Coinbase S1-Filing with US SEC for Direct Stock Listing Goes Public

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by Bhushan Akolkar · 3 min read
Coinbase S1-Filing with US SEC for Direct Stock Listing Goes Public
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In the S-1 filing, Coinbase has made crucial disclosures to the public with its plans of launching direct stock listing on Nasdaq. As per its recent valuations, Coinbase pegs a value of over $100 billion.

Crypto exchange Coinbase is inching closer to its direct stock listing on Nasdaq. On Thursday, February 25, Coinbase submitted its S-1 filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), thereby making it public for the first time.

The recent submission is a crucial step for Coinbase’s direct stock listing on Nasdaq. The S1 filing with the SEC offers a deeper insight into Coinbase’s business. All the disclosures effectively work as a pitch to the investors. Before this, Coinbase submitted its confidential draft document to the US SEC in mid-December.

The rumors of Coinbase’s public listing first emerged during last summer of 2020. Over the last few weeks, Coinbvase has been releasing its shares in the secondary market to investors. As per its latest share offering, Coinbase’s valuations spiked above $100 billion with a per-share price value of $373. The official blog post for Coinbase notes:

“Coinbase Global, Inc. today announced that it has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) relating to a proposed public direct listing of its Class A common stock. Coinbase intends to list its Class A common stock on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the ticker symbol “COIN”.

Coinbase has confirmed that it will take the help of Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Securities and Citigroup to “assist us with respect to certain matters relating to our listing.”

Coinbase’s Strong Growth Story

Over the last two years, Coinbase has registered strong growth with a major spike in the customer base. By the end of 2018, Coinbase valuations stood at $8 billion and have multiplied 12x by now. As Coinbase noted:

“We have grown quickly and in a capital-efficient manner since our founding. For the years ended December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, we generated total revenue of $1.3 billion and $533.7 million, respectively, net income (loss) of $322.3 million and $(30.4) million, respectively, and Adjusted EBITDA of $527.4 million and $24.3 million, respectively.”

After registering a $30 million loss in 2019, Coinbase reported $322.3 million net income as its first positive year in 2020. However, Coinbase has noted that as it expands its operations, its expenses will continue to grow simultaneously. The crypto exchange said:

“We expect our operating expenses to increase significantly in the foreseeable future and may not be able to achieve profitability or achieve positive cash flow from operations on a consistent basis, which may cause our business, operating results, and financial condition to be adversely impacted”.

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