The logo for Coinbase Global Inc, the biggest U.S. cryptocurrency exchange, is displayed on the Nasdaq MarketSite jumbotron and others at Times Square in New York, U.S., April 14, 2021.
Shannon Stapleton | Reuters
Coinbase shares rose about 1% in extended trading Tuesday after reporting second-quarter revenues that were stronger than analysts had expected.
Here’s how the largest cryptocurrency exchange in the U.S. did versus expectations:
- Revenue: $2.23 billion vs. $1.78 billion expected
- Earnings: $6.42 per share, which is not comparable to estimates
The company’s net profit for the quarter was $1.6 billion, up nearly 4,900% from a year earlier, following a volatile stretch of trading for cryptocurrencies.
Coinbase’s fate is tethered to the performance of digital assets like bitcoin. The company generated $2.0 billion in net revenue, including $1.9 billion in transaction revenue and over $100 million in subscription and services revenue. Bitcoin prices fell about 41% during the quarter.
Monthly transacting users grew to 8.8 million, up 44% from the previous quarter, while trading volume rose 38% to $462 billion from the previous quarter.
While the company offered no formal guidance, it did say trading volume will be lower in the third quarter compared to Q2. For the full year, analysts surveyed by Refinitiv expect $7.76 per share on revenue of $6.29 billion.
During April’s direct listing, Coinbase opened at $381 per share and was briefly valued at as much as $100 billion, a landmark event for the cryptocurrency industry.
Excluding the after-hours move, Coinbase stock has fallen about 29% since the company’s direct listing on April 14, while the Nasdaq has risen nearly 20% over the same period.