Circle Going Public Through $4.5 Billion SPAC Deal With Concord Acquisition (CND)

By Amit Chowdhry ● Jul 8, 2021
  • Global financial technology company Circle announced it entered into a definitive business combination with Concord Acquisition Corp (NYSE: CND) in a deal with an enterprise value of $4.5 billion. These are the details.

Circle — a global financial technology firm that provides payments and treasury infrastructure for internet businesses — announced it has entered into a definitive business combination agreement with Concord Acquisition Corp (NYSE: CND), a publicly-traded special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). Under the terms of the deal, a new Irish holding company will acquire both Concord and Circle and become a publicly-traded company, expected to trade on the NYSE under the symbol “CRCL.” The deal values Circle at an enterprise value of $4.5 billion.

Circle is on a mission of raising global economic prosperity through the frictionless exchange of financial value is being met through a series of internet-native, digital currency powered, transaction, and treasury services that help businesses and financial institutions globally to take advantage of the shift to a digital currency and blockchain powered global financial system. And Circle is the principal operator of the fastest growing dollar digital currency USD Coin (USDC) — which has grown to more than $25 billion in circulation and has supported more than $785 billion in on-chain transactions. This year, USDC in circulation has grown in excess of 3400%, fueling a broadening array of use cases for high-trust, low-friction internet-native payments and settlements.

The business combination is supported by $415 million of capital commitments at $10 per share with participation from top-tier institutional investors including Marshall Wace LLP, Fidelity Management & Research Company LLC, Adage Capital Management LP, accounts advised by ARK Investment Management LLC, and Third Point. Including the contribution of up to $276 million of cash held in Concord Acquisition Corp’s trust account (assuming no redemptions), the transaction is expected to deliver up to $691 million of gross proceeds to the combined company.

Upon the completion of the deal, existing Circle shareholders will maintain approximately 86% ownership interest in the combined company. And proceeds of the transaction will support Circle’s continued growth through ongoing product development in close collaboration with its initial customers. The existing Circle equity holders have the potential to receive an earnout of additional shares of the company, if certain stock price targets are met as set forth in the definitive business combination agreement. The current shareholders of Concord will also become shareholders of the company and will exchange their shares of Concord common stock for equity of the company on a share for share basis.

The deal — which has been unanimously approved by the board of directors of both Concord Acquisition Corp and Circle, and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2021 — is subject to approval by shareholders of Concord and Circle and other customary closing conditions, including any applicable regulatory approvals.

KEY QUOTES:

“Circle is the true pioneer of trusted digital currencies, an increasingly critical part of the global financial system. The firm has earned its exceptionally strong reputation building highly innovative blockchain-enabled products and services within the regulatory perimeter. Circle’s world-class leadership team, its track record of delivery, and extraordinary ambition help position the firm as one of the most exciting companies in the transformation of finance.”

— Bob Diamond, Chairman of Concord Acquisition Corp and CEO of Atlas Merchant Capital

“Circle was founded with a mission to transform the global economic system through the power of digital currencies and the open internet. We’ve made huge strides towards realizing this vision, and through this strategic transaction and ultimate public debut, we are taking an even bigger step forward, with the capital and relationships needed to build a global-scale internet financial services company that can help businesses everywhere to connect into a more open, inclusive and effective global economic system. We are thrilled to partner with Concord’s executive and investment team, drawing on their decades of operating experience growing financial services businesses around the world.”

— Jeremy Allaire, Circle’s co-founder and CEO

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