Circle is going public in a deal that values the crypto financial services firm at $4.5 billion, the company said Thursday.
Circle will go public by way of Concord Acquisition Corp (NYSE: CND), a publicly traded special purpose acquisition corporation (SPAC).
Circle going public puts both members of USDC's Centre Consortium on the public markets. USDC, the stablecoin jointly administered with Coinbase, has surged in popularity in the stablecoin sector with a circulating supply of nearly $26 billion. It's seen by some as the safer cousin to the industry-leading USDT.
Circle recently supported USDC's rollout to Tron, with other blockchains in the works.
Circle also debuted a savings product that could get bigger financial players into crypto markets. Lending market Compound launched a USDC product aimed at neobanks and fintech firms, offering 4% interest on USDC deposits. A similar product, albeit more consumer-focused, was launched by Coinbase shortly after.
“As we look at what we’re building,” Circle co-founder Jeremy Allaire said Thursday in an interview on CNBC, “we just see an incredible opportunity to grow, to grow rapidly and to grow around the world.”
“We’re investing heavily in product development and engineering,” said Allaire, as “blockchain finance becomes the backbone of the global financial system.”
Terms of the deal
Circle's deal with Concord is anticipated to close in Q4 2021, the firms said Thursday.
The deal’s backers lined up an additional $415 million of capital commitments from investors including Marshall Wace, Fidelity, ARK Investment Management’s Adage Capital and Third Point.
Circle's Allaire will remain CEO of the company; Concord Chairman Bob Diamond will join the board.
Concord is run by several former Wall Street veterans who have banded together in recent years to shop for possible acquisitions and other investments in the financial industry. Diamond, the former CEO of Barclays during the financial crisis, resigned from the bank in 2012 during the Libor scandal, where Barclays staff were allegedly involved in helping to manipulate global money-market rates.
Concord shares are up 6.2% in premarket trading, according to Nasdaq.
Concord went public on the New York Stock Exchange in December through a $240 million initial public offering, according to a press release at the time.
Bradley Keoun contributed reporting.
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