Robinhood set to expand its crypto services into the United Kingdom


  • Robinhood has announced that it is gearing up for an expansion of its services into the United Kingdom.
  • Revenue challenges amid its expansion plans.

Robinhood, the well-known trading platform, is gearing up for significant expansions in both the European Union and the United Kingdom. The company’s third-quarter earnings statement revealed its imminent plans to initiate crypto trading in the EU and commence brokerage operations in the UK in the upcoming weeks.

Robinhood wants to bolster its presence with UK expansion

Expressing its intentions for global expansion, Robinhood asserted that it is all set to introduce brokerage operations in the UK, aiming to further bolster its presence in the region. Additionally, the company confirmed its strategic move to venture into the EU for crypto trading, marking another pivotal step in its global growth strategy. This decision arrives at a time when several crypto firms have ceased serving customers in the UK.

This action follows new regulatory requirements, mandating crypto firms to provide clear risk labels and implement system changes, effective as of October 8. However, despite Robinhood’s remarkable strides, the firm noted a 55% decrease in crypto-related revenue for the third quarter compared to the same period a year earlier. The platform’s earnings from cryptocurrency transactions dwindled to $23 million, signaling a significant decline from the previous quarter.

This reduction in revenue was notably more pronounced in the crypto segment, as Robinhood observed a 13% drop in transaction revenues for equities quarter over quarter. The company experienced a dip in crypto trading revenues, falling from $38 million in the first three months of 2023 to $31 million in the second quarter, before experiencing the latest decline reported in the third quarter.

Revenue challenges amid its expansion plans

During the earnings call, CEO Vlad Tenev emphasized the company’s commitment to refining the user experience for crypto investors. Tenev emphasized a continuous drive for innovation and improvement in the crypto sector, considering the promising growth within the industry. Chief Financial Officer Jason Warnick highlighted the significance of regulatory clarity in the crypto sphere, emphasizing that enhanced regulations would facilitate faster innovation for Robinhood.

The platform’s involvement in crypto trading dates back to February 2018 when it commenced operations involving bitcoin and ether, pioneering commission-free trades in this domain. However, in June, Robinhood withdrew support for tokens identified as securities in the SEC lawsuits against crypto exchanges Binance and Coinbase. Notable tokens affected included Cardano (ADA), Polygon (MATIC), and Solana (SOL).

Presently, the platform supports trading for 15 diverse cryptocurrencies, encompassing bitcoin (BTC), ether (ETH), dogecoin (DOGE), and avalanche (AVAX). Despite encountering challenges, Robinhood remains dedicated to the crypto landscape. The company reiterated its commitment in its recent announcement, detailing its plans to introduce crypto trading in the European Union in the near future.

However, despite the forward-looking vision, the post-market performance witnessed a 5.8% decline in company shares, attributed to Q3 revenue falling below analyst expectations and underwhelming guidance. Nonetheless, HOOD’s year-over-year performance stands at about an 18% increase compared to the S&P 500’s 14% advance. Robinhood’s journey into the expanding crypto market is marked by both opportunities and challenges, as the company navigates regulatory landscapes and market fluctuations while persistently striving to enhance its offerings and services in the cryptocurrency domain.

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