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Performance and User Growth Drives Robinhood Crypto Boom as Trading Volume Shoots Up 224%

Published May 9, 2024 11:59 AM
Teuta Franjkovic
Published May 9, 2024 11:59 AM
By Teuta Franjkovic
Verified by Peter Henn

Key Takeaways

  • Robinhood experiences a massive crypto trading volume increase and a growth in users.
  • The platform’s crypto success could push rival exchanges to expand offerings, driving innovation in the crypto space.
  • SEC’s Wells Notice highlights increased regulatory pressure and sparks industry criticism.

During the first three months of 2024, trading platform Robinhood saw a 224% surge  in cryptocurrency trading volumes to $36 billion. It also saw its number of monthly active users grow 16% year-on-year to 1.37 million.

Robinhood’s growth may fuel competition in the crypto space and push rival platforms to ramp up their crypto offerings.

Robinhood’s Crypto Trading Boom Fuels 232% Revenue Spike

This increase significantly contributed to a 59% rise in the company’s transaction-based revenue year-over-year , reaching $329 million. Specifically, revenue from cryptocurrency trading soared by 232% to $126 million, as detailed in Robinhood’s latest report.

The growth in crypto trading on Robinhood aligns with broader market trends. Other major publicly traded cryptocurrency platforms, like Coinbase, also reported strong performances in the first quarter.

Robinhood also reported that as of March 31, it held $26.2 billion in users’ crypto assets  under custody, which represents a substantial 78% increase from the end of 2023. This growth highlights the rising interest and participation in cryptocurrencies among Robinhood’s users and significantly contributed to the platform’s financial achievements in the first quarter.

Shares Surge on Strong Earnings, Fueling Market Optimism for Crypto

The company’s robust performance was reflected in its first-quarter revenue  of $618 million. This notably surpassed analyst expectations of $552.7 million.

Earnings for the quarter were reported at $0.18 per share, exceeding the consensus estimate of $0.06 per share among analysts.

Following these robust financial results, Robinhood’s shares saw a 7% increase  in post-market trading. In contrast, shares of Coinbase experienced a slight decline. Year-to-date, Robinhood’s stock has appreciated by about 40%, outpacing Coinbase’s gain of 22%.


Additionally, the positive financial results and the surge in Robinhood’s stock following these announcements can create a ripple effect. The notable rise in user assets and trading activity on Robinhood likely encourages similar platforms to expand and enhance their cryptocurrency services, potentially leading to increased competition and innovation within the industry. Such developments could further stimulate market growth and attract more institutional investments into the cryptocurrency sector.

SEC Targets Robinhood Crypto, Raising Industry Concerns

Despite positive financial updates, Robinhood recently received a Wells Notice from the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). A Wells Notice indicates that the SEC intends to pursue an enforcement action  following its investigation.

Robinhood’s CFO, Jason Warnick, expressed disappointment over the notice but reassured that it would not affect customer accounts or disrupt the operations of the cryptocurrency division.

He said :

“We’ve been very conservative in our approach regarding the points listed and services offered.”

He also emphasized  the company’s strict adherence to legal and compliance standards across its operations, expressing frustration with what he perceives as increased regulation through enforcement.

The Digital Chamber, a crypto trade association, criticized the issuing of the Wells Notice. It described it as an “alarming development” and an example of the regulator’s “unchecked regulatory overreach”. This echoed its response to similar actions against other exchanges, like Uniswap and Consensys.

Concerns about the SEC’s approach have also been voiced by leading legal figures in the cryptocurrency industry. Jake Chervinsky, Chief Legal Officer at Variant Fund, shared his concerns on Twitter  about the SEC’s enforcement tactics.

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