Stablecoin issuer Circle doubles valuation in new merger deal
You don't see this every day: A SPAC buyer just revised a deal with its target company, doubling the latter's valuation.
Driving the news: Stablecoin issuer Circle inked a new merger agreement with Concord Acquisition Corp., the SPAC it agreed to combine with last July. The new deal values Circle at $9 billion — compared to $4.5 billion under the original terms.
Why it matters: The fact that Circle was able to get better terms reflects just how quickly the market for stablecoins has been growing.
- Circle says the circulation of its main stablecoin, USDC, has grown to $52.5 billion — more than double what it was when the original deal was announced.
- Of note: The deal termination date, April 3, was fast approaching and the merger wasn't on course to close by then, the company said. The new terms mean a fresh clock starts ticking.
What we're watching: The surging growth of stablecoins. The tokens are used as stores of value on crypto trading platforms and are supposed to be redeemable in dollars.
- They are attracting the attention of investors as well as regulators, who say such coins could pose a risk to the financial system, and potentially the economy.