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Description of Business and Recent Accounting Developments

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Description of Business and Recent Accounting Developments
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2021
Organization, Consolidation and Presentation of Financial Statements [Abstract]  
Description of Business and Recent Accounting Developments Description of Business and Recent Accounting Developments
Description and Organization

Clear Secure, Inc. (“the Company”) was incorporated as a Delaware corporation on March 2, 2021 for the purpose of facilitating an initial public offering (“IPO”) and other related transactions in order to carry on the business of Alclear Holdings, LLC and its wholly owned subsidiaries (collectively referred to as ”Alclear”).
The Company (together with its consolidated subsidiaries, ”CLEAR”, “we”, “us”, “our”) is a holding company and its principal asset is the controlling equity interest in Alclear. Alclear was formed as a Delaware limited liability company on January 21, 2010 and operates under the terms of the Amended and Restated Operating Agreement dated June 29, 2021 (the “Operating Agreement”). As the sole managing member of Alclear, the Company will operate and control all of the business and affairs of Alclear, and through Alclear and its subsidiaries, conducts the Company’s business.
The Company operates a secure identity platform operating under the brand name CLEAR in the United States. CLEAR’s current offerings include: CLEAR Plus, a consumer aviation subscription service which enables access to predictable and fast experiences through dedicated entry lanes in airport security checkpoints nationwide, the flagship CLEAR App and CLEAR Pass for U.S. Customs and Border Protection ("CBP") Mobile Passport Control, a free to use mobile app that streamlines entry into the United States.
Reorganization and Initial Public Offering

On June 29, 2021, prior to the completion of the offering of the Company’s shares of Class A common stock, $0.00001 par value per share (the “Class A common stock”), the Company, Alclear and its subsidiaries consummated an internal reorganization (the “Reorganization”) which resulted in the following:

Clear Secure, Inc. became the sole managing member of Alclear.

The certificate of incorporation of Clear Secure, Inc. was amended and restated to authorize the Company to issue four classes of common stock: Class A common stock, Class B common stock, Class C common stock and Class D common stock. The Class A common stock and Class C common stock provide holders with one vote per share on all matters submitted to a vote of stockholders, and the Class B common stock and Class D common stock provide holders with twenty votes per share on all matters submitted to a vote of stockholders. The holders of Class C common stock and Class D common stock do not have any of the economic rights (including rights to dividends and distributions upon liquidation) provided to holders of Class A common stock and Class B common stock.

The Company converted all issued units in Alclear to Alclear Units (“Alclear Units”) having a value equal to the amount that would have been distributed in a hypothetical liquidation and certain members exchanged their Alclear Units for an equal number of Class A common stock.

Alclear Investments, LLC, an entity controlled by Ms. Caryn Seidman-Becker, our Chief Executive Officer and co-founder, and Alclear Investments II, LLC, an entity controlled by Mr. Kenneth Cornick, our President, Chief Financial Officer and co-founder, each made a capital contribution of Alclear Units in exchange for the issuance of Class B common stock.

The members of Alclear, including Alclear Investments, LLC and Alclear Investments II, LLC, subscribed for and purchased shares of the Company’s Class C common stock and Class D common stock at a purchase price of $0.00001 per share and in an amount equal to the number of Alclear Units held by such members.
The Company entered into a Tax Receivable Agreement (“TRA”) which generally provides for payment by the Company to the remaining members of Alclear, the “TRA Holders”, of 85% of the net cash savings, if any, in U.S. federal, state and local income tax and franchise tax that the Company actually realizes or is deemed to realize in certain circumstances. The Company will retain the benefit of the remaining 15% of these net cash savings.

Alclear is treated as a partnership for U.S. federal income tax purposes and, as such, is itself generally not subject to U.S. federal income tax under current U.S. tax laws. Clear Secure, Inc, as a member of Alclear, will be required to take into account for U.S. federal income tax purposes its distributive share of the items of income, gain, loss and deduction of Alclear.

As the Reorganization is considered a transaction between entities under common control, the condensed consolidated financial statements for periods prior to the IPO and Reorganization have been adjusted to combine the previously separate entities for presentation purposes. Prior to the Reorganization, Clear Secure, Inc. had not engaged in any business or other activities, except in connection with its formation.

On July 2, 2021, the Company completed the IPO of its Class A common stock. In the IPO, the Company sold an aggregate of 15,180,000 shares of Class A common stock, $0.00001 par value per share, at an offering price of $31 per share including as a result of the underwriters exercising their option to purchase up to 1,980,000 shares of Class A common stock. As a result, Clear Secure, Inc. received net proceeds from the IPO of approximately $444,698 after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions. Refer to Notes 4 and 21 for further details.
Recently Adopted Accounting Pronouncements
Emerging Growth Company Status
The Company is an emerging growth company (“EGC”), as defined in the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 (the “JOBS Act”). Under the JOBS Act, emerging growth companies can delay adopting new or revised accounting standards issued subsequent to the enactment of the JOBS Act until such time as those standards apply to private companies. The Company has elected to use this extended transition period for complying with new or revised accounting standards that have different effective dates for public and private companies, until the earlier of the date that it (i) is no longer an emerging growth company or (ii) affirmatively and irrevocably opts out of the extended transition period provided in the JOBS Act. As a result, these condensed consolidated financial statements may not be comparable to companies that comply with the new or revised accounting pronouncements as of public company effective dates.
Intangibles Assets
In August 2018, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued updated guidance on accounting for implementation costs incurred in a cloud computing arrangement that is a service contract. The Company adopted this guidance as of January 1, 2021 and in accordance with the new guidance, applied it prospectively to implementation costs incurred after the adoption as allowed by the standard. The adoption did not have a material effect on the Company’s condensed consolidated financial statements.
Simplifying the Accounting for Income Taxes
In December 2019, FASB issued updated guidance simplifying the accounting for income taxes by eliminating certain exceptions to the guidance in ASC 740 related to intra-period tax allocations and the methodology for calculating income taxes in an interim period. The guidance also simplifies aspects of the accounting for franchise taxes as well as enacted changes in tax laws or rates and clarifies the accounting for transactions that result in a step-up in the tax basis of goodwill. The Company adopted this guidance as of January 1, 2021. The adoption of this accounting pronouncement did not have a material impact on the Company’s condensed consolidated financial statements.
Related Party Guidance for Variable Interest Entities
In October 2018, the FASB issued updated guidance that requires consideration of indirect interest held through related parties under common control for determining whether fees paid to decision makers and service providers are variable interests. The amendments are required to be applied retrospectively with a cumulative-effect adjustment. The Company adopted the new guidance as of January 1, 2021 and its application did not have a material impact to the Company’s condensed consolidated financial statements.
Recent Accounting Pronouncements Not Yet Adopted
Leases
In February 2016, the FASB issued ASU No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842) (ASU 2016-02), and issued subsequent amendments to the initial guidance and transitional guidance between January 2018 and June 2020 within ASU 2018-01, ASU 2018-10, ASU 2018-11, ASU 2018-20, ASU 2019-01, ASU 2019-10 and ASU 2020-05, which will require lessees to recognize a right-of-use asset and a lease liability, initially measured at the present value of the lease payments, in its consolidated balance sheets for operating leases. This update also requires a lessee to recognize a single lease cost, calculated so that the cost of the lease is allocated over the lease term, on a generally straight-line basis. Public companies were required to adopt ASU 2016-02 for reporting periods after December 15, 2018. In 2020, ASU 2016-02 was amended to extend the adoption date for nonpublic entities and EGCs. Accordingly, the effective date of ASU 2016-02 as amended, is fiscal periods beginning after December 15, 2021, with early adoption permitted beginning December 15, 2018. The Company plans to adopt this guidance as of January 1, 2022 and is currently evaluating the potential impact of adopting this new accounting guidance.
Current Expected Credit Losses
In June 2016, the FASB issued ASU No. 2016-13, Financial Instruments—Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments (ASU 2016-13), to replace the incurred loss impairment methodology under current U.S. GAAP with a methodology that reflects expected credit losses and requires consideration of a broader range of reasonable and supportable information to inform credit loss estimates. The Company will be required to use a forward-looking expected credit loss model for accounts receivable, loans, and other financial instruments. Public companies were required to adopt ASU 2016-13 for reporting periods after December 15, 2019. In 2019, ASU 2016-13 was amended to extend the adoption date for nonpublic entities and EGCs. Accordingly, the effective date of ASU 2016-13, as amended, is fiscal periods beginning after December 15, 2022, with early adoption permitted beginning December 15, 2018. The Company plans to adopt this guidance as of January 1, 2023 and is currently evaluating the potential impact of adopting this new accounting guidance.