Coinbase: Head of crypto exchange should get a million dollars – a day

The performance of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin seems to know almost only one direction: further up. Digital platforms on which such cryptocurrencies can be traded also benefit from the boom. One of the most famous is Coinbase. At the end of February, the company announced that it would soon be going public.

According to a report by the Bloomberg news agency, which specializes in business news, this could above all be worthwhile for Brian Armstrong, one of the company’s co-founders and current CEO: over ten years, he would be entitled to up to three billion dollars. Or – as Bloomberg calculates – about a million dollars a day.

According to the company, this is a so-called founders grant; a generous sum that is usually used to keep company founders happy and happy. Coinbase itself did not want to comment on the information, according to Bloomberg.

Sharp jump in profit last year

Coinbase has more than 40 million regular users and enables trading in around 40 different cryptocurrencies. Unlike many other start-ups, the platform is apparently in good financial shape even before it goes public: Sales doubled to around 1.3 billion dollars in 2020. Profit climbed to $ 322 million after a loss of $ 30 million in 2019.

The figures come from the prospectus that the San Francisco-based company filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission in order to be able to sell its own shares on the New York Tech Exchange Nasdaq.

The company had already applied for a so-called direct placement with the SEC in January. Here, shares are brought directly to the stock exchange without the accompaniment of investment banks and a prior pricing process. Other larger companies such as the music service Spotify or the office chat app Slack have already been successful with this rather unusual, but cheaper variant.

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