This report presents data on ICO market changes during 2018. Special emphasis has been placed on an analysis of the changes that have taken place during August 2018, including over the past week (August 13-19, 2018).

Information as of August 20, 2018

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This report presents data on ICO market changes during 2018. Special emphasis has been placed on an analysis of the changes that have taken place during August 2018, including over the past week (August 13-19, 2018).

1. General analysis of the ICO market (by week, month)

1.1. Brief overview of ICO market trends

Table 1.1. Brief ICO market overview, key events, news for the past week (August 13-19, 2018)

Factors and events

(link to source)

Date of newsDescription
1.        EU Lawmaker Wants to Include ICOs in New Crowdfunding Rules

[source: coindesk.com]

August 13, 2018ICOs in Europe will be regulated by securities law. But not all of them. The limits set forth in the draft provided by a committee of the European Parliament concern the amount of funds collected.
2.        South Korea Wants to Build a Special Cryptocurrency Zone for Companies

[source: usethebitcoin.com]

August 17, 2018If the idea of the authorities of the Jeju Province is approved, it will become the only region where the performance of ICOs is officially permitted.
3.        Petro Will Be an Official Alternate Currency in Venezuela

[source: ccn.com]

August 17, 2018Starting from August 20 a “new era” will begin in this country, which is suffering through one of the most serious economic crises in its history. At least, President Nicolas Maduro has high hopes that this is so.

Table 1.2 shows the development trends on the ICO market since the start of May 2018. Only popular and/or successfully completed ICOs (i.e. ICOs which managed to collect the minimum declared amount of funds) and/or ICOs listed on exchanges were considered.

Table 1.2. Aggregated trends and performance indicators of past (completed) ICOs1,2,3

IndicatorMay

2018

June

2018

July

2018

August 1-5,

2018

August 6-12,

2018

August 13-19,

2018

Total amount of funds collected, USD million1 7471 499926221.0312.384.3
Number of companies that completed an ICO111879998128
Maximum collected, USD million (ICO name)72 (Flashmoni)& 118 (Orbs)

&EOS

575 (TaTa

Tu)

68.3 (Cryptosolartech)100 (Hedera Hashgraph)134 (TZERO)26.7 (Grapevine)

20.6
(Sword Coin)

Average collected funds, USD million14.819.09.327.62610.5

Note:
1 This report uses the data of ICOBox, tokendata.io, icodrops.com, icodata.io, coinschedule.com, cryptocompare.com, and smithandcrown.com. For some ICOs information may currently be incomplete (for instance, the amount of funds collected). ICOs that collected less than $100,000 were not considered.
2 Date when data was updated – August 20, 2018.
3 Not including EOS, which collected $4 billion or 7.12 million ETH over the year from June 26, 2017, to June 1, 2018.

The data for the previous period have been adjusted to account for the appearance of more complete information on past ICOs. Over the past week (August 13-19, 2018) the amount of funds collected via ICOs equaled $84.3 million. This amount consists of the results of 8 completed ICOs, with the largest amount of funds collected equaling $26.7 million (89% of the hard cap) by the Grapevine ICO. The average collected funds per ICO project equaled $10.5 million (see Tables 1.2, 1.3). A total of around 40 ICOs were completed last week. However, not all projects indicate the amount of funds collected on their official websites. This can be explained by the crisis in the industry and the fairly protracted fall in cryptocurrency market capitalization, which has gradually eroded the amount of funds being collected via ICOs. Many projects are unable to collect even the minimum amount (soft cap) announced in their White Papers.

Table 1.3. Amount of funds collected and number of ICOs

MonthCollected,

$ million

Number of ICOs*Average collected,

$ million

January 20173.770.53
February35.3113.21
March7.341.82
April115.2186.4
May264.22112.58
June649.53319.68
July719.13619.97
August511.24810.65
September914.26813.44
October949.69110.44
November1 1099112.19
December1 611.98618.74
Total, 20176 890.151413.4
January 20181 6659418
February 20182 6799029.8
March 20187 1497990.5
April 20181 06410410.2
May 20181 74711814.8
June 20181 4997919.0
July 2018925.6999.3
August 1-5, 2018221.0827.6
August 6-12, 2018312.31226
August 13-19, 201884.3810.5
Total for 2018***17 34769125.1

* This report uses the data of ICOBox, tokendata.io, icodrops.com, icodata.io, coinschedule.com, cryptocompare.com, and smithandcrown.com.
Information on funds collected is not available for all ICOs (information for last week is tentative and may be adjusted). ICOs that collected less than $100,000 were not considered.
** More than 1,000 ICOs were performed in 2017. However, the data for the 514 largest and most popular ICOs, the data of which can be processed, were considered when calculating the total amount of funds collected during 2017.
*** Including the TON Pre-ICO-1,2 ($1.7 billion) and the Petro ICO ($5 billion). According to the data from the official website of the Petro ICO, Petro sales equaled more than $5 billion, which is equivalent to more than $4 billion euros or $31 billion yuan (http://www.elpetro.gob.ve/#about). However, the data on the amount collected by El Petro from some other sources differ. For example, according to criptomoedasfacil.com, the amount of funds collected cannot exceed $2.3 billion taking into account discounts, the project White Paper indicates $4.387 billion, and other sources mention the $3 billion stated, among others, by the President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro.
**** Not including EOS, which collected $4 billion or 7.12 million ETH over the year from June 26, 2017, to June 1, 2018.
***** The data for 2018 have been updated (date updated: August 20, 2018).

Table 1.3 shows that the largest amount of funds was collected via ICOs in March 2018, mainly due to the appearance of major ICOs. The highest average collected funds per ICO was also seen in March 2018.

Figure 1.1. Trends in funds collected and number of ICOs since the start of 2017

1.2. Top ICOs during the last week

Table 1.4 shows the eight largest ICOs

Table 1.4. Top 8 ICOs by the amount of funds collected (August 13-19, 2018)*

Name of ICO***Category**Collected, $ millionDate
1GrapevineDrugs & Healthcare26.7August 15, 2018
2Sword CoinFinance20.6August 15, 2018
3BEX tokenTrading & Investing17.2August 17, 2018
4UbexMachine Learning & AI6.9August 13, 2018
5BgogoTrading & Investing6.6August 14, 2018
6NOIA NetworkInfrastructure4August 16, 2018
7PaygineFinance1.6August 17, 2018
8Global SpyPrivacy & Security0.72August 15, 2018
 Top 8 ICOs*84.3 

* This report uses the data of ICOBox, tokendata.io, icodrops.com, icodata.io, coinschedule.com and other specialized sources.
** The category was established based on expert opinions.
*** Only popular and/or successfully completed ICOs (i.e. ICOs which managed to collect the minimum declared amount of funds) and/or ICOs listed on exchanges were considered. Information may be incomplete for some ICOs (for instance, the amount of funds collected). ICOs that collected less than $100,000 were not considered.

The data for the previous period (August 13-19, 2018) may be adjusted as information on the amounts of collected funds by completed ICOs is finalized.

Last week’s leader was the Grapevine project. According to the data from its official website, Grapevine World is a decentralized, borderless ecosystem for the seamless exchange of health data in a standardized, secure manner. The amount of funds collected equaled 89.33% of the hard cap ($30 million), i.e. approximately $26.7 million.

In second place by the amount of funds collected was the Sword Coin project, which will use blockchain to perform functions specific to Fintech trade and app platforms. The use of Sword Coin for trade operations through the Sword Capital platform will give traders an advantage in the form of lower transaction fees and other benefits. The broker software of Sword Capital is already being used in more than 100 countries.

Figure 1.2 presents the eight largest ICOs completed in early August.

Figure 1.2. Top 8 ICOs by the amount of funds collected (August 13-19, 2018)

 

1.3. Top ICOs in the Drugs & Healthcare category

The list of top ICOs by category is compiled with due account of the categories of the leading ICOs for the week. The Grapevine project was among the top 10 largest projects by the amount of funds collected via ICO in the Drugs & Healthcare category (Table 1.5).

Table 1.5. Top 10 ICOs by the amount of funds collected, Drugs & Healthcare category

Name of ICOCategory*Collected, $ millionDateToken performance
1ParagonDrugs & Healthcare70***October 15, 20170.07x
2SHIVOMDrugs & Healthcare35May 3, 20180.21x
3Solve.CareDrugs & Healthcare35May 1, 2018n/a
4BudboDrugs & Healthcare30March 5, 20180.03х
5GrapevineDrugs & Healthcare26.7August 15, 2018n/a
6MedicalChainDrugs & Healthcare24February 1, 20180.11x
7MediBlocDrugs & Healthcare21.3December 15, 20170.5x
8FarmaTrustDrugs & Healthcare20.3July 31, 20180.08x
9WellDrugs & Healthcare15.96June 30, 2018n/a
10HealthureumDrugs & Healthcare15.4April 1, 2018n/a

* This report uses the data of ICOBox, io, icodrops.com, icodata.io, coinschedule.com and other specialized sources.
** The top projects in this category completed in June-August 2018 are highlighted in red.
*** There are no data on the amount of funds collected on the official website of the leader in the category Paragon, and the data from various sources differs wildly from $6 to $70

At present, all projects from the top 10 in this category have a token performance indicator of 0.03x to 0.5х. For example, the MediBloc project has a current token price to token sale price of 0.5x, i.e. the price is 50% lower than during the ICO. The current market capitalization of MediBloc (MED) is around $12 million. However, it is important to remember that this project performed a fairly successful Airdrop on June 1, 2018, and gave all its MED (QRC20) token holders MEDX (ERC20) tokens. Accordingly, the capitalization of MediBloc [ERC20] (MEDX) is currently higher than that of the parent project, and equals around $20 million.

It must also be pointed out that the market capitalization of the leader in this category by the amount of funds collected, the Paragon project, has fallen to $4.4 million.

 Figure 1.3. Top 10 ICOs by the amount of funds collected, Drugs & Healthcare category

 

During the analyzed period (August 13-19, 2018) at least 8 ICO projects were successfully completed, each of which collected more than $100,000, with the total amount of funds collected equaling more than $80 million. Last week’s leader was the Grapevine project, which collected $26.7 million. The total amount of funds collected by a number of ICOs failed to reach even $100,000 (the information for some projects is still being finalized).

Annex – Glossary

Key termsDefinition
Initial coin offering, ICOA form of collective support of innovative technological projects, a type of presale and attracting of new backers through initial coin offerings (token sales) to future holders in the form of blockchain-based cryptocurrencies and digital assets.
Token sale price

Current token price

Token sale price during the ICO.

Current token price.

Token reward

(Token performance)

Token performance (current token price ÷ token sale price during the ICO), i.e. the reward per $1 spent on buying tokens.
Token return (see token reward) Performance of funds spent on buying tokens or the ratio of the current token price to the token sale price, i.e. performance of $1 spent on buying tokens during the token sale, if listed on an exchange for USD.
ETH reward – current dollar value of $1 spent on buying tokens during the token saleAlternative performance indicator of funds spent on buying tokens during the ICO or the ratio of the current ETH price to its price at the start of the token sale, i.e. if instead of buying tokens $1 was spent on buying ETH at its rate at the start of the token sale and then it was sold at the current ETH price.
BTC reward– current dollar value of $1 spent on buying tokens during the token saleSimilar to the above: Alternative performance indicator of funds spent on buying tokens during the token sale, i.e. if instead of buying tokens $1 was spent on buying BTC at its price at the start of the token sale and then it was sold at the current BTC price.
Token/ETH rewardThis ratio describes a market participant’s economic benefits and disadvantages resulting from buying tokens during the token sale relative to buying ETH. If the result is over 1, the market participant spent his funds more efficiently on buying tokens than if he were to have spent his funds on ETH.
Token/BTC rewardThis ratio describes the market participant’s economic benefits and disadvantages resulting from buying tokens during the token sale relative to buying BTC. If the result is over 1, the market participant spent his funds more efficiently on buying tokens than if he were to have spent his funds on BTC.

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