Coinbase Reports Surprise Loss in Q1 as Crypto Rout Bites

By Yasin Ebrahim – Coinbase (NASDAQ:) plunged in after hours trading Tuesday after the cryptocurrency exchange reported quarterly results that fell short of Wall Street estimates, pressured by weaker volatility and a rout in crypto prices including bitcoin.    

Coinbase Global Inc (NASDAQ:COIN) shares climbed 1% in after hours trading.

Coinbase EPS of $1.98 on revenue of $1.16 billion, missing Wall Street expectations for EPS of $0.01 on revenue of $1.6 billion.

“The first quarter of 2022 continued a trend of both lower crypto asset prices and volatility that began in late 2021. These market conditions directly impacted our Q1 results,” the company said. 

Retail monthly transacting users, or MTUs, fell to 9.2 million from 11.4 million in the fourth quarter.

Trading volume declined to $309 billion from $547 billion in the fourth quarter and $335 billion in the first quarter of 2021.

Total transaction revenue fell to $1.01 billion from $1.54 billion in the prior-year period, with retail accounting for $965 million, and institutional just $47.2 million.

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