Coinbase Q1 earnings better than expected but trouble lingers

Coinbase shares rose by 9% during after-hours, following a better-than-expected first quarter. The company saw earnings per share (EPS) of 0.45 against an expected – 0.86.

Total revenue for the first quarter was $772 million, which was less than last year’s $1.16 billion but still better than expected. Coinbase’s big success during the quarter was its increase in users’ deposits. The exchange holds $125 billion in crypto of client deposits, up from $75 billion last year.

Overall, the firm made a loss of $69 million. This is considerably less than the $430 million lost during the same quarter of last year.

Coinbase execs keep selling their stock

Coinbase has up to $3.4 billion in public debt, around $275 million in pending bills, and $119 million in crypto debt. The company has also sold in the region of $200 million of its stock since last December.

One of the firm’s biggest assets is its crypto holdings, which are worth up to $394 million, not including borrowed crypto.

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The exchange has been losing money consistently every quarter since the start of 2022 with the second quarter of 2022 seeing it shed more than $1 billion. The company is also facing various legal troubles including a potential charge by the SEC for selling unregistered securities.

Company executives don’t seem to be projecting a lot of confidence, as they keep selling their stock.

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