders to pay rent and
earn points toward a home down payment with no fees
Somerset, NJ – December 9, 2021 – CompoSecure Holdings, L.L.C. (“CompoSecure”), a leading provider of premium financial payment cards and an emergent provider of cryptocurrency storage and security solutions, today announced that it is manufacturing the first-ever rental rewards card by Bilt. The Bilt Mastercard promotes homeownership for the nation’s 109 million-plus renters and is the first to be granted regulatory approval to redeem points toward down payments on home mortgages.
Bilt Rewards is the first-ever rewards program for the housing sector and the $500 billion/year rental market. Any renter at any building in the U.S. will now be able to earn points by paying rent through the Bilt Mastercard with no fees. Bilt also offers its loyalty program to residents of properties within the Bilt Rewards Alliance, which includes AMLI Residential, AvalonBay Communities, Blackstone, Camden Property Trust, Cushman & Wakefield, Equity Residential, GID-Windsor Communities, Lennar Corporation, The Moinian Group, Morgan Properties, Related Companies, SL Green Realty Corp., Starwood Capital Group, Trammell Crow Residential, Veritas Investments and more.
“The industry has always seen our premium cards as aspirational, so this card is an ideal fit for renters aiming to become homeowners with the help of the Bilt Mastercard,” said Jon Wilk, President and CEO of CompoSecure, which recently announced it had signed a merger agreement with Roman DBDR Tech Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: DBDR) (“Roman DBDR”), a special purpose acquisition company. “We are especially proud to be a part of this groundbreaking offering — a card that can empower renters to build credit scores and earn rewards toward a down payment on a home.”
The Bilt Mastercard is available now and can be used wherever Mastercard is accepted. For rental properties that do not accept credit card payments, cardholders can still pay their rent with their Bilt Mastercard through the Bilt App and a check will be sent to the landlord on the cardholder’s behalf. Rent payments made through Bilt Mastercard will automatically be reported to credit bureaus, enabling residents to build their credit score with each on-time rent payment. To find out more about Bilt Rewards and the Bilt Mastercard, visit BiltRewards.com.
The Bilt Mastercard will use CompoSecure’s metal dual-interface construction that facilitates contactless purchases. Bilt selected CompoSecure for this innovative card program because of CompoSecure’s ability to bring the program to scale with speed, while providing a superior product experience. For more information on metal payment card design and manufacturing, visit www.composecure.com.
On November 30, 2021, CompoSecure and Roman DBDR announced a special meeting of Roman DBDR stockholders to consider matters related to the proposed business combination with CompoSecure. The meeting will be held on December 23, 2021 at 10:00 a.m., Eastern Time, in a virtual format. Roman DBDR stockholders may attend and vote at the Special Meeting by visiting https://www.cstproxy.com/romandbdr/sm2021 and entering the control number found on their proxy card, voting instruction form or notice included in their proxy materials.
More information about voting and attending the Special Meeting is included in the definitive proxy statement filed by Roman DBDR with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on November 30, 2021, which is available without charge on the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov or https://www.romandbdr.com/investor-relations.
Launched by Kairos HQ, in June 2021, Bilt Rewards is the first-ever loyalty program that allows renters to earn points on rent with no fees and builds a path towards homeownership. Through a partnership with the country’s largest owners including AvalonBay Communities, Equity Residential, Related, Starwood Capital Group and more, Bilt Rewards enables renters in more than two million units across the country to earn points just by paying rent. Bilt Rewards boasts one of the highest value rewards programs on the market today, including one-to-one point transfers to 9 loyalty programs allowing travel across over 100 major airlines and hotel partners; fitness classes at the country’s top boutique studios including SoulCycle, Rumble and Y7; limited-edition and exclusive collections of art and home decor through the Bilt Collection, and the ability to use Bilt points for rent credits or towards a future down payment. Bilt has also partnered with Mastercard to create the Bilt Mastercard – the first and only credit card that can be used to pay rent with no fees at any rental unit in the country. Bilt is a Kairos company. For more information, visit BiltRewards.com.
Founded in 2000, CompoSecure is a pioneer and category leader in premium payment cards and an emergent provider of cryptocurrency and digital asset storage and security solutions. The company focuses on serving the affluent customers of payment card issuers worldwide using proprietary production methods that meet the highest standards of quality and security. The company offers secure, innovative, and durable proprietary products that implement leading-edge engineering capabilities and security. CompoSecure’s mission is to increase clients’ brand equity in the marketplace by offering products and solutions which differentiate the brands they represent, thus elevating cardholder experience. For more information, please visit www.composecure.com. ArculusTM was created with the mission to promote cryptocurrency adoption by making it safe, simple and secure for the average person to buy, sell and store cryptocurrency. With a strong background in security hardware and financial payments, the ArculusTM solution was developed to allow people to use a familiar payment card form factor to manage their cryptocurrency. For more information, please visit www.GetArculus.com.
About Roman DBDR Tech Acquisition Corp.
Roman DBDR is a special purpose acquisition company whose business purpose is to effect a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization, or similar business combination with one or more businesses or entities. While the company may pursue an initial business combination target in any stage of its corporate evolution or in any industry or sector, it intends to focus its search on companies in the technology, media and telecom (“TMT”) industries. The company is led by its Co-Chief Executive Officers, Dr. Donald G. Basile and Dixon Doll, Jr. The company’s experienced board of directors includes former NVCA Chairman and longtime venture capitalist Dixon Doll, Global Net Lease (NYSE: GNL) CEO James L. Nelson, former fund manager Paul Misir, investment banker and investor Arun Abraham, and entrepreneur Alan Clingman. For more information, please visit www.romandbdr.com Roman DBDR raised $236 million in its initial public offering (inclusive of underwriter’s exercise of over-allotment option) in November 2020 and is listed on Nasdaq under the symbol “DBDR”.
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If any of these risks materialize or our assumptions prove incorrect, actual results could differ materially from the results implied by these forward-looking statements. There may be additional risks that none of Roman DBDR or CompoSecure presently know or that Roman DBDR or CompoSecure currently believe are immaterial that could also cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. In addition, forward-looking statements reflect Roman DBDR’s and CompoSecure’s expectations, plans or forecasts of future events and views as of the date of this Press Release. Roman DBDR and CompoSecure anticipate that subsequent events and developments will cause Roman DBDR’s and CompoSecure’s assessments to change. However, while Roman DBDR and CompoSecure may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, Roman DBDR and CompoSecure specifically disclaim any obligation to do so. 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Additional Information about the Proposed Merger and Where to Find It
In connection with the proposed merger, Roman DBDR has filed a definitive proxy statement with the SEC. The documents relating to the proposed merger can be obtained free of charge from the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. These documents can also be obtained free of charge by contacting CompoSecure at: Marc P. Griffin, ICR for CompoSecure, 646-277-1290, [email protected].
Participants in the Solicitation
This communication is not a solicitation of a proxy from any security holder of Roman DBDR. CompoSecure, Roman DBDR and our respective directors, executive officers, other members of management and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from Roman DBDR’s stockholders in connection with the proposed merger. Information regarding the names and interests in the proposed merger of Roman DBDR’s directors and officers is contained Roman DBDR’s filings with the SEC. Additional information regarding the interests of potential participants in the solicitation process has also been included in the definitive proxy statement relating to the proposed merger and other relevant documents filed with the SEC. These documents can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above.