Crypto Giant Circle Eyes Wall Street Debut with Confidential IPO Filing

Circle Internet Financial Makes Strides Towards U.S. Public Listing

Jan 11, 2024 - 09:26
Jan 11, 2024 - 09:26
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Crypto Giant Circle Eyes Wall Street Debut with Confidential IPO Filing
Crypto Giant Circle Eyes Wall Street Debut with Confidential IPO Filing

Circle Internet Financial, the firm responsible for the USDC stablecoin, has discreetly submitted documentation for an initial public offering (IPO) in the United States. This strategic move is part of the company's vision to transition into a publicly traded entity, allowing individuals to invest in its shares.

Situated in Boston, Circle oversees the creation and governance of the USDC, a type of cryptocurrency pegged to the U.S. dollar. However, specific details regarding the number of shares slated for sale and the proposed price range remain undisclosed.

The IPO is anticipated to occur following the completion of the review process by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The timing is contingent on various factors, including market conditions, as outlined by the company. Despite a setback in a previous attempt to go public in 2022, where Circle indicated a valuation of $9 billion through a special-purpose acquisition company, the CEO, Jeremy Allaire, expressed the company's continued commitment to the IPO journey.

The USDC stands as the second-largest stablecoin globally, trailing only Tether. Moreover, it holds the seventh position among all cryptocurrencies, as reported by CoinGecko, a prominent cryptocurrency market tracking platform. These tokens are backed by real currency and short-term Treasury bonds. Presently, the circulation of USDC tokens amounts to approximately $25 billion, reflecting a decline from the peak of over $56 billion observed in mid-2022.

The cryptocurrency industry faced challenges in 2022, marked by declining token values and heightened investor caution. Notable crypto firms, including FTX, experienced financial difficulties. Responding to industry dynamics, Circle implemented layoffs in July 2023 and redirected focus away from non-core business areas.

Circle's decision to pursue a public listing aligns with the broader trend of crypto companies seeking public exposure amid market uncertainties. This move follows a period of reduced deal activity due to elevated interest rates and market instability. In a similar vein, other entities, such as Apex Fintech and Apollo-owned Aspen Insurance, are also exploring U.S. IPOs, with Apex Fintech having confidentially filed in December and Aspen Insurance considering a public offering in 2024.

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