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Coinbase's acquisition currency

Lucinda Shen
Aug 10, 2022
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In its most recent earnings report, released Tuesday, Coinbase offered details on what it spent on some of its most notable acquisitions over the last few quarters.

Why it matters: The 10-Q filing that accompanied the earnings sheds light on how the largest U.S. crypto exchange spent its cash and stock on deals where financial terms were not originally reported.

Details: Coinbase said it spent $457.3 million in total consideration for its 2021 purchase of Bison Trails. The deal to buy the blockchain infrastructure company was done mostly in stock but included $28.7 million in cash.

  • Coinbase spent $258 million in total consideration to acquire Unbound Security earlier this year, paying $151.4 million in cash and most of the rest in stock.
  • For FairXchange, Coinbase said it spent $275.1 million in total consideration, including more than $56 million in cash. The deal — considered a step for the company into crypto derivatives — closed in February.

Of note: The actual valuations of the deals have fluctuated based on Coinbase's stock price.

  • For example, Coinbase announced the Unbound deal in November, when shares of the former traded north of $300 for the month. It closed, however, in early January, when the shares of the company had slid closer to $250 apiece.
  • Coinbase's stock is currently trading at about $88 a share.

Of note: "We'll continue to do targeted M&A that has high hurdles for ROI," COO Emilie Choi said in an earnings call Tuesday.

The bottom line: Although Coinbase has remained active as an investor in venture deals (particularly in seed in this market, according to Choi), its buying power on the M&A front has been significantly diminished as a result of its fallen stock price.

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