USDC Stablecoin Provider Goes Public in $4.5 Billion Deal

By Dale Warburton July 10, 2021 In Crypto News, Stablecoins

Circle, the company behind USDC, has announced that it will soon become a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in a historic day for crypto and stablecoins.

Details of the Deal

Circle co-founder, chairman and CEO Jeremy Allaire made the announcement on the company’s website and outlined the mechanics and underlying rationale of the transaction.

Allaire noted that the move would be accomplished through a combination with Concord Acquisition Corp, a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). The transaction puts Circle’s enterprise value at US$4.5 billion, and once closed Circle expects to trade on the NYSE under the symbol “CRCL”.

A central component of our mission has been helping to establish and grow USD Coin (USDC), the fastest-growing dollar digital currency in the world. USDC has grown over 3400 percent since early 2021.

Circle co-founder, chairman and CEO Jeremy Allaire

Circle now looks set to become only the second US crypto company to go public after Coinbase’s direct listing earlier this year. 

Growth in Stablecoins

In May, Crypto News Australia reported that the stablecoin market had grown to over US$100 billion. USDC, with a circulating supply of 26 billion, is the second-largest stablecoin behind Tether (USDT), although it is growing much faster.

According to Circle, USDC has now settled $785 billion in on-chain transactions to date and is widely used by various crypto exchanges, fintech clients, and DeFi users worldwide.

Despite their growth, some regulators view stablecoins as a threat to their central bank digital currency (CBDC) projects. Many remain confused about the difference between the two and whether they are able to co-exist or not. For now, those questions remain largely unanswered.

Dale Warburton

Dale Warburton

Dale is a former attorney turned passionate Bitcoiner with an interest in investments, macro, geopolitics, innovation, tech, nature, wildlife, MMA and Bitcoin (of course).

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