Sam Bankman-Fried Estimates Coinbase Is Actually Losing $3B Per Year

Sam Bankman-Fried Estimates Coinbase Is Actually Losing $3B Per Year

Sam Bankman-Fried, CEO of cryptocurrency exchange FTX, believes that Coinbase Global Inc’s COIN actual revenue may be different from what is presented in its earnings report.

What Happened: In a series of tweets, Bankman-Fried said that the cryptocurrency exchange’s “real revenue” from transactions was likely closer to $650 million.

“That leads to a loss of roughly $700m, plus another $400m from impairment,” he said.

“My guess is the vast majority of the expenses are coming from payroll/bonuses/etc. here.”

After accounting for stock-based compensation paid to the exchange’s 5,000 plus employees, the FTX chief estimated that Coinbase’s real net revenue was around $2.5 billion, while expenses from employee compensation and other areas were a cumulative $5.5 billion.

“It'll be interesting to see the impact of their recent headcount changes on upcoming earnings,” wrote Bankman-Fried, who estimates that the company is losing around $3 billion a year.

He also pointed to macro-sentiment that could potentially swing in Coinbase’s favour in the months to come.

“Remember: Coinbase is more sentiment-dependent than FTX! Large upside in a recovery,” he said.

Coinbase shares fell 10.55% on Tuesday after it reported revenue of $802.6 million, missing the Street estimate of $830.5 million. The stock was trading 5.45% lower after hours.

Meanwhile, the crypto market saw a 3.77% decline to $1.08 trillion over the last 24 hours. At press time, Bitcoin BTC/USD was trading at $22,895, down 3.5% and Ethereum ETH/USD was trading at $1,682, down 4.8% as per data from Benzinga Pro.

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