USDC Issuer Circle Eyes Fresh IPO After Failed 2022 Bid

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USDC Issuer Circle Eyes Fresh IPO
  • Circle is reportedly planning an early 2024 IPO.
  • The company is the issuer of USDC, the second-largest stablecoin.
  • Circle’s plans for an IPO in 2022 had failed.

Circle Internet Financial LTD., the parent company of the USDC stablecoin, is planning for an early 2024 public offering. Circle was valued at $9 billion when it tried to go public in 2022. The company has not yet outlined a timeline for the IPO. 

Circle had planned a 2022 public offering through a merger with the Concord Acquisition Corp., in a blank-check deal. Companies use blank-check deals to raise money through an IPO to complete a merger or acquisition with another company. The company was valued at $9 billion before its planned IPO. A combination of timing hurdles, market volatility, and a depressed crypto market were behind the deal’s collapse. 

Circle has not officially commented on the IPO, nor has it shared any information on its target valuation. Though the company has always stated its goal to be a public company, there is no certainty that it will go through with its plans to debut in the stock market. The firm had, in 2022, raised money from Wall Street heavyweights like BlackRock Inc., Fidelity Management and Research LLC, and Marshall Wace LLP.

Circle’s USDC is the second-largest stablecoin behind Tether. The token is pegged to the US Dollar and is a popular asset used to transfer assets between exchanges. Circle was in the news in 2022 due to its reserves in crypto-friendly banks, including Silicon Valley and Silvergate Bank. The company’s $3.3 billion exposure to the failed banks triggered a crash in the value of the USDC.

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