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Coinbase’s dramatic comeback: Q1 losses shrink as exchange turns the tide

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  • Coinbase revealed a net loss of $79 million in Q1, marking its fifth consecutive quarter of negative net income.
  • The figure is a significant improvement compared to 2022’s losses.

Coinbase revealed a net loss of $79 million in Q1, marking its fifth consecutive quarter of negative net income. However, this figure is a significant improvement compared to 2022’s losses. The leading crypto exchange saw net revenues grow by 22% and total operating expenses decrease by 24% within Q1 2023.

Coinbase described Q1 as a “turning point” in its journey toward becoming a more efficient and financially disciplined company, according to a shareholder letter.

Despite flat trading volumes of $145 billion in Q1 2023, they were significantly lower than the $309 billion recorded in Q1 2022. Coinbase’s stock closed at $49.22, a 1.5% increase for the day, with shares experiencing a 3% increase in after-hours trading.

Regulatory challenges and future outlook

Coinbase faces ongoing regulatory uncertainty, as the SEC issued a Wells notice to the company in March for alleged securities violations. Nevertheless, Coinbase plans to “vigorously defend” itself and sees the situation as an opportunity to push for clearer crypto regulations in the US.

Coinbase’s Q1 results follow a Citigroup analyst’s downgrade of the company’s stock earlier this week. However, some industry experts believe Coinbase’s stance against the SEC could benefit both the exchange and the broader industry in the long run.

Oppenheimer Co.’s executive director, Owen Lau, suggested that Coinbase’s stock price could rise if the company’s adjusted EBITDA were to turn positive. In Q1, adjusted EBITDA reached $284 million, a positive reversal from the $371 million loss in 2022.

Coinbase remains optimistic, stating in its shareholder letter that it aims to improve its full-year 2023 adjusted EBITDA compared to 2022.

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