Coinbase Narrowly Misses Earnings Predictions Amid Stock Slump

By Jeff John Roberts

Coinbase reported first quarter earnings of $3.04 per share Thursday afternoon, narrowly falling short of analysts’ estimates of $3.07 . Overall, the company notched a profit of $771.5 million on revenue of $1.8 billion for the quarter.

The profit and revenue numbers are impressive for a newly public company but are unlikely to make much of an impact on the market, given that Coinbase released a preliminary version of them on April 6, days before the company listed its shares. Thursday’s numbers instead reflect the final, official version of those results. The revenue number lines up exactly with the figure Coinbase had earlier released, while the profit figure falls in the middle of the $730-$800 million estimate it had provided.

In an unsigned letter addressed to “fellow shareholders,” Coinbase sounded a bullish note, predicting that its growing user numbers would produce a “flywheel” effect.

“[W]e continued to see our growth flywheel in action. First, more participants than ever entered the cryptoeconomy in Q1. We now have over 56 million Verified Users, including more than 8,000 institutions, and over 134,000 ecosystem partners on our platform … We added support for 7 new assets to trade and 13 new assets to custody. Adding support for new assets is an important driver of growth of Trading Volume and Assets on Platform,” said the letter.

Meanwhile, Coinbase’s share price has slumped badly since its public listing. After reaching a high of $429 on its first date of trading, the stock has fallen around 40% and was trading around $267 on Thursday. Today alone, the price dropped approximately 7% prior to the earnings release—likely the result of a broader sell-off in the crypto markets following a tweet by Tesla CEO Elon Musk that his company would no longer accept Bitcoin.

Coinbase, whose ticker symbol is COIN, is hosting an earnings call later this afternoon with CEO Brian Armstrong. The call is unusual in that, rather than answer analyst calls as is customary, Armstrong will respond to a series of questions posted to a Reddit-style message where the public had an opportunity to “upvote” for the ones they liked,

Coinbase has pledged to respond to the top questions on the call. This would include the most popular, which concerns when Coinbase will offer the novelty currency, Dogecoin. Decrypt will post details from the call later today.