Bitcoin futures exchange Bakkt is going public via a merger with VPC Impact Acquisition Holdings, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) created for taking startup firms public.
Both companies have now confirmed the transaction, and will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under a new name – Bakkt Holdings Inc., – sometime in the second quarter of 2021. Rumours about the deal have swelled since early January.
After the merger, Bakkt is expected to have an enterprise value of $2.1 billion, the company announced on Jan. 11. Bakkt was founded by Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), owners of the NYSE, in 2018 as an institutional crypto trading platform. But the exchange has faced stiff competition from market leaders such as the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME).
According to the announcement, the exchange will also raise an additional $582 million through a private placement, leveraging existing cash at VPC Impact Acquisition Holdings and contributions from ICE.
The money is expected