Today sees the launch of the Coinbase IPO on the New York Stock Exchange. This is a major step forward in bringing cryptoland right into the mainstream. We run a short excerpt from a current article by MarketWatch:
Coinbase is the talk of Wall Street, as the largest crypto platform in the U.S. gears up for its public debut on a traditional exchange Wednesday, through a direct listing.
There is no doubt that the public offering of Coinbase is a big deal in the world of crypto. The company was created just over a decade ago with the genesis of bitcoin BTCUSD, 1.26% and is now in the midst of a moment that many in the industry have described as a tipping point.
There are few ways to get direct ownership of crypto currencies, outside of buying them directly, a service that Coinbase provides for a fee, and what investors appear willing to be pay up for.
Coinbase, whose users primarily deal in bitcoin and ethereum, reported last week that its revenue soared 847% in the first quarter to $1.8 billion, and that it now has 56 million verified users.
Leeor Shimron, analyst at FundStrat Global Advisors, described the Coinbase listing as seminal. “Coinbase’s direct listing is a watershed moment for the crypto industry.”
Wedbush analyst Dan Ives said the listing is a reflection of the crypto’s mainstream evolution.
“Coinbase is a foundational piece of the crypto ecosystem and is a barometer for the growing mainstream adoption of Bitcoin and crypto for the coming years in our opinion,” he wrote in a research note Tuesday.
Some caution that the implied valuations for Coinbase as a crypto exchange are too lofty, compared with traditional stock exchanges like Nasdaq Inc. NDAQ, +1.18%, where Coinbase will directly list, and Intercontinental Exchange ICE, +0.86%, the parent company of the New York Stock Exchange.
In a direct listing, a company floats its shares on a stock exchange, but without hiring banks to underwrite the transaction, like in an IPO.
The Silicon Valley crypto exchange was co-founded in 2012 by Brian Armstrong, 38, who runs the platform as chief executive. Fred Ehrsam, a Coinbase director, also helped to create the company.
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