S&P Global has lowered its credit rating of Coinbase Global Inc COIN citing a “negative” outlook for the cryptocurrency exchange.
What Happened: S&P Global lowered its long-term issuer credit rating and unsecured debt ratings on Coinbase to ‘BB’ from ‘BB+’ on Thursday.
The ratings agency said it had revised its assessment of the crypto exchange’s financial risk after Coinbase reported weak earnings in the second quarter.
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“The negative outlook reflects uncertainties about the duration of the crypto market downturn and the company's ability to operate efficiently by managing operating expenses prudently,” stated S&P Global in a note.
“It also reflects the potential for further market share deterioration amid a challenging competitive landscape as well as heightened regulatory risk.”
S&P Global pointed to the 30% decline in Coinbase’s trading volume in Q2, while overall crypto spot trading volume declined only 3% across all other venues, as a sign that “competitive risk” had increased for the U.S.-based exchange.
Noting that rival crypto exchange Binance’s move to introduce zero trading fees for Bitcoin BTC/USD even as the asset’s price slumped, further intensified the risk of fee compression in Coinbase’s retail channel — which accounts for 80% of its total revenues.
“Regulatory headwinds have increased for Coinbase with recent disclosure about the SEC's launch of securities fraud charges against a former employee and, more recently, with respect to investigations into its staking programs and the classification of certain listed assets,” wrote S&P Global.
Price Action: Coinbase shares were trading 0.70% higher after hours, as per data from Benzinga Pro.
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