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The San Francisco-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase recently announced the company plans to do a direct listing, as opposed to following the initial public offering (IPO) route. The decision means that Coinbase can float its shares on an exchange without hiring a financial institution to underwrite the settlements.
Coinbase to Skip IPO Process, Shoots for a Direct Listing
Just recently people familiar with the matter received a tip that the exchange giant Coinbase had plans to sell shares privately ahead of the IPO. In mid-December, Coinbase revealed the confidential filing of an S-1 initial public offering with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
However, on January 28, 2021, Coinbase announced a proposed direct listing as opposed to the IPO that was initially planned. For instance, a few weeks prior rumors spread that Goldman Sachs would be the exchange’s underwriter.
On Thursday Coinbase wrote:
Coinbase Global, Inc. today announced its intent to become a publicly-traded company pursuant to a proposed direct listing of its Class A common stock. Such proposed listing is expected to be pursuant to a registration statement on Form S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”).
Crypto Proponents See ‘Strong Market Demand’ for Coinbase Shares
Of course, the crypto community started speculating on why Coinbase decided to opt for a direct listing instead of an IPO. James Todaro, MD, partner at Greymatter Capital explained a few reasons why he thinks Coinbase chose this path.
“Possible key reasons,” Todaro tweeted. “Strong market demand/no help needed generating liquidity, [and] no lock-up for early investors (can sell shares immediately). I think early investors see imminent market euphoria,” Todaro added.
Moreover, a direct listing seems to be the popular route these days to some companies rather than IPO. The popular video game company Roblox opted to choose a direct listing and several others are choosing to debut on public equity markets.
Coinbase will be able to jump over the components of an IPO by floating shares without any intermediaries. The San Francisco-based crypto company can sell shares directly to the public without dealing with marketing new equity and the need for investment banks to underwrite transactions.
What do you think about Coinbase choosing to go with a direct listing rather than IPO? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.
Ukraine’s government-owned nuclear power plant picked a firm to build a massive data center in Rivne for cryptocurrency mining operations. After a bidding process, Energoatom chose Kyiv Energy Construction Company to handle the nuclear plant crypto mining project.
Nuclear Power Plant Operator Expects to Launch the Data Center in 2022
According to official documents, the data center will be based in the Rivne nuclear power plant, after the construction firm got 8.92 million Hryvnia ($317,620) in funding. The only competitor in the bidding was Ukrenergobudproek. However, they allegedly made an expensive offer, said the regional news outlet Forklog.
The Kyiv Energy Construction Company expects to finish the data center building by August 31, 2022. Per the announcement, the contractor is required to send the documentation that details the whole process. It includes “host state registers, electronic archives, and computing facilities.”
In terms of technical details, the nuclear power plant has a capacity of 2,657 megawatts, and it was built in the late 1970s. Also, the operations of the state-owned nuclear facilities started at the beginning of 1980.
In October 2020, Energoatom also signed a memorandum with a subsidiary of crypto mining giant Bitfury. With the new data center, local media outlets believe Bitfury miners could move their operations into the power plant’s facilities.
Ukraine’s Interest Towards Building Crypto Mining Data Centers in Nuclear Plants
The deal between Energoatom and Kyiv Energy Construction Company is not a surprising move. In fact, the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine asked Energoatom in May 2020 to conduct research to assess crypto mining’s feasibility at their nuclear plants.
As an anecdotal fact in terms of crypto mining in Ukrainian nuclear plants, the nation’s Security Service found illegal crypto mining equipment in a nuclear power plant in 2019.
The installation’s illegal mining rigs were found in the Southern region of Ukraine. Moreover, the investigations determined that such illegal equipment breached a “state secret.”
What do you think about this announcement of building crypto mining data centers in nuclear power plants? Let us know in the comments section below.