Robinhood’s Q1 Crypto Volume Up 224% Amid SEC Scrutiny

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  • Robinhood reported a 224% increase in crypto trading volume in Q1, boosting crypto-related revenue to $126 million and total transaction revenue to $329 million.
  • The company exceeded analyst expectations with $618 million in revenue and earnings per share of $0.18, compared to the predicted $0.06.
  • Despite robust financial results, Robinhood faces potential SEC enforcement action regarding its crypto unit.

Robinhood saw remarkable growth in its first quarter financial performance with a notional crypto trading volume of $36 billion, an increase of 224% from year-ago levels.

This surge in crypto trading resulted in a 232% increase in cryptocurrency-related revenue, worth $126m. In general, the company’s transaction-based revenue grew by 59% year over year, reaching  $329 million. On March 31, Robinhood had $26. 2 billion worth of users’ cryptocurrency assets, which represents a 78% rise since the end of 2023. 

Earnings Exceed Expectations

Overall, the trading platform also surpassed analyst expectations for the first quarter. The company stated that its total revenue amounted to $618 million, compared to $552.7 million as expected. Earning per share was $0. 18, outpacing the consensus estimate of $0. 06 per share. These results caused a 7% hike in the post-market trading of Robinhood shares on Wednesday. Unlike Coinbase, another cryptocurrency trading platform, Robinhood’s shares dropped little. 

Regulatory Challenges of Robinhood and Market Activity

Robinhood was served a Wells Notice by the U.  S.  Securities and Exchange Commission regarding its crypto unit. This is a notice of likely legal enforcement. Nevertheless, Robinhood representatives claim that crypto assets that are present on their platform do not fall under the definition of securities in accordance with existing regulations. 

The company reported a growth of 810,000 funded customers year over year, with a total of 23. 9 million. Moreover, custody assets increased by 65% in the last year to $129. 6 billion. According to Robinhood, part of this growth is attributable to the growth of activities in the stock and cryptocurrency markets in the first quarter. The company’s stock had risen almost 40 percent year to date before the earnings news, which speaks of strong market performance.

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