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Revealed: How Much Coinbase Shares Cost — and What the Company Could Be Worth

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February 18, 2021

It’s emerged that Coinbase facilitated Tesla’s $1.5 billion purchase of Bitcoin over several days.

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When a company has a valuation of $77 billion, the finance world pays attention. The business in question? Only the biggest player in the cryptocurrency exchange space in the U.S. — Coinbase. 

You could say things were looking pretty good for Coinbase, especially as it’s been revealed it was the exchange of choice for crypto purchases from major American corporations. An anonymous source told The Block that Coinbase has more than five Fortune 500 companies as clients, with Tesla as one of them. 

As Coinbase gears up to trade publicly within the next few months, its impressive worth is based upon its privately held shares trading on a secondary market. 

Shares in the largest crypto exchange are rumored to be changing hands on Nasdaq's private market for $303 per share. The implication of share prices accounts for the impressive company valuation — one which surpasses the owner of the New York Stock Exchange, Intercontinental Exchange Inc. 


The date of the company’s direct public listing is yet to be disclosed, but a private market running an anonymous order book has started. This allows both the current and former employees alongside investors to take cash off the table. It’s been claimed by sources with knowledge of the offering that about 254 million shares in Coinbase will be available to trade when the company goes public. 

It’s just been revealed that Coinbase facilitated Tesla’s $1.5 billion purchase of Bitcoin over several days and helped MicroStrategy to invest in a similar manner. In a case study, Coinbase stated that:

“Using Coinbase’s agency OTC desk and suite of routing and algorithmic trading tools, Coinbase was able to help MicroStrategy acquire its desired position without incurring market impact while beating the market VWAP [Volume Weighted Average Price] in the process.” 

As Bitcoin recently broke $52,000, anticipation continues to grow around which company will be next to dip into their funds and purchase crypto. 

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