Kraken IPO: Crypto Exchange Makes Announcements for Going Public
The Kraken IPO could come as soon as 2022. The company is one of the most popular cryptocurrency exchanges, and it plans to go public next year. Here’s what we know…
Kraken IPO: The Business
Kraken is one of the most prominent cryptocurrency exchanges in the world. The San Francisco-based company is a pioneer in the crypto market. Its mission is to accelerate the adoption of cryptocurrency.
Kraken has become a leader in the exchange space since its founding in 2011. Investors can buy and sell more than 50 cryptocurrencies on Kraken. The platform is popular among investors for its low-fee services and high trading limits.
The company could be the next crypto stock market player. Kraken’s CEO, Jesse Powell, confirmed the company plans to make a public debut in 2022. Let’s take a closer look…
Kraken Weighs Going Public via Traditional IPO vs. Direct Listing
CEO Jesse Powell indicated earlier this year that Kraken planned to go public using a direct listing approach. The company would be the second crypto exchange on the public market after Coinbase. But after seeing Coinbase’s poor performance following its direct listing, Powell doesn’t seem so sure.
In a recent interview with Fortune magazine, Powell explained that he’s reconsidering listing the company as a direct public offering…
An IPO is looking a little more attractive in light of the direct listing’s performance. I would say we’re looking at it more seriously now having the benefit of seeing how the direct public offering played out for Coinbase.
Whether Kraken will IPO traditionally or go public via a direct listing is unconfirmed. But one thing is certain: The company will not be going public via a special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC).
A Kraken representative ruled out that possibility following speculation from Fox Business’ Charles Gasparino…
If Kraken would decide to go public, it would do so through a direct listing and not through a SPAC as we are too big to go that route. Kraken is not planning to seek a public listing this year but might consider going public next year. At this point, no decision has been made.
This guidance is helpful for future investors. There’s still a lot of uncertainty and a lot of information we’re waiting on, though…
As a private company, Kraken doesn’t have to disclose its earnings. Little information is known about the company’s financial performance. The company is rumored to be seeking a valuation of $20 billion at the time it goes public, but no official information has been given.
Moving closer to the anticipated Kraken IPO, potential investors can find financial information about the company and its plans for going public.
The Cryptocurrency Market
Recent market volatility has crypto investors gripping the wheel with both hands. Elon Musk’s pullback sent ripples through the crypto market. But the crypto market is headline-driven, and volatility is baked into cryptocurrency.
It’s unknown how long it will take to reflate the market. Cryptocurrency is already surging following Musk’s recent announcement that Tesla will resume accepting Bitcoin transactions “when there’s confirmation of reasonable ([about] 50%) clean energy usage by miners with [a] positive future trend.”
But market rebounds aren’t linear, especially in the crypto space. Our own Matthew Makowski explains why more volatility will likely follow…
A single tweet or another salacious headline is all it will take to trigger another drop. This is a very headline-driven market. And if more details about a China crypto ban come out, it makes sense to be prepared for another dip. But if you’ve been in the crypto market for more than a few days, you’ve probably already developed some level of immunity to volatility.
When to Expect Kraken IPO
Powell reiterated that the company plans to go public in the second half of 2022. The company is hoping that the crypto market will be more established in the coming year. By then, Powell hopes there’ll be “more analyst coverage out” on the company and “more of a track record of growth for the industry that people feel like they can rely on.”
It’s impossible to predict the market, and volatility has left investors timid. But investors should expect to see dips in the market and be prepared for them. According to crypto expert Andy Snyder, investors should hold tight and proceed with caution.
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About Aimee Bohn
Aimee Bohn graduated from the College of Business and Economics at Towson University. Her background in marketing research helps her uncover valuable trends. Researching IPOs and other trends has been her primary focus over the past year. When Aimee isn’t writing for Investment U, you can usually find her doing graphic design or traveling with friends.