Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Description of Business and Recent Accounting Developments

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Description of Business and Recent Accounting Developments
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 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 (“Alclear”) and its wholly owned subsidiaries.
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 operates and controls 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 primarily 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 including Home to Gate and Health Pass; and Reserve powered by CLEAR, our virtual queuing technology that enables customers to manage lines.
Reorganization and IPO

On June 29, 2021, prior to the completion of the IPO 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, $0.00001 par value per share (the “Class B Common Stock”), Class C common stock, $0.00001 par value per share (the “Class C Common Stock”) and Class D common stock, $0.00001 par value per share (the “Class D Common Stock” and, together with the Class A Common Stock, Class B Common Stock and Class C Common Stock, collectively, “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.

All Alclear’s outstanding equity interests (including Class A units, Class B units and profit units) were reclassified into Alclear non-voting common units (“Alclear Units”). The number of Alclear Units issued to each member of Alclear was determined based on a hypothetical liquidation of Alclear and the initial public offering price per share of the Company’s Class A Common Stock in the IPO. Certain members exchanged their Alclear Units for an equal number of Class A Common Stock.

Alclear Investments, LLC, an entity controlled by Caryn Seidman-Becker, the Chair of our Board, our Co-Founder and our Chief Executive Officer, and Alclear Investments II, LLC, an entity controlled by Kenneth Cornick, our Co-Founder, President and Chief Financial Officer, contributed a portion of their Alclear Units to us in exchange for Class B Common Stock.

The remaining members of Alclear, including Alclear Investments, LLC and Alclear Investments II, LLC (“Alclear members”) 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 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 $445,875 after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions. As a result of the IPO, the Company contributed the net IPO Proceeds to Alclear in exchange for 15,180,000 Alclear Units. For the year ended December 31, 2021, the Company also incurred $9,038 of issuance related costs as a result of the IPO, that were recorded within additional paid in capital within the consolidated balance sheets.