Coinbase posted $1.9 billion in transaction revenue in the second quarter, in its second-ever earnings report as a public company. Analysts had estimated the exchange would post $1.57 billion in transaction revenue.
The U.S.’ largest cryptocurrency exchange grew to 8.8 million monthly transacting users (MTUs) and 68 million total users in the quarter, versus analyst estimates for 6.7 million monthly users and 62.8 million total users. The exchange’s take rate – or retail trading revenue divided by retail trading volumes – was 1.24%, up from 1.21% last quarter.
The company did note that MTUs in July had declined significantly to 6.3 million and trading volume was only $57 billion in the month. While August’s numbers were slightly higher than this, Coinbase warned that MTUs and trading volume would be lower in Q3 compared to Q2.
The exchange also slightly lowered its yearly forecast range for active users, a key metric, from a range of 5.5 million to 9 million by the end of the year, to a range of 5.5 million to 8 million.
Coinbase reported that more than 9,000 financial institutions are now using the exchange to create their own crypto products. The exchange publicly named PNC Bank as a partner for the first time, and it also named Elon Musk, SpaceX, Tesla, Third Point LLC and WisdomTree Investments as partners.
For Q2, Coinbase reported:
Coinbase also noted that for the first time, ether was traded more than bitcoin on its platform in Q2, with 26% of trading volume denominated in ether, 24% in bitcoin and 50% in other crypto assets.
Shares of Coinbase initially rose after-hours on Tuesday following the release of the report, but were recently trading down 1% to $266.98. Coinbase shares are up about 7% from their reference price of $250, but down around 30% from their opening trading price of $381.
This is a developing story and will be updated.
UPDATE (August 10, 20:33 UTC): Updated with additional results as reported by Coinbase.
UPDATE (August 10, 20:57 UTC): Updated with analyst estimates from FactSet.
UPDATE (August 10, 21:34 UTC): Updated with additional results reported by Coinbase.
UPDATE (August 11, 00:16 UTC): Updated with Q2 tax benefit.