Coinbase Reference Price for Listing Is Set at $250 by Nasdaq

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The Nasdaq set a reference worth of $250 for the direct itemizing of Coinbase Global Inc., the cryptocurrency alternate that can begin buying and selling Wednesday through a direct itemizing.

The alternate disclosed the worth in a statement Tuesday.

Setting a reference worth is a requirement for buying and selling within the inventory to start. Unlike the share worth in a typical IPO, it isn’t a direct indicator of the corporate’s potential market capitalization. Investors can have a greater sense of valuation when shares begin buying and selling Wednesday.

Coinbase shares modified fingers at a roughly $90 billion worth in early March, Bloomberg News reported at the time, in what was one of many final probabilities for traders to commerce its non-public inventory earlier than the corporate goes public. That valuation was primarily based on $350 a share, the worth the inventory was buying and selling at on the Nasdaq Private Market public sale.

The providing would be the first main direct itemizing, an alternative choice to a standard IPO, to happen on the Nasdaq. All such earlier listings have been on the New York Stock Exchange, together with these by Roblox Corp., Spotify Technology SA, Slack Technologies Inc., Asana Inc. and Palantir Technologies Inc.

Chief Executive Officer Brian Armstrong began Coinbase with Fred Ehrsam in 2012, at a time when few folks had even heard of Bitcoin, and lots of crypto exchanges have been run by amateurs from their garages and houses. Unlike most rivals, Coinbase’s founders envisioned strict regulatory compliance as a cornerstone of the operation, which has helped the alternate to develop within the U.S., the place many early Bitcoin merchants and traders have been positioned.

— With help by Olga Kharif

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