Fintech Unicorn, Revolut, Reveals 150% Increase In Its Crypto Holdings In 2019
- London based fintech, Revolut, reports $140 million in losses in 2019 despite its cryptocurrency holdings growing to $123 million, a 200% increase from 2018's holdings. The company also recorded a 2.5x boom in customer growth rate in 2019.
Revolut published its 2019 financial year report on August 10, showing a sustained growth in its cryptocurrency holdings at £93.3 million (~$122.27 million), representing a sharp 151% increase from 2018's crypto holdings – £37.1 million (~$48.62 million).
Despite the rapid growth in customer acquisition and crypto holdings, Revolut registered over a 200% increase in losses. As of December 31, the company posted a total loss of £106.5 million (~$139.57 million) through 2019, tripling the £32.9 million (~$43.11million) published in 2018.
“We still have some way to go, but we are pleased with our performance in 2019,” Nik Storonsky, founder and CEO at Revolut, said speaking to CNBC. “We increased daily active customers by 231%, and the number of paying customers grew by 139%.”
The report states the company's losses are mainly due to expansion and market acquisition costs incurred in 2019. As reported by BEG, the British fintech unicorn recently received a green light to operate in Australia by the ASIC, extending its reach to 24 territories, including the U.S., Russia, Canada, Japan, and New Zealand.
The company did not release the breakdown of its crypto holdings to the public with six main digital assets available on the platform – Bitcoin, Ethereum, XRP, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, and recently added Stellar Lumens.
They offer its users a direct platform to purchase cryptocurrencies and store them securely. However, the firm also owns its stash of cryptocurrencies, which are accounted for as “intangible assets.” The report states:
“Cryptocurrencies are recognized at fair value using the revaluation model. Accordingly, an impairment loss on an asset that was not previously re-measured is recognized in profit or loss.”
The losses recorded are further strained by the fact that revenues were up 180% to £162.7 million ($221.6 million) in 2019 as compared to £58.2 ($75.7 million) in 2018. The company also announced an increase in its cash holdings, which doubled to £2.281 billion, up from £903 million in 2018.
Revolut also states its currency exchange business is facing a blip in 2020 following the COVID-19 pandemic as traders are not as interested. However, the pandemic has had an unusual positive effect on its crypto businesses in the short term, the report further states.
The U.K. fintech firm recently partnered with Paxos in a bid to expand its crypto purchase and custody services across 49 of the 50 states in the country.