Understanding The News: Is Ellie Mae Preparing For Another Acquisition?

*Is Ellie Mae Preparing For Another Acquisition?*
**Selling Shares**

***Ellie Mae intends to offer, subject to market and other conditions, 3,000,000 shares of its common stock. In addition, Ellie Mae expects to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase an additional 465,245 shares of common stock to cover over-allotments, if any. Certain of Ellie Mae’s directors and executive officers also intend to offer 101,638 shares of common stock. Ellie Mae intends to use the net proceeds from this offering for working capital and general corporate purposes, which may include the acquisition of, or investment in, technologies, solutions or businesses that complement the company’s business.

****Ellie Mae will not receive any proceeds from the sale of common stock by the selling stockholders. William Blair & Company, L.L.C. and JMP Securities LLC are acting as joint book-running managers of the offering. Needham & Company, LLC, Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., D.A. Davidson & Co. and Wunderlich Securities, Inc. are acting as co-managers of the offering.

****Ellie Mae has filed a registration statement (including a prospectus) with the SEC for the offering to which this communication relates. Before you invest, you should read the prospectus in that registration statement and the applicable prospectus supplement and other documents Ellie Mae has filed or will file with the SEC for more complete information about Ellie Mae and the offering. You may get these documents for free by visiting EDGAR on the SEC website at www.sec.gov.

****Alternatively, a copy of the prospectus may be obtained from the offices of William Blair & Company at 222 West Adams Street, Chicago, IL 60606; Attention: Prospectus Department or by email at prospectus@williamblair.com or by phone at (800) 621-0687 or JMP Securities LLC at 600 Montgomery Street, Suite 1100, San Francisco, CA 94111 or by email at ccornell@jmpsecurities.com or by phone at (415) 835-8985.